Programme Policy Officer (Refugee Operations), NOA

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    $25,047 - $33,309 / YEAR
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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.


Job Title: Program Policy Officer, NOA
Type of Contract: Fixed Term
Unit/Division: Program / Refugee Operations
Duty Station (City, Country): Kigali/Rwanda
Duration: One year

Closing Date: 19th February 2024


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 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.

In Rwanda, under its current five-year Country Strategic Plan, WFP provides monthly food assistance – either in cash or through a mix of cash and in-kind to over 125,000 refugees living in camps, while promoting an enabling environment for their self-reliance and economic inclusion. Supplementary nutritious food is provided to vulnerable groups, such as young children, pregnant and breastfeeding women and girls and people living with tuberculosis or HIV/AIDS. School children, including those from host communities around the camps, receive daily school meals.


Within delegated authority, and under the direct supervision of the SO1 (Strategic Outcome 1: Refugee operation) Manager, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

• Support daily programmatic activities: Collaborate with the SO1 Manager and the refugee operation team to ensure the smooth execution of daily programmatic tasks.
• Act as Officer in Charge for SO1: Assume responsibilities as the acting lead when the Manager is on leave, overseeing the effective functioning of the SO1 team.
• Supervise field staff: Provide supervision for field staff responsible for monitoring activities in Nyabiheke Refugee Camp and coordinate with other Monitoring assistants under refugee operations.
• Coordinate food assistance deliveries: Collaborate with the Cash-Based Transfer (CBT) Officer to ensure the prompt preparation and execution of the Monthly CBT distribution cycle, as well as the distribution of in-kind food in refugee camps and transit centers.
• Monthly food requirements compilation: Assist in compiling inputs required for the monthly food requirements (MRQ) and share this information monthly with relevant units for pipeline planning.
• Distribution report review: Coordinate the review of distribution reports submitted in COMET by Monitoring Assistants, based on Cooperating Partners’ (CP) reports, and follow up on their validation.
• Reporting preparation: Collaborate closely with the SO1 Manager in preparing accurate and timely reports on program activities, facilitating informed decision-making, and ensuring consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
• FLAs and MoUs management: Support the management of FLAs (Field Level Agreements) and MoUs (Memoranda of Understanding) signed with CPs under SO1, ensuring regular sharing of activity reports.


• Field visits/missions participation: Participate in field visits/missions organized and undertaken by the Country Office to monitor and support the implementation of the operation.
• SCOPE management: Work closely with the SO1 Manager and other units to ensure proper utilization of SCOPE for the management of beneficiaries and distribution of monthly entitlements.
• Stakeholder engagement: Develop and sustain liaison with local government authorities, international and local NGOs, UN agencies, donors, civil society, beneficiaries, and other partners involved in the field of food security. Identify potential areas for collaborative approaches and initiatives.
• Targeting and prioritization: Monitor and support the implementation of the Targeting strategy in refugee camps by actively participating in various joint technical meetings. Ensure the thorough execution of all related recommendations emerging from these meetings.
• Design and implement livelihood projects: Contribute to the development and execution of innovative initiatives promoting self-reliance among refugees, ultimately supporting their transition away from humanitarian assistance.
• Analysis and reporting: Hold accountability and/or prepare accurate and comprehensive analyses and reports on WFP operations and performance. Ensure regular and timely submission of internal and external reports for management review to identify program support requirements and inform operational planning and decisions.
• Other duties: Perform any other duties as requested.


An advanced university degree or a university degree in a related field, coupled with experience and training/courses in one or more of the following disciplines: social sciences, development studies, international affairs, business administration, education, project management, or a field relevant to humanitarian studies and international development assistance.

Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) is required. Working knowledge (proficiency/level C) of French is an added advantage

At least four years post graduate, progressively responsible, job related experience in refugee operations, public health, food security, vulnerability analysis, development, emergency assistance, project management, operational aspects of national bilateral or multilateral food aid or a closely related area or projects.

Knowledge & Skills:
• Excellent English writing and communication skills.
• Proficiency in Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access) and Statistical Programs (such as SPSS and STATA).
• General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration.
• Added advantage: Relevant experience in journalism and/or reporting; experience in monitoring and evaluation of emergency operations, humanitarian and refugee operations and development programs; experience in working with both international NGOs (including UN Agencies) and government institutions. Familiarity with quantitative and qualitative survey techniques. Experience in the design and implementation of food aid program.


Applications are open for Rwandans only.


19th February 2024


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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