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Programme Policy Officer (Head of Programme) CST II, Cox's Bazar

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2023


Vacancy Announcement

WFP encourages female candidates and people with disabilities to apply.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis. We are committed to promoting diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all our employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of religion or belief, ethnic or social background, gender, gender identity and disability.


Job Title: Programme Policy Officer (Head of Programme) CST II, Cox’s Bazar

Grade: CSTII

Type of contract: International Consultant No of positions: 01 position
Duration: 11 months
Duty Station: Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh Vacancy Number: 829329
Date of Publication: 06 September 2023
Deadline of Application: 19 September 2023

This vacancy announcement is for International Professional.

Terms and Conditions:

WFP offers a competitive benefits package including salary, pension, leave plus a medical insurance.


This position will be based in Cox’s Bazar Area Office and report to the Head of Cox’s Bazar Area Office, with technical oversight from the Head of Programme in Dhaka. Job holder will work as ‘Head of Program Unit’ covering programme activities under ‘Cox’s Bazar Area of Responsibility’. Job holders will be expected to manage programmes that effectively meet food assistance needs and provide technical advice or oversight on programme strategy and implementation.

Job holders will be expected to manage a portfolio of activities that includes formulation and direct management or coordination of programmes at the Area-office level. As such, job holders will be expected to have knowledge/experience of WFP programmatic areas as well as the ability to influence operational discussions.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Coordinate and manage Programme activities at the field level, in line with the Country Office strategy and the practical realities of operating in the field.
2. Supervise day-to-day management and implementation of the Programme activities including the World Bank Project- addressing operational issues, awareness raising on program objectives and procedures, interaction with stakeholders (such as Government departments, UN agencies and NGO partners) and training and support to WFP staff in good practice guidelines.
3. Coordinate field operations activities within the Rohingya Refugees Camps, including communications with Camp in Charges (CiCs) in all the camps in Ukhia and Teknaf, Site Management and Site Development actors and other partners working in the camps
4. Ensure the programme remains compliant with all WFP policies and procedures.
5. Develop and maintain WFP operational partnerships and maintain an active engagement with CPs.
6. Enhance WFP’s leadership status in different forums on subjects related to food security, nutrition, livelihoods, resilience and other related issues through direct participation, briefings, information products and other materials.
7. Coordinate at the inter-agency level, ensuring WFP representation for the area covered by the AO in programme coordination meetings, inter-agency assessments, etc.

8. Ensure field-level monitoring of implementation, liaise with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) team in the development of operational M&E methodology and formats and oversee the preparation and dissemination of timely field reports for internal use.
9. Support the Country office with the preparation of implementation plans, based on needs directly collected by WFP, or shared by local authorities and partners.
10. Maintain direct communication with the Head of Programme and Programme team in the Country Office and flag any relevant issue that needs to be addressed at the country level.
11. Complete internal and external reporting obligations (including weekly area-office sitrep, donor reports etc).
12. Identify lessons learnt and best practices established for use in further WFP cash & food programme interventions.
13. Any other duties as required.


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

WORK EXPERIENCE: A minimum of six years of professional experience preferably in an international context. Previous experience in emergencies is a plus.

LANGUAGE: Proficiency in both oral and written communication skills in English.


  • Effective programme implementation in line with the Bangladesh Country Strategic Plan.
  • Ensure that all processes, systems, and SoPs are carefully adapted and implemented within all programme activities in the area office to ensure efficient and coherent delivery of assistance
  • Timely submission of accurate reports to the relevant stakeholders
  • Ensure that the Head of Area Office is regularly updated on any changes affecting the programme design.


  • Knowledge of the Programme lifecycle and food assistance, knowledge of different transfer modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) and broad knowledge of specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.)
  • Ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context-specific approaches.
  • Has worked in a Country Office or equivalent level position within a technical area and/or has led a sub-office programme team or a substantial component of a complex programme.
  • Has gained direct experience with different programme approaches and/or has strong technical abilities in at least one area of expertise.
  • Demonstrated ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.


All WFP Employees are expected to demonstrate the competencies and standards of behaviour aligned with our core values and defined in the WFP LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK, namely:

Leading by example with integrity,

Driving results and delivering on commitments,

Fostering inclusive and collaborative teamwork,

Applying strategic thinking,

Building and maintaining sustainable partnerships.


To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply via ( Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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.

Request for Disability related Reasonable Accommodations:

It is important to WFP to create an accessible and inclusive workplace for everyone. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection and hiring process, please direct your request and inquiries to the Diversity and Inclusion team on:, cc’ing A member of the reasonable accommodation team will contact you to confidentially discuss your needs.

This email is only to be used for any disability related accessibility requirements, and not for sending the application itself. Due to volume of applications, any applications or CVs sent through this email address will not be considered as a formal application and will not receive a reply from WFP.


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, 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 2022, WFP began implementing its new Country Strategic Plan (CSP) for 2022-2026. The CSP reinforces the commitment of WFP to provide food assistance in emergencies, strengthen the capacities of government counterparts and strengthen the resilience of vulnerable communities
WFP Bangladesh is committed to supporting the Government to reach its Sustainable development goals though capacity strengthening, building resilient communities, food security and nutrition interventions, emergency response and supporting school meals. The job holder should have the specialized knowledge and experience required to analyze and advise on complex partnerships activities. They identify and pursue strategic opportunities with a host of public, private sector and external entities. These can include governments, UN agencies, intergovernmental institutions and their member states, international financial institutions, individuals, corporations, foundations and NGOs. WFP has been supporting 1.5 million people in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: 900,000 Rohingya refugees and 600,000 host community Bangladeshi.

WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. All selected candidates will, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.


Tuesday, 19 September 2023.