World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

The Niger context Niger is a low-income, landlocked Sahelian country, ranked last in the global Humanitarian Development Index (HDI). With a population of more than 23.2 million people, the country faces chronic vulnerabilities caused mainly by poverty, demographic pressure, economic and climatic shocks, chronic food insecurity, in addition to persistent gender inequalities. Limited national budgets dedicated to social protection and low capacity in terms of human and financial resources, especially at the decentralized level for food security, nutrition and education, while annual population growth is 3.9%, the highest in Africa. In addition, out of 14.4 million hectares of arable land in Niger, 3.9 million hectares are degraded. The spread of Covid-19 and the mitigation measures taken by governments in efforts to contain the outbreak are expected to increase the vulnerability of a large number of people to food insecurity in the context of dramatic slow-down of the economy, rising unemployment across nearly all sectors, with some more hard-hit than others (trade, tourism, migrants), threats to food supply and access (rising prices, declining purchasing power), and drops in national revenue at a time of demand for public expenditures (social, health). Livelihood zones that depend on pastoralism and Agriculture are likely to be the most affected as seasonal migration is also limited by the mitigation measures taken by the government. A joint Analysis was finalized by a technical working group composed of government institutions, international organizations and donors, under the lead of the DNPGCA and with significant Technical Support from WFP. The results suggest that: 4.2 million people were prone to the socio-economic effects of COVID19 (April-May 2020), and 5.6 million are projected to be concerned during the period June-August 2020. This estimate includes severely food insecure populations identified by the March 2020 Cadre Harmonisé (IPC Phase 3 or above) for the period April-May (1.6 million people) and the period June-August 2020 (2 million people). Amongst the 5.6 million, a first priority 2.7 million people for the period June-August 2020 were identified of which 2.4 million are in rural areas. Some 2.9 million less vulnerable people (according to socio-economic factors) who were not identified as severely food insecure by the March CH could also be affected by the impact of COVID-19. WFP continues to operate in the context of its CSP 2020-2024. Since the declaration of COVID19 as a global pandemic by WHO, WFP in Niger began a programme critical review and prioritization exercise of its CSP activities to adapt to COVID19. WFP also conducted a review of operational modalities, additional implementation costs, and strengthened synergies with partners on WASH and explored new collaborations to complement WFP activities. PURPOSE OF THE CONSULTANCY
  • The objective of the consultancy is to provide operational support to the Program Unit in various areas including CBT, Adaptative social Protection (ASP), resilience, strategic partnerships, “success story” telling under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme.

  • Support the implementation of the ASP program through the different pillars of the ASP and in close collaboration with different Heads of Unit in charge of the ASP pillars

  • Support the implementation of the COVID-19 ASP response in collaboration with UNICEF, WB and Government (i.e. PFS and CFS);

  • Support the promotion of coordinated, integrated and harmonised approaches, partnership and joint initiatives with major stakeholders, including – the World Bank, UNICEF, UNHCR, the AfDB, IsDB, AFD, UNDP, ARC, FEWSNET, CILSS and NGOs;

  • Support the implementation of the WFP-WB and WFP-UNICEF partnership action plans;

  • Support the development of new strategic partnerships e.g. AfDB, IsDB, AFD, “Green” Funds, etc.

  • Monitor and document evidence and progress on the CO’s program activities;

  • In close collaboration with the communication Unit (CAM), support the development of the identified knowledge products and communications materials (lessons learned, good practices, factsheets, videos, brochures, etc.) related to program work;

  • Work closely with the VAM and M&E unit to enhance the presentation of the results of research and analysis;

  • Support the gender perspectives agenda in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men;

  • Support the ongoing Cash Working Group on approach harmonization with involvement from major stakeholders;

  • Collaborate with governments and other partners in identifying where food assistance can be usefully deployed at the local level and provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of food assistance programmes, including advice on the context-specific transfer modalities (food, cash or vouchers);

  • Provide support on operational implementation of the CBT in Niger;

  •  Ensure consistent interaction with the pipeline for Resource Management and follow-up of the TOD and TDD, and adjustment plans;

  • Support the Donor Relations Officers on fundraising and reporting efforts relating to the program.

  • Support the documentation of lessons learned and progress made on the CSP;

  • Perform other related tasks as required by the CO management.

  • Operational support is provided to the implementation of the ASP program;

  • Support to the CBT operation is provided (revision of the MEB, support to internal and external Coordination);

  • Program visibility materials are updated (Factsheets, Sites briefs… success story telling);

  • New strategic partnerships are developed.

DURATION OF THE CONSULTANCY The consultancy will be for 11 months, from [November] 2020 to [September] 2021. Exact dates are negotiable. The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme, and under the overall guidance of the Management especially the DCD Programme/Operations. The consultant will be able to work with the support of the WFP CO NER in close coordination with all Units in Niamey and sub-offices. DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE:
  • At least 3 years of relevant postgraduate experience in areas pertinent to the subject of the consultancy;

  • Proven experiences in humanitarian and development work in multicultural environments requiring high level of interpersonal skills;

  • Ability to communicate effectively and showing a problem-solving mindset.

  • Experience in the Design, setup, implementation and monitoring of projects and programmes, including aspects of resource mobilization and funds management.

  • Demonstrated partnership-building skills with international and external stakeholders and proven strategic and policy engagement capabilities in an international setting;

  • Excellent understanding of the programme cycle management;

  • Has developed, or supported in the development of, multi-discipline work plans;

  • Has gained experience in Field Operations, preferably in a hardship duty station or emergency;

  • Has field experience via field rotations or working in a sub-office, and through field postings.

  • Participated in a moderately complex Emergency Operation/ development programme.

  • Strong motivation and proven ability to make a difference.

STANDARD MINIMUM ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Advanced University degree in Economics, International Development, Social Sciences or other related field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses. Language:
  • Fluency in oral and written French and English.

Context: Good understanding of Niger and Sahel context is highly desirable.
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