World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme Policy Officer (Programme Cycle)

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.



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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’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) assume a substantial role for public sector business and its ability to make a major contribution towards their achievement.  The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development gives business a significant role to play in efforts to achieve the SDGs, based on their ability to invest and innovate in a sustainable way. Achieving the SDGs requires Collective Action, shared responsibility and financing from multiple sources, especially of the public sector financial institutions.

To achieve the ambitious plan of sustaining all the strategic interventions of Egypt’s WFP CO, the public-sector contribution should improve and strengthens long-term partnerships with financial institutions, companies, foundations and high-net worth individuals. This includes leveraging the capacities of this segment to build long lasting partnerships that goes beyond resources but expands to leaving a mark to future development visions of the country.


Education Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Project Management,Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Experience: At least Five years of experience in a similar position.

Languages: Excellent spoken and written English and Arabic.


These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more Senior Programme Policy Officer.

Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.


To provide support to policy and Programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Provide technical, Project Management Support, and assist in the development and implementation of various activities and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.
  2. Prepare timely reports on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information from various sources and highlight trends/issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control;
  3. Responsible for corporate performance management and reporting;
  4. Support accurate tracking of funds related to CSP formulation allocated to COs and RB and provide regular Analysis and updates;
  5. Research and analyse a range of policy and operational issues to inform the development of policies, programmes and activities.
  6. Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
  7. Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.
  8. Manage the process of selection of Partners through a transparent and competitive mechanism.


  1. Closely coordinate with WFP HQ Rome (Partnership division) and seek regular guidance on corporate FLA/partnership related matters.
  2. Providing updates to the Management on status of Partners, implementation, issues and challenges related to CPs.
  3. Support the Capacity Building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through providing inputs into training materials.
  4. Coordinate WFP’s inputs to the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPDF).
  5. Act as the liaison with the Regional Bureau and Headquarters on any actions or information pertaining to the WFP Egypt operations and its Country Strategic Programme.6Act as the COMET (Country Office Tool for Managing Projects) focal point for WFP Country Office.
  6. Support communication aspects related to Coordination between COs, Regional Bureau and Headquarters
  7. Support efforts to strengthen staff capacity in CO on all issues related to the formulation of CSPs
  8. Track CO progress within specified programmatic objectives;
  9. Responsible for the management of Field Level Agreements (FLAs), and Cooperating Partners/Implementing Partners of WFP in Egypt
other specific job responsibilties
  1. Act as Secretary of the Cooperating Partner Committee (CPC) coordinates the entire process of review of proposals and budgets of Partners.
  2. Coordination with other UN agencies for joint Partners selection, budget segregation, joint CP selection, performance assessments for common activities.
  3. Analyze and propose new initiatives and bring forward innovative ideas to senior management for improvements in the NGO partnership portfolio.
  4. Provide guidance to the management on necessary changes in the agreements in line with corporate policies and procedures on Partners and agreements etc.
  5. Ensure proper documentation of all partnership related matters including budgets for the purpose of future audits and reviews.
  6. Strengthen partnerships by provide guidance to WFP CPs on the corporate FLA requirements, budget preparations, proposal developments and partnership requirements.
  7. Supervise the process of CPs Training Needs assessments, training arrangements and act as facilitator for the technical aspects of NGO partnerships.
  8. Others 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.


This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job.


  • Knowledge of Programme Cycle and knowledge of corporate reporting requirements and beneficiary counting
  • Knowledge of information management principles, with the ability to identify and present data for different reporting and management purposes
  • Practical knowledge on programme implementation and operational processes, including corporate materials on project cycle management, programme inputs to budget and supply chain processes, partnerships and tracking output level data to be presented for management decisions, programme adjustment and donor reporting.
  • Knowledge of Data Quality control and assurance mechanisms
  • Strong writing and communication skills in English and Arabic


This is a one year contract, extension will be based on fund availabilty and satisfactory perfromance


Deadline for submitting the online application will be on the 22nd of March 2021 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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