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Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme (WFP)

This is a Full-time position in Lusaka posted 24/03/2022.

World Food Programme (WFP) Jobs in Lusaka Programme Policy Officer Carreer opportunities in Lusaka vacancies in World Food Programme (WFP) at Lusaka

# Job Description

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 or 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 Public Health Nutrition, Nutrition,
Food Technology, Medicine or other relevant field
Experience: 5 or more years of work experience supporting nutrition programs,
preferably in humanitarian contexts. Operational experience with IMAM/CMAM and
prevention of malnutrition strategies. Experience working in the UN,
especially WFP is valuable, as is experience working with NGOs and the
Nutrition Cluster.
Languages: Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.


WFP Zambia designed a five-year Country Strategic Plan CSP which is result
of rigorous consultations with government, donors and other stakeholders, and
reflects their appetite to support and partner with WFP in the country. It is
informed by, and strongly aligns with, national and United Nations priorities,
and global commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs. It
embraces the Government’s long-term Vision 2030; aligns with 16 key strategic
areas of its current 7th National Development Plan NDP7; and contributes to
the joint Zambia-UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework UNSDPF.
The CSP is informed by WFP’s long-standing and broad experience in the
country, embracing lessons from evaluations and reviews which call for greater
synergy, a consolidation of ‘pilot’ initiatives, and improved gender-sensitive
approaches to programme design. Finally, it is guided by the Zero Hunger
Strategic Review ZHSR.

In a break with past approaches, both the ZHSR and the NDP7 recognise that
hunger and nutrition issues are multi-faceted, and require well-integrated,
collaborative, multi-sectoral national approaches, that draw on the skills and
resources of key stakeholders.

These key strategies point to an increasing national consensus on food and
nutrition security, which has created a strong opportunity for WFP to re-focus
its investments and efforts to areas of genuine comparative advantage, and
give effect to maximum impact. WFP Zambia’s integrated and pragmatic CSP
shifts away from unsustainable localized and micro-level interventions, to
embrace more effective advocacy and engagement with national policies, systems
and programmes to achieve national impact on SDG2. Given the Government’s
commitment to budget support for nutrition, social protection, and
agriculture, despite the country’s constrained fiscal position, WFP’s
overarching strategy seeks to enable the government to meet its policy
aspirations with better systems, expertise and resources for implementation.
This means a decisive shift of WFP’s country positioning towards the provision
of upstream technical assistance for nationally-owned solutions.

Advancing the WFP Corporate Strategic Plan 2017-2021, the CSP addresses both
SDG2 and SDG17, and WFP’s Strategic Results 1, 2, 3 and 5. WFP will implement
seven activities to achieve five Strategic Outcomes SO. These SOs will:
respond to crises and shocks including support to refugees SO1; address the
root causes of malnutrition SO2; build the resilience, enabling environment
and market access for smallholders, especially women SO3; support government
institutions to provide social protection systems including home grown school
meals and disaster preparedness and response SO4 and provide demand driven
supply chain services SO5.


To deliver standard business support processes for a specific professional
area of work, to facilitate effective service delivery.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES not all-inclusive

Manage the nutrition team and provide technical advice to mainstream nutrition
in all relevant CO activities in line with WFP standards and processes.
Support strengthening of national nutrition initiatives, including the
development of national government policies related to nutrition, nutrition
strategies, action plans, protocols and guidelines in line with the SUN
Movement and international guidance and current evidence.
Support policy and capacity strengthening support through technical assistance
to government to prevent all forms of malnutrition, nutrition policy and
strategy design, and implementation.
Provide research and knowledge support through surveys and
Provide technical support and recommendations to increase effectiveness and
efficiency of nutrition programming, particularly related to the first 1000
Most Critical Days II strategy.
Work with relevant staff to ensure effective design and delivery of WFP
nutrition programming.
Expand engagement of local private sector to nutrition, including
implementation of complementary initiatives that drive consumer demand for
improved nutrition.
Lead development of relevant funding proposals to support, strengthen, and
strategically expand WFP CO programming in a manner that complements existing
national efforts.
Provide support for operational partnerships, including inter-agency
collaboration and advocacy, to ensure a strong multi-sectorial response to
nutrition in both emergency and non-emergency settings.
Design, conduct and communicate the nutrition situation clearly and
effectively to nutrition stakeholders.
Contribute to technical discussions, exchange experiences, advocate for
nutrition interventions and identify areas of potential collaboration.
Build capacity of WFP staff, partners, and national government to prepare for
and respond to nutrition problems.
Prepare accurate and timely reporting and learning, contributing to a
knowledge base that informs decision making of WFP and other stakeholders.
Support the monitoring and evaluation of WFP activities, provide technical
analysis, and interpretation.



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


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
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
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
Knowledge of Nutrients Has strong understanding of key nutrients requirements,
food sources, food science and food technology related to vitamins and
minerals to present evidence on nutrition effectively to WFP staff and
Situation Analysis and Evidence Assessment Leverages new evidence and applies
that to provide technical advice, identify and prioritise country nutrition
gaps, design programmes and train staff and partners on the new evidence.
Knowledge of Public Health Ability to analyze data to determine overall health
status, determining factors relating to nutrition, and possible areas of
intervention for health and nutrition.
Knowledge of Food System Expert knowledge of emerging trends and developments
in food systems and value chain transformations, as well as innovative
programming, policies and interventions achieving good nutrition-promoting
food systems.
Applying Programme & Policy Standards Leverages nutrition knowledge to provide
technical advice to governments to design and implement country nutrition
programmes that follow international and WFP agency standards and guidance.


–>Strong analytical and interpersonal skills.
–>Demonstrated significant expertise providing technical support to country and field programme teams, government staff working on nutrition, gender, agriculture and SBCC activities.
–>Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a wide range of partners with varying interests and priorities.
–>Excellent inter-personal, communication and facilitation skills.
–>Ability to work independently and as part of team;
–>Exhibited cross-cultural competence.


–>Experience working with governments on developing nutrition policies and/or implementing a nutrition programme within food security or health.
–>Experience conducting nutritional assessments, analysed data and drafted recommendations for programme.
–>Experience working in multiple countries.
–>Experience working in both emergencies and development context.


Interested applicants must apply not later than 28th March 2022.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries 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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Closing Date : 10th April, 2022.

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