Programme Policy Officer Job in Nairobi, Kenya

UN World Food Programme – Somalia

Vacancy Announcement NO. 007/2020

Post Title: Programme Policy Officer (Post-Harvest Loss and Market Access)

Contract type: Consultant

Post Grade: Level II

Duty Station: Nairobi

Duration: 11 months (initial)

Date of Issue: 19th March 2020

Closing Date: 1st April 2020

Organizational Background:

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 World Food Programme Somalia activities include food assistance for relief, school feeding, nutrition, food for assets creation through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers and safety nets.

This position is open to qualified candidates, female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer and overall supervision of the Deputy Head of Programme, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Provide technical expertise on WFP’s post-harvest loss reduction initiatives (on cereals and fresh produce), including market linkages and access to markets;
  • Develop and refine Training of Trainer (TOT) curriculums and farmer manuals for the rural Somali context, on the stages of postharvest loss (PHL) reduction and access to markets, using both demonstrative and classroom-based teaching methods;
  • Train and build the capacity of WFP, partners, and government staff on the fundamentals of post-harvest loss prevention, market information systems, the agriculture value chain, pricing, sales, and marketing;
  • Review existing market information systems, map regional and local market outlets, and identify opportunities for linkages along the value chains;
  • Develop social and behaviour change messages for broadcast using various communication channels;
  • Review operational research around post-harvest loss prevention methodologies and equipment for both dry cereals and fresh produce, including access to finance, credit and subsidies;
  • Support the development of an agro-dealer network to foster a local supply and production of PHL equipment;
  • Draft timely analytical and critical reports, for internal or external use;
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:


Advanced university degree in Agriculture, Market Information Systems, Environmental Engineering, Food Sciences, or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.


At least six years of professional experience in the design, and implementation of programmes on the agriculture value chain. Experience working on different programme approaches with government agencies and providing advice on the development of curriculums is desirable. Experience developing and delivering training programmes and institutional capacity building is required.


Fluency in both oral and written communication in English.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Experience working with various stakeholders and establishing creative partnerships;
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills in English;
  • Training and/or experience utilizing computers including word processing, spreadsheet and other WFP standard software packages and systems. General Knowledge of UN systems and policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration;
  • Hands-on relevant experience in the UN or INGOs is desirable.

Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications through E-Recruitment using the following link:

Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

WFP seeks applicants of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

WFP is an equal opportunity employer and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

Selection of candidates is made on a competitive basis.

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Updated: March 19, 2020 — 2:05 pm