Programme Policy Officer (Policy Coherence) - Manager, Kabul, Afghanistan

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Afghanistan

City: Kabul, Afghanistan

Office: World Food Programme (WFP) Kabul

Closing date: Saturday, 5 September 2020


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is well known for its ability to deliver food assistance rapidly to people in need. To continue responding effectively to challenging contexts while also contributing to longer-term efforts to end hunger, WFP’s Strategic Plan focuses on better understanding of national food and nutrition security challenges and reshaping its engagement through support to national safety nets and social protection systems, to help host governments with their hunger-fighting strategies.


The SO 5 Outcome Manager shall be based in the WFP Country Office in Kabul, reporting to the Deputy Country Director (Operations & Programmes), and being guided by Senior Management and Head of Programmes. A large emphasis is placed upon building and maintaining strong working relationships with government ministries, UN agencies and other partners in the area to reinforce WFP’s visibility.

The incumbent will focus on four broad categories of work: national policy frameworks (AFSeN-A, shock-responsive social protection); strategic partnerships (One UN, common services and platforms, World Bank and key ministries); research and evidence generation to support policy advocacy work.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Point of contact for all of WFP’s policy engagement with the Government of Afghanistan and will be expected to develop strong working relationships with all key ministries that partner with WFP, including (but not limited to): MAIL, MoPH, MRRD, MoRR, NSIA, MoLSA and ANDMA, as well as the Offices of the President and the Vice President;.

Provide technical advice or mobilise technical expertise on programme and policy issues including policy 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 counterparts in 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 moderately complex food assistance programmes to strengthen government and shock-responsiveness of food security and nutrition programmes at national and sub-national levels;
Enhance WFP’s leadership status in forums related to WFP’s mandate, including food security, nutrition, livelihoods, resilience or engagement in humanitarian, transition and development contexts through direct participation in meetings, briefings, information products and advocacy work;
Strengthen strategic national and local partnerships with UN Agencies, NGO partners, Academia, and other national/local partners;
Work closely with other critical functions in the organization, within Afghanistan and with Regional Bureau and Headquarters, to contribute towards coherent and context-specific application of policies;
Operate with a high degree of independence to ensure that SO5 objectives are achieved in full and will also be involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of considerable complexity;
Monitoring and reporting of activities and funds under SO5 and will develop a funding strategy in collaboration with the Donor Relations Unit to fund SO5 activities;
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Travel to field offices to lead consultations with WFP staff and partners on policy engagement under the CSP. Participation in HQ or regional training or workshops on policy coherence and social protection may be requested.



Advanced university degree in a relevant area, for example, social science, international development, international relations, public policy or political science.


Fluent in written and spoken Englishl and in Dari and/or Pashto, preferably both.


At least 5 years of relevant work experience with humanitarian aid/development sector and or flagship government programmes, with at least 1 year of field experience in a conflict, post-conflict context.

Experience in direct Programme implementation, and in capacity development of stakeholders.

Knowledge & Skills

Demonstrated experience in policy development and liasing with Government officials and government ministries at high-levels to influence policy and priorities, particularly related to government flagship programmes.

UN or donor experience, especially with WFP and/or UNICEF, DFID, World Bank, and/or government ministry

Strong Knowledge of programmes and policies related to nutrition, food security in emergencies, social safety nets, and partnerships;
Capability to foster strong cross-agency collaboration;
Good leadership and interpersonal skills;
Ability to manage and prioritise own workload;
Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English.


Position Title: Programme Policy Officer (Policy Coherence) SO5 Manager

Grade: National Officer- Level C (NOC)

Contract: Fixed-Term (FT) - One-year renewable

Duty Station/travel: Kabul, Afghanistan with travel inside Afghanistan

Salary: Starting at USD 53,759.00 net per annum

Medical Plan: International valid medical plan valid also for staff, spouse and dependents children under 18 years

Annual leave: 30 working days per annum

WFP Work Envirionment

WFP is committed to ensuring that all its workplaces are free from abuse, offensive behaviour, harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. WFP is also committed to promoting a work culture in which every employee understands, and is able to carry out, his/her personal responsibilities for maintaining the dignity of work colleagues. WFP seeks to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. We believe our mission of fighting global hunger worldwide can only be achieved if women, men, girls and boys are offered equal opportunities in terms of access to resources and services and participation in decision making roles.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply


Saturday, 5 September 2020.