Programme Policy Officer - Social Protection - Livelihoods

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Programme Policy Officer – Social Protection / Livelihoods (Consultancy)

Position : Programme Policy Officer – Consultant (equivalent to P3 level)

Duration of assignment : 11 months

Duty Station : Sana’a, Yemen

Area of Work : Safety Nets and Livelihoods

Supervisor : Head of Safety Nets and Livelihoods Programme Unit.


In 2019, the WFP Country Office (CO) in Yemen has launched a two-year Interim Country Strategic Plan. With this plan, strengthening the resilience of households and communities has become an integral and important part of the YECO Programme portfolio.

Recovery-related activities are gaining momentum and are attracting donor attention. The Country Recognizing the need for preparing for a greater recovery focus and increasing donor interest, WFP Yemen has established a Programme Safety Nets and Livelihoods (SNL) sub unit in 2017.

The following outlines the duties and responsibilities of a CST Program Policy Officer who will work out of the Sana’a Office to support the day-to-day SNL related work and provides support to the SNL Unit in Aden and other field offices.

Duties and responsibilities:

The Program Policy Officer / Livelihoods will work under the direct supervision of the Head of the SNL Unit. The key responsibilities include, but are not limited to, contributing towards the development of safety nets and livelihoods projects, plans and processes ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.

In particular, the Program Policy Officer / Livelihoods will:

  • Provide project management support in formulation and implementation of early recovery and livelihoods projects.
  • Ensure a coordinated approach with wider programmes that comply with WFP standards and procedures.
  • Develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  • Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working, leading to improved food assistance packages.
  • Oversee the formulation of partnership agreements (Field Level Agreements; FLAs)
  • 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.
  • Oversee budgets and disbursement of funds.
  • Liaise with internal and external partners to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
  • Respond to queries from various stakeholders such as Regional Bureau, WFP HQs and donors. Prepare concise narrative and financial reports as required.
  • Represent WFP’s interests at various national and international fora as required.

Desired Experiences:

  • Six years and above post graduate professional experience.
  • Deepened technical knowledge on Safety Nets and Livelihoods / social protection programmes through exposure to technical teams.
  • Several years of experience of implementing Food Assistance for Asset (FFA) creation programmes.
  • Proven input into policy discussions and decisions. Prior experience in working with WFP for FFA activities is desirablee.
  • Proven record of prior management experience and ability to lead and motivate teams.
  • Willingness to live and work at a non-family, hardship duty station.

Standard Minimum Academic Qualifications:


Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, 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.


Fluency (level C) in English language, knowledge of spoken and written Arabic is desirable.

Deadline fo submission of applications:

VA closes on 20 June 2021

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