Programme and Policy Officer (Nobo Jatra), SC8, Dhaka
Posted 20/11/2018
Bangladesh - Dhaka

Job Description

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.


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. Nobo Jatra is a five years programme started from October 2015 and to be end in September 2020. There is a possibility of Cost Extension of the project for another two years.



As part of a consortium led by World Vision Bangladesh (WVB), World Food Programme (WFP) and Winrock International (WI), were awarded a USAID-funded Title II Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP), called Nobo Jatra, which means ‘new beginning’ in Bangla. The program’s goal is to improve gender equitable food security, nutrition and resilience of vulnerable people in Bangladesh.

The interventions are organized around three important themes: maternal and child health and nutrition (P1), agriculture and economic development (P2), and resilience (P3), as well as the cross-cutting purpose of governance and social accountability, with youth development and gender integrated throughout all activities.

The Mid Term Evaluation (MTE) of the project emphased on reinforcing the sustainability of critical program activities and outcomes. Also a cost extension of the project for two years is under process on the basis of the journey to self-reliance, which is a critical goal of USAID’s foreign assistance program. The incumbent will be accountable to achieve the MTE recommendations and the purpose of cost extension for WFP responsibilities. S/he will act as focal point for capture the success and evindences of Nobo Jatra project and design a suitable activity under the next WFP’s CSP.


To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the overall supervision and guidance of National Coordinator – Nobo Jatra Program, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Coordinate and liaise with the Nobo Jatra WFP Coordination Unit, Sub-office and Support units on a range of complex matters to enable effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities;
  • Build and maintain productive working relationships with World Vision, Project partners, and key stakeholders;
  • Assist in providing the procedural and technical support to staff within the areas of finance and budget, to ensure compliance with WFP financial policies, rules and regulations;
  • Facilitate the planning and budgeting processes and supervise the project’s financial resources.


  • Oversee the quality and timely completion of all WFP project deliverables, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan.
  • Understand the USAID’s resilience strategy and contribute to a pathway to self-reliance in Nobo Jatra implementation;
  • Sound knowledge on Sustainability and Sustainability Framework and work to include existing organization/ other programs, private sector to ensure sustainability in Nobo Jatra project;
  • Develop project proposal based on experience of Nobo Jatra and prepare concept note for donor fund;
  • Oversee the preparation of quarterly and annual project activity reports, M&E reports, and other deliverables, as specified in the agreement;


  • Oversee the quality and timely completion of all WFP project deliverables, including project results and deliverables, in accordance with the project work plan;


  • Provide specialized expertise in the web-based register for all invoices and payment transfers and record paperwork;
  • Develop effective Private sector engagement in DRR related initiatives through mapping of private actors, preparation of strategy paper on private sector engagement, and develop ToR to engage the private actors;
  • Advocate for greater resources to be allocated for the development of RRAP and CDMAPS. Organize expousure visits for senior Govt. officials/NJP Steering Committee members to NJP areas;
  • Work with relevant line ministries (mainly DDM and LGD/LGED, but also other entities such as Bangladesh Water Development Board, Agriculture, Fisheries, Land, Environment, Planning, and Finance), which are supposed to allocate an annual development budget to building and maintenance of rural community infrastructure;
  • Coordinate and arrange experience sharing workshop and meetings with appropriate evidence for policy change, amendment and proper implementation;
  • Work with the designated government officials to advocate and engage for national level attention, action and accountability to address the chronic climate problems in the southwest;
  • Represent WFP as part of the DFAP – Nobo Jatra coordination structure under World Vision’s leadership;
  • Assist the National Coordinator_Nobo Jatra and other relevant colleagues with regular update on implementation progress of the activities as per plan and in accordance with the deadlines, including preparation of work plans as required;
  • Perform other related duties, as required.

Critical Success Factors

  • Effective and efficient execution of the above-mentioned responsibilities;
  • Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan;
  • Clear and effective written work produced;
  • Conceptual and analytical capacity; Strong drafting skills and ability to produce clear, convincing, and effective written work;
  • Ability to establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds and to develop and maintain effective work relationships with staff.
  • Ability to travel within Bangladesh as required.



  • University degree in Social Sciences, Economics, development studies; international affairs or a related technical field.


  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in project management.
  • Proficient in GOB Policies and Laws related to Food Security, Nutriton, Resilience/DRR etc.
  • Experience of getting concurrence from GoB on behalf of UN agencies and INGOs.
  • Demonstrated skills building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
  • Experience in gender, nutrition, food security, protection, livelihoods and/or disaster management is highly desirable.


Technical Skills: Skills in utilizing computers; MS Office such as Word, Excel. Working knowledge in spreadsheet and other software packages.


Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Bangla.



  • 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 NameDescription of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food AssistanceDemonstrates 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 ProgrammingDisplays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ GovernmentDevelops 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.


Type of contract: Service Contract

Duration of contract:  12 months (with possibility of extension)

Level of function: SC-8

Location: Dhaka

Nationality: Bangladeshi only

Monthly Net Salary: BDT. 188,945


3 December 2018


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.

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.

Above texts are copied from UN WFP Official Web Page (WFP.org) 
Copyright 2018 © World Food Programme

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