Job vacancy- World Food Programme


Position: Programme Policy Officer (Service Contract level 9) / Social Protection (107465)

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.

Leveraging its extensive experience and the contributions it has made in the country over many decades, the World Food Programme (WFP) in Rwanda works to build national capacity to formulate, manage and implement programmes for achieving Zero Hunger, by gradually shifting from being a direct implementer to being a catalyst and enabler. As an integral part of the United Nations ‘One UN’ agenda, WFP implements programmes which are in line with Rwanda’s national planning processes and development programmes.


WFP’s emerging role in social protection is to strengthen country capacity to operationalize social protection policies and programmes that improve access to food and nutrition, and generate related knowledge and evidence to influence related policymaking.

WFP supports social protection in different ways according to country-specific needs and opportunities. Specifically, WFP supports countries to: (a) design and implement social protection programmes that protect access to food and nutrition, improve resilience and reduce reliance on humanitarian response; (b) develop efficient social protection delivery systems.


In implementing its activities, WFP Rwanda will bridge the humanitarian–development nexus and leverage its extensive experience and the contributions it has made in Rwanda over many decades in order to achieve four strategic outcomes:

  1. Refugees and returnees in Rwanda have access to adequate and nutritious food at all times.
  2. Vulnerable populations in food-insecure communities and areas have improved access to adequate and nutritious food all year.
  3. Children under 5, adolescents and pregnant and nursing women and girls in Rwanda have improved access to nutritious foods and services that enable them to meet their nutrition needs all year.
  4. Smallholder farmers, especially women, have increased marketable surplus and access to agricultural markets through efficient supply chains by 2030.

Under strategic outcome 2, WFP is engaging with the Rwandan Social Protection and Emergency management sector, looking at options to leverage the existing social protection programmes and systems to: 1) mitigate the risk of natural disasters and 2) provide more effective, efficient and rapid assistance to affected populations after a disaster has occurred.

To fulfil this role, WFP needs to recruit a Programme Policy Officer under a temporary contract (Service Contract) and who will  report to The Senior Programme Policy Officer.
The job holder will operate with a high degree of independence, manage more junior staff to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full and will be involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level the job holder is expected to contribute to performance improvement.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Coordinate the assessment on Impact of climate-related shocks on poverty and vulnerability in Rwanda:

Lead the planning and organization of the assessment work, including coordination with experts from WFP HQ and national and local government

Support in development of qualitative data collection tools if necessary

Coordinate the organization of the high-level forum on adaptive social protection in Rwanda:

Lead the conceptual preparation for the high-level forum (concept note, agenda, etc.)

Liaise with relevant national stakeholders in the preparation to the event for adequate buy-in and participation.

Coordinate the formulation and delivery of capacity strengthening activities for government in adaptive social protection:

Organization of workshops

Development of training materials


Education:  Advanced University degree in one or a combination of the following fields is required: Economics; Statistics, Environmental Science/Management, Social Policy, Sociology or Other relevant field.

Experience: Minimum of five years progressively responsible experience in implementation of social protection programmes.

Language:  Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Kinyarwanda.


  • Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.
    • Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.
    • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.



  • 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.


  • Understanding of the national social protection policies, strategies, set up and function to identify areas of cooperation and potential technical support.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to work under pressure and to establish and maintain effective work relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Proven capacity to work well in a team;
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills with an ability to express ideas clearly, concisely and persuasively, both orally and in writing;
  • Sound understanding of national social protection policy-making processes and ability to filter operationally relevant lessons for governments and other partners.
  • Demonstrated experience in cross-agency collaboration and providing input into policy discussions and decisions.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing data collection and analysis for policy decisions. Strong understanding of social protection programming in both development and emergency contexts will be considered as a strong asset.


Eligiblity: This position is open to Rwandan nationals only

Duration of Post: 6 months renewable, subject to successful performance and availability of funds

Contract Type: Sercice Contract, Level 9

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

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For detailed information on working with WFP, please visit and click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.


The deadline for applications is 16 October 2019.

Qualified Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply



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