Programme Policy Officer, National Food Security Strategy, Tripoli, Libya, International Consultant

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    Agriculture, Economics, Environment and Natural Resources, Fisheries and Forestry, Project Management, Security
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WFP is committed to helping governments reduce the number of undernourished people from 815 million to zero by 2030. The Country Offices experience a set of common design and implementation challenges and issues related to livelihoods and resilience-building, including in areas such as livelihood support programming in protracted crises, livelihood support in urban and middle-income contexts, aligning asset creation and human capital development efforts with national productive safety net and public works programmes, national curricula and structures and more.


WFP Libya is operating in a very complex context with migration agenda as well as humanitarian and development needs in a country. Under the Interim Country Strategic Plan 2019 – 2022, WFP Libya has expanded the coverages of its livelihoods and resilience projects for vulnerable food-insecure households, women and the youth through unconditional food assistance in recovery and training activities focused on resilience. WFP Libya has also looked at innovations as something critical to enable itself to find sustainable solutions to operational and strategic problems more quickly, to scale them, and eventually to deliver on its mandate to reach Zero Hunger. This enables them to meet today’s livelihood needs and safeguard these resources for future generations.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is the global leader and the only United Nations organization mandated to collect, analyze, interpret, and disseminate information related to food and agriculture including comprehensive sectoral databases and information systems on agriculture policy. FAO is working to improve food security and agricultural development in Libya with a portfolio of activities focusing mainly on provision of technical support to control pests and diseases in livestock and plant production, support to the fishery sector as well as projects related to water use and water management in the country.

In Libya, around 13 partners composed of international and national organizations, are contributing to food security-related activities. A dedicated taskforce under the Libya UN Strategic Cooperation Framework UNSDCF pillar 3 (FAO, UNICEF, WFP), co-led by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is coordinating the UN support to the formulation of the national strategy on food security.

The NESDB has requested technical support to FAO, the United Nations entities and international partners to support the formulation of the food security and nutrition strategy as well as strengthening capacity of the national stakeholders to design and implement the national strategy for food security and its components. On 26th June 2023, during a coordination meeting on the formulation of Libya food security and nutrition strategy organized by the NESDB and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Libya main technical and financial partners including the FAO and WFP, reiterated their commitment to support the formulation of Libya Food Security Strategy, based on the progress already achieved by the NESDB and national stakeholders.

WFP and FAO Libya need a professional who will work very closely to support the government of Libya (GoL) to design and develop a National Food Security Strategy (FSS). This strategy, convened under the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) will be a critical step towards Libya’s stabilisation and a key contributor to future food security and inclusive economic growth and social cohesion.

To this end, the consultant will work through the National FSS Steering Committee (FSS-SC), providing strategic guidance, technical assistance and capacity support to design and develop the FSS.

Programme Policy Officer CST is located in Tripoli and reports to the WFP Libya Deputy Country Director.


1.Provide strategic and technical guidance to PMO and FSS-SC to coordinate and lead development of a national food security strategy.

2.Coordinate the policy dialogue with national stakeholders and partners, in order to formulate a comprehensive food security and nutrition strategy addressing the main constraints for a sustainable physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for all in Libya.

3.Facilitate and/or provide technical training and capacity building to key stakeholders and partners, in the field of food security policies and investment, as needed;

4.coordinate the activities undertaken by FAO, WPF and other partners to support the formulation of the food and security strategy, including coordination meetings and inputs to progress reports.

5.ensure the liaison with FAO, WFP and other institutions involved in the FSS to facilitate the work of international experts and the conduct of missions in Libya, in cooperation with national partners.

6.Advocate for FSS across government, international partners & private sector;

7.Coordinate international stakeholder technical group, and lead reporting / coordination within UN Country Team.

8.Manage dialogue with IFIs and other resource partners (African Development Bank, World Bank, Islamic Devt. Bank, etc)

9.Perform any other duties required.


1.Roadmap for a National Food Security Strategy.

2.Supervision of key analytical tasks / background analyses for the FSS;

3.Support and facilitation of national and international policy dialogue for FSS;

4.Liaison with international and national partners for smooth implementation of FSS activities

5.Design and delivery of technical capacity building workshops

6.Coordination of FSS partner core group (FAO, AfDB and UNICEF)

7.Progress report on the national food security strategy to the government and international partners.


Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other fields relevant to international development assistance.

Experience: Ten years or more of postgraduate professional experience in food security or relevant area. Proven ability to manage policy dialogue in complex environments.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of Arabic.


Excellent knowledge of food security, including at the strategic level. Extenstive experience with project management and coordination in the area of food security. Proven ability to manage policy dialogue in complex environments. Strong written and oral communication skills, including substantive analysis and report writing skills; Knowledge of, or the ability to quickly assimilate, UN/WFP specific processes and systems.


Position Title: Programme Policy Officer – National Food Security Strategy

Contract Type: International Consultancy (CST II)

Contract Duration: Six months

Duty Station: Tripoli, Libya

Medical Plan: Medical plan for the employee only


7th November 2023


Qualified women and people with physical impairments are strongly encouraged to apply.

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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