Programme Policy Officer, Safety Nets, P3, LFT, Haiti, Port-au-Prince, Haiti At United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Closing date: Tuesday, 18 April 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.


  •  Title: Programme Policy Officer, Safety Net
  •  Contract Type: Limited Fixed-Term
  •  Grade: P3
  •  Duty Station: Port-au-Prince, Haiti


Applications must be submitted by Tuesday 18 April, 2023 (23:59 GMT-4).


The World Food Programme in Haiti works to ensure food security, particularly for vulnerable households. To this end, the WFP office in Haiti implements several categories of programmes, namely emergency, nutrition, resilience and social protection programmes. More specifically, WFP actively participates in strengthening the Haitian government’s social protection systems. Indeed, in 2020 the Government approved the National Policy for Social Protection and Promotion (PNPPS) with the support of WFP and also launched in May 2021 a new 5-year programme called PSARA, which aims to set up a new social protection net financed by the World Bank (WB) through the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour (MAST). The MAST has entrusted the implementation of this project to the WFP for the first three years of its execution, with a gradual handover strategy to the MAST during the period.

The PSARA programme is based on four lines of action:

  •  Updating and recording of information in the MAST Management Information System (SIMAST) to target programme beneficiaries.
  •  Cash transfers to vulnerable households in Grand’ Anse during 24 monthly payment cycles;
  •  Technical assistance for the institutionalization and handover of the social safety net to MAST;
  •  Accompanying measures in a) financial inclusion and resilience and b) nutrition, hygiene, health


WFP Haiti will assign the management of the PSARA programme to an experienced professional who can play a leadership role and manage the implementation of the PSARA programme for and on behalf of WFP. This person will be expected to work in conjunction with the central MAST, the Project Management Unit (UGP), the Grand’Anse departmental MAST, the NGOs involved in the implementation of activities and all other stakeholders in the implementation of the PSARA social safety net and in the handover of safety net activities under the responsibility of WFP to MAST.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Head, Social Protection, WFP Haiti Country Office (CO), the Officer will be responsible for the following tasks

PSARA programme management:

  •  Effective collaboration with MAST and other stakeholders;
  •  Coordinate programme activities to achieve the PSARA’s 4 action lines outputs;
  •  Establish/lead the adaptation of the tools necessary for the proper planning, monitoring, reporting, coordination of PSARA activities (e.g.: SoPs, Action Plans, Monitoring Plans, etc) in coordination with other CO units;
  •  Ensure coordination and support of the experts in cross-cutting themes (Gender and Inclusion, SBCC, Nutrition) for the implementation of the accompanying measures.

Programme integrity and compliance:

  •  Ensure the timely, efficient and cost-effective implementation of the programme, in accordance with best practice, including in relation with procurement and allocation of resources;
  •  Within the framework of the cash transfers carried out by the programme, ensure integrity in the management of cash transfer/payment agents and implementing partners and in the collection, storage, use and processing of personal data;
  •  Ensure sound financial management of the programme;
  •  Maintain the programme’s orientation towards its institutionalisation and handover to MAST and inform the Government of any obstacles encountered with a view to finding sustainable solutions.
  •  Facilitate the evaluations of the PSARA programme according to the planned timetable.


Team management

  •  Promote a productive, pleasant, and respectful working environment for the entire PSARA team
  •  Ensure technical supervision of the project team based in Grand’Anse and excellent coordination with the Head of the WFP Jeremie Office;
  •  Hire the human resources necessary for the smooth running of activities;
  •  Coach the programme staff in the execution of their tasks;
  •  Recommend necessary measures in case of under-performance or disciplinary problems of an employee;
  •  Evaluate the programme’s employees on a periodic basis in order to contribute to their performance and the development of their skills.

Knowledge and learning management

  •  Ensure proper archiving of documents produced by employees and partners during the implementation of the programme;
  •  Promote the exchange of knowledge and learning and ensure documentation;
  •  Disseminate knowledge and learning from PSARA in Haiti, particularly within the government, WFP and international networks dealing with social protection.

External representation

  •  Establish and maintain productive working relationships with MAST and other government partners, the World Bank, NGOs and other programme implementing partners, suppliers of programme goods and services, and other civil society and private sector stakeholders.
  •  Promote collaboration with national and international actors for the outreach of the PSARA programme and its contribution to social protection in Haiti;
  •  Represent the programme in forums, workshops, seminars and other key events;
  •  Respond to media enquiries about the programme when deemed appropriate by WFP management



  •  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..



Education :

At least 5 years of postgraduate progressively responsible experience in Programme and Policy related areas

Master’s degree in public administration, political science, law, economics, social sciences or other field relevant to humanitarian aid/international development; a

– Degree or certification in project management (desirable).


– Excellent oral and written skills in French and English;

– Fluency in Haitian Creole (desirable) or willingness to learn.


  •  Has experience working across the Program portfolio including VAM/Nutrition.
  •  Has led a Sub Office or a small country/area office programme team or a component of a country office programme portfolio.
  •  Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions.

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


June 2024