Programme Policy Officer (Resilience & Climate Change), Islamabad, Pakistan At WFP – World Food Programme

Closing date: Sunday, 2 April 2023

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.

ABOUT JOB

Job Title: Programme Policy Officer (Resilience & Climate Change)

Grade: NOB

Type of contract: Fixed Term

Duration: 12 Months

Duty Station: Islamabad

Vacancy Number: 639190

Date of Publication: 20 March, 2023

Deadline of Application: 2 April, 2023

This vacancy announcement is for Pakistani nationals only.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

WFP offers a competitive benefits package including salary, pension, leave plus a medical insurance. *Remote work if applicable or/FWA until return to office or travel is possible due to covid-19 restrictions.

JOB PURPOSE

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

To lead the development and implementation of a high-quality resilience programme that aims to successfully bridge the humanitarian – development nexus through four interrelated project components: a) Climate Change adaptation and action.

b) Climate Risk Management.

c) Early Warning Systems

d) Capacity Strengthening

e) Longer term resilience building

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  •  Support Government and WFP Cooperating Partners’ (CPs) planning and formulation of quality projects and activities that enhance resilience at household and community levels, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines .
  •  Provide technical advice on resilience building overall programme including suitable Livelihoods, early recovery, Food Assistance for Assets (FFA), and Food/Cash for Training Programmes (FFT) for vulnerable communities .
  •  Take responsibility for incorporating climate change concerns and action in all projects/ programmes across the unit including supporting the preparedness (DRR, ER) and relief portfolios .
  •  Design programs that are aligned with a) national/provincial development plans and policies; and) the United Nations sustainable development cooperation framework and other frameworks .
  •  Design and implement anticipatory action programmes .
  •  Support CP to develop capacity building programmes in terms of designing and developing training plans, training curricula and training materials .
  •  Provide support in resilience building by using WFP’s Three-Pronged approach and more specifically Seasonal Livelihood Programming (SLP) and Community -Based Participatory Planning (CBPP) approach, to build on relief and recovery efforts in affected areas .
  •  Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, aiming for equal participation and benefits of women and men in targeted communities .

OTHER SPECIFIC JOB REQUIREMENTS

  •  Contribute to national, provincial, district and community-level capacity strengthening on emergency preparedness and early actions ahead of a natural hazard .
  •  Coordinate with internal and external stakeholders to establish transparent, accurate, and ethical targeting and beneficiary selection, fully in accordance with SCOPE beneficiary management procedures, and triangulation of data, to ensure the most vulnerable are assisted.
  •  Formulate project proposals (e.g. Green Climate Fund, Adaptation Fund, IKI or any other climate financing streams) and manage the preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, publications, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use.
  • Engage with key stakeholders:
    •  Establish and maintain operational and strategic partnerships with UN agencies (e.g. FAO), Cooperating Partners, Science and national institutions for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve assistance packages and support advocacy work.
    •  Government department at Federal, provincial and district level.
  •  Liaise with CPs to undertake field visits and review implementation of project activities to ensure progress towards objectives. Review progress reports and provide feedback to project implementers .
  •  Lead and motivate a team of nationals to enable high performance .
  •  Other as required.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences, Climate Change or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First level University Degree with additional two years of related work experience at professional / managerial level.

Experience: A minimum of four years of professional/managerial level experience is required in Climate Change and resilience building working at the National level.

Key Competencies:

  •  Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.
  •  Has taken leadership in implementing programmes.
  •  Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.
  •  Excellent communication skills – both written and oral in English.
  •  Good analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, and negotiating skills.
  •  Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds.

Language: Fluency (level C) in the UN language in use at the duty station and in the duty station’s language, if different.

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.

HOW TO APPLY

To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply via (https://www.wfp.org/careers/job-openings). Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

Request for Disability-related Reasonable Accommodations:

It is important for WFP to create an accessible and inclusive workplace for everyone. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. If you require a reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection and hiring process, please direct your request and inquiries to the Diversity and Inclusion team on: global.inclusion@wfp.org, cc’ing bangkok.recruitment@wfp.org. A member of the reasonable accommodation team will contact you to confidentially discuss your needs.

This email is only to be used for any disability-related accessibility requirements, and not for sending the application itself. Due to volume of applications, any applications or CVs sent through this email address will not be considered a formal application and will not receive a reply from WFP.

ABOUT WFP

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.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

This job is based in Country Office, Islamabad, Pakistan. Within delegated authority, the Programme Policy Officer will work under the supervision of the SO1 Coordinator (Relief and Resilience), in close collaboration with team members in the Country Office and Provincial Offices. Job holder will be directly reporting to SO1 Coordinator or the designate.

Job holder operates 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 holder is expected to contribute to performance improvement.

WFP in Pakistan is undergoing a strategic shift from a humanitarian to development focus – the Humanitarian Development Nexus (HDN). In parallel, it has moved away from the Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2018-2022 to the Country Strategic Plan (CSP) (2023-2027). To expedite this strategic shift and to strengthen WFP’s positioning as a key and trusted government partner, the selected candidate for this position is expected to provide leadership in the development and implementation of policies under the CSP with specific focus on Livelihood Recovery and Resilience Building while linking to humanitarian assistance, early warning and risk preparedness.

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.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

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 ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.

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.

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.

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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