Job in World Food Programme – Programme Policy Officer (3560 views)

September 10, 2019


Organization: World Food Programme

Position: Programme Policy Officer (SUN Coordinator)

Type of Contract: Service Contract (SC) – 8 (Equivalent to NO-A)

Duty Station: Kathmandu, Nepal

Duration: 6 months (possibly to extension)


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.


These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.
Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.

Long Description


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is looking for a self-motivated, team player to lead the development of the Scaling Up Nutrition Business Network (SBN) in Nepal. The SBN is one of four global networks within the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement which supports 61 Countries, including Nepal, to develop multi-stakeholder strategies to scale up nutrition at national level. The SBN is the principal vehicle for business engagement in SUN, both in informing the ongoing policy, advocacy and knowledge sharing agenda and in mobilizing businesses at national level in support of SUN national nutrition strategies. Globally, 12 National SBNs have been established. The SBN Nepal’s ambition is to increase the availability and affordability of safe, nutritious foods in Nepal through:
1. Convening and organizing business around national nutrition priorities;
2. Assessing the challenges and opportunities facing businesses in scaling up their actions and investments in nutrition and facilitating partnerships at national and global level to support national businesses
3. Improving the enabling environment for business to take action on nutrition, including fostering strong links and partnerships with key national stakeholders


The SBN Coordinator will serve as the main link between SUN Business Network members, Government and other key stakeholders, and will lead on all activities linked to the Network, including the development and dissemination of the SBN strategy, raising awareness and mobilizing stakeholders. These efforts will feed directly into the Country’s broader SUN and nutrition agendas.
SBN Coordinator will support the establishment of SBN and ongoing operations of SBN in Nepal, with the aim of increasing engagement of the Private Sector in nutrition in the country. S/he will closely collaborate with business associations and relevant government institution to facilitate public-private partnership linked to improving nutrition. In addition, the SBN Coordinator will help to guide and support capacity strengthening, program development and implementation work plan of the SBN.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the overall guidance of the Nutrition Advisor (Head of Nutrition Unit) and other management team members, the incumbent shall carry out the following tasks
1. Develop a strategy for SBN Nepal using a highly consultative process
a. Carry out a situation analysis to identify potential entry points for private sector engagement, as well as understand and define private sector opportunities/priorities and challenges that includes:
• A mapping of key private sector partners
• A review of relevant national policy and strategic documents
• Carrying out of bilateral and group consultations with key stakeholders (government, private, civil society and donors) (also related to (2a) below)
b. Lead on the development of SBN Nepal Strategy
Short Description
2. Raise awareness about the SBN among key stakeholders in Nepal
a. Organize meetings (one on one and in groups), workshops and use other channels to raise awareness on SBN among key stakeholders in Nepal
b. Coordinate with the organizing committee of the Global Nutrition Gathering to host SBN Nepal/private sector engagement event alongside SUN Global Gathering
c. Support the development and distribution of information, education and communication materials to promote value proposition for business to join and support the SBN
3. Mobilize businesses/private sector partners to increase awareness of role in nutrition
a. Inform the private sector around the potential role they can play in contributing to national nutrition priorities, including the value proposition to them for engaging in this space
b. Recruit and retain high profile and committed SUN Business Network members from Nepal’s private sector and other key stakeholder groups

Short Description

4. Support establishment of SBN in Nepal,
a. Organize SBN kick off meeting, and launch SBN strategy
b. Develop and distribute registration forms for SBN members’ recruitment,
c. Plan and organize regular meetings/update opportunities for SBN Core Team Together with NPC, develop the SBN Advisory Group Terms of Reference

Long Description

5. Coordination, Communication and Reporting
a. Develop and maintain an ongoing register of major private sector issues, challenges opportunities and recommendations for change.
b. Liaise with relevant government stakeholders on a regular basis to share private sector issues, challenges and opportunities and advocate for recommendations and policy changes in relevant identified areas.
c. Compile and disseminate lessons on establishment and operation of SBN, as well as regularly updating using various media channels
d. Prepare database of SBN members, and track member information and Network activities via SBN Database
e. Document key lessons and best practices of the private sector contributing improved nutrition and food security
f. Prepare and submit periodic progress report to the NPC and WFP
Carry out other tasks as required, to support the day-to-day activities of WFP and NPC’s engagement with the private sector on nutrition in Nepal


Education: Master’s degree in business, management, marketing, international development or related field. BSc Degree with reasonable experiences will be considered.

Experience: 5-6 years of postgraduate professional experience, in either the private sector or on private sector related development projects is essential. Knowledge of nutrition will be an added advantage.
Experienced partnership broker with strong relationship management skills and familiarity with managing a wide platform of stakeholders
Experience in communications and advocacy, in particular with the private sector

Lanugages: Fluency in both written and spoken English language, and Nepali Languages.



• 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.


This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job.


• Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.).
• Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.
• Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.

Last date to apply: 23 September 2019


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