World Food Programme (WFP)

Oficial De Programa (Activity Manager SO1)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

TERMS OF REFERENCE Position: Programme Policy Officer Contract Type: Service Contract – L8 Vacancy No. 2021-002-SC-L8-PROG Unit: Programme – SO1 Duty Station: Quito, Ecuador Duration: 6 months, extendable Start Date: ASAP WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. We are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. This vacancy is open to Ecuadorian citizens, or foreign candidates who are legally allowed to work in Ecuador. Applications will be received through


The Country Strategic Plan of the World Food Programme in Ecuador (WFP) seeks alignment with the actions of the Government of Ecuador and knowledge transfer focused on four strategic objectives:
  • Strategic Objective 1: Refugees, displaced persons and vulnerable people in Ecuador can meet their basic food and nutrition needs throughout the year;
  • Strategic Objective 2: Small farmers, especially women, in the selected areas, will increase their income in a lasting manner and improve their productivity by 2021;
  • Strategic Objective 3: Communities and individuals with food insecurity in areas with high vulnerability to Climate Change, as well as government institutions, will strengthen their capacity to adapt to climate change by 2021; Y
  • Strategic Objective 4: National institutions and programs in Ecuador, including social protection programs, will receive support to reduce food insecurity and malnutrition by 2021.
  • Strategic Objective 5: Humanitarian and development partners in Ecuador have access to reliable services throughout the crisis.
WFP's ability to achieve its Strategic Objectives depends on its activities meeting the different needs and priorities of the women, men, girls and boys to whom they are intended. A world without hunger can only be achieved if everyone has equal opportunities, equal access to resources and the same possibilities to make their voice heard in decisions that impact their homes, communities and societies.

In addition, WFP, as an agency of the United Nations (UN), is committed to promoting and encouraging respect for human rights, which is a central objective of UN. WFP ensures humanitarian protection, guaranteeing the security, dignity and rights of the beneficiaries of its programs. To the nutritional and nutritional requirements, there is another range of needs and rights, including physical, social, emotional, cultural and spiritual aspects, which WFP must take into account. Through consideration of these variables, WFP ensures that each one benefits equally from their assistance and that discrimination is not perpetuated or exacerbated.


Under SO1, WFP Ecuador provides cash-based transfers to more than 210.000 vulnerable individuals, mostly Venezuelans, in most provinces of Ecuador; as well as Ecuadorian individuals affected by Covid-19 socio-economic effects.

WFP works with implementing partners in each location for identifying potential beneficiaries, and for delivering and monitoring the assistance provided. WFP food assistance enables beneficiaries to purchase fresh and nutritious products in local markets associated with WFP. Three types of assistance are currently provided for people in human mobility:
  • One-time unconditional food assistance at immigration checkpoints in Carchi, Sucumbíos and El Oro (food kit + value voucher);
  • Monthly unconditional food assistance over a six to twelve-month period to newly arrived migrants who intend to stay in the country (value voucher);
  • Unconditional food assistance for vulnerable people at shelters and canteens serving migrant and host populations (hot meals).
WFP is also providing emergency food assistance to households affected by Covid-19 through the provision of value voucher in 5 provinces of the country.

Since 2020, a progressive transition from e-vouchers to cash assistance for the first two types of assistance has been started to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the WFP operation. In addition, in the framework of the global level UN Cash Collaboration Statement and its pilot implementation in Ecuador, interagency discussions on a common cash platform and harmonized systems for undertaking beneficiary identification, registration and payments are underway since September 2019. With the objective of enhancing coherence of cash assistance delivered by other UN actors to the same beneficiary groups, WFP plans to design and implement a) joint cash assistance activities with other UN agencies in the short term, and b) multipurpose cash assistance activities in the midterm.

Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Country Director and general supervision of the Country Director, a Programme Policy Officer is required to manage all the activities involved with SO1.  The incumbent will have direct supervision over 3 Programme Assistants assigned to SO1 and 1 Sub-Offices Supervisor, and general supervision over 14 Field Monitors; and will also closely coordinate activities with the CBT and COVID-19 teams.


  1. As Activity Manager for the Strategic Objective 1 (SO1), lead the development of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance in the area of Human Mobility and Emergency Preparedness and Response.
  2. Lead Project Management Support to specific and defined programmes and projects, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  3. Lead and supervise the team (currently of 20 staff) for the Strategic Objective 1 and provide guidance and mentor staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them in their function.
  4. Ensure Coordination, implementation and supervision of all activities of SO1, including Field Operations at sub-offices and ensuring close collaboration with the Service Unit and partners.
  5. Coordinate and negotiate with relevant Ministries and governmental institutions at national and local level.
  6. Participate in the Humanitarian Country Team, co-leading the Food Security Group, and liaise with OCHA, in order to ensure appropriate actions and follow-ups within WFP team at national and local level.
  7. Consolidate the “WFP contingency plan”, update it as required and ensure proper diffusion within WFP team at national and local level. Liaise as appropriate with RB and HQ for any activities related to EPR.
  8. Lead data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  9. Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities especially in the area of Refugees, Returnees and IDPs.
  10. Ensure coordination with VMMH and UN Agencies for relevant information sharing and monitoring of activities and synergies.
  11. Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  12. Contribute to the preparation of proposals for donors related to responses to human mobility and EPR activities.
  13. Liaise with other units of the CO to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects.
  14. Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.
  15. Support the Capacity Building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through project management support of learning initiatives.
  16. Ensure coordination with relevant UN agencies.
  17. Participate to internal committees.
  18. Perform any other duties as required.



  • Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Food Security/ Nutrition, Agriculture, Social Sciences or other field relevant to humanitarian or developmental assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related word experiences and/or Training Courses.


  • At least six years of progressively responsible work experience related to the field, including at least four years in food assistance projects.
  • At least one year in supervisory or managerial levels.
  • The experience in one or more of the following is a plus:
    • International Cooperation
    • Designing, implementing and evaluating projects in response to emergency targeting vulnerable people.
    • Designing, implementing and evaluating nutrition and food security projects.
    • Job related experience in designing, implementing and/or evaluating food assistance projects with cash-based transfer (CBT) component.
    • Experience in the coordination of different stakeholders, such as government actors, national and international NGOs and/ or other UN Agencies.


  • Spanish: oral and written fluency or mother tongue
  • English: advanced oral and written level


  • Ability to use standard office equipment and office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams. etc.). and other WFP standard software packages and systems.
  • Ability to negotiate under difficult conditions to gain favourable results for the organization.
  • Excellent communication and supervisory skills.
  • Excellent leadership skills and ability to supervise and mentor staff
  • Ability to monitor transactions, analyse data, produce reports, including budget preparation and roadmaps.
  • Knowledge of processes and transactions linked to the area.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of principles and methodologies relevant to the area.
  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures, as well as knowledge of WFP rules and regulations and policies and practices in the specific area of work, will be considered a plus.
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