2 Nov 2021

Programme Policy Officer (Integrated Climate Resilience Expert) at World Food Programme

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Job Description


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.



Tanzania Country Office is at advanced stage of developing its next Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2022-2027. Based on a comprehensive consultation process and an analysis of key drivers of food security and nutrition in the country, the important themes of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR), resilience, and climate change adaptation have emerged as priorities for the WFP programme portfolio.  Climate change multiplies existing threats to food security and malnutrition. It will make natural disasters more frequent and intense, land and water more difficult to access, and increases in agricultural productivity even harder to achieve. It will disproportionally impact the most vulnerable people, the majority of whom live in fragile areas prone to climate hazards, ultimately putting their livelihoods at risk.


Climate change has both impacted, and is impacted by, existing land use in Tanzania. Agricultural production is primarily rain fed and remains highly susceptible to weather variability. Over the last four decades, Tanzania has been hit by a series of severe droughts and flood events. At the same time, unsustainable land management practices are leading to a reduction of the adaptive capacity of small-scale producers. WFP interventions will focus on strengthening disaster management capacities of the government systems and enhancing climate change adaptation through provision of climate services to small holder producers and rehabilitating/restoring degraded lands through community asset creation. To achieve this, WFP aims to strengthen the staffing capacity of the Country Office by hiring a programme policy officer to support integration of climate resilience in the new CSP.


The Programme Policy Officer will play a key role in establishing strategic orientation, designing project activities, and supporting implementation in the area of climate resilience for food and nutrition security. The consultant will lead efforts to develop and launch food security and climate risk management, including cash/food for assets activities for improved access to water, restoration of degraded lands, and reforestation. Additional areas of technical responsibilities include support for renewable energy and climate services at the community level in targeted geographic areas. Support for resource mobilization and strategic engagement with technical counterparts in government line ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) and UN agencies will be an important area of responsibility.


The consultant will report to the Head of Programme and work in close coordination with Country and Sub-Office colleagues. Technical coordination and collaboration will be undertaken with climate and resilience experts in the Regional Bureau and Headquarters.


Education: Master’s degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Economics, environmental studies, agriculture and food security, development studies or related area.
Language: Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) required and intermediate knowledge(intermediate/level B) of another UN official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) preferred.


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Specific tasks will include:


  1. Develop a country strategy for integrated climate resilience in coordination with relevant CO teams and in coordination with technical leads at RB and HQ level.
  2. Identify opportunities to provide technical assistance to national government and related national institutions on climate change, DRR and resilience.  o Operationalize the concepts of Shock Responsive Social Protection, Anticipatory Action and the Food-WaterEnergy Nexus in the context of CSP activities.
  3. Work closely with VAM and Emergency colleagues to identify internal capacity building and/or support needs.
  4. Provide strategic support and guidance to develop partnerships with donors and various stakeholders in the area of climate resilience and liaise with partners to identify opportunities for joint initiatives/fundraising opportunities.
  5. Support CO management in forging strategic partnerships with government, UN agencies and bilateral donors.


  1. Support regional fundraising efforts, through initiating and reviewing existing guidelines for funding proposals and supporting national and/or local context assessments needed for planning the expansion of project activities.
  2. Provide regular project implementation guidance and support to CO and Sub-Office teams; draft progress reports, corporate and donor reports as required, including support on project budget management.
  3. Support COs on feasibility studies on integrated resilience programming approaches under a humanitarian development-peace nexus framework.
  4.  Support with documenting knowledge, best practices and lessons learned for the formulation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and guidance material.
  5. Facilitate, as needed, and provide technical support to learning events at country, regional, and global level, including organising and facilitating trainings, workshops, and other related events.
  6. Any other related duties relevant to the role, as required.




  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives : Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  • Be a force for positive change : Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team : Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions : Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills : Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  • Create an inclusive culture : Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit : Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions : Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  • Focus on getting results : Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments : Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  • Be Decisive : Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  • Connect and share across WFP units : Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  • Build strong external partnerships : Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships
  • Be politically agile & adaptable : Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships : Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.
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Closing Date : 25th November, 2021.

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