Programme Policy Officer/Consultancy (Conflict-Sensitivity Specialist)

UN World Food Programme


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. WFP is well-known for its ability to respond to crises and deliver assistance to people in need, either in-kind or in the form of cash-based transfers (CBT), as well as for its capabilities related to digital identity management. WFP is also an enabler of the broader humanitarian system, playing an active role in the Food Security, Logistics and Emergency Telecommunications Clusters and hosting the United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS).

WFP Mali is currently seeking a Programme Policy Officer (Conflict-Sensitivity Specialist) to mainstream conflict-sensitivity in WFP’s programme design and M&E system, to lead on relevant operational research and to build staff capacity in Do No Harm analysis.

WFP Mali’s operations encompass a portfolio of interventions, including emergency food and nutrition assistance to conflict-affected populations, the distribution of school meals providing a safety net to vulnerable schoolchildren, the treatment of moderate acute malnutrition as well as rehabilitation of communities’ productive infrastructure, livelihood support for smallholder farmers and capacity-strengthening of Government entities. The Country Strategic Plan (CSP), covering 2020-2024, will place increasing emphasis on conflict-sensitive approaches and accountability to affected populations, promoting the safety and dignity of affected populations in accordance with WFP’s corporate policy on protection. At the same time, strengthening WFP’s capacities and knowledge on conflict-sensitivity will ensure that its operations are not inadvertently getting caught up in, and contributing to, tensions or conflict.

The key objective for the proposed consultancy is to support the Country Office (CO) in better understanding how its activities work within and affect a complex operational context, in order to avoid aggravating tensions in line with Do No Harm principles, and to potentially contribute to positive peace outcomes. In the first year of CSP implementation, this will require investment in building staff capacity and a thorough review of operating practices. The incumbent will furthermore assist in the development of new initiatives in the field of peacebuilding to support the CO’s efforts to bridge the humanitarian-de This role is part of efforts to strengthen conflict-sensitivity at the corporate level and to contribute to WFP’s commitments to the ‘Peace Promise’, and the incumbent will be part of WFP’s emerging global conflict-sensitivity network


The Programme Policy Officer (Conflict-Sensitivity Specialist) will be responsible for increasing the application of conflict-sensitivity in the Country Office’s operations. This will be achieved through a combination of technical support, operational research, capacity building, partnership development and knowledge management.

Under the supervision of the Head of Programme and in liaison with the Peacebuilding and Conflict-Sensitivity Officer at the Regional Bureau in Dakar and the Senior Conflict-Sensitivity and Peacebuilding Advisor (OSZPH) in Headquarters, the Programme Policy Officer (Conflict-Sensitivity Specialist) will develop and put into practice a longer term conflict sensitivity mainstreaming plan for the CO, including implementation of recommendations stemming from joint WFP – Stockholm International Peace Research Institute research in Mali.

More specifically, he/she will coordinate and support the implementation of the plan, including but not limited to:

  • Conflict-sensitivity mainstreaming for all CSP outcomes, involving:
    • Guide on the assessment of conflict-sensitivity risks and opportunities for articulation in CSP strategy implementation and tool kit, and on mitigation measures to be put in place;
    • Lead on the finalization of guidelines for conflict-sensitivity mainstreaming in programme design in alignment with HQ and RBD, and on the review of existing FLAs;
    • Identify specific activities and adjust existing interventions, including revision of the implementation plan;
    • Lead on the adaptation of tools and frameworks;
  • Capacity-building of staff and partners on conflict-sensitivity through training measures, i.e. providing technical assistance both remotely and on-the-ground to sub-offices across Mali to build capacity in application of conflict-sensitive approaches, including coordination and support of specialized training formats;
  • Review and analysis of targeting methods and support to the formulation of a revised targeting manual;
  • Enhancement of monitoring mechanisms to capture WFP operations’ impact on peace/conflict:
    • Lead on the review and update of existing tools and ensure that conflict-sensitivity considerations are reflected;
    • Develop an approach for qualitative conflict analysis, including methodology, tools and training package, train relevant staff on analysis and tools, and contribute to corporate knowledge management;
    • Contribute to key M&E data collections and processes as needed;
    • Coordinate conflict-sensitivity and peacebuilding-related M&E inputs in inter-agency fora;
  • Research in the Community Based Participatory Planning approach’s contribution to peace outcomes, i.e. support to the lessons learned exercise and the revision of tools and processes;
  • Development of new partnerships with relevant stakeholders with specialized expertise (NGOs, think tanks, academics, etc.) in the field of conflict-sensitivity and peacebuilding;
  • Participation in learning events and activities to build knowledge across WFP’s emergent conflict-sensitivity network;
  • Documentation of experiences to contribute to knowledge management within WFP and externally, especially as regards production of best practices and lessons learned exercises; Ensuring compliance with WFP policies and strategies on peacebuilding, gender and protection at Country Office level.


Education:   Advanced academic degree in international affairs, peace and conflict studies, economics, international development studies, or another relevant discipline



At least six (6) years of post-graduate, progressively responsible, experience working in conflict-affect contexts in the fields of conflict analysis, conflict-sensitivity mainstreaming, peacebuilding or M&E.


Experience in capacity building, technical assistance, research, emergency response or food assistance is desirable.

Experience in designing and adapting conflict-sensitive M&E systems will be an asset.

General knowledge of the UN system and its policies, rules, regulations and procedures is considered an advantage.

Technical Skills & Knowledge


Commitment to WFP’s mission and values

Strong analytical skills

Strong communication skills

Ability to work independently under minimal supervision

Ability to write clearly and concisely in English and French

Ability to analyze data and conceptualize complex issues

Proficiency in Window MS office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)


Technical training in areas that are directly or indirectly relevant to conflict-sensitivity

Strong writing skills will be considered an advantage


Knowledge of WFP’s operations and previous experience with WFP are considered an asset.



Fluency in English and French (oral and written)

How To Apply

Working arrangements:              

The consultant will travel to the field as required

(The TORS are subject to change as work develops and funds are available)


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Type: Contract

Application Deadline: 06/30/2020