Programme Policy Officer (in-kind) SC8, Kyiv, Ukraine

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Career Opportunities: Programme Policy Officer (in-kind) SC-8 |

Duty station: Kyiv | One year


🚩 Vacancy Announcement n°: 362728

📢 Job Title: Programme Policy Officer (in-kind)

📌Type of Contract: Service Contract

➡️ Unit / Division: Programme Unit / WFP Ukraine

📍 Duty Station: Kyiv

➡️ Duration: 12 months (renewable)

Closing date: Tuesday 7 February, midnight (Ukraine Time)


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.

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What will you do in this position?

The war in Ukraine has had drastic consequences both for people inside the country and for those around the world dependent on its huge grain supplies. It has caused one of the fastest forced population movements since the Second World War. An estimated 6.6 million Ukrainians have become refugees, living mostly across Europe, and another 6.6 million are internally displaced. Many are destitute having lost their homes and livelihoods, and with supply lines cut off by the fighting – especially in the East and South. WFP uses a flexible mix of food and cash to support vulnerable people, continuously working to get access to communities near the front line and in non-government-controlled areas. This includes working with partners to distribute food and cash. We are prioritizing and scaling up cash assistance wherever there is access to banks and where markets are functioning. Within food in-kind (IK) team the need for continuously designing new initiatives, introducing new processes and procedures, piloting new ideas and solidifying the current flagship activities is key. Furthermore, internal, and external stakeholders rely on timely and smooth operational results and data collected from cooperating partners and field offices and processed into reader-friendly formats, tools, and reports. With that in mind, the IK team has identified the need for 2 Programme Officers who will support the IK team in the design, management, monitoring, and reporting on a series of activities within the IK overall portfolio. Post holders will provide support to policy and program activities within the In-Kind portfolio that effectively meet food assistance needs.

Why work with us?

The war in Ukraine has left an estimated one in three families without enough food, rising to one in two in some areas of the East and South. More than 6 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced and more than 6 million have left the country. Many of those who remain have lost their livelihoods, especially in areas close to the front lines. Millions who fled their homes to the country’s West are preparing for long-term internal displacement. Many who have returned to liberated areas around the capital, Kyiv, are struggling to rebuild their lives, having run out of money or found their homes reduced to rubble.

WFP is quickly scaling up to support 4.7 million people per month inside Ukraine, using a flexible mix of food and cash assistance. We support people wherever they are, including in areas close to the front line.

This is an opportunity for an exciting and challenging role in a multi-cultural, hardworking, fun and interdisciplinary team. In addition, we offer:

➡️ Meaningful and impactful careers:

Our day-to-day work makes a difference in the lives of the people we serve

➡️ Continuous learning and training:

We provide learning tools for our staff to continually develop their careers

➡️ Multicultural and stimulating work environment:

We encourage gender and cultural diversity to make our teams stronger

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How can you make a difference?

Under the overall guidance and supervision of Head of In-Kind team, the incumbent will:

  • Contribute towards the development of a limited number of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider program policies and guidelines.
  • Provide project management support to specific and defined programs and projects of small to moderate size that are relatively straightforward in nature, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programs that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  • Follow data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  • Research and analyze policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programs, and activities.
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programs and activities that enable informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration and monitor ongoing projects.
  • Support the identification, development, and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.
  • 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.
  • Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries.
  • Other as required.

To join us in saving lives, changing lives, you will have for...

Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences, or other fields, relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Language: Proficient in both oral and written Ukrainian and English languages.

Experience: One year of postgraduate progressive professional work experience in data management, systems, analysis, and reporting, as well as contribution to the implementation of programs, observance, or assistance with policy discussion activities for an NGO, government institution, UN Agency.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • experience in implementing technical programs (i.e., nutrition, etc.).
  • experience in programme implementation and input into designing operations.
  • experience in providing input into policy discussions and decisions;

Before you apply...

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 an inclusive work environment in which diversity is valued and where no form of discrimination is tolerated. We aim to achieve parity in our teams in Ukraine. Qualified female applicants are especially encouraged to apply. CV and cover letter must be submitted in English language.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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.Bottom of Form


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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