Programme Policy Officer (Resilience and Livelihood) | Consultancy Level I | Odesa, Ukraine

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Career Opportunities: Programme Policy Officer (Resilience and Livelihood) | International Consultancy Level I | Odesa| 6 months


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🚩 Vacancy Announcement n°: 832269

📢 Job Title: Programme Policy Officer (Resilience and Livelihood)

📌Type of Contract: International Consultancy CST I

➡️ Unit / Division: Programme / Odesa Field Office, WFP Ukraine

📍 Duty Station: Odesa

➡️ Duration: 6 months

⏰ Closing date: 10 April 2024, midnight (Central European Time)

About WFP

The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity, for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.

At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do, and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP's values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.

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What will you do in this position?

The purpose of the role is to support the design and manage the development, implementation and oversight of resilience, food for assets and livelihoods programs that effectively meet food assistance needs in complex contexts. The position will also focus on developing National staff capacity who will undertake the program implementation in the longer run.

Why work with us?

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 is inflicting untold suffering on civilians, displace families, and disrupt supply chains and food production. It has caused one of the fastest forced population movements since the Second World War. Close to 6 million Ukrainians are still living as refugees across Europe, and almost 5.1 million are internally displaced. Many have lost their homes and livelihoods. As food production and supply lines are disrupted by fighting, many families in the east and south do not have reliable access to nutritious food.

WFP uses a flexible mix of food and cash assistance to support communities affected by the war wherever they are. This includes working with local partners to distribute food rations in areas near the frontline and providing cash transfers wherever people have access to banks and markets to buy food. Since March 2022, WFP has distributed food and cash assistance equivalent to 2.4 billion meals to families displaced and affected by the war, partnering directly with local responders.

➡️ WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

➡️ WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse and multicultural working environment.

➡️ WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of trainings, accreditation, coaching, mentorship and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities.

➡️ A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe.

➡️ WFP offers a competitive benefits package including salary, leave plus a medical insurance.

How can you make a difference?

The Programme Policy Officer (Resilience and Livelihoods) will be under the direct supervision of Head of Programme Odesa Field Office, and the technical guidance from Country Office Programme Unit. The incumbent will carry out the following key duties in Odesa’s Area of Responsibilities meanwhile provide support to other duty stations when required.

  • Contribute towards the development of a wide variety of projects, plans and processes of an overall portfolio of integrated resilience programmes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.
  • Provide advice and support the development of livelihood and resilience building projects, plans, and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.
  • Provide project management support, including the use of financial resources, to specific and defined programmes and projects of considerable size/complexity, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
  • Support the programme and strategy design, coordination, management and oversight of WFP resilience programming.
  • Develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Liaise with internal and external counterparts, in particular to the Government, to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
  • 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 providing inputs into training materials.
  • Guide and supervise staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting 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 in the areas of Agriculture, Agribusiness, Food systems, business and administration, project management, information or data management or other related area of study, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or coursework/trainings.


Minimum three (3) years of postgraduate professional experience in a relevant field of work including Agriculture, Food, Project Management, Data Management etc., with a background and interest in international humanitarian and development assistance.

Solid experience and skills in the following areas is expected:

  • General knowledge of project management and coordination best practices, techniques and processes with some understanding of the theoretical background;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including substantive analysis and report writing skills;
  • Knowledge of, or the ability to quickly assimilate, UN/WFP specific processes and systems.
  • Solid experience in implementing resilience and/or food for assets and/or livelihood programmes.
  • Experience building partnerships in coordinating resilience, food assistance for assets and livelihoods programmes with government and partners (UN, NGOs, local communities, etc.).

Language: Fluency (Level C) written and spoken in English is essential.

Standards of behaviour: The WFP Leadership Framework describes the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

Leads by Example with Integrity

Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments

Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork

Applies Strategic Thinking

Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and nurtures external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP. Candidates’ alignment with these behaviours is assessed in our selection process.

Before you apply...

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

We aim to achieve parity and inclusion in our teams in Ukraine. WFP encourages female candidates and people with disabilities to apply.

WFP is committed to an accessible, inclusive recruitment process. Please contact us at to advise us of any disability related reasonable accommodation or accessibility requests you may have. A member of the reasonable accommodation team will contact you to confidentially discuss your needs.

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.

How do you apply...

To be considered, you are invited to apply via WFP’s recruitment portal. CV and cover letter must be submitted in English language.

Only those who are short-listed candidates will be contacted for the next steps of our recruitment process.

We also encourage you to create your candidate profile and set up WFP job alerts to learn more about all the opportunities available to join us and make a difference in the lives of the people we serve.

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