Programme Policy Officer (Protection & Accountability to Affected Population), Bujumbura, Burundi at WFP – World Food Programme

Description of assignment title: Programme Policy Officer (Protection & Accountability to Affected Population)

Assignment country: Burundi

Expected start date: 04/17/2022

Sustainable Development Goal: 2. Zero hunger

Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: WFP

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Bujumbura


Mission and objectives

The World Food Program is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Born in 1961, WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life. On average, WFP reaches more than 90 million people with food assistance in 80 countries each year. About 13,500 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor. WFP pursues five Strategic Objectives: 1. End hunger by protecting access to food 2. Improve nutrition; 3. Achieve food security; 4. Support SDG implementation 5. Partner for SDG results


The WFP Interim Strategic Plan (ICSP) is aligned with Burundi’s Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper II and focuses on Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 17 while also contributing to goals for quality education, gender equality and climate action. The ICSP targets 2,5 million people over its duration across 5 different strategic outcomes and 8 activities, which include food assistance to crisis affected populations (refugees, returnees, and vulnerable local populations), school feeding for primary school children in support of the Ministry of Education, food assistance for assets in food insecure areas for increased resilience, nutritional support for the prevention and treatment of malnutrition, support to smallholder farmers, capacity strengthening of the Government and other entities in early warning systems, food security analysis, management of food assistance, and service provision to the government and other humanitarian actors.

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Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Country Representative and Director, and with the support of the Regional Protection Adviser, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  •  Provide technical advice, training and guidance on protection and APP to colleagues who are working at the national and sub-office level;
  •  Enhance WFP’s contribution to relevant external forums at country level (e.g. protection cluster meetings) and inter-agency processes (e.g. joint assessments);
  •  Establish and maintain operational partnerships and collaborative approaches related to protection and AAP with other humanitarian-development actors;
  •  Ensure compliance with WFP policies and procedures, handbooks and guidelines and/or propose new initiatives to address gaps or impediments in a complex political context;
  •  Develop systems and SOPs that address Protection needs and follow up on their implementation with activity managers, Head of Programme and Head of Field Offices;
  •  Support programme teams in carrying out brief analysis, onsite monitoring, linking with protection actors and other similar exercises to identify address and mitigate protection risks;
  •  Ensure participatory, community-based protection and accountability to affected population approaches are included at all stages of the programme cycle;
  •  Through regular interaction with beneficiaries, authorities and network of partners stay abreast of political, social, economic and cultural developments that have an impact on the protection environment and provide information and support to management;
  •  Whenever possible, maintain protection presence through field missions and reports, making direct contact with beneficiaries, host communities, local authorities and partners;
  •  Work with the programme team (particularly M&E and VAM) to strengthen protection analysis and protection data collection and reporting (including age, gender and diversity data), including through remote methods as necessary;
  •  Work with the programme team to strengthen complaints and feedback mechanisms (CFMs) for affected populations, particularly for refugees;
  •  Support the Burundi Country Office in the implementation of SCOPE and mVAM to ensure that protection, gender and AAP considerations – particularly in the field of data protection – are adequately integrated;
  •  Link in with the WFP Regional Bureau Nairobi and Headquarters for support and updates as necessary;
  •  Perform other related duties as required. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to:
  •  Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark IVD);
  •  Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
  •  Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
  •  Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
  •  Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly arrived UN Volunteers;
  •  Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible;
  •  Network and build relationships with local organizations, groups or individuals and support and/or participate in local volunteering initiatives.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in working on protection, preferably in humanitarian and resilience settings.

Area(s) of expertise

Community development, Development programmes

Driving license


French, Level: Fluent, Required English, Level: Working knowledge, Required

Required education level

Master degree or equivalent in social sciences, international development, development economics or another related field like international relations, human rights, political science, or humanitarian studies.

Competencies and values

  •  Integrity and professionalism,
  •  Accountability,
  •  Commitment to continuous learning,
  •  Planning and organizing,
  •  Teamwork and respect for diversity,
  •  Multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender;
  •  Communication?
  •  Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of operations; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary;
  •  Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Burundi has emerged from a long socio-politic conflict and the social indicators show that 70% of the population lives under the poverty line. Bujumbura is classified in Level II (moderate) in terms of security. It is a non-family duty station. It is generally advised to international staff not to use public transport. Secure and affordable accommodation is available in the city. It is advised to respect security instructions across the whole country.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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