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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.


The Programme Policy Officer (PPO), Head of Programme (HoP), NOA will work under the direct supervision, support, and guidance of the Head of Field Office. The current programme portfolio in Kenya Country Office includes activities related to enhancing the opportunities that the pastoral economy provides in building community resilience, leveraging private sector engagement in stimulating economic activities that create employment for the youth, as well as implementing humanitarian assistance interventions.

The HoP will therefore provide technical expertise towards the pastoral economy and climate change adaptation. The incumbent will oversee the planning, execution, and delivery of projects in their region. They will be responsible for managing all aspects of the programs, including developing strategies, setting goals, creating plans, assigning resources, tracking progress, resolving issues, etc. They must be able to juggle multiple tasks at once while keeping an eye on long-term objectives.

The HoP will provide leadership to programme associates, partners and private sector players who work on specific projects.


To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Under the guidance of Head of Field Office (HoFo), the Head of Programmes will support in the planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring of all WFP supported project activities in the Field Office.
  • Coordinate and consolidate field annual work plans for the field office covering all project activities, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance. Or guidelines?
  • Provide project management support to specific and defined programmes and projects of small to moderate size that are relatively straightforward in nature, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously, oversee progress to ensure completion on time, and coordinate with stakeholders to address issues and concerns throughout the project life cycle.
  • Liaise with the HoFo to develop strategies to improve overall program management processes and outcomes.
  • Provide programmatic support to programme staff and partners to ensure synergy and complementarity and enhance activity delivery and compliance with both WFP’s rules/regulations and the donor standards as defined in the respective project documents.
  • Monitor field activity delivery with reference to the area-based annual work plan and memoranda of understanding with county government and other partners, ensuring that rigorous quality standards, timeliness, achievement of project objectives and impact are maintained.

  • Prepare and update accurate and timely annual, quarterly, and monthly field office project activity implementation reports, and other documentation related to project operations that enable informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.

  • Support the identification, development, and management of potential partnerships to build collaboration leading to improved food assistance packages.
  • Identify training needs and arrange for necessary support for capacity building of WFP staff, partners, and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g., through project management support learning initiatives.
  • Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries.
  • Support programme delivery and ensure the implementation of corporate tools such as COMET, SCOPE, LESS, etc.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Education and Experience:

  • Three (3) years post graduate relevant professional experience with a first degree in Livestock Production, Rangeland Management, Animal Health, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management or other related field.


One (1) year post graduate relevant professional experience with master’s degree.

  • Training in Project planning and management, Participatory approaches, and methodologies, Monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience in designing livestock production-related projects, setting up and coordinating monitoring, evaluation.
  • Proven experience of working with government agencies, private sector, and research institutes.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written English.


  • Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e., Agriculture, etc.).
  • Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.


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.


Type of Contract: Fixed Term

Duty Station: Nairobi, Kenya

Contract Duration: 1 year with possibility of extension

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • WFP embraces diversity and equal opportunity. We are committed to building a team that celebrates diversity and inclusivity in all ways. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications and merit.


Applications for this position will close at 11:59 p.m. (East African Time) on 3rd December 2023.


WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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