Programme Policy Officer


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.


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. The position would also support national system-strengthening and provide capacity building efforts.


These roles are likely found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs). Job holders are likely to report to the relevant Director or more senior Programme post.
Job holders are likely to manage a complex portfolio of activities that may include formulation and direct management or coordination of programmes at CO level or formulation of substantial parts of WFP-wide policies and provision of technical advice at RB or HQ level. As such job holders will be expected to have an extensive breadth of programme and policy knowledge/experience including strong technical abilities in an area of expertise and ability to credibly influence strategic, policy and operational discussions. Job holders usually manage a large team or excel in a specific area.

In this context, the Haiti Country Office (HTCO) is enhancing its support to the Government of Haiti (GoH) in the provision of institutional and policy support for the development of national policies and systems that equitably address the chronic and shock-induced needs of populations.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. 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.
2. Provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation, and implementation of policies to strengthen government ownership and effectiveness of food security and nutrition programmes at national and sub-national levels.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Develop operational partnerships and maintain established strategic partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve assistance packages and support advocacy work.
6. 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.
7. Support the government to design adaptative social protection programmes based on policy recommendation
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Lead, motivate and develop a substantive team to enable high performance.
12. Provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation, and implementation of policies to strengthen government ownership and effectiveness of food security and nutrition programmes at national and sub-national levels.
13. Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.
14. Contribute to Country Office Emergency Preparedness i.e. early warning, risk analysis, and contingency planning in order to respond to humanitarian crises and needs.
15. Support the government to design adaptative social protection programmes based on policy recommendation. 
16. Lead WFP’s engagement with senior stakeholders of governments in their efforts to bolster national social protection systems in Haiti, including by modeling new approaches, or establishing systems to be directly adopted
17. Other as required.


Education: 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: At least 8 years’ experience in policy formulation, programme design and implementation in emergency and development contexts, including advisory support to governments in policy development and capacity development, in low and middle-income countries. 

Language: Fluency (level C) in English & French language is required. 


  • Knowledge of national social protection systems, political economy of social programmes at national and decentralized levels
  • A sound understanding of policy making processes and the ability to distil 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
  • High degree of discretion and diplomacy
  • Excellent communication skills verbally and in writing


  • Has worked in a Country Office or equivalent level position within technical area.
  • Experience managing a team of highly qualified diverse individuals, both nationals and internationals
  • UN or donor experience is advantageous.
  • Has managed discussions with experts in VAM/Nutritionists.
  • Has led a country / are office programme team or a substantial component of a complex programme.
  • Has gained direct experience of different programme approaches.
  • Has worked with government agencies and gained policy experience.
  • Has led team in strategic discussions.
  • Has worked in HQ or a Regional Bureau.
  • Relevant experience in the region would be considered an advantage 


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 including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details, please visit



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