Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 13

Position description

The position will be located in WFP’s New York Office, whilst working closely with the OSAA-OUSG. The candidate will be responsible for the contribution to policy formulation and provision of technical advice related to school meals programmes and is expected to operate with considerable independence in their specialities. The incumbent will report to WFP, with a functional supervision from the Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa.


  • Technical Advisor to the USG to advance efforts in the School Meals Coalition engagement, including developing a narrative and analytical product to bring forward advocacy and policy efforts, organizing a database that cross-references school-feeding programmes coverage at the continental, regional and national levels with education, health, gender, energy and ICT gaps, preparing dashboards and supporting the engagement with UN Country Teams and Resident Coordinators;
  • Lead on the coordination of the School Meals Coalition policy development and engagement with Member States in New York;
  • Implement and enhance OSAA’s advocacy School Meals Coalition work plan;
  • Based on the USG’s role as Chair for the Sustainable Financing Initiative of the School Meals Coalition, lead on the implementation of the Sustainable Financing initiative work plan;
  • Identify high-level meetings, events and initiatives and lead on the preparation of the USG interventions to such meetings aimed at promoting the school-feeding narrative and developing policy engagement proposals, including but not limited to the SDG Summit, the Summit for the Future, the Food Systems Stocktaking, the Financing for Development fora, etc.;
  • Manage the advocacy and policy efforts linked to the “A pen for a gun” campaign, including the elaboration of advocacy and advisory documents, identification of partners of choice at the global, regional and national level and design of communication products, in coordination with OSAA’s Strategic Management Unit.


  • School Meals Coalition work plan implemented;
  • Sustainable Financing Initiative work plan implemented;
  • Dashboard and database cross-referencing school-feeding programmes with the identified development priorities delivered;
  • Member States in New York and UN Country Teams mobilized in support of school-feeding interventions;
  • SDG Summit, Summit for the Future and other high-level events policy proposals influenced to reflect school meals interventions;
  • Increased engagement with Members states, UN entities and UN bodies in support of the “A pen for a gun” initiative.



  • Advanced University degree in, Economics, Agro-economics, Data Analytics, 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 7 years’ experience engaging in policy discussions and providing input into policy decisions, preferably at government level;
  • Experience in data analysis, policy analysis and/or financial analysis;
  • 5 or more years of professional experience relevant to programme implementation, preferably in relation to VAM/Nutrition.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Advanced knowledge of political structures and developments in Africa;
  • Problem solving and decision-making skills;
  • Aptitude for supervising, guiding and empowering staff;
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with a variety of stakeholders, conveying an informed and professional demeanour toward internal and external partners and stakeholders;
  • Ability to analyse quantitative and qualitative information to understand current and future complex needs and identify solutions;
  • Learning agility, and appetite for exploring and experimenting with new ideas and approaches;
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high-quality written outputs and ability to present in English.


  • 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.

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