Programme Policy Officer (Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Adaption)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Cairo, Egypt 🇪🇬

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill a Programme Policy Officer (Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Adaption), at the P3 level, based in WFP Regional Bureau in Cairo, Egypt.

The Regional Bureau in Cairo (RBC) is supporting countries across the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern European regions in reducing disaster risks, adapting to climate change and pursuing resilience strategies relevant to specific contexts. Several countries in the region are highly vulnerable to a variety of risks, both man-made and natural, and are also among the most vulnerable to changes in the climate, which – along with other major trends and risk drivers such as environmental and land degradation, changing demographics, urbanization, and socio-economic instability, will severely affect food security and malnutrition.

To further advance and strengthen its capacity, the WFP Regional Bureau in Cairo is looking for a more coherent, harmonized and systemic approach to be implemented across the region.

As part of a team under the general supervision and guidance of the Deputy Regional Director, the Programme Policy Officer will bring knowledge and capacities in the areas of disaster risk reduction (DRR), climate change adaptation and resilience building, in relation to a variety of settings, both rural and urban, stable and more volatile.

Specific duties will include:

  • Support country offices in the strategy, formulation, design and monitoring of programmes and activities in the area of DRR, climate adaptation and resilience building, including developing guidance for implementation as well as capacity building;
  • Provide specific technical advice, or mobilize technical expertise, for specific climate risk and related resilience analysis to support regional and country level efforts in advocacy, policy, programming and resource mobilization;
  • Provide regional support to WFP in accessing specialized climate and DRR funding windows, including proposal development, in particular for global climate financing and non-traditional funding sources, but also traditional donors as required.
  • Support WFP’s policy engagement at regional and national fora to reinforce WFP’s role and added value, its services and capacities, in relation to DRR, climate adaptation and resilience building.
  • Facilitate the gleaning of lessons and institutional learning, including through facilitating research initiatives, as well as dissemination of knowledge and best practice in DRR, climate adaptation, and related resilience building.
  • Strengthen the strategic engagement of partners, including through joint initiatives, focusing in particular at the regional level, in support of country offices, with the League of Arab States, UN agencies, NGOs, as well as research and academia, as relevant to DRR, climate adaptation and resilience building.
  • Facilitate inter-unit collaboration with relevant sections and themes, in particular safety nets and social protection, vulnerability analysis and mapping, nutrition, and emergency preparedness and response.
  • Contribute to, or lead support of, meetings, missions, trainings and other efforts as required by the programme.

Qualifications & Experience Required

  • Advanced university degree in one or more of the following disciplines: political or social sciences, international development, environment, development economics or related fields and disciplines.


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in international humanitarian or development work or other related fields.
  • At least 3 years of experience in policy/strategy development in the area of climate change, DRR and management, resilience building, and sustainable development in relation to hunger and food security.
  • Experience from working in and/or supporting countries in the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe highly desirable.
  • Specific experiences in the areas of climate change, resilience building and DRR, including through development of innovative initiatives, and the utilization of new funding windows.
  • Proven ability and experience in the development of interagency networks, partnerships, strategies and communications initiatives.

Technical Skills & Knowledge:

  • Specialized knowledge and experience of DRR, climate adaptation funding and programming processes and mechanisms.
  • Clear understanding of the policy debate, theory and application of DRR, climate change adaptation and resilience programmes.
  • Experience in capacity building, including on DRR, resilience, climate change adaptation and sustainable development.
  • Knowledge of major humanitarian and development challenges and issues, specifically strategies for poverty and hunger reduction, including social protection and safety nets.
  • Understanding of donor policies, strategies, and programme priorities in relation to DRR, climate adaptation and resilience.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook)


  • Fluency in oral and written English with an intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages).

Terms and Conditions:
Selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year. He/she will be required to travel abroad sometime to remote and difficult locations.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details please visit
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Deadline for applications: 31 JULY 2016

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.
WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.
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.
REF: 16-0021716