Programme Policy Officer (Head of Asset Creation and Livelihoods), CST II

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JOB TITLE: Programme Policy Officer (Head of Asset Creation and Livelihoods)
TYPE OF CONTRACT & DURATION: Consultancy Level 2 & 11 Months
UNIT/DIVISION: Food Systems and Resilience, Programme
DUTY STATION (City, Country): Juba, South Sudan


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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.


South Sudan has been in protracted crises since 2013. Independence in 2011 gave hope for national unity, peace, oil revenue and socio-economic development. Yet, by the end of 2013, the country descended into war again. After a number of violent incidents, ceasefires and peace attempts, the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was signed in 2018. The agreement has brought renewed hope, and there has not been a national-level violent incident. However, the implementation of R-ARCSS chapters has been delayed; thus, South Sudan remains in a fragile state, especially with growing levels of subnational and localized violence.

Close to 60 percent of 12.5 million people in South Sudan will be facing acute levels of food insecurity in 2024. The number of people in acute food insecurity has been on the rise since independence, particularly over the past few years due to persistent communal violence, economic shocks triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic and Russia-Ukraine war and Sudan crisis, and mass flooding along the Nile and other riverine systems. Traditionally, people in South Sudan have community safety nets and locally adapted coping strategies for shocks. Yet, compounded effects of the years of war and conflict, deep-seated poverty, climatic events, and limited investments in social and economic services and sustainable natural resource management have significantly or completely depleted household and community capacities to restock their livelihoods to withstand future stocks. The situation of severe acute food insecurity is more pronounced in hard-to-reach areas, especially the Greater Upper Nile region.

WFP South Sudan:

The World Food Programme’s (WFP) vision in South Sudan is to address entrenched inequity and isolation, with the goal of leaving no-one behind and fostering unified, interconnected and peaceful communities. This builds on the recognition that in pre- and post-independence, the regions of South Sudan have had different access to social and economic opportunities, with much of the country having been left out from development or resilience-building assistance. As a result, inequity and isolation remain a threat to achieving zero hunger and lasting peace and stability in South Sudan.


To achieve this vision, WFP has been co-locating and integrating its programmes to increase their efficiency, quality and impact on targeted communities to restore livelihoods, strengthen resilience to shocks, and rebuild social cohesion and self-reliance increasingly in hard-to-reach areas. While continuing to deliver assistance directly to communities, WFP is also engaging the government to support national and subnational institutions to develop and or increase the coverage and quality of social services and stimulate economic activities over time.

Under the 2023 to 2025 Country Strategic Plan, WFP’s food systems and resilience (FSR) portfolio plays a key role to stay on the strategic direction to increase programme presence in acutely food-insecure hard-to-reach areas and further position WFP as an enabling actor, especially in agri-food and social protection systems strengthening. The portfolio is comprised of three interdependent programmes: Community Asset Creation and Livelihoods (ACL), Smallholder Agricultural Market Support (SAMS), and Urban Safety Nets (USN). The FSR programme teams are responsible for thought leadership, national engagement, support to the Field Offices, strategic partnerships, and resource mobilization, amongst others.


To provide strategic and operational leadership for Asset Creation and Livelihood activities and coordinate with other Programme activities to implement layering, Sequencing, and Integration approach, to achieve the CSP 2023-2025 Vision

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Head of ACL will report to the Head of FSR. S/he will supervise the ACL team at the Head Office in Juba. Areas of accountabilities and responsibilities include:

Strategic Engagement:

  1. Oversee the revision, implementation, monitoring and documentation of WFP South Sudan’s Community Asset Creation and Livelihood strategy in line with WFP South Sudan’s strategic direction
  2. Contribute to the development and revision of other WFP South Sudan strategies to strengthen programme integration to maximize outcomes in climate adaption, sustainable natural resource management, gender, nutrition and social cohesion across the country portfolio
  3. Support WFP South Sudan’s strategic engagement with line ministries, particularly related to livelihoods, to define WFP’s capacity strengthening objectives, implement actions, and document results for knowledge sharing and evidence-based advocacy and policy dialogue
  4. Support WFP South Sudan’s strategic engagement, including the design of joint programming, with UN agencies and other humanitarian, development and peace actors to strengthen co-location, layering, sequencing and linkages with ACL and other WFP programmes
  5. Contribute to the preparation of donor meetings, proposals, field visits, reports and visibility materials to highlight and advocate for the ACL programme and broader FSR portfolio



6. Ensure that ACL is increasingly co-located, layered, sequenced, linked and integrated within the FSR portfolio and other WFP programmes, especially in hard to reach areas

7. Coordinate with other WFP technical units and field offices to conceptualize innovative ideas and pilot initiatives and support in the implementation and generation of evidence and learning for mainstreaming and scaling up within the ACL programme

8. Attend internal and external coordination meetings relevant to livelihood programming and ensure that key takeaways and action points are shared with, assigned to, and followed up with respective sta

Operational Management:

9. Ensure that the annual ACL operational plan is developed and tracked in coordination with other technical units

10. Ensure that the annual ACL funding and pipeline requirements are calculated, updated, allocated and that resource utilization is tracked, prioritized and reported with quality and timeliness

11. Ensure that the operational instruments of ACL are periodically updated to reflect an integrated programming approach;

12. Coordinate within the ACL team and with other technical units and field Offices in the development and management of cooperating partnerships


Operational Management:

13. Provide strategic and operational guidance to the ACL team to strengthen conflict sensitive, climate adaptive, gender transformative, and nutrition sensitive programming as well as collaboration with other WFP technical units and advisors in conflict analysis, climate adaptation, gender and protection, and nutrition

Evidence Generation, Learning and Dissemination:

14. Coordinate with the M&E team to ensure that the ACL Theory of Change and logframe are periodically reviewed to include appropriate corporate and custom indicators so that WFP South Sudan tracks immediate, intermediate and strategic outcomes to demonstrate resilience building in targeted communities, households and systems

15. Coordinate with M&E to define the learning agenda and activities and establish partnerships to conduct periodic and specific studies

16. Coordinate with M&E, Communications, Reports and field offices to generate qualitative results of the ACL programme and disseminate them through different channels

17. Coordinate with M&E to organize periodic review meetings internally and with external partners that showcase and receive feedback on quantitative and qualitative results, lessons-learnt, programme adjustments, and advocacy messages

18. Ensure that quality input on the ACL programme is made for corporate, country and donor reports, briefs, and presentations.


People Management:

19.Track the staff’s performance linked to the activities and outputs in the team’s annual workplan

20. Lead in and or contribute to building the capacity of the ACL and field office staff and cooperative partners to improve the quality and timeliness of programme implementation

21. Act as Officer-in-Charge for FSR in the absence of the Head of the Unit

22. Any other duties as required.


  • Development and regular review of the annual ACL team workplan
  • Development and periodic updates of the annual ACL operational plan
  • Accurate and efficient ACL resource management
  • Strengthened integrated programming with WFP programmes and partner interventions
  • Staff and partner (government and cooperating partners) capacity building actions
  • Quality and timely input into donor proposals and reports
  • Quality knowledge products and communication materials on ACL


Education: Advanced university degree or university degree with experience and training/courses in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, international development, social policy, or related discipline(s).
Experience: Five years post graduate, progressively responsible, job related experience in rural development, resilience, agriculture, programme management, or fields related to the above disciplines.


Knowledge & Skills: A demonstrated ability to prepare concise and well-written reports and documents in English is critical.

Proficiency in utilising computers, including word processing, spreadsheet, power point, and other office software packages and systems.

Competencies: Cognitive Capacity, Teamwork, Action Management, Partnerships, Client Orientation.

Languages: Working knowledge (written and oral) of English (proficiency/level C)



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives : Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  • Be a force for positive change : Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team : Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions : Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills : Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  • Create an inclusive culture : Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit : Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions : Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  • Focus on getting results : Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments : Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  • Be Decisive : Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  • Connect and share across WFP units : Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  • Build strong external partnerships : Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships
  • Be politically agile & adaptable : Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships : Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.
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 ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches
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..



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Juba, South Sudan