Programme Policy Officer (Livelihood) NOA Cox's Bazar

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Job Title: Programme Policy Officer (Livelihood) NOA Cox’s Bazar Grade: National Officer, NOA Type of Contract: Fixed Term Duration of contract: 12 Months Vacancy Number: 174608 Date of Publication: 10 October 2022 Deadline of publication: 23 October 2022


No of Position: One (1) Duty Station: Cox’s Bazar Nationality: Bangladeshi only Monthly Salary: As per UN salary scale


WFP will focus on the building of resilience and the integration of food security, nutrition and market linkage with the FFCs in Camps and other suitable markets for the Host beneficiaries throughout the portfolio. The purpose of this assignment is to have a focal point for WFP Livelihood-Market Linkage interventions under CSP (2022-2026) Strategic Output 1.4 in Cox's Bazar region. The incumbent will ensure Programme planning, management implementation, proper field level coordination, orientation as well as cooperation with CPs, FFC retailors, Government counterparts and other stakeholders.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Livelihoods & Self-Reliance Officer, with overall guidance from the Head of Resilience, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: The incumbent’s core responsibility will be to ensure the sustainability of the livelihoods programme through connecting farmer groups and their aggregation centres to the Fresh Food Corners (FFCs) and e-voucher shops in the Camps and other buyers at local and country level. The specifics of the role are listed below: - Liaise with WFP Livelihoods and Retail teams, CPs and other stakeholders involved in the value chain development and market linkage activities as well as Government counterparts on all technical and implementation aspects. - Identify specific livelihoods and value chain activities that would contribute for economic empowerment, resilience building and social cohesion among host communities and refugees in camps. - Coordinate and conduct local communities’ livelihoods assessments / participatory market assessment including market analysis and training need assessment for smallholder producers. - Contribute to the development and implementation of market linkage strategies, including aggregation centres operational guideline as well as development of SoP for use of Agri-machineries and other assets of the aggregation centres. - Facilitate capacity strengthening initiatives for smallholder farmers, Aggregation Centre Management Committees and the Apex committees that will contribute to the gross productivity and value chain development. - Build and maintain strategic partnerships with key stakeholders including private sectors, government line ministries, inputs service providers and UN agencies (FAO, UNHCR, IOM, ILO) and other I/NGOs. - Liaise with Retail unit, retailors, CPs and internal counterparts to gather periodical market information, production volume capacity and to comply with retailors demands by the aggregators. - Support the capacity building of WFP staffs, partners and government staff for ensuring quality and coordinated approach with wider livelihood programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures. - Guide and supervise more junior staff, act as a point of referral while supporting and guiding them at field level. - Contribute to the coordination with key stakeholders and representation. - Work with stakeholders operating in the same space to ensure that the programme contributes to the national agenda on smallholder supply chains, Rohingya value chains and low-income marketing. Specifically: • Help coordinate and collaborate with the Food Security Sector, Livelihoods Working Group to cross-fertilize with other market-based initiatives lead by NGOs/ UN agencies/ social enterprises.

• Help coordinate and collaborate with a range of private sector actors to connect the people enrolled in WFP programmes to their value chains.

• Help coordinate and collaborate with the local authorities to ensure buy-in. • Coordinate on field level to track, capture documents and appropriate use of all project resources, achievements and results of activities. - Help design innovative market linkages approaches, facilitate ICT based marketing / Piloting Farm2Go Apps for transaction. - Explore partnerships with social enterprises/potential companies/farms to establish viable and profitable linkages, especially companies interested in supporting poor rural women, innovative start-ups if relevant. - Facilitate the CPs capacity assessment and evaluation based on WFP guidelines , drafting FLAs , reviewing CPs budget and Inputs for CPC - Any other tasks as assigned by the direct supervisor, or by Head of the Unit. To succeed in the role, some Functional Capabilities are needed: - 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. - Other as required.


EDUCATION: Master’s degree Social Science, Agronomy or Agriculture or related areas, or with experience in the business field.

EXPERIENCE: At least 8 years of experience in humanitarian/development response of which 3 years of progressively relevant experience in food, handcraft market systems, working in the private sector and/or social enterprises. Proven capabilities in empowering women in rural areas and villages. Livelihood program knowledge, along with the set-up of self-help groups among marginalized farmers and aggregation centre operation.

Experience working in the field with farmers is an asset, as well as familiarity with the context of Cox’s Bazar.

Language: • Excellent written and oral/communications skills in English and Bangla. • Fluency in Chittagonian dialect is an advantage.


• Successful experience linking farmers with buyers. • Prior experience leading project implementation in challenging contexts. • Good understanding of agricultural market systems. Understanding of art craft and garment value chains in Bangladesh is a plus. • Good project management and analytical skills. • Ability to analyse and interpret financial data and monitor budgets. • Familiarity with the special context of Cox’s Bazar district.


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The United Nations World Food Programme is a leading organization delivering food assistance and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. We also support governments of developing countries in their efforts to eliminate hunger and malnutrition by addressing the underlying causes and disparities in access to food and good nutrition to ensure that no one is left behind in line with the agenda 2030, Sustaining Peace and Agenda for Humanity. WFP is particularly focused on Goal 2 (Zero Hunger) and Goal 17 (Partnerships). Delivering on our mandate of Zero Hunger requires us to have a diverse, inclusive and gender-balanced workforce. For more on WFP and what we do, please go to The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to WFP is recognition that ending hunger is a critical first step towards global peace. WFP recognizes that one of the greatest contributions it can make to humanity is to provide a voice to the 690 million hungry people in the world. The Nobel Peace Prize gives us a platform to make their needs heard and to mobilize support for the assistance they need.


The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency, saving lives and changing lives worldwide. In Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, WFP provides life-saving assistance to more than 889,000 Rohingya refugees across all 34 camps in Cox’s Bazar and helps Bangladeshi Host communities affected by the Rohingya influx build their resilience. In collaboration with government agencies and NGOs, WFP operates a large livelihoods programme named Enhancing Food Security and Nutrition (EFSN) outside of refugee camps, targeting vulnerable Bangladeshi women, empowering them socially and economically through trainings and business start-up capital (for both on-farm and off-farm businesses). To provide direct access to a diversified basket of fresh food commodities and to more closely meet vulnerable beneficiary food preferences and nutritional needs, WFP has established 20 Fresh Food Corners (FFCs) across the camps.


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