World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme Policy Officer (Resilience & Livelihood)

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.


Job Title Programme Policy Officer (Resilience & Livelihood) NOA Grade NOA Contract Type Fixed Term Contract Duration 1 Year Duty Station Karachi, Pakistan This vacancy announcement is for Nationals from Pakistan only. Deadline for applications is 25 April 2021. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of Climate Change.


This job is based in Karachi with specific collaboration with Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA) Sindh, on emergency (flood & drought) preparedness, response, recovery and resilience building. Liaison with various Government Offices, Departments especially Planning and Development Dept. for Technical Support and advice to the Sindh Govt including district Govt & District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs), on matters relating to projects, Policy Advocacy and funding opportunities relating to Emergency preparedness, response and resilience building, with reporting line to Head of Field Office Sindh.


To maintain close coordination and extend technical support, advice and advocacy to PDMA on matters relating to emergency response, preparedness, resilience and livelihood strategies, policies, and programs covered under relevant strategic outcomes of WFP Pakistan Country Strategic Plan (CSP). To provide timely advocacy. To keep close coordination with WFP teams of livelihoods, resilience and M&E/ Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping (VAM) and timely communicate government's relevant plans contributing to WFP mandates. To support PDMA and other departments in humanitarian- development nexus

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide technical support to PDMA for effective coordination with Government and Non- Government partners on policy advocacy relating to emergency preparedness, response, resilience building, and livelihoods activities in the province. To actively lead and extend technical assistance and advice on behalf of PDMA to various sectors of provincial government on key policy matters related to Disaster & Climate Risk management (D/CRM).
  • Coordinate with and lead the relevant UN/Government working groups/clusters and inter sectoral Working group et. the provincial level. Explore partnership opportunities with the Government, UN and civil society that strengthen existing capacities of WFP programmes and assessments.
  • Strengthen GoS and WFP partnership and facilitate timely access of WFP to Government's relevant policy documents to provide technical assistance and undertake required advocacy for emergency preparedness and resilience. This includes keeping the provincial government informed on the value-addition of WFP's technical strengths in Implementation, Research, Assessments and Evaluation. Explore partnership opportunities with the Government, UN and civil society that strengthen existing capacities of WFP programmes and assessments.
  • Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to establish transparent, accurate, and ethical targeting and beneficiary selection, fully in accordance with WFP’s established targeting criteria and corporate beneficiary management procedures (SCOPE), and triangulation of data, to ensure the most vulnerable are assisted.
  • Timely coordinate with the line departments and WFP relevant sections/VAM unit for planning and designing the required assessments; identifying the current gaps and required response; development of assessment tools and methodologies. The staff member will also ensure visibility of WFP interventions and mandate in the relevant assessments and studies.
  • Support PDMA in consultations for Development of Road Map for Disaster/ Climate Risk Management and other response / preparedness/ resilience/ drought mitigation strategies and plans.
  • Closely work with the WFP Resilience, Emergency Preparedness, Livelihood, Nutrition, Social Protection and VAM teams for the designing, development and implementation of relevant interventions.
  • Ensure adherence to the national and provincial priorities and guidelines in the use of programme modalities such as cash transfers, food and vouchers. Ensure timely responses to the Government queries on WFP operations.
  • Timely coordinate with the line departments and WFP relevant sections/VAM unit for planning and designing the required assessments; identifying the current gaps and required response; development of assessment tools and methodologies.
  • Analyze the food security assessment reports for timely decisions. The staff member will also provide recommendations for resilience, preparedness, social protection and livelihood programmes based on findings of assessments and technical inputs into key documents of the Government for the improvement of resilience systems.


  • Oversee the implementation of emergency response, recovery and resilience building activities and provide regular updates to the HoPO and SO manager. Coordinate and advise Cooperating Partners and Contractors to ensure implementation according to pre-agreed plans.
  • Identify opportunities where WFP can support the Government's efforts and build their capacities. The staff member will also contribute to building, enhancing and sustaining operational capacity of government staff through organizing training to conduct assessments and monitoring in collaboration with stakeholders/WFP units.
  • Assist policy level initiatives and programme and creating linkages of PDMA's Road Map with Development Strategies, Plans at both Provincial and National level as well as with SDGs Framework for Sindh.
  • Support the resource mobilization efforts for joint programming with the provincial Government.
  • Other accountabilities, as required.


Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.

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 capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.

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.



Advanced University degree in Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Economics, Disaster Management, Sustainable Development with supplementary courses, or First University Degree in relevant areas.


Overall, at least five years of relevant progressively responsible experience in the field of emergency prepardness, DRR, Climate Risk management, coordination and communication in public sector, involving advocacy and advisory support to government.


  • Good understanding of food security, livelihood and climate/ disaster resilience.
  • Sound understanding of economic and social issues in the context of Pakistan, particularly Balochistan.
  • Aware of government specific contextual needs, policy directions and immediate, medium and long term plans.
  • Understanding of different coordination mechanisms in Balochistan under the government and UN systems.
  • Advanced computer skills, including at least intermediate skills in windows based word processing, spreadsheet and database.
  • Ability to analyze data and statistics for the Analysis of socio-economic indicators, ability to effectively coordinate various thematic working groups.
  • Ability to produce high-quality written reports and present it to senior management.
  • Technical knowledge in data analysis, information management and coordination.

Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Urdu. Knowledge of local language is highly desired.

Female applicants and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organisation. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection & recruitment process, and for work-related needs upon joining the Programme. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. All selected candidates will, undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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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