World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme Policy Officer/ International Consultant

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


Education: Post graduate Degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Agriculture/Agronomy, Horticulture, Agriculture Economics, Agribusiness, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Education Range management, or University degree with relevant experience.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in one or more UN language, preferably English


This position is based in Zambia Country Office. The Job holder will operate with a high degree of independence, manage more junior staff to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. They are usually involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.


The World Food Programme (WFP) Zambia is implementing a five- year Country Strategic Plan (CSP), which is a result of rigorous consultations with the government, donors and other stakeholders, and reflects their appetite to support and partner with WFP in the country. The CSP is informed by, and strongly aligns with national and United Nations priorities, and global commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It embraces the government’s long-term vision 2030; aligns with 16 key strategic areas of its 7th National Development Plan (NDP7); and contributes to the joint Zambia -UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF). The CSP is informed by WFP’s long standing and broad experience in the country, embracing lessons from evaluations and reviews which calls for greater synergy, a consolidation of pilot initiatives, and improved gender sensitive approaches to programme Design. Finally, it is guided by the Zero hunger Strategic Reviews (ZHSR).

Advancing the WFP Corporate Strategic Plan (2017-2021), the CSP addresses both SDG2 and SDG17 and WFP’s strategic results 1,2,3, and 5. WFP is implementing six activities to achieve four Strategic Outcomes (SO). These SOs will: respond to crises and shocks including support to refugees (SO1); address root causes of malnutrition (SO2); build the resilience, enabling  environment and market access for smallholder farmers especially women (SO3) and support government institutions to provide social protection systems (including home grown school meals), Disaster Preparedness and response SO4.

Under strategic outcome 3 and 4 of the CSP, WFP is supporting vulnerable communities especially women and children to build their resilience against climate and socio-economic shocks. In the recent past, Zambia like any other country in Southern Africa has had increased frequent occurrence of climate induced risks such as prolonged dry spells, droughts, flooding and pests (Fall Army Worm), while the longer-term repercussions of Covid-19 on food security remain unknown. WFP will be implementing early recovery initiatives in five (5) selected districts that were adversely impacted by drought during 2019/2020 season to help affected households recover from the devastating effects

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  1. Lead the design and implementation of the emergency input package to smallholder farmers, identifying and working with select agro-dealers and identified beneficiaries.

  2. Provide guidance to NGO partners to ensure timely procurement and distribution of input packs to targeted farmers.

  3. Build and manage partnerships with input suppliers, agro-dealers, and industry stakeholders to enhance timely access to appropriate inputs.

  4. Provide technical oversight to the implementing partners through relevant farmer groups to adopt the production of drought tolerant value chains.

  5. Provide complementary Technical Support to implementing partner NGOs, FAO and Ministry of Agriculture through the existing extension structures in ensuring smallholder farmers increase adoption and practice of conservation agriculture.

  6. Provide technical support to Government  and partners at field level in training smallholders in the post-harvest loss management and appropriate utilization of hermetic storage technologies such as the Purdue Improved Crop Storage bags.

  7. Support capacity enhancement of agro-dealers in establishing a private sector led distribution network for Post-Harvest Handling Storage Equipment.

  8. Build and manage partnerships with manufacturers, distributors, and industry stakeholders of hermetic technology.

  9. Collaborates with the District Education Board Secretaries in having consistent supply of cereals, pulses, and other horticulture food commodities for the wet feeding at school level. 

  10. Support the operationalization of the decentralised procurement strategy in close liaison with the DEBS and local councils to enhance the implementation of the HGSM programme

  11. Support the setting-up and operationalization of low-cost modern farming technologies (hydroponics) in target schools, in order to enhance production of vegetables and other horticultural products in close with relevant focal persons from ministries of General Education and Agriculture as well as selected members of the Parent Teachers Committee (PTC).

  12. Perform other tasks as required.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.

  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).

  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.

  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.

  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.

  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.

  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.

  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.

  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.

  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.

  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.

  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.

  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance
Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex Analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher)
Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.)
Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency Programming
Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government
Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government Counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes. DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
  • Knowledge and Skills: Demonstrate ability to analyze and write report as well as engage with external relevant stakeholders such as Government, UN Agencies, NGOs and private sector.

  • Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.

  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.


Deadline to receiving applications in 14th June 2020

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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