Programme Policy Officer (NHGSFP Advisor) SSA10 Abuja (153989)
World Food Programme
Abuja, Nigeria
11h ago


We are seeking to hire a qualified individual for the position of Programme Policy Officer (NHGSFP Advisor), with specialized skills in government capacity strengthening, to be based in WFP Nigeria’s Country Office in Abuja.

The selected candidate will be employed on a special service-agreement contract, with an initial contract period of 6 months that is extendable.

The NHGSFP Advisor will work under the line management of WFP Nigeria’s Government Capacity Strengthening and Policy Coherence (CSPC) unit, in close collaboration with an experienced international consultant in WFP HQ who is supporting the unit’s technical assistance to the NHGSFP on key workstreams.

The position will require the incumbent to maintain close contact with FMHADMSD and other NHGSFP stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels, with field visits as required.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The focus of the work will be to support FMHADMSD effectively design and implement NHGSFP-related transformation initiatives agreed upon under a jointly defined technical assistance framework between FMHADMSD and WFP.

Until the end of 2022 (tentative), the incumbent will play a critical role in facilitating a government-led school feeding policy development process, in redesigning NHGSFP monitoring, reporting, evaluation (MRE) systems, and in revising / operationalizing NHGSFP implementation guidelines, among other tasks.

The main tasks and duties of the National Advisor will include :

Policy and strategy development

  • Contribute to the formulation of a school feeding policy aligned to the objectives of the NHGSFP and the practical realities of the field
  • Provide advice and support to ensure that the school feeding policy development process and policy content are consistent with national standards and guidelines.
  • Mobilize technical expertise on issues requiring assessments and analyses as part of the policy development process.
  • Ensure buy-in of relevant federal, state, and local level stakeholders for school feeding policy development.
  • Lead the coordination of national-level workshops as part of the policy and strategy development process.
  • Gather and analyze data as relevant for school feeding policy development, including through key informant interviews and focus group discussions.
  • Identify strategic opportunities for multi-sectoral engagements.
  • Redesign of the MRE system for school feeding

  • Contribute to the drafting of a comprehensive assessment report with recommendations on MRE system redesign that are aligned to NHGFSP objectives and practical realities of the field
  • Identify relevant documentation and knowledgeable stakeholders on the architecture, indicators, data collection tools, data transmission, aggregation, analysis and storage, and reports.
  • Gather and analyze data from relevant national stakeholders (in particular at state and local levels) including through individual and group interviews.
  • Inspect and report on existing data storage / data bases for school feeding at local, state and federal level.
  • Provide technical advice and operational support when rolling out recommendations from the assessment report, including business process digitization initiatives.
  • Operational capacity strengthening

  • Explore the accessibility and usefulness of existing Operational Guidelines and identify potential gaps or areas for improvement
  • Provide support and technical expertise for the formulation and implementation of guidelines to strengthen the effectiveness of implementation at federal, state, and local levels


  • 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.
  • People

  • 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.
  • Partnership

  • 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.

    All tasks under the incumbent’s responsibility are to be completed in a timely manner while fulfilling desired quality standards as defined with WFP Nigeria’s CSPC unit.

    These tasks should be in support of the following deliverables :

  • Strengthened enabling environment for the NHGSFP, supported by a national school feeding policy that is informed by sound evidence and formulated with the participation of all key stakeholders of the NHGSFP
  • Strengthened monitoring, reporting, and evaluation of the NHGSFP, supported by an MRE system that is fit-for-purpose for both impact and process monitoring and that fully takes advantage of digital technology
  • Strengthened implementation of the NHGSFP, supported by hiqh-quality standardized operational guidelines and tailored capacity strengthening support

    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..

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