Programme Policy Officer (Rice Fortification) NOB
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.


Jobholder operates with a high degree of independence and manage staff to ensure that objectives of capacity support are fully achieved. This would require alignment of actions complementary to Government policies and priorities, involve analytical work, working with various partners. At this level, job holder is expected to contribute to performance improvement. The position requires working closely with various Government agencies and officials.


Lead WFP’s rice fortification support team, collaborate with the relevant Government agencies, private sector and other partners to achieve scaling-up rice fortification, and contribute towards ensuring the appropriate policy and strategy environment, which includes the quality control system.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Lead the team, provide its members and the relevant Government officials with necessary guidance to ensure efficient implementation of the scaling-up rice fortification initiative;
  2. Lead the development of a wide variety of tools and methodologies, define plans and processes in line with the wider Government plans, rules and regulations to support implementation of the scaling-up rice fortification initiative efficiently;
  3. Plan and coordinate capacity support to address the needs at all three dimensions – people, organization and institution/systems, required to support the scaling-up rice fortification initiative;
  4. Liaise with WFP Headquarters, Regional Bureau and others, as necessary to support the scaling-up rice fortification initiative;
  5. Advise the Ministry of Food and the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs and other Government bodies engaged in rice fortification in multi-sectoral coordination and multi-stakeholder partnerships to secure a conducive environment in place to increase the production of fortified rice in general, and its availability to vulnerable groups in particular;
  6. Coordinate undertaking assessments and the collection of evidence to advocate for multi-sectoral involvement and contribution to increased production of fortified rice, an improved quality control system and more access to vulnerable groups of different backgrounds; 
  7. Liaise with various partners (UNICEF, FAO, Global Alliance for Improved Nutation, Micronutrient Initiative, Nutrition International and others) for joint advocacy, awareness raising and support to the Government in the area of rice fortification;
  8. Advise relevant Government agencies and officials to maintain a system that enables data collection and reporting on achievements in an orderly fashion;
  9. Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery;
  10. Support the capacity building of partners and the national Government;
  11. Guide and support team members, acting as a point of referral and assist them with analyses and queries; and
  12. Perform other tasks as required.


  • Government has system in place to allow increased production of adequately fortified rice at an affordable price;
  • New target groups of vulnerable people identified and provided with access to fortified rice;
  • Studies/assessments conducted to support Government and WFP with evidence to scale-up and improve fortified rice production; and
  • Private sector is committed to and ready for increasing production of fortified rice and making it available to markets for wider population.



  • 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.


  1. Coordinate technical assistance on overall management of the scaling-up rice fortification initiative, which combines capacity building of Government and technical assistance to private sector to increase the coverage of fortified rice commercially as well as under social protection.
  2. Coordinate with the various partners involved in the scaling-up rice fortification initiative and development partners; participate in relevant forums.
  3. Provide guidance to the relevant agencies in undertaking consultations and reviews to complement the scaling-up rice fortification initiative.
  4. Liaise with academia, research agencies and civil society organisations and support the inclusion of fortified rice in social safety nets and in the commercial market.


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


Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Food Technology, 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.

Experience : More than (05) five years of progressively responsible professional experience in food fortification and related fields if possible with a UN organization or international development organization;

Language: Excellent written and oral/communications skills in both English and Bangla.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Ability to think and plan strategically;
  • Capability to clearly communicate programme objectives;
  • Understanding national strategies, policies and priorities on food fortification;
  • Ability to work and lead in WFP at higher level;
  • Interpersonal skills and independent ability to negotiate.


Contract Type           : Fixed Term

Contract Duration    : 12 months

Duty Station              : Dhaka  Bangladesh

Nationality                 : Bangladeshi only

Monthly Net Salary    : NOB, as per UN Salary Scale


Only candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to submit an online application by 04 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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