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Programme Policy Officer (Accountability to Affected Populations)
 Vacancy No: 77841
 Type of Contract: Special Service Agreement
 Grade Level: L8
 Section/Unit: Programme
 No. of Post: 1
 Duty Station: Khartoum
 Duration: 11 months
 Closing Date: 24 April 2018


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.
WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.


These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.
Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity. 


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  Our mission is to achieve Zero Hunger.

On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year.

In Sudan, WFP has recently launched an Interim Country Strategic Plan, recognizing the sustained nature of challenges Sudan has been facing whist transitioning WFP’s portfolio towards life-changing interventions.  A reduction of humanitarian needs through facilitation of self-reliance and increased attention towards addressing the root causes of malnutrition and the sustainability of food systems aim to make a significant contribution towards the achievement of SDG 2 in Sudan.  WFP will, furthermore, transition to a Country Strategic Plan to be effective from 2019 to 20123. 

WFP’s humanitarian accountability to affected populations policy defines WFP as designing and carrying out food assistance activities in a manner that they do not increase the risks faced by the individuals and communities receiving assistance, but rather, contribute to the safety, integrity and dignity of vulnerable people.

In this spirit to meet SDG 2 goals, WFP Sudan is committed to integrate beneficiary accountability of affected populations into our ongoing as well as future activities under the Country Strategic Plan.  WFP recognizes that this is about good programming and avoiding potential negative impacts for the women, men, boys and girls we serve in a dignified manner.


Under the overall supervision of the Head of Programme in Sudan and the direct supervision of the WFP Head of Emergency Response, with technical support from WFP Regional Office in Cairo and WFP Headquarters where needed, the staff member will be responsible for mainstreaming and enhancing accountability to affected populations (AAP) considerations into WFP programmes, both ongoing as well as future activities. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Contribute towards the development of a limited number of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.
  2. 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.
  3. Follow data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  4. Research and analyze policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities.
  5. 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.
  6. Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects.
  7. Support the identification, development and management of potential partnership to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.
  8. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs.
  9. Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries.
  10. Other as required.


  1. In collaboration with other colleagues, both within Programme unit (M&E, VAM, Emergency Preparedness, Gender, Resilience, Nutrition) and other units, plan, implement and assist in the coordination of AAP strategies in our programmes, with particular focus on WFP beneficiaries.
  2. Proactively explore shortcomings and areas of improvement for mainstreaming AAP and on the basis of such findings, make effective recommendations on how WFP’s programmes could contribute towards AAP.
  3. Regularly participate in inter-agency AAP fora (such as AAP sector meetings and other relevant task forces), ensuring that AAP issues around WFP beneficiaries and communities are systematically reported and appropriately addressed.
  4. Maintain good rapport and coordination with appropriate field offices, regional bureau and headquarters to stay abreast of the latest issues, innovative approaches and initiatives concerning beneficiary accountability to affected populations.
  5. When required, coordinate with the PSEA focal points on individual cases of concern and treat them with utmost confidentiality if further screening, fact finding, referral or assistance is required from the organization.
  6. Participate in AAP-focused workshops and seminars and represent the organization official gatherings as required.
  7. Build capacities and enhance existing ones among field and country-office based colleagues and partners on WFP AAP Policy, International Humanitarian Law and national laws. 
  8. Develop standard operating procedures around beneficiary needs vis-à-vis AAP as required.
  9. Perform other duties as may be assigned.


Education and Experience: Advanced university degree in political or social sciences, or social work related field, with at least one-year experience in working in the field of protection, or First University Degree with two years of related work experience

Language: Fluency (level C) in Arabic and English languages.


  1. Ability to coordinate administrative activities and have a good level of computer literacy and capacity to draft reports/documents clearly and concisely.
  2. Ability to work under extreme pressure in difficult conditions.
  3. Knowledge of work routines and processes in order to complete tasks under minimal supervision.
  4. Ability to identify problems whilst being solution-oriented.
  5. General knowledge of UN system related policies, rules, regulations and procedures.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


Capability Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance

Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.

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 capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.

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.


This vacancy is open to qualified Sudanese Nationals Only.
WFP is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. In the pursuit of WFP’s mission to feed the hungry poor, WFP employees must uphold the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct at all times. WFP has zero tolerance for fruad & corruption, sexual exploitation and discrimination.


Applicants are required to create their personal account and fill in the profile form with his/her personal details in WFP Career Web-Site through the links provided below.
Applicants must ensure filling the mandatory sections, attaching the CV, answer the pre-screening questions and  agree on legal statement prior to submitting the application.

External applicants - Interested external applicants can apply on WFP Career Site: http://www1.wfp.org/careers/job-openings

Internal Applicants - Intereseted internal applicants can apply through the E-Recruitment tool: Learning Management System: www.newgo.wfp.org

Applicants may apply using LinkedIn profile (if available).

WFP will apply a rigorous and transparent selection process including thorough assessment of technical skills to ensure the best candidates are selected for the job. Please ensure that your application contains accurate and complete information on academic qualifications, employment record and language skills.

The United Nations' greatest asset is the quality of its staff. To ensure that the very best people join the UN team we use a competency based interview process.

WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce. WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. 

Female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.

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