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Expire date Friday, 16 September 2016
Contract type Fixed-term NOC
Agency WFP
Duration 1 year with possibility of extension
Place Bishkek
Terms of Reference

Supervision received: The Programme Policy Officer will be directly supervised by the Deputy Country Director, who also serves as Head of Programme. 


The job holder is to manage a moderate portfolio of activities that may include contribution to and/or direct management of programmes in COs of moderate complexity, or contribution to policy formulation and provision of technical advice at RB or HQ level for a defined area of expertise. Job holders operate with considerable independence in their specialities and may manage a substantial team of junior professional and support staff


To design and manage programmes of moderate size or complexity that effectively meet food assistance needs, or contribute to policy formulation and/or provide technical advice or oversight on programme strategy and implementation.


  • Contribute to formulation of WFP-wide programme policies in line with both organisational

strategy and the practical realities of operating in the field; or translate programme policy into Regional/Country level practices. Developing programme guidance and implementation modalities and operations, to ensure a clear and strong connection between HQ and field operations.

 Provide advice and support to COs on moderately complex issues to clarify ambiguities and ensure that policy and programme operations are consistent with WFP policies, Executive Board decisions, and other relevant guidance.

  • Provide technical advice or mobilise technical expertise on programme and policy issues including assessment and analysis, the choice of objectives, activities, transfer modalities and appropriate food products, the deployment and testing of innovative approaches and the development of strategies to support government efforts to reduce hunger and malnutrition.
  • Assist counterparts in governments and other partners in identifying where food assistance can be usefully employed and provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of moderately complex food assistance programmes to strengthen government and community ownership and effectiveness of food security and nutrition programmes at national and sub-national levels.
  • Establish and maintain operational partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve assistance packages and support advocacy work.
  • Enhance WFP’s leadership status in forums relating to area of specialism, for example food security, nutrition, livelihoods, resilience or engagement in humanitarian, transition and development contexts through direct participation, briefings, information products and other materials.
  • Manage operational research and evidence building on issues relevant to food assistance.
  • Manage the preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, publications, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use.
  • Contribute to resources mobilisations efforts for WFP projects, including clearly articulating the need for food assistance and related programme opportunities, and follow up on the resource situation of projects including commodity and cash availability, seeking advice from senior colleagues where necessary.
  • Advice and support the development of functional training in areas of expertise to enhance the

capacity of WFP staff and partner to design and deliver effective food assistance programmes.

  • Lead, motivate and develop a team of staff to enable high performance.
  • Ensure the best use of assigned financial resources for achievement of set objectives within a moderate budget.
  • Contribute to Country Office Emergency Preparedness i.e. early warning, risk analysis, and contingency planning in order to respond to humanitarian crises and needs.
  • Other as required.


  • The job holder is to manage the WFP development project, Dev 200662, ‘Support to national productive safety nets and longer-term community resilience’, which includes design and implementation of activities in the areas of rural development, social protection and disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation, under the overall supervision of the Head of Porgramme. This includes work to design and implement a productive safety net programme and to support its integration into national programmes.


  • Has experience working across the Program portfolio including VAM/Nutrition.
  • Has led a Sub Office or a small country/area office programme team or a component of a

country office programme portfolio.

  • Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions.



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.


Fluency in English, Russian and Kyrgyz

















All interested candidates must send their P.11, CV, a cover letter in English and at least 3 references with indication of position title no later than 17:00, 16 September 2016 at: WFP Kyrgyzstan Country Office in Bishkek: 150 Panfilova str. or by e-mail:

Applications without P.11 form will not be considered. Only suitable candidates will be invited for interview.

“Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply”


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