World Food Programme (WFP) – Programme Policy Officer – Regional Anticipatory Action Coordinator.

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The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetime. 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. 

The WFP Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa (RBN) is based in Nairobi and provides strategic direction, technical guidance, resource mobilization, and management support to WFP operations and activities in ten countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Uganda.


The Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes (PRO-C) unit in WFP Headquarters and our Food Systems (Climate Action, Resilient Livelihoods and Gender) unit in Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa (RBN) provide guidance and support to WFP Country Offices (COs) and governments on activities related to climate risk management, climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. These services can range from climate analyses to better understand climate change impacts on food security and nutrition, to supporting governments and WFP COs with technical advisory services as well as policy advice on risk reduction, financing and transfer. In the Greater Horn of Africa sub-region, the management of climate risk is a key entry point for reducing vulnerability to the climate shocks that disproportionately affect countries in the region, undermining development gains, and making humanitarian response late and consequently more expensive and inefficient.

One of the largest climate risk programs WFP is implementing in the Eastern Africa Region is WFP’s Anticipatory Action (AA) programme that supports governments to strengthen early warning systems and establish linkages with prearranged financing. WFP’s AA portfolio in the region now includes 8 countries where together with national and local government partners WFP is operationalizing and integrating AA systems into national disaster risk management plans for critical natural hazards such as droughts and floods. Collaboration and partnerships with regional and national government institutions, humanitarian and development organisations, as well as research and science-based institutions is critical for the strengthening and implementation of AA at scale.

WFP´s vision for the next 5 years is to mainstream AA systems within the humanitarian program cycle including in WFP’s systems, and support the implementation of the Regional Roadmap for Enhancing AA in the IGAD region with partner governments for the scale-up of multi-hazard AA systems across all countries in the region. In that aim, WFP is seeking an expert with specialized skills in climate risk information and experience in anticipatory actions, early warning systems and provision of guidance and support to projects across multiple countries to coordinate and technically support WFP’s AA strategy in the eastern Africa Region. Based in WFP’s RBN office, the expert will coordinate strategic engagements, provide guidance, thought leadership and technical support to WFP RBN and COs implementing the AA approach. The expert will liaise with partner agencies and institutions to strengthen coordination and advocacy efforts to scale up implementation of the AA approach in the eastern Africa region.


Education: Advanced university degree in meteorology, geography, disaster risk management and environmental science or related disciplines.

Experience: At least 5 (five) years of progressively responsible postgraduate work experience in anticipatory action, climate risk information in humanitarian or adaptation settings, and provision of support to projects across multiple countries


Working knowledge (proficiency/level C) of English. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of another UN official language is an advantage.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of anticipatory action
  • An in-depth understanding of climate regimes in the Greater Horn of Africa.
  • Skills in project management and multi-stakeholder collaborations.
  • Ability to work independently in a timely and organized manner.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to lead a team and establish effective working relationships with multi-disciplinary teams.


Under the supervision of the RBN Head of Food Systems, the expert will:

  1. Guide implementation, tracking and further development of the AA strategy in the eastern Africa Region.
  2. Establish and implement strategic engagements on AAs in the region, including with governments, UN agencies, the Red Cross Red Crescent movement, international organisations, the IGAD Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC), Science and Research institutions among others.
  3. Coordinate with government focal points as well as relevant national and international organizations to integrate AA into national disaster risk management and humanitarian systems.
  4. Provide strategic guidance and support on integrating AA in WFP programmes and operational systems in the region, and Country Strategic Plans. Support the roll out and implementation of the IGAD AA roadmap, towards scale up of AA in the region.
  5. Review AA plans (AAPs) developed at country level and support approval of the AAPs at RBN in coordination with WFP HQ.
  6. Support the set up and coordination of an eastern Africa regional AA Hub/ Working Group together with other regional agencies.
  7. Provide strategic guidance, thought leadership and oversight on Anticipatory Action Programming in RBN.
  8. Manage operational research and evidence building to inform advocacy and financing of AA at scale.
  9. Enhance WFP’s leadership status in various forums such as the AA Dialogue Platforms and other related forums.
  10. Lead, motivate, develop and support a team of AA staff to enable high performance.
  11. Ensure the best use of assigned financial resources for achievement of set objectives within budget.
  12. Other complimentary duties as required.


  • Progress reports on implementation of the AA strategy in the eastern Africa Region.
  • Roadmaps for integration of AA in WFP programmes and systems.
  • Country AAPs approved for funding and implementation, when activated.
  • Roll out of the IGAD AA roadmap, in coordination with ICPAC.
  • A functional regional AA Hub/ Working Group for eastern Africa.


Type of Contract:

 Fixed Term Contract 


 RBN Programme, Food Systems Unit (Climate Action, Resilient Livelihoods and Gender)

Duty Station:

Nairobi Regional Bureau, Kenya

Contract Duration: 

One (1) year renewable


July 28, 2022


This position is open to Kenyan Nationals and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.

WFP does not charge a fee at any stage of the process (Application, technical assessment, interview).

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, 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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