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Programme Policy Officer

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  • Post Date: March 2, 2020
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Job Overview


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.


This position is based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, supporting other COs and RBs, and funded by PRO-R in HQ. The incumbent will report to the Senior Programme Policy Advisor in PRO-R, who will be responsible for overseeing the technical and programmatic work and outputs expected from the incumbent of the position. The incumbent will be administratively managed by the Zimbabwe Country Office in Harare.


Under the overall guidance and supervision of the senior Programme Policy Advisor in PRO-R and in close collaboration with other members working on the rural and on the adaptation of the 3PA and related capacity building efforts.

Building resilience is a partnered effort, requiring solid plans that lay the foundations for structured and coordinated programming and operationalizing of activities. Humanitarian and development actors should work together and ensure that multi-sectoral activities are integrated into crisis response and recovery actions. In this context and following Accountability to Affected Populations principles, WFP is enhancing engagement and promoting better programming with communities, governments, academia and multi-sector partners through the Three-Pronged Approach (3PA). The 3PA aims to strengthen the design, planning and implementation of programmes in resilience building, safety nets, disaster-risk reduction and preparedness by designing them in partnership, and aligning them to national and local priorities, through governments’ leadership and coordination.

The 3PA as a corporate methodology, reflected in WFP’s Resilience Policy and the Strengthening WFP Emergency Preparedness for Effective Response Policy.Several WFP programmatic guidance (Social protection and safety nets, nutrition-sensitive programming, gender toolkit, FFA, etc.); as a partnered methodology within the Rome Based Agencies (RBA) Conceptual Framework to Strengthen Resilience for Food Security and Nutrition; and the African Union’s New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) partnership with WFP – the NEPAD African Resilience Coordination Hub (NEPAD ARCH) – aligning WFP’s 3PA and Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) programmes, NEPAD’s Agriculture and Food Insecurity Risk Management (AFIRM) analytical risk instruments and community infrastructure projects, and the PeriPeri-U network of African Universities who will contribute to deliver the 3PA and research.

Job Purpose

This assignment requires the overseeing and management, together with PRO-R, of the East, Central, and Southern Africa portfolio of activities of the 3PA adaptation project and related capacity transfer to Universities/institutions. It will include the contribution to and/or direct management of the 3PA adaptation programme in the COs participating in the project and contributing to policy formulation and provision of technical advice at CO, RB, and HQ levels for strategy development in 3PA. The incumbent is expected to operate with considerable independence in this speciality, strengthen existing or establish new partnerships in 3PA between COs and their national Universities/institutions, design and manage 3PA adaptation efforts that effectively inform resilience programming to meet food assistance needs, provide technical advice and oversight on programme strategy and implementation to COs and their partner, and establish and manage teams of University staff and graduates in support of the project.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Contribute to the formulation of a WFP-wide organizational strategy on capacity strengthening of governments and their national Universities/research institutions in 3PA and translating this into practical national strategies tailored to individual country realities and needs; and develop guidance on how to use the 3PA instruments for programme design, and to strengthen coordination of implementing multi-sectorial programmes between WFP, governments, and partners, ensuring a strong connection between national, sub-national, and local context’s and operations.

Provide advice and support, both remotely and through missions, to COs on developing and implementing these national strategies to transfer capacities to governments and their Universities/institutions on how to implement and use 3PA, whilst ensuring this is consistent with broader WFP strategies and guidance.

Provide technical advice and mobilize technical expertise to CO’s and Universities/institutions to support their own 3PA strategy development, which would include longer-term capacity building and training plans, assessment and analysis, implementation and utilization, curriculum development, monitoring, evaluation and quality assurance of the 3PA products, and where required adaptation of the 3PA to local contexts in support of local and national level development plans and strategies to support government efforts to reduce food insecurity and disaster risk.

Through the use of the 3PA instruments, assist government counterparts and other partners at national and sub-national levels, in identifying where food assistance and complementary measures can be usefully employed; and provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of moderately complex food assistance programmes to strengthen government and community ownership and effectiveness of these programmes at national and sub-national levels.

Establish and maintain operational partnerships with Universities/institutions, including identifying opportunities for further collaborative work between them through South-South cooperation, and to improve the application and use of the 3PA tools.



Enhance WFP’s leadership status in 3PA capacity building, skills transfer, and complementary programme design to strengthen livelihoods and build resilience in humanitarian, transition and development contexts, through direct participation, briefings, information products and other materials in University/institutional forums.

Manage operational research and evidence building across multiple Universities/institutions on issues relevant to 3PA, that will contribute to their adaptation to specific context’s.

Manage the preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical 3PA reports, publications, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use.

Contribute to resource mobilization efforts for 3PA; track, monitor, and following-up on the resource situation of specific country/regional 3PA adaptation activities; and ensure that the assigned financial resources are optimally used to achieve the set objectives planned with the budget, seeking advice from senior colleagues where necessary

Advise and support the development of functional training to enhance the capacity of WFP staff and partners in using 3PA to design and deliver complementary programmes.

Lead, motivate and develop a team of staff and University/institutional counterparts able to conduct and utilize the 3PA, in support of capacity building efforts to other countries planning or beginning to roll-out the 3PA.

Contribute to Country Office Emergency Preparedness i.e. early warning, risk analysis, and contingency planning in order to respond to humanitarian crises and needs.

Other as required.


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..

Key Deliverables

Within an established workplan, the following deliverables are expected:

  • In close collaboration with the Programme and Emergency Divisions, oversee the 3PA adaptation to urban and displacement contexts project in Africa, including the field testing, quality assurance and reports, documenting and consolidating lessons learnt, and drafting of new methodological guidance, together with participating Universities.
  • Working with the COs, a 3PA capacity building strategy for at least six African Universities developed and governed by a documented MOU, which will include budgeting, training, and the establishment and oversight of University teams able to implement 3PA for governments, WFP, and partners;
  • A network of six Universities that will promote 3PA implementation across Africa and South-South cooperation through University to University training and learning/experience sharing exchanges through various forums, to expand the capacity of 3PA on the continent; and organize at least one government to government country exchange visit for experience sharing/learning on how the 3PA is being used for government development plans.
  • Oversee and contribute to the development of 3PA curricula in at least three Universities, that includes how to implement 3PA targeted to graduates, and how to use 3PA targeted to government, WFP, and partners.
  • Contribute to and support PRO-R’s development of RB rosters of 3PA trained staff by identifying and evaluating University graduates skilled in 3PA implementation and use, including identifying opportunities for internships, that can be mobilized in support of CO or government 3PA requests, to feed into the roster.
  • Document Africa-based best practices, lessons learned, and develop learning materials to ensure sustainable capacity development at country and regional levels in Africa, and as a contribution to global work.


Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, urban and rural planning, social sciences, agriculture, environmental sciences, agricultural insurance,project management and disaster risk management , 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.
Language: Excellent knowledge of English (proficiency/level C), working knowledge of French is desirable.

Desired Experiences for this role

At least 5 years of experience in implementing, training, and using 3PA for the design and implementation of multi-sectorial and complementary food assistance and livelihood programmes;

Experience in working with/across various programming aspects (emergency, livelihoods and resilience, nutrition, assessment and analysis, amongst others)

Has led 3PA teams for programming, and managing CO 3PA portfolio’s (desirable)

Demonstrated experience in working with and developing partnerships with Universities, NGOs, UN, and government authorities in areas relevant to livelihood programming;

Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions, and on the 3PA desirable

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities, and helps colleagues to see the link between their tasks and the contributions of the project’s goals
  • Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and future needs
  • Thinks beyond conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering capacity development, and demonstrates the ability to adjust to plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in changing environments
  • Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approaches in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations, and ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions bring to partnerships.
  • Demonstrated ability to present findings of analytical and monitoring reports
  • Willingness to travel extensively to provide in-country support
  • Competencies: Cognitive Capacity, Teamwork, Action Management, Innovation, Partnering, Client Orientation


Must have strong organizational skills with an ability to work independently, as part of a diverse team, work and to take an idea from theory to practice.

Have Training and/or experience utilizing computers, including word processing, spreadsheet, project management and other standard WFP software packages and systems

Have ability to work systematically, use initiative, good judgement, and to communicate complex matters both orally and in writing; proven ability to work in a team environment and achieve common goals.


Qualified candidates are requested to submit their application via E- Recruitment  attaching a signed application letter, Curriculum Vitae and a signed Personal History Form (P11) available at Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the recruitment processes.



Deadline for applications: 6 March 2020


Qualified and experienced 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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