Program Policy Officer (Capacity Strengthening – School Feeding) – WFP


Job Description

OrganizationUnited Nations World Food Programme 
Job TitleProgramme Policy Officer (Capacity Strengthening – School Feeding) SC8
Requisition ID145461
LocationSudan – Khartoum  
Posted Date02/08/2021
Closing date16/08/2021

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. The selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity& gender balance and encourage qualified female candidates to apply.

Would you like to join WFP Sudan’s School Feeding programme team and enable the delivery of professional, client-focused programme related services? Are you ready to partner with managers to deliver effective capacity strengthening and policy solutions that will change and save the lives of the most vulnerable people in Sudan? If yes, this opportunity is for you.

At WFP, we are looking for two experienced Programme Policy Officers, to join our Government Capacity Strengthening team in the School Feeding sub-unit and to be based in Khartoum, Sudan and to be hired on a Service Contract at the SC 8  level.


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, WFPworks 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.

WFP Sudan has the potential to reach millions of food-insecure people across Sudan – with a total of 7.8 million people assisted in 2020. WFP Sudan, one of the largest and complex operations for WFP globally, is currently rolling out its five-year
Country Strategic Plan (2019-2023), which aims to provide emergency assistance through a hybrid approach (Cash, food and vouchers), along with life-changing types of programmes (Nutrition, Resilience and School Feeding).


WFP Sudan is working on rapidly scaling up its school feeding programme and establishing a nationally owned programme. To enable this process, there is a need to ensure timely planning, design, capacity building and roll-out of the programme across fifteen (15) states. The Programme Policy Officer (Capacity Strengthening) (SC8) will be responsible for leading government engagement and capacity-strengthening under the guidance of the Senior National  Professional Officer (Capacity Strengthening). This position will be seconded to the Federal Ministry of Education (MOE) in Khartoum and the staff member will split their time between the MOE and WFP offices. The staff will support the MOE to conduct consultations at the federal and state level, support coordination between the different ministries with a role in school feeding, work with government technical teams on drafting the national school feeding policy, support the embedding of data collection and M&E processes, and ensure the work plan agreed to between MOE and WFP is consistent with the spending of funding provided. The programme policy officer will be critical in supporting the scale-up and re-positioning of the nutrition and gender-sensitive school feeding programme within the Government of Sudan.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Within delegated authority of the Head of School Feeding and the Capacity Strengthening National Officer, the incumbent shall be responsible for the following:

Policy Formulation and Implementation

  • Support the drafting of the National School Feeding Policy to serve as a framework for implementation of school feeding programmes nationwide;
  • Lead the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Guidance Manuals for the school feeding programme;
  • Provide technical review of the national policy environment relating to school feeding, social protection and safety nets (food), nutrition and education;
  • At the request of the Ministry and when necessary:
    • Liaise with relevant partner(s)/government counterparts (Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Development, etc.) to ensure effective collaboration in food safety and quality of the food parcels distributed;  
    • Promote linking school health and nutrition initiatives to the national school feeding programme enhancing nutrition outcomes;
    • Promote linking local agricultural production to the national school feeding programme.


All activities below are to be done in coordination with the Director-General, Ministry of Education School Feeding Directorate:

  • Facilitate and follow up on all communications, events and official letters preparations/issuing related to the current school feeding programme;
  • Ensure appropriate and timely communication and collaboration between different units in MOE to facilitate the expansion of current and future WFP’s programmes;
  • Ensure coordination with pertinent Ministries, Agencies, NGOs and stakeholders to access complementary inputs for implementing the school feeding programme;
  • Support the creation of the Inter-Ministerial working group to act as a School Feeding Steering Committee;
  • Represent the national school feeding programme in education development partners meetings and other relevant fora and provide meaningful inputs to promote the school feeding programme.


Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Health Sciences, Social Sciences or other fields relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree in the same areas with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Experience: For holders of an advanced (Masters) degree, at least one year of professional experience in humanitarian assistance programmes, food assistance programmes, education programmes, or relevant fields; For holders of a first university degree, a minimum of two years of work experience in the same fields is required. 

Additional experiences include: Previous experience in writing policy and strategy documents and participating in policy level dialogue, Excellent writing and communications skills in English and Arabic, demonstrated ability to work in multidisciplinary teams and independently to meet strict deadlines, Willingness to travel to remote parts of the country, Excellent command of computer word-processing and spreadsheet programmes. Ability to apply programme quality standards to project design and organizational learning. Substantial and extensive documented experience in managing and designing rural and urban programs in emergency contexts. Demonstrated experience in policy-level dialogue and working with governments on developing school feeding policies, programming operational guidelines and assessments will make you a very valuable candidate.  

Language: Fluency in English and Arabic.


We look for applicants with the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian values. We commit to promote diversity, gender parity and equality between men and women.
WFP strives to build a work environment that is safe and respectful, and free of sexual harassment and abuse of authority. We believe in open communication, and every individual at WFP is treated with respect regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, religious and political beliefs, etc.

In this pursuit, WFP assists women to balance work exigencies with personal and family responsibilities by providing an attractive compensation package, including fully paid maternity leave for 16 weeks, breastfeeding time off, and the possibility to avail of flexible working arrangements. Also, we endeavour to provide our staff, women, and men, with training and professional career development.


  • To apply, please create a personal account and fill out the profile form with your personal information at If you are an internal applicant, apply through your E-Recruitment profile.
  • In the application form, ensure filling the mandatory sections, attaching your CV, answering the pre-screening questions and agreeing on the legal statement before submitting your application.
  • Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis on account of potential and performance. All applicantswill undergo a rigorous process which includes screening against job requirements, a technical test, and apanel interview.


Closing date: 16 August 2021

  • Qualified female applicants are especially encouraged to apply
  • This position is open ONLY to Sudanese nationals. Non-Sudanese are not eligible to apply. Kindly take note.
  • WFP has zero-tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status;
  • WFP does not charge any fee at any stage of its recruiting process;

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