Senior Policy Officer

Jul 17, 2017 03:58 pm

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Company Name: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title: Senior Policy Officer

Job Type: Full Time

Job Category: NGO/Development

Deadline: 30 Jul,2017

Educational Qualification:

University degree in Social Sciences, Economics, development studies; international affairs, or a related technical field.



Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience in one or more fields of Food Security, Nutrition, Social Welfare, Social Safety Nets




Proficient in Government of Bangladesh Policies and Laws related to Social Safety Nets, Social Welfare, Food Security, Nutrition etc.
Substantial experience in and commitment to evidence-based policy advocacy
Experience in facilitating government processes to obtain concurrence from GoB on behalf of UN agencies and INGOs.
Demonstrated skills building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
Excellent oral, written and analytical communication skills;
Demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills.
Track record of commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.


Other Opportunities:

Grade: SC-9
Contract: Service Contract for 12 months (with possibiliy of extension)
Duty Station/travel: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Nationality: Bangladeshi only
Monthly Net Salary: BDT 227,710.00 


Instruction :

Only candidates meeting the above requirements are requested to submit an online application by 30 July 2017. 


Job Detail:

Career Opportunities: Senior Policy Officer -MoWCA DFAP (Nobo Jatra Programme) (60022)
Requisition # 60022 - Posted 17/07/2017 - Short Term-SC WFP - Asia, Southern - Bangladesh - Dhaka - Working Job Language (2) - PROGRAMME & POLICY

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.

As part of a consortium led by World Vision Bangladesh (WVB), World Food Programme (WFP) and Winrock International (WI), were awarded a USAID-funded Title II Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP), called Nobo Jatra, which means ‘new beginning’ in Bangla. Nobo Jatra -a five-year programme -started from October 2015 and will end in September 2020. The program’s goal is to improve gender equitable food security, nutrition and resilience of vulnerable people in Bangladesh. The interventions are organized around three important themes: maternal and child health and nutrition (P1), agriculture and economic development (P2), and resilience (P3), as well as the cross-cutting purpose of governance and social accountability, with youth development and gender integrated throughout all activities.

The proposed interventions will require frequent local-national level dialogues to review and determine the policy and programmatic implications of the interventions. Furthermore, effective implementation will require collaboration among different ministries and sectors at local and national levels. The Nobo Jatra programme (NJP) has a provision for a Senior Policy Officer to facilitate processes within the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA), and cross sectorally.


The Senior Policy Officer will be responsible for strengthening policy-programme linkages, and mobilizing institutional and policy level support, resources, and guidance for the Nobo Jatra programme.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
In consultation with the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs (MoWCA) and the Nobo Jatra team, map the possible links between the Nobo Jatra strategies and interventions, and the Government of Bangladesh’s policies and programmes related to women and children’s well-being.
Conduct an analysis of recent/current safety net programmes on Children and Women’s health and nutrition, their implementation modalities and implications for the future.
Identify and develop evidence generating priority actions to inform the policy agenda. Synthesize lessons/evidence with policy and programmatic significance from Nobo Jatra.
Engage with senior level policy makers within MoWCA and Ministry of Social Welfare for opportunities for Nobo Jatra to communicate the Nobo Jatra project experience, influence national level decision making processes, particularly those related to the National Social Security Strategy, food security, nutrition and women’s empowerment.
Review and conduct policy and institutional analyses to inform the Nobo Jatra project on the policy and implementation gaps, and the means to address these.
Develop and maintain institutional and programme linkages through coordination meetings, joint visits and other appropriate means.
Develop a policy advocacy strategy with clearly defined objectives, methods and tools to influence and inform a pro –poor and gender equitable policy agenda.
Establish and strengthen the linkages between the central level planning of resources based on consideration of the local needs.
Advance the policy level cross sector collaboration-particularly with the Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives, the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Identify and mobilize government resources to improve annual budgetary allocations to safety net programmes for women and young children.
Work with designated government officials to advocate and engage for national level attention, action and accountability to address the issues faced by women, children and young adults.
Promote joint thinking around key challenges relevant to the design and effective implementation of the National Social Security Strategy.
Communicate the outcomes of the social accountability process, the voice of the communities and research findings to ensure implementation of the national policy and good governance.
Perform other related duties, as required.


An analysis of key social safety net programmes to promote women and children’s health and nutrition.
A brief analysis of the policy, programmatic and institutional challenges to the implementation of social safety nets strategy with clearly articulated areas of focus for Nobo Jatra
Advocacy strategy with defined goals, methods, audiences and tools to engage MoWCA and other relevant sectors
Policy level engagement sessions -including joint visits, workshops and seminars- organized on a biannual basis
Policy research agenda developed, in consultation with stakeholders in MoWCA and other related ministries, to address national level needs
Presentations, briefs and reports from programme and policy level discussion



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.
Effective and efficient execution of the above-mentioned responsibilities
Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan
Clear and effective written work produced
Conceptual and analytical capacity; Strong drafting skills and ability to produce clear, convincing, and effective written work
Ability to establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds and to develop and maintain effective work relationships with staff
Ability to travel within Bangladesh as required