Programme Policy Officer, P4

World Food Programme
  • Location
    Rome, Italy
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 12

Position description

The Programme Policy Officer (Protection) P4 will focus his/her efforts along the following key areas:


  • Building on the Protection and Accountability Policy, develop further guidance on how elements of the Policy can be understood in the context of existing WFP business processes within the Programme function and alignment with broader UN system reform efforts.

Internal WFP interlinkages

  • Key to mainstreaming across the organisation is the forging of links between units and functions, especially the work of Emergency Preparedness and Support Response Division, Gender, Enterprise Risk Management, and Human Resources.


  • You will ensure that WFP's approach and efforts are in partnership with fellow agencies, funds, programmes and NGOs in terms of its operational response and policy work, notably in the context of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee and the Global Protection Cluster.

Policy Advocacy

  • You will proactively document lessons in the implementation of the WFP Protection and Accountability Policy so as to strengthen the manner in which food assistance programmes can have protection outcomes. Key to this will be strengthening inter-agency and local partnerships.


  • Ensuring that Protection is well integrated at the operational level into Country Strategic Plans and subsequent programme design processes, providing support to field staff through regular deployment and working closely with the Regional Bureaux in support of Country Offices.



  • Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, 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.


  • At least 8 years of postgraduate progressively responsible, relevant professional experience in the international humanitarian and/or development fields;
  • Proven experience and knowledge in mainstreaming Protection and Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) in line with key responsibilities outlined above for this position.


  • Fluency (level C) in both oral and written communication in English;
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese;
  • French is highly desirable.


  • Proven leadership and management capacity to build and foster inclusive and high-performing teams in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Inter-agency experience;
  • Facilitated discussions with experts in Food Security Analysts and Nutritionists;
  • Gained direct experience of different programme approaches;
  • Worked with government or international agencies and gained policy experience;
  • Led team in strategic discussions;
  • Worked in HQ or a Regional Bureau in an advisory function;
  • Strong writing skills, with the ability to turn out high-quality documents on very short notice;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Field experience within a range of contexts (emergency, conflict and transition);
  • Led a country/area office programme team or a substantial component of a complex programme.

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