Programme Policy Officer (School Meals Programme Specialist)

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Programme Policy Officer (School Meals Programme Specialist)

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 its renewed global calls for holistic, multi-sectoral approaches to fighting malnutrition, WFP prioritize multisectoral nutrition programming as a key area for growth and acceleration of progress in nutrition. WFP’s global school melas strategy is a multisector and holistic approach, where the multifaceted approach will galvanize implementation of comprehensive school health and nutrition interventions.

WFP has been supporting the GON to implement the school meals programme through food transfers since 1974 to improve education and nutritional outcomes in Nepal. In 2008 the GON have scaled up the programme into 19 districts using its own resources through a cash transfer approach. Currently, the school meals programme is among the largest social safety net programs in Nepal, reaching almost 2.9 million school children enrolled in lower basic education all over the country.

WFP Nepal five years Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2019-2023 has five Strategic Outcomes (SO), namely:
– SO1: affected populations in Nepal have timely access to adequate food and nutrition during and in the aftermath of natural disasters and/or other shocks.
– SO2: Food Insecure people in targeted areas have improved nutrition throughout the key stages of the life cycle by 2025.
– SO3: Vulnerable communities in remote, food-insecure areas of Nepal have improved food security and resilience to climate and other shocks by 2030.
– SO4: The Government of Nepal has strengthened capabilities to provide essential food security services and respond to crises by 2023.
– SO5: Government efforts towards achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 are supported by inclusive and coherent policy frameworks across all spheres of government by 2023.

As per the CSP, WFP Nepal will ensure that food in-secure people in targeted areas have improved nutrition throughout the key stages of their lives by 2025. This outcome will be achieved through three outputs, namely (i) Targeted populations, including children aged 6–59 months, pregnant and lactating women and girls and school children, receive an integrated package of assistance to prevent malnutrition and improve diets; (ii) Targeted populations in food-insecure areas receive nutrition-sensitive, shock responsive and gender-transformative social services delivered through a strengthened national social protection framework; and (iii) People benefiting from the national social safety net programme receive post-harvest fortified rice.

WFP received a grant from the McGovern Dole (McGD) International funds under the United States Department of Agriculture for the implementation of comprehensive school feeding programme in Nepal named “Food for Education and Child Nutrition Programme”. The Programme will be implemented in 6 districts viz Doti, Darchula, Bajhang, Accham and Bajura of Sudur Paschim Province and Jajarkot of Karnali Province over four years (2021-2024). Under this McGD cycle WFP will continue to support the Government in implementing a holistic education package consisting of food distribution, school health and nutrition, literacy activities. Additionally, capacity development for a smoothly transition from McGD to the government midday meals with a home-grown school feeding (HGSF) approach is planned. This last component will be implemented through capacity development activities for provincial and local government as well as with local and regional purchase of food for school meals in all schools of the six program districts.
Therefore, with the intent of strengthening the Provincial and Local Governments’ capacity to implement integrated school health and nutrition programs and transitioning to the midday meals programme at the graduation from McGovern-Dole assistance, WFP is seeking to fill the position of a School Meals Programme Specialist to be seconded to the Ministry of Social Development (MoSD)-Sudur Paschim Province, Nepal.

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.

The School Meals Programme Specialist will be a member of the WFP School Meals Programme Team but seconded to work at the MoSD of Sudur Paschim Province. The incumbent reports primarily to the Education Director at MoSD and the Head of Field Office- Doit/Dhangadi (Doti FO is going to shift to Dhangadi) under technical guidance and supervision of SMP Manager.

To provide technical and operational support to the Provincial and Local governments, in the design/review, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, as well as knowledge management of activities relating to FFECN 2021-2024, with a particular emphasis to the future transition to the National School Meals Programme with a home-grown school feeding approach. The HGSF approach requires a strong multi sectoral coordination mainly for education, health and agriculture policies and programmes implemented at local level.

Functional Area: Programme (School Meals Programme)
Position Title: Programme Policy Officer (School Meals Programme Specialist)
Type of Contract: Service Contract (SC-8/equivalent to NO-A)
Duty Station: Based in Social Development Ministry, Dhangadi, Sudur Paschim Province, Nepal
Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
1. Capacity strengthening support to Provincial Government
Provides technical and operational support to the MoSD during planning, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and learning of national education programs with an emphasis to School Health and Nutrition/School Meals Program.

  • Advocate and support adequate budgeting for School Health and Nutrition/School Meals Program during annual planning processes.
  • Assess needs and organize/facilitate program orientation, review workshop, training, and refresher courses to help develop the capacity of the Government staff at the provincial, district, Palika and schools in coordination with the country office.
  • Participate as a resource person in training/orientation and/or consultative/advocacy meetings related to SHN and SMP at provincial, district and local level as required.
  • Contribute towards development or adaptation of provincial level strategies, guidelines, manuals, protocol etc. for SHN/SMP programmes aiming at including school meals programme under the Social Protection framework and strengthening multisectoral coordination for the further implementation of HGSF model.
  • Facilitate appropriate and timely dissemination of information on SHN/SMP including protocols, guideline etc. to the Province, municipality, Palika and Schools.
  • Provide technical support on the implementation of the SHN/SMP Programme as per the national protocol.

2. Coordination and Partnership

  • Attend to various provincial level forums for sharing information that enhance WFP’s collaboration with Government agencies and contribute for building and sustaining effective collaborative relationships with provincial and local government stakeholders that are relevant under the Social Protection Framework.
  • Facilitate support of MoSD and other government entities for Cooperating Partners implementing the SHN/SMP project activities.
  • Contribute to building and sustaining effective collaborative relationships and networks with appropriate provincial and local government stakeholders in the areas of SHN/SMP.
  • Facilitate any supports the CPs requires from the MoSD and other relevant government entities.
  • Laying the groundwork for the handover of the SMP beyond 2024.
  • Carrying out trend analysis of the budget allocation at the provincial and local level for ensuring sustainability of the SMP, in coordination/consultation with the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration.
  • Together with the CO, organize annual advocacy meetings at both provincial and municipal levels to lobby for increasing resource allocation, strengthen multi-sectoral linkages, and promoting best practices for the sustainable home-grown school feeding approach of school meals.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive) Continued
3. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting

  • Organize regular joint supervision and coaching visits of Provincial government to Local government and schools, followed by a review meeting at Provincial level to reflect on the observations of the joint visit.
  • Provide technical support for the MoSD in regularly reporting, analyzing/ interpretating, sharing and using program related data from EMIS/HMIS/DHIS2 and other sources.
  • Support on design and implementation of assessments, evaluations and/or studies as deemed identified.

4. Programme Support

  • Support the roll of Community Feedback Mechanism, Gender action learning system, M&E system, and other initiatives under the USDA/McGD project.
  • Support the WFP field-office in implementation of the ongoing USDA McGD project in all 6 districts.
  • Carry out other tasks as required, to support the day-to-day activities of WFP SO and CO.
  • Provide technical support to the WFP Cooperating Partner on both Local and Regional Procurement and HGSF components of the USDA/McGD project.

Education: Advanced University degree in Agriculture, Public Health and Nutrition, Education, Management, or other field relevant to international development assistance or First University Degree with additional 2 years
of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Language: Fluency in both written and spoken Nepali and English languages. Knowledge of local languages is a plus. Nepali Typing skill is an asset.


  • Previous experience in areas of technical assistances at national, provincial or district level
  • Experience working in the area of home-grown school feeding approach
  • Experience and expertise in delivery of integrated programming
  • Experience in negotiation, training, communications, advocacy & resources mobilization
  • Minimum 3 years working experience with government on policies and programmes is desirable
  • Knowledge and experience of UN and Government partnership will be an asset
  • Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.


  • Functional competencies including Providing guidance to team designing/planning of Multi sectoral programming; Food Security, School Meals, emergency preparedness and response etc.
  • Sound understanding of School Health and Nutrition, Education, Nutrition and Food Security related policies, and systems of Nepal.
  • Good negotiation skills and ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability for perform well in cross-disciplinary teams.
  • Training and experience in utilizing computers and standard software packages and systems, such as MS Office.
  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures in the area of work is an advantage.


  • 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.

Capability Name : Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance : Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) : Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) : Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency Programming : Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government : Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.

Thursday, 13 January 2022
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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.

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