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Programme Policy Officer_Home Grown School Feeding_NOB/Ouagadougou

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Burkina Faso
Posted on Saturday, May 13, 2023


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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.


Education: Advanced University degree( Master) in international management, economics, nutrition, agriculture, environmental sciences, or local development.
Language: National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.


In Burkina Faso, the World Food Programme (WFP) is assisting the government to implement a school feeding programme consisting of regular school feeding, emergency school feeding and school feeding with local products. The country's current political crisis and the continued deterioration of conflicts have resulted in one of the fastest growing internal displacements of people with over 1.8 million people displaced since 2019. Political instability, conflict, climate change and socio-economic problems are the main drivers of growing food insecurity in Burkina Faso, with nearly 3.5 million people experiencing food insecurity, or about 16 percent of the national population. Poor harvests and high food prices have added an additional layer of complexity in Burkina for an already vulnerable population facing multiple shocks.

The Government of Burkina Faso disburses CFAF 18.8 billion annually for the implementation of its school canteens. In view of these important efforts, WFP is committed to supporting the Ministry of Education and the Presidential School Feeding Initiative in improving their performance, through various programmes, including those integrated with other UN agencies. In response to the challenges of child malnutrition, diversification of school meals, governance of school canteens, and development of the local economy, WFP, given its expertise in school feeding based on local production and purchases from small-scale producers, is prepared to support the Government in improving its national programme by sharing experiences on the purchase of school food by communes, linking small-scale producers to school markets, strengthening storage capacities, setting up a simplified purchasing guide, monitoring the traceability of funds and implementing the priority actions of the national school food and nutrition strategy, in particular the diversification of school meals, improving governance and the regulatory framework of the sector, etc


This candidate is a Programme Policy Officer and the priority actions to which he/she will contribute to improve the performance of the programme unit through the management of strategic results 1 and 2 of the Burkina Faso Strategic Plan 2019_2025, and to implement, are in line with the implementation of a school feeding model based on local production in the targeted model communes
 Design and manage school feeding programmes, especially those based on local production that meet Burkina Faso's food assistance needs
 Provide support to the development of agricultural value chains and agri-food processing
 Contribute to policy formulation, implementation of the HGSF strategy and implementation of specific projects

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Contribute to the design of locally produced school feeding programmes, plans and processes, while ensuring their alignment with WFP's policies and programme directions.
2. Implement and manage local production-based school feeding activities in specific areas of intervention and according to identified funds, programmes/projects of considerable size and complexity, in accordance with WFP standards and procedures.
3. Develop synergy with other ongoing WFP activities in Burkina Faso, including resilience, nutrition, humanitarian assistance, social protection and gender
4. Research and analyse policy and operational issues to inform the formulation of HGSF policies, programmes and activities
5. Contribute to initiatives that ensure a complete value chain with farmer organisations for increased production (and processing), income, capacity in order to create long-term impacts, and this in coordination with the units involved, especially resilience, nutrition, procurement etc.
6. Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reports, publications and information products or proposals for internal and external use
7. Liaise with internal and external counterparts for effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project implementation.
8. Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships and collaborative working groups aimed at improving the delivery of food assistance.
9. Represent WFP at appropriate meetings to contribute to discussions, exchange experiences, advocate for the HGSF and identify areas of potential collaboration
10. Support the strengthening of the national HGSF programme and policies as well as strategies, action plans, protocols and guidelines in line with national priorities
11. Accompany the Ministry of Education with support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of HGSF that enhances government and community ownership and effectiveness
12. Support capacity building of WFP staff, partners, government and communities in preparing and responding to food assistance needs through training and provision of equipment related to HGSF.
13. Provide guidance and supervision to staff under his/her responsibility, while accompanying them in complex portfolio analyses

14. Contribute to resource mobilization efforts for WFP projects, articulating the need for school feeding programme opportunities, and monitor the resource situation of projects, including the availability of food and cash
15. 15. Ensure better use of financial resources to achieve objectives within a realistic budget
16. Respond to any other tasks requested by the supervisor.of WFP, partners, government and communities in preparing and responding to food assistance needs through training and provision of equipment in relation to the HGSF.
13. Guide and supervise staff under his/her responsibility, while accompanying them in complex portfolio analysis
14. Contribute to resource mobilization efforts for WFP projects, articulating the need for school feeding programme opportunities, and monitor the resource situation of projects, including the availability of food and cash
15. 15. Ensure better use of financial resources to achieve objectives within a realistic budget
16. Respond to any other tasks requested by the supervisor.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


- Good understanding of Burkina Faso's national school feeding programme and the relationship with the Ministry of Education
- Understanding of national agricultural policies, strategies and school feeding plans (familiarity with the Presidential Initiative "to ensure that every school-age child has at least one balanced meal a day" is an asset)
- Good operational, analytical and problem solving skills
- Ability to produce quality documents and articulate clear project objectives
- Ability to present confidently and support workshops and group discussions
- Computer literacy
- Ability to participate in open dialogue and value diverse opinions, regardless of background, culture and origin


This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job.


1. Has strong expertise and knowledge in implementing cash transfers
2. Has been responsible for the implementation of agriculture and food security projects
3. Contributed to multiple policy discussions and decisions
4. Contributed to the development of new project and programme development solutions/initiatives, expansion of successful school feeding initiatives, consolidation of project and programme best practices, identification and establishment of strong strategic partnerships with implementing partners.
5. Worked with the Government of Burkina Faso and on projects funded by various major donors


Contract type: Fixed Term (NOB)

Duration: 12 months renewable

Duty Station: Ouagadougou

Number of position: 02

Be a burkinabe national

Female candidacies are strongly encouraged

NB: Only selected candidates will be contacted


26th May 2023


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.