WFP recruits 01 Senior Programme Policy Officer

WFP recruits 01 Senior Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme

Cairo, Egypt

Opportunités de carrière : Senior Programme Policy Officer P5 – Regional Bureau Cairo (524905)

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.

Are you a seasoned Programme & Policy leader interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Would you like to join a global organisation investing in its people? 

If so, an exciting & fulfilling career awaits you! Join our diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to saving & changing millions of lives around the globe. 


Applications must be submitted by Sunday, March 19, 2023 (11:59 PM CET).  


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, operating in more than 120 countries and territories, bringing life-saving assistance in emergencies, building pathways to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change and supporting sustainable and resilient livelihoods for a world with zero hunger.

At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP’s values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.  

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WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 

WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse and multicultural working environment 

WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of trainings, accreditation, coaching, mentorship and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities 

A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe

We offer an attractive compensation package (please refer to the Terms and Conditions section) 


This post deputizes for the Senior Regional Programme Policy Advisor/Head of Programme and directly oversees a broad humanitarian/transition portfolio that includes: emergency preparedness and response; resilience and climate change; cross-cutting issues (gender, protection, AAP and conflict-sensitivity) and cooperating partner management. You will lead the development and implementation of programmes in these mentioned areas that effectively meet food assistance needs in a complex context, or provide technical advice and oversight on the development and implementation of complex policies, strategies and operations.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Formulate WFP-wide programme policies and guidance in line with both organisational strategy and the practical realities of operating in the field; or translate WFP-wide programme policy into Regional/Country level practices and implementation modalities and operations, to ensure alignment between HQ and field operations enabling effective delivering of food assistance.

Provide advice and support to a large number of COs operating in a variety of contexts, to clarify ambiguities and ensure that policy and programme operations are consistent with WFP policies, Executive Board decisions, and other relevant guidance.

Provide solid technical and managerial leadership on a broad range of strategically important and complex policy and programme issues (including assessment and analysis, the choice of objectives, activities, transfer modalities and appropriate food products, the deployment and testing of innovative approaches and the development of strategies) to support government efforts to reduce hunger and malnutrition.

Assist senior stakeholders of governments and other partners in identifying where food assistance can be usefully employed and provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of food assistance programmes to strengthen government and community ownership and effectiveness of food security and nutrition programmes at global, national and sub-national levels.

Identify, develop and nurture strategic and operational partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve assistance packages and support advocacy work.

Enhance WFP’s leadership status in different forums on subjects related to food security, nutrition, livelihoods, resilience, engagement in humanitarian, transition and development contexts and other related issues, through direct participation and/or through briefings, information products and other materials.

Monitor and oversee operational research and evidence building on issues relevant to food assistance to advocacy for WFP and to strengthen policy and programme formulation.

Monitor and oversee preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, publications, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use to present a consistent picture to internal and external stakeholders and enable informed decision-making.

Advocate for resources for a broad portfolio of WFP projects, including clearly articulating the need for food assistance and related programme opportunities, and follow up on the resource situation of projects including commodity and cash availability.

Advice and support the development of functional training in areas of expertise to enhance the capacity of WFP staff and partner to design and deliver effective food assistance programmes.

Lead, motivate and develop a large and complex team of professionals to enable high performance.

Ensure the best use of assigned financial resources for achievement of set objectives.

Take responsibility for an equitable and inclusive workplace which incorporates all dimensions of the WFP diversity and inclusion framework.

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

Other as required.



Master’s 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 years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.


At least Eleven years of experience in formulating programme lifecycles and implementation modalities

Experience shaping country-level operational strategies/partnerships

Experience leading multidisciplinary teams

Experience designing/managing operations

Subject matter expertise in any of the following areas will be considered a bonus: emergency preparedness and response; resilience and climate change; cross-cutting issues (gender, protection, AAP and conflict-sensitivity) and cooperating partner management.


Fluency (level C) in the English language;

Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (A WFP’s working language). A preference is given to French and/or Arabic.


You have knowledge of:

Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance: Can lead a technical team through the programme lifecycle in highly complex contexts to strengthen the Governments’ capacity to address hunger through interventions that are fully integrated into long-term strategies.

Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher): Demonstrate the ability to make well informed, strategic decisions surrounding every aspect of transfer modalities (e.g., modality type, strategic opportunities, and areas for change) to improve long term programme effectiveness.

Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.): Demonstrate ability to engage and advocate for programmes in technical areas, and to build strategic partnerships in technical fields.

Emergency Programming: Demonstrate ability to lead a technical team through the development and implementation of strategic initiatives and operations in highly complex emergency situations.

Strategic Policy Engagement with Governments: Position your agency as a partner of choice with influence on a wide set of policy dialogues that strengthen national government strategies.


These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

Leads by Example with Integrity Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork Applies Strategic Thinking Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and nurtures  external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.


Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year. This position is open to both internal and external candidates.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with ICSC standards ( including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, visa, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance.

The selected candidates will be required to relocate to Cairo, Egypt to take up this assignment.


We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable)

Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application

Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language

Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter

Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time

Please contact us at in case you face any challenges with submitting your application

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified


WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

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.POSTULER

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