Programme Policy Officer SSA10, Nairobi, Kenya

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Kenya

City: Nairobi, Kenya

Office: WFP Nairobi

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


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.



Master’s degree or equivalent in Disaster Management, Agriculture, Economics, Nutrition, Development Studies, Environmental Science, International Studies, Policy Development, or related social sciences. A PhD will be an added advantage.


International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.

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


The State Department for Development of the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (SDDA) in the Ministry of Devolution and ASAL (MODA) plans to develop a Resilience Programming Framework (RPF), which will guide the implementation of resilience building activities in Kenya ASALs (attached find TORs).

Through this framework, the Government will provide a harmonized:

Conceptualization of resilience.

Approaches to programming and design principles for resilience programmes.

Guidelines on how to design resilience programmes.

Approach to measuring resilience.

The consultant will work under the overall supervision of the Secretary, ASALs in the SDDA. He/she will work closely with a technical lead appointed by SDDA and a Senior Programme Advisor seconded to the Department by WFP.


To design and manage programmes of moderate size or complexity that effectively meet food assistance needs, or contribute to policy formulation and/or provide technical advice or oversight on programme strategy and implementation.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Lead Consultant will perform the following duties:

Gather, consolidate and analyze key background documents on methodologies of existing resilience framework concepts, measurement and analysis to inform the development of the RPF inception report.

Arrange, plan and hold consultative meeting with the stakeholders. The stakeholders will include senior staff (both technical and non-technical) from the National and County Governments, donors, United Nations, NGOs, CBOs and private sector.

Respond to comments by the reference group that will be formed to guide development of the framework (as per attached Concept note and TOR for consultancy).

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Develop various drafts of the framework (see outputs below) and present them to key stakeholders for validation and to gain consensus before it is finalised.

Develop the final RPF document as detailed in the section on outputs and deliverables.


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 the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.

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..


Knowledge and understanding of conceptual framework of resilience analysis.

In depth knowledge and good understanding of disaster (drought and non-drought) resilience concepts and livelihood systems in the Arid and semi-Arid areas of Kenya.


Fifteen (15) years of relevant working experience in the field of humanitarian affairs, emergency preparedness, rehabilitation/recovery and development.

Demonstrated experience in policy/Strategy development.

E xperience in working in Kenya ASALs is also an added advantage.

Previous experience with the United Nations and/or other multilateral, bilateral organizations and international civil society development partners is considered an asset.

Experience in working on Horn of Africa programmes, policies and strategies will be an added advantage.

previous experience with the United Nations and/or other multilateral, bilateral organizations and international civil society development partners is considered an asset.


Apply by 13 November 2020

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

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.