World Food Programme تطلب Programme Policy Advisor

Alaa Ali

World Food Programme تطلب Programme Policy Advisor – Social Protection and Safety Nets P4


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

The 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.


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 is in the process of its support to strengthening national safety nets and social protection systems, to support governments with their hunger-fighting strategies.

In recent years, WFP has experienced a paradigm shift in response to an evolving operating environment that requires the UN agency’s technical expertise not only in the delivery of food assistance, but also in the development of sustainable hunger-smart and nutrition-sensitive solutions that will support progress towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Two: “End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture”.

World Food Programme تطلب Programme Policy Advisor – Social Protection and Safety Nets P4

This paradigm shift means that WFP Middle East, North Africa, East Europe and the Central Asia region needs to focus on providing technical advice and operational services aligned with national social protection strategies (when available) and frameworks. Efforts from WFP towards 2030 Agenda need to influence the design of these programmes and these efforts need to yield high and significant impact on nutrition status and contribute to improved food security outcomes.

WFP’s Regional Bureau for Middle East, North Africa, East Europe and the Central Asia region (RBC) is looking to expand its support to national social protection systems in the areas of nutrition, food security and emergency response, and to strengthen its support to WFP Country Offices (COs) in the region in this thematic area.

World Food Programme تطلب Programme Policy Advisor – Social Protection and Safety Nets P4

RBC provides strategic guidance, policy/technical support and direction to WFP operations and activities in 17 countries: Algeria, Armenia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyz Republic, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey and Yemen. This position is intended to ensure dedicated expertise in the Regional Bureau on safety nets and social protection, with a view to strengthen support on this thematic to WFP Country Offices in the region, in the context of Country Strategic Plans and UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks.

World Food Programme تطلب Programme Policy Advisor


Support Country Offices in the RBC region to articulate their strategic priorities in Social Protection (SP) and Safety Nets as part of their Country Strategic Plan (CSP):

In collaboration with RBC and CO teams, support priority opportunities for WFP’s potential onward engagement in social protection in targeted countries (notably Sudan, Libya, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, and others as required);

Support COs to build a policy dialogue on social protection with host governments and their development partners.

Provide strategic direction-setting on RBC regional social protection strategic positioning and engagement, and input into the global WFP social protection strategy;

World Food Programme تطلب Programme Policy Advisor – Social Protection and Safety Nets P4

Foster the integration of social protection work in the RBC region with relevant technical Programme and other teams in the RBC (school feeding, nutrition, cash-based transfers, emergency preparedness, and response planning, IT…), including on the use of different safety nets (cash, school feeding, etc), strengthening nutrition-sensitive and shock-responsive social protection, and the underlying systems that support national social protection mechanisms

Support capacity building of Country Offices in the area of social protection through:

Enhancing understanding of SP concepts through at least 2 SP thematic webinars, monthly calls with SP regional focal points, establishment of monthly SP newsletter, supporting Essential Needs Assessment training and its subsequent utilization;

Strengthening the use of econometric analysis to inform strategy;

Enhancing Country Office capacity to engage social protection policy engagement –and utilize their evidence base to engage with government in SP policy shaping, with a focus on at least 4 Country Offices (notably Sudan, Libya, Iraq, Palestine and others as required).

Prepare a plan with ILO and UNICEF to modify the TRANSFORM training for the RBC region, including introducing a food security and nutrition component

World Food Programme تطلب Programme Policy Advisor – Social Protection and Safety Nets P4

Support Country Offices that have been awarded social protection funding in programme implementation; and other Country Offices to secure funding for social protection

Support the RBC Programme to engage in a broader policy dialogue on social protection at a regional level with key actors (e.g., Government agencies, UN agencies, social protection partners such as the World bank).

Support other on-going initiatives relevant to social protection led by other units within the Bureau;

Formulate substantial parts of programme policies and implementation plans related to Social Protection and Safety Nets in line with both organizational strategies and the practical realities of operating in the field, (particularly but not limited to the context of Syrian Refugees);



University degree in a relevant field such as economics, business, public policy, social sciences

Advanced University degree in Social Sciences, International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Public Administration, Public Policy or other fields relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.


Working knowledge (proficiency/Level C) of English

Basic knowledge of Arabic would be a plus


At least 8 years’ experience in social protection implementation in low- and middle-income countries, with at least 6 years’ experience in policy design, analysis and guidance;

3 to 5 years’ operational experience in national social protection systems, including responsibility for liaising with different line ministries at national and decentralized levels;

Experience in managing or implementing cash transfer programmes, electronic payment systems for social assistance; strengthening and aligning with national social protection and safety nets

Experience in the Middle East, North Africa, East Europe and Central Asian Region is an asset

UN or donor experience, especially with WFP and/or UNICEF, DFID or World Bank is an asset

World Food Programme تطلب Programme Policy Advisor – Social Protection and Safety Nets P4

Knowledge & Skills:

A sound understanding of policymaking processes and the ability to distill operationally relevant recommendations/lessons for governments and other partners;

Strong capacity for analysis, learning, research, and innovation;

Capacity to foster strong cross-agency collaboration

Good leadership and interpersonal skills


Job Title: Programme Policy Advisor – Social Protection and Safety Nets

Type & Level of Contract: Short-Term Professional / P4

Duration & Start Date: 6 months – Starting ASAP

Unit/Division: Programme

Duty Station(City, Country): Regional Bureau in Cairo (RBC), Egypt

Reports To: Programme Policy Officer


Deadline for applications is 11 April 2020

Seniority levelDirector

Employment typeTemporary

Job functionProject ManagementResearchStrategy/Planning

IndustriesNonprofit Organization Management

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