Programme Policy Officer P4 (Head of Programme) at World Food Programme

Programme Policy Officer (Livelihood & Resilience) at the United Nations World Food Programme (UN WFP)

Are you a Programme Policy Professional interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Would you like to join a global organisation investing in its people?

If so, an exciting & fulfilling career awaits you!!! Join our diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to saving & changing millions of lives around the globe.


Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, 1 August, 2023 (11:59 PM CEST).


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, operates in more than 120 countries and territories, bringing life-saving assistance in emergencies, building pathways to peace, stability, and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change and supporting sustainable and resilient livelihoods for a world with zero hunger.

At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do, and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high-performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP’s values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.

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  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse and multicultural working environment
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of trainings, accreditation, coaching, mentorship and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities
  • A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe
  • We offer attractive compensation package (please refer to Terms and Conditions section)


Burkina Faso continuous conflict deterioration have given rise to one of the fastest-growing internal displacement of population with over 1.8 million people displaced. Conflict, climate change and the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 are the main drivers of the growing food insecurity in Burkina Faso, with nearly 3.5 million food insecure people which is about 16 percent of the national population. Poor harvest and high food prices and the impact of the Ukraine Crisis added an additional layer of Burkina complexity to an already vulnerable population facing multiple shocks. Burkina Faso Country Strategic Plan (CSP 2019-2023), initially valued at USD 173 million, now stands at over USD 1.3 billion as the security situation continued to deteriorate. WFP emergency response includes assistance to internally displaced populations (IDPs), host families affected by the crisis, Malian refugees residing in the Sahel region, and food insecure people during the lean season. With its prioritization plan, WFP provides continued assistance to the most vulnerable population.

The Country Office is now classified as non-family duty station with R&R cycle of 8 weeks.


The Head of Programme position is based in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso and reports to the Deputy Country Director, to design and manage programmes 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)

  • Formulate substantial parts of WFP-wide programme policies in line with both organisational strategy and the practical realities of operating in the field; or translate WFP wide programme policy into Regional/Country level practices, programme guidance and implementation modalities and operations, to ensure a clear and strong connection between HQ and field operations.
  • Provide advice and support to COs delivering a complex portfolio of programmes to clarify ambiguities and ensure that policy and programme operations are consistent with WFP policies, Executive Board decisions, and other relevant guidance.
  • Provide technical advice or mobilise technical expertise, on a wide range of programme and policy issues including assessment and 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 senior stakeholders of 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 food assistance programmes to strengthen government and community ownership and effectiveness of food security and nutrition programmes at national and sub-national levels.
  • Develop operational partnerships and maintain established strategic partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve assistance packages and support advocacy work.
  • Enhance WFP’s leadership status in different forums on subjects related to food security, nutrition, livelihoods, resilience, engagement in humanitarian, transition and development contexts and other related issues through direct participation, briefings, information products and other materials.
  • Manage or oversee operational research and evidence building on issues relevant to food assistance.
  • Supervise and provide guidance and leadership to programme sub-units (Nutrition, Resilience, School Feeding, Country Capacity Strengthening, Social Protection, RAM, ARC Replica, Gender, Protection, CBT, and Operational Partnership).
  • Manage or oversee preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, publications, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use.
  • Advocate for resources for a broad portfolio of WFP projects, including clearly articulating the need for food assistance and related programme opportunities, and follow up on the resource situation of projects including commodity and cash availability.
  • Advice and support the development of functional training in areas of expertise to enhance the capacity of WFP staff and partner to design and deliver effective food assistance programmes.
  • Lead, motivate and develop a substantive team to enable high performance.
  • Ensure the best use of assigned financial resources for achievement of set objectives within a significant budget.
  • Take responsibility for an equitable and inclusive workplace which incorporates all dimensions of the WFP diversity and inclusion framework.
  • Contribute to Country Office Emergency Preparedness i.e., early warning, risk analysis, and contingency planning in order to respond to humanitarian crises and needs.
  • Other as required.


Education: You have

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

Experience: you have

  • Has direct experience working across various programme types (e.g., cash-transfer programmes, school feeding, public works / food assistance for assets, emergency response, supply chain, social protection, etc.).
  • Has experience managing substantial components of a complex programme.
  • Has experience leading a substantive team.
  • Has led team in strategic discussions.
  • Prior experience with WFP is an asset.
  • Prior experience in Western Africa is an asset.

Languages: You have

  • Fluency in English (spoken & written) is required.
  • At least an intermediate knowledge (level B) of French is required.


These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

Leads by Example with Integrity – Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others
Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments – Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change
Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork – Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth
Applies Strategic Thinking – Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things
Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships – Builds and nurtures external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.


This is an International Professional position and candidates must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with ICSC standards ( basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, visa, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance.

The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso to take up this assignment.


  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable)
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
  • Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
  • Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time
  • Please contact us at in case you face any challenges with submitting your application
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified

How to apply

Please follow the link to apply: Career Opportunities: Programme Policy Officer P4


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