Programme Policy Officer- CSP-NOA (144624)

United Nations (UN)

Job Summary

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. Reporting to the Head of Programme. At this level, job holders are responsible for technical work including the planning, implementation and coordination of activities that require a thorough understanding of programme/project context, issues, and ability to apply a range of guidelines/practices. They independently handle a wide range of specialized programme or policy support activities and may be involved in analytical work. Work performed typically has a substantial impact affecting other parts of the programme. Job holders demonstrate initiative in the identification and resolution of a wide range of issues/problems and effectively handle unforeseen situations. They may act as technical focal points in the area of vulnerability assessment and analysis. Job holders set objectives, resolve wide-ranging issues and unforeseen problems, supervise and coach a team of support staff within an area of responsibility. The purpose of this job role is to provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description/Requirements

Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive):

  • Review budget plans, monitor and analyze project financial performance, and make recommendations in compliance with WFP financial policies and procedures and best practices, to support financial analysis and optimization of resources.
  • Provide comprehensive analysis on fund and grant balances identifying surpluses and deficits, and suggest corrective measures, to support maximum fund utilization and decision-making process.
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation, and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  • Contribute to the improvement of internal processes, enhancement of corporate systems, and design of tools, to facilitate the overall planning, expenditure forecasting, and budget management, and monitoring of resource utilization.
  • Assist in maintaining communication with a number of stakeholders regarding project funds management matters and related processes, to clarify any discrepancies and optimize the use of funds
  • Enter project budget plans and revisions in the corporate systems, to ensure data is timely and accurately captured enabling easy access to information and supporting planning and decision-making.
  • Ensure and/or perform the accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work (e.g. assistance programs, food security, and vulnerability assessments) and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Act as a point of contact for the resolution of a range of operational queries and problems within a specific technical area of responsibility.
  • Oversee and/or review the work of other support staff, providing practical advice and guidance, to contribute to delivering objectives to agreed standards and deadlines.
  • Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.
  • Ensure and/or perform the accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work (e.g. assistance programs, food security, and vulnerability assessments) and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Act as a point of contact for the resolution of a range of operational queries and problems within a specific technical area of responsibility.
  • Oversee and/or review the work of other support staff, providing practical advice and guidance, to contribute to delivering objectives to agreed standards and deadlines.
  • Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.

Standard minimum qualification:

  • Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other fields relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.
  • Experience: Three or more years of relevant work experience.
  • National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different

Other key responsibilities:

  • Follow standard budgetary oversight to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.
  • Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of various activities and processes within the specific area of work supporting alignment with wider program policies and guidelines.
  • Review budget plans, monitor and analyze project financial performance, and make recommendations in compliance with WFP financial policies and procedures and best practices, to support financial analysis and optimization of resources.
  • Provide comprehensive analysis on fund and grant balances identifying surpluses and deficits, and suggest corrective measures, to support maximum fund utilization and decision-making process.
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation, and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  • Contribute to the improvement of internal processes, enhancement of corporate systems, and design of tools, to facilitate the overall planning, expenditure forecasting, and budget management, and monitoring of resource utilization.
  • Assist in maintaining communication with a number of stakeholders regarding project funds management matters and related processes, to clarify any discrepancies and optimize the use of funds
  • Enter project budget plans and revisions in the corporate systems, to ensure data is timely and accurately captured enabling easy access to information and supporting planning and decision-making.

Desired experiences for entry into the role:

  • Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.).
  • Has implemented programs and provided input into designing operations.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.

Terms and conditions:

  • Only Nigerian Nationals are eligible to apply for this position
  • Applications are to be submitted and received online and in the English language only.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.  Canvassing is strictly prohibited. Canvassing of any sort will lead to automatic disqualification of the concerned applicant.

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.

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