Programme Policy/Initiative African Risk Capacity (ARC) Replica&Micro assurance NOB - Ouagadougou

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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

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.


Advanced University degree, or University degree with experience and training/courses in one or more of the following disciplines: insurance/finance, climate change adaptation, environmental studies, agriculture and food security, development studies or related area. Index Insurance skills will be very valuable to be able to provide the right support to country teams.


Like other countries in the West Africa, Burkina Faso has persistent high rates of food insecurity and malnutrition, with intermittent spikes in acute food insecurity and malnutrition. Due the deteriorating security situation, recurrent climate shocks (droughts and floods), as well as chronic poverty, approximately 19 percent of households is currently food insecure. Northern and Eastern Burkina are particularly subject to food insecurity during the annual lean season (between June and October for agricultural households, and between February and May for the pastoral communities). In line with the strategic objectives WFP implements a range of varied and integrated activities in Burkina Faso to combat hunger and malnutrition in the country, aligned with the Government's policies and priorities. These activities range from emergency humanitarian response to resilience-building activities with emphasis on support for agricultural value chains, development of community assets, improved market access, support for children's schooling, and prevention of malnutrition. WFP contributes to national capacity building by providing technical and financial support for monitoring and needs assessment efforts, such as the annual SMART Nutrition Survey, the National Food and Nutrition Security Survey (ENSAN) and Harmonised Framework (CH) Analysis. WFP supports the implementation of the National Response Plan (PNR) to food and nutritional difficulties developed by the Office of the Commissioner for Food Security (SE-CNSA) and provides a response to the most vulnerable people affected by acute food and nutrition insecurity, drought and floods. Burkina Faso is one the 4 countries in West Africa testing the ARC Replica policy with WFP named as the preferred partner for the 2019-2020 policy year.


WFP supports the implementation of the National Response Plan (PNR) to food and nutritional difficulties developed by the Office of the Commissioner for Food Security (SE-CNSA) and provides a response to the most vulnerable people affected by acute food and nutrition insecurity, drought and floods. Burkina Faso is one the 4 countries in West Africa testing the ARC Replica policy with WFP named as the preferred partner for the 2019-2020 policy year. We are currently seeking for a qualified National Officer to fill the position of Programme Policy Officer to support the work on various Climate Risk Management Initiatives, specifically the ARC Replica and microinsurance, smallholder capacities strengthening and value chain. This position will be based in the Programme Unit in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso under Resilience Coordinator supervision.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The role of the Programme Policy Officer will be :

To provide technical support, to the programme unit

To develop, refine and manage implementation of climate related activities including, agricultural value chain and the WFP ARC Replica Operational Plan in Burkina Faso.

The Programme Policy Officer will also lead the implementation of the microinsurance scheme integrated with other WFP’s activities, and to scale it up.

The Programme Policy Officer will also contribute to the elaboration and implementation of the CO’s fundraising activities for climate finance.

S/he will support the country office in implementing ARC replica.

S/he will lead the implementation of microinsurance scheme.

S/he will support the coordination of the CO’s climate change adaptation, climate risk management in close coordination with the Country Office Prog Unit, OSZIR team in HQ, and Regional Bureau, as well as the SE-CNSA and/or relevant external partners (including research institutes).

The national officer will be provided with supplementary hands-on training and exposure to enable the national officer to undertake these functions. He/She will perform other related tasks if 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 Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools. 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 ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches. 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.


Support the implementation of the ARC Replica Operational Plan in Burkina Faso Support country capacity assessments and capacity building requirements for WFP’s Replica contingency plans in consultation with the SE-CNSA and partners as required, this includes participating in field missions, including national and community consultations. Support the collaboration with ARC and relevant research institutes in the process of development, testing and customization of indices (parameters) used in the drought insurance policy Train the local team (particularly WFP programme unit) to ensure a good participation in the technical working groups, ensuring quality control in the final customization of the index Liaise with HQ units (e.g. Legal, VAM/M&E etc.) to support the compliance checks of the insurance policies Reporting, monitoring and evaluation, including support on documenting lessons learnt and best practices; WFP ARC Replica pilot work and other partner’s climate risk management initiatives and support communications in updating WFP website content Information sharing with other CO’s engaged in Climate risk management activities and support communications with partners as required Coordinate and share information with NGOs and institutions involved in ARC Replica in the region and in country Lead the implementation of the microinsurance pilot. In particular: Ensure a good integration of microinsurance with ARC Replica activitiesEnsure a good integration of microinsurance with asset creation and market access activities Ensure the insurance product is correctly capturing the risk experienced by communities. Finalize the insurance product with the selected partners Ensure all stakeholders and participants in particular are properly trained on the system, on insurance, and on the integrated risk management strategy Develop an integrated strategy of insurance with other tools (risk reduction, village saving & loans, livelihood diversification, market access, improvement of farming practices, financial inclusion…) in order to ensure a progressive increase in cash contribution over time Liaise with all admin units to ensure a smooth process Liaise with M&E in order to ensure a robust monitoring system Review project proposals through a climate sensitive lens to ensure that climate adaptation is sufficiently considered from initial design phase Any other related duties as required


Index Insurance skills will be very valuable to be able to provide the right support to country teams 7 years post graduate, progressively responsible, job related experience in climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, food security analysis, resilience building, policy and/or, disaster risk finance or related area. Knowledge or experience in climate risk management in West Africa and/or macro and micro insurance policies would be considered an asset. Proficiency in Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) Working knowledge of French (proficiency/level C) and English (intermediate/level B) required.


Fixed Term Contract : 01 year (Renewable)

Duty satation: Ouagadougou

Be a burkinabe national citizen


19 Juillet 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.

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