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WFP encourages female candidates and people with disabilities to apply.
WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis. We are committed to promoting diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all our employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of religion or belief, ethnic or social background, gender, gender identity and disability.


JOB TITLE: Programme Policy Officer (Climate Risk Financing)
UNIT/DIVISION: Humanitarian & Transition Unit-Resilience & Climate Change
DUTY STATION: Cairo, Egypt
REPORT TO: Regional Climate Services/Early Action Officer
DURATION: 12 months

This position is for Nationals from Egypt.

Note: This vacancy announcement will also be used to build a roster of qualified applicants for future opportunities within same job profile at SC7 and SC6 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, 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.

WFP’s Regional Bureau for the Middle East and Northern Africa (RBC), based in Cairo, Egypt, provides strategic guidance, policy/technical support and direction to WFP operations and activities in 16 countries: Algeria, Armenia, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Moldova, Morocco, State of Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine and Yemen. These country offices aim to assist roughly one-third of all of WFP’s beneficiaries (approx. 30 million) in some of the most critical humanitarian emergencies of our time. RBC is also active in the ‘Changing Lives’ side of WFP’s mandate, helping national governments and local communities improve nutrition, livelihoods, school feeding, social protection, climate and disaster risk reduction and other programmes that build resilience and support development.



The Middle East and North Africa region host some of the most challenging settings in the world in terms of addressing food insecurity. Pressure from population growth, resource scarcity and natural hazards have led to serious degradation of the natural resource base with adverse implications for food security. This system, already under considerable pressure, especially from a water and land perspective, will become even more exposed as climate change further exacerbates existing risk factors and stressors.

For WFP, it has become an imperative to address this multitude of complex risk factors that contribute to food and nutrition insecurity and erode the livelihoods of the poorest. Working with partners, WFP in the region is advancing a more holistic approach to supporting disaster risk reduction, climate adaptation and resilience at all levels.

In this context, WFP is seeking to enhance its capacities by recruiting a Programme Policy Officer focusing on supporting the ‘Anticipatory Action’ portfolio including a regional joint initiative called the SDG-Climate Facility Initiative, jointly with UNDP, the Arab Water Council, the League of Arab States, UNEP-FI, UNDRR and UN-HABITAT.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Lead in updating and preparing regional Anticipatory Action annual workplan.
  • Provide project implementation support including support for coordination of meetings and workshops.
  • Undertake reporting and research, as well as assist with knowledge generation, with a specific focus on how WFP can ensure that anticipatory action programmes leave no one behind (OR ensuring equitable access to WFP Anticipatory Action programmes).
  • Lead/ co-lead in country office feasibility/scoping missions, under guidance of regional climate services/early action expert, on building capacities for identifying relevant risks, early actions, and capacities, financing and delivery related to the successful and equitable roll-out of forecast-based financing and anticipatory action.
  • Support communication and dissemination of evidence and knowledge products at the regional level, with country offices and externally, by strengthening capturing of knowledge, lessons learned and best practices and by identifying channels and platforms for dissemination of WFP reports, strategy papers and materials for increased communication and visibility.
  • Provide strong technical input to studies and assessments in collaboration with relevant experts and teams, as needed, to support evidence-building on anticipatory action.
  • Under supervision, liaise with other functional sections and units to ensure effective internal collaboration when required and support regional partnerships.
  • Perform other duties as required.


University degree in Environmental Science, Development or Economics is a must. Master’s degree is preferable.


  • Three to four years of relevant experience on early action and climate services, in relation to food security.
  • Has experience on research, policy, analysis and programme in climate change, humanitarian, and development fields.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of climate change and some exposure to development and humanitarian issues in the Arab region.
  • Strong writing, organizational skills, and experience in Microsoft Package.
  • Strong team works and coordination capacities.

Fluency in oral and written communication in English.


Interested candidates are invited to submit their application no later than Wednesday, 7 June 2023 (11:59 PM Cairo Time).


WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. 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.


All WFP Employees are expected to demonstrate the following competencies and standards of behaviour, aligned with our core values and principles of WFP LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK: Leads by example with integrity, Drives results and delivers on commitments, Fosters inclusive and collaborative teamwork, Applies strategic thinking, Builds and maintains sustainable partnerships. Candidates’ alignment with these behaviours is assessed in our selection process.

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