Programme Policy Officer (Resilience), Islamabad, Pakistan

WFP - World Food Programme

WFP Islamabad, Pakistan

WFP encourages female candidates and people with disabilities to apply.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis. We are committed to promoting diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all our employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of religion or belief, ethnic or social background, gender, gender identity and disability.


Job Title: Programme Policy Officer (Resilience)-NOA

Grade: NOA

Type of contract: Fixed Term

Duration: 1 Year

Duty Station: Islamabad

Vacancy Number: 360302

Date of Publication: 25th January, 2023

Deadline of Application: 7th February, 2023

This vacancy announcement is for Pakistani Nationals only.


WFP offers a competitive benefits package including salary, pension, leave plus a medical insurance (relevant links). *Remote work may be possible depending upon the operational requirements of the Programme.

Requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the personal circumstances of the requestor given the operational situation.


To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

The purpose of this job is to have a dedicated staff member who works on scale-up of Resilience and related activities, including project implementation tasks and WFP administrative processes at the Country Office. Coordination with relevant provincial office personnel, close work with Partnerships and Reporting, as well as support to other activities within the Strategic Objective including humanitarian response and disaster preparedness activities are requisite.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Contribute towards the development of a limited number of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.
  • Provide project management support to specific and defined programmes and projects of small to moderate size that are relatively straight forward in nature, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  • Follow data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  • Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities.
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects.
  • Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through project management support of learning initiatives.
  • Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries.
  • Other as required.


  • Support the overview and operationalization of WFP resilience and livelihoods activities in Pakistan, and conditional and unconditional transfers as applicable.
  • Prepare appropriate monthly, quarterly and other regular progress reports on relevant activities component for the WFP partners, in collaboration with the activity manager, and prepare visual and other presentations as and when required. Work in close liaison with partnerships and reports unit.
  • Facilitate/ coordinating resilience and livelihoods interventions under supervision of the Strategic Activity Manager. Scale-up and assist in design of Resilience-building and development projects as applicable.
  • Support project management and coordination of projects nation-wide. Use project management tools, and report progress and results to the Activity Manager.
  • Coordinate with Provincial Offices (PO) and other functional units at Country Office (CO) to provide technical support and receive inputs for reports, partnerships and similar.
  • Support provision of technical support to PO colleagues on livelihoods-based and climate change activities.

  • Drafting of concept notes/donor proposals and reports complying to specific requirements, repand other technical and strategic documents. Liaising with Partnerships and Reporting focal points.
  • Support representation of WFP in external climate change, resilience and other forums as requested.
  • Participate in and facilitate Field Level Agreements processes, contracting of partners and similar, budget and programming, and all other applicable.
  • Conduct field missions to support scale up and improvement of field activities related to livelihoods, climate change and overall resilience building.
  • Ensure corporate understanding of WFP risk and compliance procedures, including risk registers and Annual Performance Planning inputs.
  • Provide inputs to annual country reports, monthly donor updates, and all relevant reporting.
  • Support to other activities of SO1 and 4 as needed, including humanitarian response, nexus synergies and support to highly vulnerable groups.
  • All other tasks as required.


Education: 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 two years of related work experience at professional / managerial level.

Experience: Minimum four years of professional / managerial experience in the development and also humanitarian sector.

  • Excellent knowledge and implementation of project management tools.
  • Deep experience and technical knowledge of livelihoods, recovery, Food for Asset Creation and similar activities in relation to food security and nutrition.
  • Deep experience in implementation of cash-based transfers in a national emergencies.
  • Excellent professional coordination, supervision, conflict resolution and liaising skills.
  • Experience of working in both field and country offices in relevant capacities.

Language: National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.


  • Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.
  • Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.
  • Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e., nutrition, etc.).
  • Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.


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.


To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply via (link)-openings). Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

We want to ensure the recruitment process is fully accessible. Please contact us at [email protected] to advise us of any accessibility needs you may have.

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This position is based in Country Office Islamabad and Job holder will report directly to a NOB Activity Manager or the designate.

Job holders operate with a high degree of independence, manage more junior staff to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. They are usually involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.

WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. 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.

All WFP Employees are expected to demonstrate the competencies and standards of behaviour aligned with our core values and defined in the WFP LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK, namely: Leading by example with integrity,

Driving results and delivering on commitments,

Fostering inclusive and collaborative teamwork,

Applying strategic thinking,

Building and maintaining sustainable partnerships.

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