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- Humanitarian Policy Advisor (Consultant), Africa PDF Print E-mail

Humanitarian Policy Advisor (Consultant)

World Food Programme

Closing date: 31 Jul 2017



The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is well-known for its ability to deliver food assistance rapidly to people in need. In order to respond effectively in the challenging contexts in which WFP operates, staff require sound knowledge of the fundamentals of food assistance programming, as well as skills in a number of cross-cutting and specialized areas. These include protection, accountability to affected populations (AAP), conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding, and humanitarian principles, in particular in relation to access.


WFP sees the integration of protection, AAP, conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding, and humanitarian principles as an opportunity to improve the quality, effectiveness and sustainability of its assistance, while also protecting and promoting people’s rights. While some of these areas are mainly relevant in humanitarian crises - and in particular conflict-affected settings - others, such as AAP and protection, are considered cross-cutting and relevant in all contexts where WFP works, including development settings.


The Regional Bureau Panama provides strategic guidance, technical support and direction to WFP country operations in the following countries: Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and Peru. This post is intended to ensure dedicated expertise in the Regional Bureau on these issues. It is recognized that each regional bureau has its own particular context and that therefore these issues may have varying degrees of relevance. While the post will cover the issues of most concern in a region, it is expected that both protection and AAP will be addressed in every region, due to their cross-cutting nature and in response to the recommendations of the Protection Policy Review (2014).


Significant travel to country offices, including regular field missions to emergency and hardship duty stations is to be expected.




Education: Advanced academic degree in one or more of the following disciplines: International Law, Development Studies, International Relations, Sociology or other relevant field.




At least six years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in Development projects or Humanitarian assistance, of which at least 3 years of international field experience. This should include experience working in crisis or post-crisis contexts.

Demostrated field experience working on either protection/human rights programming or establishing accountability mechanisms with programme.

Experience in delivering training and conducting capacity-building for field operations and supporting senior managers in implementing new concepts.

Understanding of food security programming with previous experience from WFP or any of its cooperating partners is a strong asset.

Knowledge and skills:


Strong analytical, written and oral communication skills, as well as conceptual thinking.

Client orientation with excellent interpersonal skills.

Proven ability to produce outputs independently, while at the same time seeking innovative ways to integrate areas covered by this TOR in the work of other relevant units.

Flexibility to travel frequently and on short notice, when necessary.

Languages: Fluency in oral and written English and Spanish is a requirement. Working knowledge of French is an advantage.


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


Efforts to integrate protection, AAP, conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding, and humanitarian principles in WFP programmes are respectively informed by WFP's Humanitarian Protection Policy (2012), WFP's commitments to Accountability to Affected Populations (2012), WFP's Policy on its Role in Peacebuilding in Transition Settings (2013), and WFP's Policy on Humanitarian Principles (2004). All efforts in this regard must be closely coordinated with the implementation of WFP's Gender Policy (2015).


Under the overall supervision of the Senior Regional Programme Advisor, the selected candidate will be responsible for coordinating the Regional Bureau's efforts to provide technical advice and support to country offices and relevant technical units in the Regional Bureau. The Emergencies and Transitions Unit (OSZPH) in HQ will provide technical support and guidance.


Specifically, the following duties will be undertaken:


Facilitate capacity building, including training, for WFP and cooperating partner staff accross the region.

Provide technical guidance and advice to country offices in the region through remote support as well as in-country missions.

Provide technical guidance and advice to country offices and the Regional Bureau on issues of particular concern within the region, including land tenure, migration, violence, minority and indigenous rights and displacment, in relation to food assitance programmes of WFP and counterpart governments.

Provide advice and technical support to relevant technical units in the Regional Bureau to ensure integration of the areas covered in this TOR in strategies, tools, and reporting as relevant at the regional level.

In collaboration with the Regional Donor Relations Unit, raise awareness with donors on WFP's work on the areas covered in this TOR and develop a fundraising strategy to access additional funds for continued regional expertise and operation requirements of country offices to integrate the areas of relevance to them.

Continue to nurture and develop existing partnerships relevant for the areas covered by this TOR and identify opportunties for collaboration with partner agencies.

Contribute to coordination efforts accross WFP, facilitated by OSZPH, on the areas relevant to this TOR with a view to enhance learning between regions and country offices and develop a coordinated approach to their implementation throughout the organization.



Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.


Only short-listed qualified candidates will receive an acknowledgement.




Deadline for applications is 31 July 2017



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