23 Dec 2021

Programme Policy Officer (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise & Financial Inclusion) at World Food Programme (WFP)

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Job Description



WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, physical or mental disability.


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the diverse food needed for an active and healthy life.

WFP Tanzania has been connecting smallholder farmers to markets since the launch of the Purchase for Progress (P4P) pilot in 2009. WFP has been supporting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to strengthen the ecosystem in which smallholder farmers access affordable inputs, services and markets. Finally, with the Government of Tanzania, WFP supports local and smallholder purchasing to meet local and regional demand for WFP food assistance.

WFP’s strategy to support smallholder farmers highlights the importance of women and youth in rural development, livelihoods, strengthening value chains, and improving food systems. The strategy is committed to empower over 405,000 farmers in the next five years (2022-2027), generating over USD 150 million of aggregated annual purchasing demand in the Country.

In support of the strategy, the upcoming “Strengthening Food Systems to Empower Smallholder Farmers and Young People” project will support MSME development and scale support to the maize, sorghum, beans and horticulture value chains, targeting smallholder farmers and youths, especially women.

Furthermore, the upcoming “Strengthening Smallholder Agriculture Value Chain, Gender Equity and Peace in Refugee Hosting Districts” project will enhance food security and nutrition amongst vulnerable groups, strengthen community-based organizations to become active contributors to social cohesion, gender equality and peace, and increase smallholder farmers agricultural and financial capacities for market engagement and resilient livelihoods.


Education: University degree preferably with specialized certification in Accounting,Administration, Finance and /or Project Management; Bachelor Degree in Finance, Business or Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences and Social Sciences would be an asset.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Swahili and any other official UN language would be an asset.


Under the guidance of the Head of Smallholder Unit, and in close collaboration with the Markets & Procurement Specialist and Gender & Youth Specialist, the incumbent will build linkages between MSMEs, financial institutions, and bank guarantee schemes to smallholder farmers, private off takers and others along the targeted value chains (especially women and youth).


To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet the objectives needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Engage with Smallholder Farmers:
    1. Conduct a needs assessment for smallholder farmers finance needs, opportunities, and challenges for meeting those needs, and provide advice on adequate products from financial service providers
  2. Engage with Financial Institutions and Other Partners:
    1. Engage with commercial and development banks, MFIs, credit guarantee funds, and crop loss insurance providers as well as government regulators on discussions of affordable finance and risk management
    2. Adapt existing finance structures to meet needs, blending solutions both from local/national and international financial services providers, insurance companies and development or donor agencies
    3. Organize strategic meetings (preliminary and follow-up) and attend consultations on improvements in the bank lending environment and guarantee schemes to foster smallholder sourcing strategies


  1. 3.  Engage with MSMEs:
    1. Support in the identification of MSMEs (farmer groups, private off takers, aggregators) and develop appropriate risk mitigation tools for expansion
    2. Conduct business plans appraisals and crops profitability analysis and drawing out recommendations to the supervisor for maximizing use of resources and effectiveness to inform the supply chain operations towards increasing sourcing from smallholder farmers
    3. Prepare realistic milestones to facilitate monitoring and increase transparency of the process to all actors and ensure availability of finance solutions for all actors in the supply chains.

4. Provide support to the development and implementation of WFP’s smallholder sourcing: in line with the global WFP supply chain strategies, policies and plans, to achieve operational cost efficiency, agility, reliability, quality.

5. Perform accurate, timely recording of data (e.g., resource utilization, programme status, performance) and update budget implementation plan, the yearly and quarterly budget, reports, and program documents, as required by management

6. Draft progress reports on projects’ financial inclusion activities and contribute to the drafting of corporate reports as required

7. Contribute to the development of Concept Notes and proposals around financial inclusion for smallholder farmers as required

8. Perform other related duties as required.



  • 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.
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Closing Date : 10th  January , 2022.

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