Programme Policy Officer (CBT- SCOPE)
Posted 16/11/2018
Nepal - Kathmandu

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.


These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a Head of Programme.
Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  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. At WFP, we are driven and defined by our mission to fight world hunger, save lives, feed people’s dreams of a brighter future, reduce risk and help enable people, communities and countries meet their own food and nutrition needs. WFP goes anywhere it’s needed and does what it takes to get the job done. You will find our people at the heart of every major humanitarian intervention around the world, providing the essential life-saving foundation required for those furthest behind. Each year, we reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries. Delivering our mission requires deep respect for personal and cultural differences and close collaboration between every member of our global team. While the 16,000 people working for WFP reflect the rich diversity of the world in which we work, the vital importance of our shared mission underpins a remarkably close community of purpose.

The WFP addresses food insecurity using in-kind, cash or voucher transfers, depending on the local context and market realities. To be able to deliver cash based transfers as well as in-kind food assistance, the organization is investing in enhancing internal capabilities as well as partnerships with strategic partners, key among them being national governments.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Programme, the National Programme Policy Officer (CBT- SCOPE) will provide technical support and oversight function in cash-based programming in Nepal.

  1. Work with the Head of Programme and other programme/activity managers to ensure that cash-based transfers (CBT), beneficiaries information and identity management and related processes within the Country Office are managed according to WFP corporate guidelines, standards and procedures.
  2. Provide technical guidance and training on WFP’s CBT modality and beneficiary information management to WFP programme staff and other support staff at both Country Office, Sub-Offices and Cooperating Partners acting as a point of referral for CBT activities, and assisting them as appropriate;
  3. Liaise with Finance unit at CO level to ensure the timely CBT payment process.
  4. Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on CBT programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  5. Participate in CBT related risk analysis of WFP operations with an objective to identify and address organizational exposure to risks and mitigation measures.
  6. Identify lessons learned and best practices established for use of CBT in WFP cash and in-kind programme interventions and Government’s capacity strengthening”
  7. Provide support to carry out CBT and beneficiary management related feasibility studies and assessments including cost-efficiency and effectiveness analysis for food assistance and inform programme planning and decision making;
  8. Support any Financial Service Provider procurement process; establish and refine SOPs, internal controls procedures and work with M&E team on monitoring and evaluation of CBT related activities;
  9. Liaise with coordinating bodies, host government, humanitarian actors, UN agencies, private sectors and cooperating partners in relation to CBT and Social Protectionsystem. Explore the potential opportunities to link CBT interventions with a national social protection framework.
  10. Identify gaps and areas for WFP to provide support for the federal system of government in their efforts to design and deliver social safety nets, including national school meals and home-grown school meals programmes, and build/strengthen shock-responsive social protection systems.
  11. Act as secretary to the WFP’s CBT Working Group in Nepal CO; external coordination/representation around CBT and Social Protection related working groups.
  12. Act as the focal point between Programme and IT in the implementation of SCOPE in cash and in-kind activities, contextualize business processes and delivery solutions to meet individual programme needs, while ensuring alignment with CBT across functions, and conformity with the wider programme policy and guidance. Ensure the documentation of SCOPE lessons learned, advantages and challenges;
  13. Provide business innovations and technology relationship management internally and externally. Adapt analytical support leadership in development and continuous refinement of business intelligence. develop business requirements and other system documentations to support development of bespoke applications in the country office.
  14. Follow standard emergency preparedness and contingency planning practices to ensure WFP is able to maintain basic CBT and IT services and/or quickly respond and deploy resources to affected areas at the onset of a crisis.
  15. Perform other duties as required.


Education: 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.
Language: National Professional: Fluency (spoken and written) in English language and Nepali language.



  • 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.


Knowledge & Skills:

  • Good understanding of the theory and application of food security and/or safety net programmes;
  • Experience of an emergencies and protracted crisis situations is an advantage;
  • Solid attitude towards partnership;
  • Understanding of Project Cycle Management, result-based management and conflict sensitive programming;
  • Solid understanding of database management and data analytics;
  • Excellent understanding of integrating technology, innovations into programme designing;


  • Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.).
  • Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.
  • Demonstrated interest and experiences in humanitarian and development work;
  • At least 4 years of relevant working experience in CBT programming, social protection and beneficiary information management, database management in diverse contexts;
  • Solid experience in the design, set-up, implementation and monitoring cash-based transfers;
  • Proven capacity to manage innovation in programme approaches;
  • Experience in social protection isssues is highly desirable especially the knowledge of policies and practices around long term financial opportunities of the poor and volunerable.


Position Title: Programme Policy Officer (CBT-SCOPE)

Contract Type: Service Contract (SC)

Grade: SC-8 (Equivalent to NO-A)

Contract Duration: 12 months (renewable)

Duty Station: Kathmandu

Post: 1 Position (One)

Nationality: Nepalese ONLY


Only the candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to submit an online application by 29 November 2018.

To apply, please visit http://www1.wfp.org/careers/job-openings

Candidates are requested to Create an account in system before applying. Candidate’s UN Personal Histoty Form (P11), curriculum vitae (CV) and applications will be registered allowing profile updates, apply for a job through wfp career website.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

The organization reserves the right to cancel or postpone the whole recruitment process without providing any reasons whatsoever.

No telephone enquiries will be entertained

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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