Programme and Policy Officer (Resilience Innovation), NOA
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 the micro-insurance product and will test at the field. The outcome of the intervention should contribute to the creation of rural financial markets, by strengthening private insurance company and micro-finance institution capacity to pay for insurance in cash


The purpose of this position is to design and implement shock responsive resilience building activities under Activity-8 (Resilience Innovation) especially, forecast based early and systematic response programming according to the WFP Bangladesh’s Country Strategic Plan

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Within the framework of WFP’s Resilience Innovation and under the overall guidance of the Deputy Country Director (Strategy and Programme), and direct supervision of the Activity-8 Manager, the incumbent will: be accountable for the following responsibilities:


  • Contribute in design of new project interventions for having shock responsive resilience building that includes preparation of project concept, proposal and subsequent budgets;
  • Provide project management support in preparation of Operational Guidelines/Standard Operating Procedures for the resilience interventions, such as; Forecast based Financing (FbF), Micro-Insurance and Seasonal Livelihood Programming;  
  • Organize periodic visit to the programme areas and provide specific inputs, recommendations to improve the quality of the programme interventions based on the field findings;                   
  • Analyze policy and operational issues to inform the development needs of programme policies or refining of the existing guidelines, procedures; support prototype implementation and validation of shock responsive resilience building interventions;
  • Assist in planning and monitoring of resilience interventions; ensure accurate and timely reporting on the activities that enable informed decision for the stakeholders; organizing dissemination of the findings, lessons on new resilience interventions at central and regional level through workshop, seminars;
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration with other institutions including Government and non-Government and UN Agencies; preparing ToRs and developing operational partnerships with the relevant agencies; participating in different forums and discuss on resilience innovation learnings;
  • Arrange publication of analytical study, assessment reports of Activity-8 (Resilience Innovation) for the internal and/or external use and ensure its timely dissemination
  • Other tasks, as required and assigned by the supervisor or by the senior management.


Education: The applicant should have a Masters’ degree in Environmental Science, Social Sciences or any other relevant fields;


Experience: The person should have 10 years’ experience and at least 3 years of experience in activities and/or projects that involved resilience building, disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation interventions


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Progressively responsible professional experience in Resilience, Climate Change and Livelihoods, possibly with a UN organization or international development organization;
  • Substantial experience in evidence creation on resilience and commitment to evidence-based policy advocacy;
  • Demonstrated skills building and relationships with Governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills.


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.



  • 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: Fixed-Term Appointment

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

Level of function: NOA

Location: Dhaka

Nationality: Bangladeshi only

Monthly Net Salary: As per UN salary scale


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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