National Programme Policy Officer/School Feeding NOA - Ouagadougou

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Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


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.


Education: Advanced University degree in education,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. Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.

National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.


This Job holder is a National Programme Policy Officer, working under the close support and guidance of the Head of School Feeding Unit in the Country Office. He/she will report to the Head of School Feeding and will be under the general supervision of the Head of Programme.

This job holder will manage both School Feeding Programs including Emergency School Feeding, contributing to improvement of the Program Unit performance, through the management of the Strategic Outcomes 1 (emergency school feeding), 2 (regular school feeding) for Burkina Faso Country Strategic Plan 2019_2023.

The incumbent will be involve in program and policy activities as well as analytical work. He/she will manage a team of 2 Programs Assistant and Associate staff.


To design, manage, monitor, report and provide support to the Head of School Feeding Program activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Contribute towards the development of School Feeding Programs, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider program policies and guidance. 2. Provide project management support to both School Feeding Programs and defined programs and projects related to education program, ensuring a coordinated approach with national programs that complies with WFP standards and procedures. 3. Follow data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained. 4. Research and analyze policy and operational issues to support the School Feeding Unit in the development of policies, programs and activities. 5. Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on School Feeding Programs and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders. 6. Liaise in collaboration with the Head of School Feeding Unit and internal counterparts, namely the the Permanent Secretary of the Presidential Initiative (SP-IP) and the educational direction for school Feeding (Direction de l’Allocation des Moyens Spécifiques aux Structures Educatives) to ensure effective collaboration, and 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 School Feeding Programme management support of learning initiatives. 9. Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries in education and School Feeding Program. 10. Contribute to the resource mobilization efforts for WFP projects, clearly articulating the need for School Feeding Programs including emergency school feeding opportunities, and follow up on the resource situation of projects including commodity and cash availability, seeking advice from senior colleagues when necessary 11. Ensure the best use of assigned financial resources for achievement of set objectives within a moderate budget 12. Other 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.


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.


The incumbent will support also the Head of School Feeding in the following priority sectors defined by WFP, the Ministry for education and the Permanent Secretary of the Presidential Initiative for School Feeding:

1. Support the design of the national school feeding in line with the MENAPLN vision and the Presidential Initiative; 2. Support capacity building, including joint resource mobilization for a resilient and nutritional school feeding program in Burkina Faso; 3. Engage in the feasibility and design actions related to the national reformed of school feeding program involving all stakeholder parties, namely, government institutions, parents, farmers, private sector, financial institutions, United Nations agencies, etc…; 4. Support the reform of national school feeding implementation in Burkina Faso via school feeding models promoting Home Grown school feeding involving stakeholders and in line with the presidential initiative through a steering committee that will oversee the development and implementation of a pilot project and its scaling up; 5. Support Burkina Faso's participation in international coalition for school feeding; 6. Strengthen stakeholder capacities, responsible of local food procurement for national school feeding program; 7. Undertake joint monitoring and evaluation of national school feeding program, including field visits. 8. Robust expertise and knowledge on education, school feeding, or other safety net programs 9. This National Programme Policy Officer will contribute to the development of new solutions, implement a pilot Home Grown School Feeding and its scaling up activities, compile best practices, identify and establish strong partnerships with government entities and implementing partners


• Has at least 5 years of experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.). • Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations. • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.


To have a burkinabe nationality

Type of contract : Fix Term

Number of position : 01

Location : Ouagadougou

Contract duration : 12 months renewable


9th December 2021


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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