Beirut - Programme Policy Officer (Livelihoods) SC 8

Are you passionate about changing and improving the lives of millions of people world-wide?
Are YOU up for a Life-Changing Experience?
Do you want to be part of an International Humanitarian Organization with a very diverse workplace?
If YES, this WFP job vacancy is the opportunity for you

Deadline For Applications

This Vacancy Announcement will close on 05 March 2021 at 11:59 PM, Rome Time.

Terms And Conditions

  • This position is open to qualified Lebanese candidates ONLY
  • Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted

  • About WFP

    Assisting more than 90 million people in 83 countries each year, the World Food Program (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

    As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.

    In Lebanon, WFP works to support approximately 700,000 people with regular assistance using e-cards. WFP also supports Lebanese schools with school meals and has run over 300 development activities which include supporting rural infrastructure, as well as education and training opportunities for vulnerable individuals in families. WFP also supports Lebanon’s National Poverty Targeting Program.

    To know more about WFP’s mission, please check the below video:

    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.

    Organizational Context

    The post is based in Beirut Country Office, Livelihoods Unit. The incumbent reports to the Head of Livelihoods.

    Job Purpose

    Within the wider Livelihood Programme, the Programme Policy Officer (Livelihoods) is to manage WFP’s portfolio on food systems efficiency and inclusiveness, including food-assistance for training, value chain upgrading, and micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) strengthening.

    Key Responsibilities (not All-inclusive, Nor Exhaustive)

    Under the supervision of the Head of Livelihoods, the incumbent will perform the following tasks:
  • Lead WFP Lebanon’s capacity strengthening activities ensuring efficiency and inclusion of food systems through WFP’s food assistance for training modality, agricultural value chain development, and ensuring market linkages, both at the strategic and operational levels in consultation with Country Office (CO) Livelihood Unit colleagues, regional bureau, and headquarters.
    • Plan a comprehensive capacity development portfolio, including, but not limited to, food-assistance for training, food systems, and value chain upgrading activities,
    • Contribute to the development and implementation of innovative livelihood initiatives that are both operational and analytical such as a recovery context analysis, systems to expand market opportunities and channels, and new training modalities for vulnerable communities,
    • Ensure implementation of WFP funded projects according to Field Level Agreements with partners,
    • Liaise with cooperating partners and undertake field visits to monitor project outputs and project quality in order to ensure that progress is made in the Terms of Reference Service Contract (SC) achieving project objectives and ensuring compliance with WFP's policies, criteria and procedures,
    • Support the identification of appropriate project activities and geographical areas where WFP's livelihoods and resilience strengthening activities can be usefully employed,
    • Support sub-offices in the implementation and coordination with cooperating partners in the field to ensure proper implementation of livelihood activities adhering to WFP processes and standards of work ,
    • Support the preparation of expenditure outlooks, budget allocations and financial planning/management of specific livelihood grants and the drafting of donor proposals and budgets in consultation with other internal units (e.g. Budget and Programme, External Relations),
    • Support the Country Office VAM/M&E team to design and develop relevant M&E tools for livelihoods and resilience projects for output and outcome results measurement, as well as support the interpretation of analyzed data for various strategic and operational reporting and objectives,
    • Review project proposals, progress reports and cooperating partners’ monthly reports to capture lessons learned, challenges and project outcomes and outputs. Contribute to the development of progress reports and thematic reports for advocacy and resource mobilization efforts. Provide guidance to partners in developing monthly and final reports to capture project inputs and outputs,
    • Coordinate with operative industry expert the pilot operations, while ensuring high-quality execution and success of activities,
    • Manage relations and administrative duties with and for project participants as well as monitoring of project activities in direct coordination with WFP’s sub-office,
    • Participate and carry out discussions with senior managers in other divisions or external stakeholders on topics related to the pilot and its potential scale up,
    • Support project pilot, testing and improvements as required.
  • Build a community of practice to capture and share knowledge, including capturing lessons learnt and best practices from implementation of activities, sharing of training material, and exchange of assessments, with Government, UN, NGO, and civil society actors,
    • Liaise with local governmental and humanitarian organizations as well as the private sector for potential partnerships and cooperation,
    • Catalyse and build local capacity of local innovation and tech community to act as partners to drive forward innovations with the goal to achieve zero hunger,
    • Liaise with any WFP’s external partners and act as their local focal point to ensure smooth cooperation.
  • Expand the scale and scale of WFP interventions in the wider food system
    • Building upon lessons learnt and best practices from the programme, develop policy, advocacy and position papers to demonstrate WFP Lebanon’s thought leadership in leveraging the wider food system for job creation, income generation, and wider access of food for consumers,
    • Facilitate the development of partnerships both at strategic and operational level between WFP and vulnerable people, communities, their organizations, NGOs, local authorities and UN agencies engaged in the areas of livelihoods, resilience and food security,
    • Participate in any relevant livelihood, resilience technical and coordination forums and mechanism with stakeholders,
    • Support in the coordination and liaison with relevant ministries and government stakeholders to ensure alignment of WFP’s Livelihood Programme with national priorities and wider strategies,
    • Perform other related duties as required.

    Desired Skills And Knowledge
    • Strong Communication skills to engage with various stakeholders from different sectors and backgrounds, ability to interact with leaders and external audience with maturity and tact, ability to interact with vulnerable groups of people,
    • Collaborative spirit able to liaise with a wide range of people at all levels and across different cultures and to act with credibility and diplomacy,
    • Outstanding organizational and time management skills with an ability to anticipate requirements, problems and obstacles, and an ability to juggle competing priorities successfully, and to work within tight deadlines,
    • Problem solving mind-set, with ability to proactively solve challenges quickly and efficiently,
    • Strong drive, self-motivated and able to work with a high degree of autonomy,
    • High sense of compassion, able to genuinely empathize with people and energize teams with a positive and encouraging attitude,
    • Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of the UN World Food Programme,
    • Exposure to both European/North-American markets and the Middle East is a plus

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

    Education: Advanced University degree in the field of Business Administration, Economics, Management, Innovation Consultancy, Development studies, Agriculture or other related fields or First University degree with additional relevant work experience and/or training/course.

    Experience: Advanced University degree (masters or higher) with at least four (4) years of post-graduate professional experience in livelihoods, food systems and/or development programming, project management, technical and vocational education and training, and private sector, startup, and other innovative initiatives supporting job; or First university degree (bachelor’s degree) with at least seven (7) years of post-graduate professional experience in the aforementioned areas. Experience with International Organizations/UN agencies is a plus.

    Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Arabic languages. Knowledge of French language is added advantage .

    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
    Post date: 23 February 2021
    Publisher: Company Website
    Post date: 23 February 2021
    Publisher: Company Website