Programme Policy Consultant (Emergency)

World Food Programme
  • Location
    Al Khurtum, Sudan
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Dec 29

Position description

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.


Job Description:



Programme Policy Consultant (RRM Operations)


Consultant - level 2


Programme (Rapid  Response Mechanism - RRM)

DUTY STATION (City, Country):

Juba, South Sudan


11 months with possibility of extension


WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, physical or mental disability.


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.



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


International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.




These roles are likely found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs). Job holders are likely to report to the relevant Director or more senior programme post.

Job holders are likely to manage a moderate portfolio of activities that may include contribution to and/or direct management of programmes in COs of moderate complexity, or contribution to policy formulation and provision of technical advice at RB or HQ level for a defined area of expertise. Job holders operate with considerable independence in their specialities and may manage a substantial team of junior professional and support staff


To design and manage programmes of moderate size or complexity that effectively meet food assistance needs, or contribute to policy formulation and/or provide technical advice or oversight on programme strategy and implementation.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Provide support to the D/head of Unit on the expertise and capacity on the country office management and country office operational coordination mechanism to respond to new and ongoing humanitarian crises in South Sudan

Provide day to day oversight of the support and field leadership (Team Leaders), field assistants.

Coordinate with the Nutrition, VAM and M&E sections of the Programme Unit to monitor humanitarian crises in South Sudan and develop appropriate and flexible response plans to the evolving needs.

Establish and maintain operational partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve assistance packages and support advocacy.

Liaise with the Aviation Unit, Logistics Unit, SCOPE, Access Unit, Security Unit, CO Management and Sub Offices, on the delivery of humanitarian assistance in response to humanitarian crises/emergencies in conflict affected areas of the country

Manage the preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, publications, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use.

Provide day to day oversight of the support and leadership & monitoring team.

As required, provide field level operational support, including participation in Inter- Agency needs assessments in response to crises/emergencies, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of response actions



Act as the focal point with other agencies engaged in the IRRM approach, ensuring a collective and inter-sector response (food assistance, livelihoods, nutrition, shelter, WASH, etc.), where possible

Represent WFP at relevant operational coordination forums, ensuring that the operational challenges and priorities for WFP’s deep field emergency response are highlighted and developed, as required, within inter-agency strategies and in coordination with other humanitarian and Mission actors.

Oversee and manage the development and monitoring of the deep field operations, ensuring that the core functional areas of WFP (Programme, Logistics, Security, Access, and Management) are incorporated into the planning, scheduling, delivery, distribution and reporting of the deep field emergency response

In Coordination with Security and Access Units, support security risk assessments and implement necessary risk mitigation strategies to promote safe working environment for field teams.

Maintain regular and proactive information management and information sharing mechanism to keep the broader humanitarian and donor community well informed about ongoing IRRM response strategy and promote complementarity and efficiency in interagency response strategies.

Support strategic planning and capacity building for emergency preparedness and response amongst relevant WFP units, including Sub Offices, as well implementing partner organizations.

Work flexibly with the Country Team, supporting other tasks by agreement with the direct supervisor.



Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives : Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.

Be a force for positive change : Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.

Make the mission inspiring to our team : Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.

Make our mission visible in everyday actions : Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


Look for ways to strengthen people's skills : Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.

Create an inclusive culture : Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.

Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.

Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit : Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


Encourage innovation & creative solutions : Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries. 

Focus on getting results : Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.

Make commitments and make good on commitments : Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.

Be Decisive : Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


Connect and share across WFP units : Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning

Build strong external partnerships : Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships  

Be politically agile & adaptable : Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations 

Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships : Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.


Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

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 the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.

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..


WFP program knowledge in emergency response mechanisms and programming modalities such as conditional and general food distributions. Security coordination management, ability to analyse complex political situations and social contexts.


Has gained substantial experience of at least 6 years in complex field operations, preferably in a hardship duty station or emergency situation. Has experience leading a large, multi-discipline team to ensure the effective delivery of objectives. Participated in a large-scale emergency operation/ development programme.


The Programme Policy Officer/RRM Team leader will be responsible to lead the RRM team and ensure the following deliverables:

Supervision and management of RRM team (communication, information sharing, delegation, motivation, staff wellness and safety)

Planning and implementation of GFD and BSFP programmes in RRM locations (food distribution planning and execution, biometric registration of beneficiaries in RRM locations and/or beneficiaries affected by emergencies.

Technical, operational and coordination support across relevant units (e.g., within Emergency and CO technical units, UNHAS, Logistics Unit, Security, Conflict and field offices, etc.) to ensure timely and responsive GFD and BSFP programme implementation in RRM locations.

Capacity strengthening to ensure RRM staff have access to training and capacity development opportunities to strengthen their capacity and technical knowledge.

Reporting and timely inputs to information products as needed, monitoring and evaluation of activities, key outputs and outcomes where possible.


9 JANUARY 2022

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, 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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