JPO Policy & Programme Officer (WFP)

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    About WFP

    The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. We are currently seeking for a Junior Professional Officer to fill the position of Policy & Programme Officer – Conflict & Hunger with our HQ-based Peace & Conflict Office, PRO-P based in Rome, Italy.

    Context and background

    The recent Nobel Peace Prize announcement brings much needed attention to Security Council Resolution 2417 (adopted May 2018), which acknowledges the link between hunger and conflict, reconfirms the prohibition on the use of hunger as a weapon of war, and recognizes that the world will never be able to eliminate hunger unless there is peace. The resolution was ground breaking in terms of conflict and hunger, but there are still large numbers of families cut off from food because of conflict, and more worrying, where starvation is being deliberately used as a tactic in war.

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    General information

    • Title of Post: Junior Professional Officer – Conflict & Hunger
    • Grade: P2
    • Supervisor: Chief, PRO-P
    • Unit: PRO-P
    • Division/Country Office: Programme – Humanitarian & Development
    • Duty Station: Rome, Italy
    • Duration of assignment: Two years


    The JPO will be supervised directly by the Chief of the unit and will work together with the Policy, Strategy, Partnerships and Advocacy team.

    Duties and responsibilities

    Under the direct supervision of Chief, PRO-P, the JPO will have the following responsibilities:

    • To support the efforts of the Chief PRO-P and HDP Strategy & Partnerships Officer with the coordination of WFP’s Corporate Approach on 2417, in particular ensuring that there is a strong amalgamation of data, information and analysis (internally and third party), coupled with policy messaging and credible liaison with member states and the UN Security Council.
    • To support advocacy efforts based on evidence for the unimpeded and sustained passage of food and humanitarian relief items, as well as the unimpeded access of humanitarian workers.
    • To work with relevant teams of PRO, EME, RAM, CAM and WFP’s NY Office to support the timely delivery of Joint FAO/WFP reports to the UN Security Council that considers the destruction of objects indispensable for the survival of the civilian population, including the means of food production, storage and transportation.
    • Support the work of the EME and PRO-P Access Teams in being able to address the “prohibition of the use of starvation as a weapon of war’’ as being instrumental in the ability of the organisation to both reach those cut off from food assistance, and to ensure that the most vulnerable are not subject to conditions that may amount to famine.
    • To similarly support the efforts on Famine Prevention, recognising the UNSCR 2417 as a key tool to spur action that will prevent people falling further and further towards starvation.
    • To conduct relevant research and support the policy aspects pertaining to the respect of  international humanitarian and human rights law, including the “Right to Food.’’
    • To support the organisation of internal and external meetings, events and outreach efforts in support of WFP’s Corporate Approach on 2417.

    Expected outcomes

    • Implementation of WFP’s Corporate Approach to UNSCR 2417
    • Timely drafting and delivery of reports, research pieces and policy thinking
    • Strong liaison and coordination within WFP relevant units and experts, FAO, UNSC members, and WFP Liaison Offices and other relevant partners
    • Timely identification, coordination and implementation of advocacy opportunities and events

    Essential qualifications & experience

    • Advanced university degree or first level university degree with additional relevant work experience.
    • Two years of relevant working experience in the subject matter.
    • Fluency in English; Proficiency in Windows MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook);
    • Behavioural competencies such as Action Management, Client Orientation, Cognitive Capacity, Innovation, Partnering and Teamwork.

    Desireable requirements

    To perform the wide range of tasks and excel in this position, the ideal candidate would also possess:

    • Exposure to the international arena either by direct work for an international institution/organization; or, if working for a national entity, by way of interacting with international stakeholders.
    • Intermediate level of one, or more, of the following official languages: French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese.
    • WFP’s international professionals are required to serve in different locations around the world during the course of their career (including in hardship duty stations); willingness to be mobile would maximise opportunities for long-term retention into the Organization.

    Training components

    At the beginning, the supervisor will prepare a development plan and coach the JPO throughout the entire assignment. The JPO will be exposed to hands-on experience on-the-job – both at headquarters and, as applicable, at field level. Training (internal and external) on the peace & security agenda as well as WFP operations more broadly will be sought based on the background and interest of the JPO.

    Learning elements

    At the end of the two-year assignment, the JPO should have obtained:

    • Very good knowledge of the link between hunger and conflict and the role of UNSCR 2417 as a tool to spur action that will prevent people falling further towards starvation.
    • Good skills in analysing complex and sensitive information and turning this into compelling advocacy material for a variety of audiences (internal and external).
    • Familiarity with the key entry points for linking WFP’s work to and leveraging the political and peacebuilding arms of the UN system
    • Good general understanding of WFP’s overall operations and activities.

    Søknadsfrist: 8. august

    Stillingstittel: Policy & Programme Officer (JPO)

    Stillingsprosent: 100%

    Stillingstype: Engasjement, to år, tilknyttet JPO-programmet

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