Ended Programme Policy Officer - Humanitarian Liaison Officer

The Job
Contract type:  Fixed Term Contract

Contract duration:  1 year with possibility of extension

Duty Station:  Aden – Yemen

Application deadline:       21 August 2019 @11:59 p.m. (Yemen time)


Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving Lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.
In 2019, WFP is scaling up its Yemen operations aiming to provide 12 million people with monthly food assistance through direct food distributions, vouchers or cash and nutritional support to nearly 3 million pregnant and nursing women and children under 5.


These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.
Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy
activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.


Following over 4 years of conflict in Yemen, the humanitarian situation across the country continues to deteriorate. WFP is currently trying to scale up its operations across the country, aiming to provide assistance to 14 million severely food insecure people by the end of 2019. Currently WFP is operating in 22 governorates and over 222 districts. In addition WFP is also providing nutrition assistance to approx. 2 million children under 5 and pregnant and lactating women and supporting the Rapid Response Mechanism to respond to those who have been displaced.
To effectively deliver humanitarian assistance in a complex context like Yemen, WFP needs to ensure the safeguarding of its humanitarian principles, advocate and negotiate for adequate humanitarian space with all relevant stakeholders on all levels and ensure appropriate coordination with actors on the ground, including local authorities, stakeholders and security organs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  1. Contribute towards the development of a limited number of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.
  2. Provide project management support to specific and defined programmes and projects of small to moderate size that are relatively straight forward in nature, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  3. Follow data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  4. Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities.
  5. Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  6. Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects.
  7. Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.
  8. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through project management support of learning initiatives.
  9. Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries.
  10. Other as required.
  1. Liaise with authorities, security actors, humanitarian partners and other stakeholders to ensure principled and sustained access for WFP across the geographical areas covered under the Aden AO,
  2. Advocate and negotiate for adequate humanitarian space and humanitarian principles in areas of WFP operations whilst ensuring the effective delivery of humanitarian assistance,
  3. Build and maintain networks of local contacts,
  4. Monitor analyze and report on humanitarian developments across the geographical areas covered under the Aden AO,
  5. Ensure identification, monitoring and analysis of key access constraints affecting WFP operations,
  6. Use information from various sources to contribute to the production of various early warning products and analysis that may have an impact on different aspects of WFP’s work,
  7. Contribute to the preparation of various written reports including access monitoring reports, response monitoring and gap analysis,
  8. Contribute to the development and maintenance of a stakeholder map in areas of interest,
  9. Contribute to institutional memory by documenting missions, key meetings and negotiations, and by collating and documenting information relevant humanitarian operations to draft briefs related to ground dynamics including humanitarian needs, environmental conditions, conflict dynamics, and their interplay with WFP activities.
  10. Perform other related duties 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.

Languages: Fluency (level C) in English AND Arabic languages.

Experience: 1 (one) or more years of relevant post-graduate work experience in Programme & Policy, Project/Programme Management in a Humanitarian Context, Vulnerability Analysis Mapping (VAM), Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E), or other field relevant to international development assistance. (Administrative/GS experience is not counted except years holding G6 positions or above – each year is counted at 50%)

Knowledge & Skills: Good analytical skills; initiative, maturity of judgement, tact and negotiation skills; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to work in a team and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds; ability to cope with situations in challenging environments; flexibility in accepting work assignments outside normal desk description or outside of terms of reference. General knowledge of humanitarian principles, UN rules, regulations and procedures. Relevant contextual knowledge is desirable.

Administrative/Assistant/Secretariat work experience is not considered, except for years holding Associate positions or above (UN equivalent grade G-6 or above), in which case each year is counted at 50%

Citizenship: Only Yemeni citizens are eligible for this position.



  • 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.
Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.
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  • Employer: WFP
  • Category: Programs
  • Location: Aden
  • Posted on: 7 August 2019
  • Deadline: 21 August 2019