Programme Policy Officer (Humanitarian Logistics), Vientiane At United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Closing date: Wednesday, 14 June 2023

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.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. In Lao PDR, WFP supports the government in providing school lunches for primary students, counters malnutrition with targeted food support to the most vulnerable, and helps communities build resilient lives with sustainable livelihood options.


Post titleProgramme Policy Officer -Humanitarian Logistics

Contract type: Special Service Agreement – SSA, Level 9

Contract duration: Three months with estimate 30 working days

Number of post: One

Duty Station: Vientiane and work remotely

This vacancy announcement is for Nationals from Laos PDR only.

Qualified women and men are encouraged to apply. WFP is committed to an inclusive working environment which values diversity and has zero tolerance for discrimination, harassment and abuse of any kind.

WFP is committed to gender equality and parity (50% women and 50% men) and to diversity more generally, among employees across all grades, functions and contract modalities. WFP supports the use of flexible working arrangements to assist women and men in balancing work and personal responsibilities, translating into effective, efficient and dedicated participation of women and men in the workforce. WFP offers an attractive salary and other benefits, including annual leave, parental leave and health insurance for staff and eligible dependents.


In Lao PDR, WFP has been working to strengthen the government capacities in logistics preparedness and humanitarian logistics to ensure that disaster affected populations have improved access to services in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Since 2019, the Logistics Preparedness Project has been implemented with the goal of supporting national emergency preparedness and response operations. The project has developed a logistics preparedness roadmap and action plan that has been endorsed by the Government and its partners.

Key areas of capacity strengthening needs identified through the action plan include the enhancement of:

  •  warehouse capacity
  •  relief item management
  •  coordination, and
  •  information management.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Preparation Work

  •  Review the existing government regulations on goods importation (including, customs clearance and tax exceptions, food and drug policy) and disaster management.
  •  Undertake wider literature review of national and regional practices, processes and lessons learnt in humanitarian relief item importation and unsolicited relief item management (Deliverables 2 & 3).
  •  Undertake stakeholder consultations with relevant Ministerial Departments, subnational authorities, UN partners, INGOs through bilateral meetings and key informant interviews in collaboration with the WFP Country Office for both humanitarian relief item importation and unsolicited relief item management (Deliverables 2 & 3).

Draft SOP and Information Package

  •  Develop a proposed template and outline for the Standard Operating Procedure and information package (Deliverables 2 & 3) in collaboration with DOSW and WFP Country Office based on the findings of the literature review and stakeholder consultations.
  •  Draft the Importation of Humanitarian Relief Items SOP (Deliverable 2).
  •  Draft the Information Package for Unsolicited Relief Item Management (Deliverable 3).

Stakeholder Validation and Feedback

  •  In collaboration with WFP and DOSW, lead a stakeholder consultation workshop on the Importation of Humanitarian Relief Items SOP (Deliverable 2) to validate the proposed standard operating processes.
  •  In collaboration with WFP and DOSW, collate written feedback from key stakeholders on the Humanitarian Relief Items SOP (Deliverable 2) to validate the proposed standard operating processes.
  •  In collaboration with WFP and DOSW, lead a stakeholder consultation process on the Unsolicited Relief Item Management in Disasters Information Package (Deliverable 3), collating feedback from both central and subnational authorities.

Review and finalize SOP and Information Package

  •  Address feedback for both the Standard Operating Procedure and information package (Deliverables 2 & 3).
  •  Submit the final draft of the Standard Operating Procedure and information package (Deliverables 2 & 3) to the WFP Country Office and DOSW for comment.
  •  Finalize the Standard Operating Procedure and information package (Deliverables 2 & 3).


Education: Advanced University degree with experience in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, social sciences, rural development, disaster risk reduction and management. Language: Fluency in Lao and English language both written and spoken.


  •  At least 5 years progressively responsible, job related experience in goods importation, community development work, disaster management or related area.
  •  Experience in developing SOP/guidelines and learning materials suitable for official Government use and practice.
  •  Experience in project management and a proven ability to coordinate with multiple stakeholders.
  •  An understanding of government operations in emergencies or customs processes in Lao PDR.


Thursday 15 June 2023, Midnight Vientiane Time.

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.

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

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.