Nepal nationals: Programme Policy Officer (Adaptation)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Kathmandu, , NP


The Government of Nepal (GoN) has received contribution from Adaptation Fund (AF) to execute a project entitled “Adapting to Climate-Induced Threats to Food Production and Food Security in the Karnali region of Nepal”. Following the recommendations from the GoN, the World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations has been selected by the Adaptation Fund to implement the project activities in the capacity of a Multilateral Implementing Entity (MIE). The project will be executed in line with the Government’s National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) and Local Adaptation Plans of Action (LAPA) in Kalikot, Jumla and Mugu districts. The project period is four years.

The project’s goal is to increase the adaptive capacity of climate vulnerable and food insecure poor households by improved management of livelihood assets and natural resources in the above districts of Karnali region. Its objectives are the following:

  1. Strengthened local capacity to identify climate risks and design adaptive strategies
  2. Diversified livelihood and strengthened food security for climate vulnerable poor households in target areas
  3. Increased resilience of natural systems that support livelihoods to climate change induced stresses


The interested and qualified Nepalese nationals are requested to submit their applications with an updated UN Personal History Form (P11) and CVs (optional) to the position announced.

The duration of contract: 12 months (renewable subject to the availability of resources).

The position is based in Kalikot District at the government office with extensive travel to project areas. 


Under the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer (Adaptation-Coordinator), the Programme Policy Officer (Adaptation) will have the overall responsibility of implementation of the programme activities in coordination with DDC and relevant line agencies in the district.


To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Contribute to the mainstreaming of climate change and adaptation into the district planning and implementation processes.
  2. Design and develop criteria for the selection of cooperating partners including NGO and contracting firms to implement adaptation activities.
  3. Coordinate with the cooperating partners to carry out LAPA and CAPA at the VDC/ community level.
  4. Coordinate with district line agencies including DHM for setting up the weather information management system.
  5. Ensure project visibility and strong advocacy through effective communication with partners, and communities using existing networks and communication means (FM radio, media, mother groups etc)
  6. Facilitate all legal process required for the implementation of community assets including Adaptation Resource Centers (ARC), where necessary.
  7. Review designs and carry out pre-feasibility and feasibility studies to ensure that the proposed assets meet all the set criteria and standards.
  8. Facilitate formation of the user committees (UC) and carry out capacity enhancement activities of the members of the UC and local resource persons.
  9. Coordinate with the District Agriculture Office in the district and NARC in Jumla and ensure that the best agricutltural practices on adaptation are replicated.
  10. Participate in the DEECCCC meeting, update progress, and provide inputs for addressing issues.
  11. Develop and co-ordinate data gathering and monitoring/assessment systems ensuring that quality standards are maintained.
  12. Prepare work plans and monitoring plans, conduct site visits, prepare and submit reports.
  13. Support the capacity building of Government, Cooperating Partners and communities to prepare for and respond to climatic stress and natural hazards.
  14. Guide junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with more complex analysis and queries.
  15. Other as required.



  • 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.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
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 capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
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: Advanced University degree in Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Food Security, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Agriculture, Hydrology and Meterology, Civil Engineering or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communications in English and Nepali.


  • Minimum three or additional years of work experience with broad understanding of the various aspects of climate change adaptation methods, tools and frameworks.
  • Experience working with government and international agencies.
  • Experience in providing technical assistance to programme implementation.
  • Experience in designing and implementing food security and climate change related programmes.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.
  • Competency in communication, planning and reporting in English language.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills on MS Office (word, excel and power point).
  • Willingness to take up extensive travel to projects areas.

Date of issuance of External Vacancy Announcement: 28 December 2016

Deadline for applications: 10 January 2017

To apply, please visit

Candidates are requested to Create an account in system before applying. Candidate curriculum vitae, UN Personal Histoty Form (P11) and applications will be registered allowing profile updates, apply for a job through wfp career website.


Please send an updated UN Personal History Form (P 11) and application via e-mail to [email protected] addressed to:

The Representative, WFP Nepal Country Office, Chakupat, Patan Dhoka Road, Lalitpur, Nepal

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

 The organization reserves the right to cancel or postpone the whole recruitment process without providing any reasons whatsoever