Programme and Policy Officer-Hydro-meteorological and Climate, SC9
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.


Enhancing resilience for vulnerable communities has been a core foundation of WFP’s work in Bangladesh for decades. WFP commits through its new Country Strategy Plan (CSP) for innovative approaches to enhance resilience so that improvements in livelihoods, food security and nutrition are not repeatedly lost in areas, which are most exposed to climate-related shocks. The approaches like micro-insurance, forecast based financing, and seasonal livelihood planning would be introduced as the successful risk transfer mechanism to prevent a sharp increase in poverty following a disaster, in a country like Bangladesh.

The overall goal of the project intervention is to reduce human suffering caused by climate-related hazards and to enhance the risk-management capacity of the poor and vulnerable people. WFP will introduce and will demonstrate the aforesaid interventions in the field to accumulate the lessons. The outcome of the interventions should contribute in enhancing resilience of the climate vulnerable community.


The purpose of this position is to coordinate and develop the weather forecast, flood index, and impact of the natural shocks to support the implementation of FbF, micro-insurance, seasonal livelihood interventions under Resilience Innovation Component of Country Strategic Plan (2017-2020)

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Country Director (Strategy and Programme), and direct supervision of the Manager- Resilience Innovation Component, the incumbent will contribute in design and implementation of the Forecast based Financing (FbF), Micro-insurance and Seasonal Livelihood Programming (SLP). More specifically the incumbent will:


  • Process and analyze flood/cyclone-related hydrometeorological data for developing triggers, thresholds to implement the Resilience Interventions (FbF, Micro-insurance, SLP);
  • Establish functional network with weather and climate related Government, non-government and international technical institutions such as; BMD, FFWC, IWM, GLOFAS, IRI, BUET, RIMES, RCCC and prepare weather forecast particularly on flood and cyclone,
  • Act as WFP focal on weather and climate related forecast and coordinate with relevant stakeholders including government ministries/departments to receive adequate support and cooperation in design and implementation of early response/action of the disaster event;
  • Conduct trend analysis of natural hazards and estimate its subsequent impacts; identify and prioritize an initial set of forecast-based early/post actions at institutional and community level; through FbF, and Micro-insurance interventions;
  • Contribute in preparation of flood index for the country that should be instrumental for resilience building project interventions such as; micro-insurance;
  • Standardize, evaluate, and implement different early warning models for forecasting flood and cyclone hazards; design strategies, methods for having a fruitful last mile dissemination of weather forecast to the climate vulnerable remote (Union to Village) communities; and ensure right interpretation of the forecast messages;  
  • Develop partnerships with research organizations so that WFP can take advantage of the latest research in natural hazards to enhance preparedness and actions ahead and during hazards;
  • Assist in analyzing seasonality and its impact on livelihoods of vulnerable community by applying WFP’s 3PA (three-Pronged Approach) tools; provide technical support to plan and implement Resilience Innovation interventions such as; Seasonal Livelihood Programming, Micro insurance intervention;
  • Identify the need for capacity enhancement of Resilience Innovation team, WFP Sub-office and Cooperating Partner’s staff, other stakeholders on hazard Forecasting tools and techniques and organize capacity enhancement training, orientation for them on the relevant areas; 
  • Prepare relevant guidelines (SOP) and provide technical support to implement the interventions;
  • Organize national level seminar/workshop with key stakeholders to keep informed on the forecast-based impact tools and its applications in resilience building interventions; such as; FbF, micro-insurance; and buy-in their support to mainstream the interventions (FbF, SLP, micro-insurance/flood index insurance) in the government system.


Education: The applicant should have a masters’ degree in the environmental science, or social science or engineering science, or any relevant discipline; Ph.D. degree will be an added asset;


Experience: The person should have 10 years’ experience and at least 5 years of experience in activities and/or projects that involved analysing of weather data and preparation of forecast;


Language: Good command over spoken and written English and Bangla. National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.


Knowledge & Skills:

  • Progressively responsible professional experience in Resilience, Climate Change and Livelihoods, possibly with a UN organization or international development organization;
  • Proven expertise in weather related information collection, tracking and analysing, preparing weather forecast based on the available information, systematic documentation of the information;
  • Demonstrated skills building and relationships with Governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills.



  • 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 AssistanceDisplays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
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 ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.
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.


  • Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.
    • Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.
    • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.


Type of contract: Service Contract

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

Level of function: SC-9

Location: Dhaka

Nationality: Bangladeshi only

Monthly Net Salary: BDT. 273903


4 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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