World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme Policy Officer (Social Protection)

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.


This Vacancy Announcement will close on 19th of February 2021 at 11:59 PM Rome Time.


-This position is open to qualified Lebanese candidates ONLY.

-Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

-Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted


The Programme Policy Officer will be contracted for an initial term of 12 months. Contract may be extended based on business need and satisfactory performance.


Assisting more than 90 million people in 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve Food Security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.

In Lebanon, WFP works to support approximately 700,000 people with regular assistance using e-cards. WFP also supports Lebanese schools with school meals, and has run over 300 development activities which include supporting rural infrastructure, as well as education and training opportunities for vulnerable individuals in families. WFP also supports Lebanon’s National Poverty Targeting Programme.


We are seeking to fill the position of Programme Policy Officer for Social Protection Technical Assistance to be based in Beirut, Lebanon.

The person selected will support WFP’s overall implementation of its significant technical assistance program to the Government of Lebanon on its national social assistance program, the National Poverty Targeting Program (NPTP) Food assistance component (Food e-card).

The incumbent will report to the Head of the Social Protection Unit (SPU) in the WFP Lebanon Country Office.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the supervision of the Fleet Manager, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:

• Support in SPU’s overall management of the 5-year technical assistance (TA) to the Government of Lebanon’s national on social assistance program, the National Poverty Targeting Program (NPTP), specifically its Food assistance component (Food e-card). This requires ensuring that knowledge on global social protection systems is always kept up-to-date and shared within the SPU and relevant units within the Country Office, as well as ensuring corresponding expertise are engaged to effectively deliver the TA’s objectives.

• Responsible in leading specific technical assistance components that strengthen implementation mechanisms of the NPTP, most notably in establishing a functional grievance redress system for the NPTP Food e-card with appropriate resolution protocols and communication mechanisms in place. This involves working closely with Government counterparts, partners, and ensuring that relevant units in WFP are engaged in its development and implementation.

• Support the overall supervision of establishing functional operational systems that strengthen the implementation of the NPTP Food e-card that are within the scope of WFP’s technical assistance program. This also involves ensuring that project outcomes are met and quality standards of implementation are maintained.

• Support, and lead where needed, the Capacity Building of national government partners in the implementation of related social protection programs, their use of newly established systems and protocols, and other technical assistance activities. This also involves support in developing capacity building guidelines and trainings to staff and partners on core aspects of program delivery.

• Contribute to the production of knowledge products that build the evidence base around topics directly related to the scope of work in WFP’s technical assistance program.

• Contribute to the timely and accurate delivery of corporate and donor report requirements on NPTP programmes and activities to enable informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.

• Liaise with relevant units within WFP to ensure effective collaboration and implementation of ongoing technical activities around NPTP.

• Provide Project Management Support in the overall implementation of the Food assistance component of the NPTP (Food e-card) by ensuring compliance with WFP standards and procedures. This involves support, as needed, in developing program operational guidelines with proper control mechanisms to ensure consistency between corporate and country-level policies and practical realities in the field.

• Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with Analysis and queries.


Education: Advanced University degree in Economics, Agriculture, International Affairs, Business Administration, Social Sciences, Development Studies or other related fields or First University degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Experience: At least five (5) years of relevant work experience in the fields of programme implementation, monitoring, performance assessment, and/or research.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Arabic.


•    Experience in supporting implementation or Design of a social assistance program(s) is required.

•    Demonstrated experience in directly working or collaborating with Government ministries and/or donors is required.

•    Experience in quantitative and/or qualitative research is required.

•    Knowledge of policies around social protection, targeting, monitoring systems and their applications.

•    Understanding of the theory and application of food security, social assistance programs and their operational systems.

•    Good writing skills.

Qualified female applicants 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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