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Job Title: Programme Policy Officer (Smallholder Agriculture Market Support, climate change & food system)
Type of contract: Fixed Term
Duration: 12 Months (Extendable)
Duty Station: Kabul
Vacancy Number: 830880
Date of Publication: 11 Jan 2024
Deadline of Application: 25 Jan 2024
This vacancy announcement is for Afghan nationals only and WFP encourages especially Afghan females and Afghans with disabilities to apply.
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.
The hunger crisis in Afghanistan is unfolding at a rapid pace, with 15 million of population now facing acute food insecurity. Work opportunities are shrinking, with most households now reporting just one day of work per week. This comes on top of the worst drought in years, which is especially concerning for the 85 percent of the population who rely on agriculture for livelihoods.
Preventing and mitigating a drastic increase in hunger and malnutrition is the aim of WFP in Afghanistan which can only be achieved through the scaled up and sustained complementary food security and nutrition interventions, combined with a scale-up of resilience interventions to safeguard gains. WFP has embarked on a significant month-on-month scale-up of its crisis response and resilience programmes across the country, ensuring that the programme is delivered at the right scale and time, targeted to the right areas. WFP is also actively following up on evolving trends to pre-empt hotspots, while guaranteeing quality and maximum impact of the programme through the monitoring of these hotspots to be able to support continued donor advocacy.
WFP Afghanistan’s Country Strategic Plan 2018-2026 focuses on a new strategic shift towards strengthening resilience of communities, recognizing the interconnected nature of relief, nutrition, safety nets, food systems, capacity strengthening and partnerships, addressing some of the above causes within the context of chronic drought and frequent climate-related shocks.
A key focus area is on building sustainable food systems and value chains, promote climate change initiatives, climate smart agriculture, disaster risk reduction, microfinance, forecast based financing initiatives, to improve the availability, accessibility, affordability, and consumption of nutritious and healthy diets in Afghanistan and to prevent and reduce the impact of man-made and natural shocks on vulnerable populations.
As part of these activities, WFP provides early recovery, resilience-building, disaster risk reduction, adaptation to climate change and livelihoods support to vulnerable smallholder farmers and communities seriously impacted by natural disaster. This position will support, the development and implementation of WFP’s climate smart agriculture, market linkages, small scale value chain, and food systems projects, anticipatory actions particularly working with smallholder farmers on improving agricultural value chains, introducing climate-adaptive livelihoods practices, and strengthening community and household resilience.
Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Head of Resilience and Food Systems (RFS): To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.
Job holders will operate with a high degree of independence, manage more junior staff to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. Will be involved in programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.
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To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply via (https://www.wfp.org/careers/job-openings). Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. We want to ensure the recruitment process is fully accessible. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to advise us of any accessibility needs you may have.
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
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