Programme Policy Officer (Nutrition, Food Systems, School Meals) NOB – Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan At United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Closing date: Monday, 17 April 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.


Job Title: Programme Policy Officer (Nutrition, Food Systems, School Meals)

Grade: NOB

Type of contract: Fixed Term

Contract Duration: 12 months

Duty Station: Lahore, Pakistan

Vacancy Number: 725847

Date of Publication: 5 April 2023

Deadline for Applications: 18 April 2023

This vacancy announcement is open to nationals of Pakistan ONLY.

Female candidates with relevant qualifications and experience are encouraged to apply.


WFP offers a competitive benefits package including salary, pension, leave plus medical insurance. *Remote work if applicable or/FWA until return to office or travel is possible due to covid-19 restrictions.


To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs. The main purpose of this task is to support implementation and coordination of the Nutrition and food systems and school Meal Programmes at the provincial level, including coordination of involved government ministries, UN agencies, and implementing partners. Facilitation of timely and effective implementation of nutrition interventions in Punjab and ensure that the capacity of Provincial and local institutions is strengthened to respond to and coordinate nutrition interventions that demonstrate results and achieve impact.


  •  Position WFP as a preferred partner of choice for the Government as well as potential donors for WFP in the Punjab province. Facilitate timely access of WFP to Government’s key policy documents on Nutrition, food security and school meal strategies and ensure required reflection of WFP strategic objectives in the Government policy documents. This includes keeping the provincial government informed on the value-add of WFP’s technical strengths in Research, Assessments, and Evaluation.
  •  Coordinate with and lead the relevant UN/Government technical working groups/clusters (Food Security, Resilience, coordination etc), highlight the visibility of WFP activities, and position WFP’s strategic priorities, programs, and assessments/studies. Explore partnership opportunities with the Government, UN, and civil society that strengthen existing capacities of WFP programmes and assessments.
  •  Closely work with the WFP teams for the designing, development, and implementation of the programmes under CSP. Ensure adherence to the national priorities and guidelines i.e. cash-based modalities. Ensure timely responses to Government queries on WFP operations.
  •  Timely coordinate with the line departments and WFP relevant sections unit for planning and designing the required assessments; identifying the current gaps and required response; development of assessment tools and methodologies. The staff member will also ensure the visibility of WFP interventions and mandate in the relevant assessments and studies.
  •  Ensure data management and conduct technical analysis of the assessment reports for timely decisions. Timely disseminate key findings to all concerned stakeholders and WFP relevant focal points. The staff member will also provide recommendations for programmes based on findings of assessments and technical inputs into key documents of the Government for the improvement of food systems.
  •  Coordinate on regular basis with all relevant stakeholders to develop the synergies and partnerships for the successful implementation of BISP Stunting prevention project at the district and provincial levels. (To develop linkages among different sectors through a multi-sectoral approach to develop the synergies.
  •  Other accountabilities, as required.


Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional two years of related work experience at professional / managerial level Experience: Four years of professional / managerial level experience is required in Nutrition, Food systems, Project Management.

  •  Understanding of WFP systems relating to Nutrition, food security, and school meals. Sound understanding of economic and social issues in the context of Pakistan, particularly Punjab. Aware of government-specific contextual needs, policy directions, and immediate, medium- and long-term plans. The applicant is expected to understand different coordination mechanisms in Punjab under the government and UN systems. Advanced computer skills.
  •  Ability to analyze data ability to conduct assessments, particularly in an organizational capacity; Able to produce high-quality written reports and present them to senior management.
  •  Technical knowledge in Nutrition, Public Health

Language: Fluency (level C) in the UN language in use at the duty station and in the duty station’s language, if different.

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 a 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: [email protected], cc’ing [email protected]. 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 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.


This job is based in Provincial Office, Lahore. The incumbent will be reporting to the Head of Office, Punjab or the designate.

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.


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