Closing date: Tuesday, 11 April 2023

Vacancy Announcement

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: Program Policy Officer (Head of Field Office) FT NOA, Sylhet Grade: NOA Type of contract: Fixed Term Duration: 12 months Duty Station: Sylhet Vacancy Number: 707806 Date of Publication: 29 March 2023 Deadline of Application: 11 April 2023

This vacancy announcement is for Nationals from Bangladesh.

Terms and Conditions:

WFP offers a competitive benefits package including salary, pension, leave plus a medical insurance.


In response to the recent devastating flood in the northeast, WFP has started its operations in two districts under the Sylhet division. WFP has opened a Field Office in Sylhet district to run the overall WFP-assisted project/programme and capacity support activities in the Sylhet division.

WFP has planned to expand its activities addressing the food and nutrition needs of the poor people. Besides, there are also ongoing government safety net programme where WFP is providing capacity support for overall implementation.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Field Operations, the Head of Field Office will be responsible for the following duties

Management of Field Office  Effectively plan and manage WFP emergency operations within the Field Office jurisdiction; this also includes implementing WFP Country Strategic Plan activities as per operational guidelines.  Represent WFP in the field and maintain close liaison/collaboration with local government authorities, government agencies, international and local NGOs, UN agencies, civil society, beneficiaries, and other partners.  Coordinate and monitor the effective implementation of field-level activities so that daily operational issues are timely resolved to prevent losses or delays.  Ensure that allocated resources are used efficiently and are in line with agreed plans, and any deviations are reported to the Field Operations/Country Office.  Supervise Field Office staff. Provide guidance to them and act as a point of referral and assist them with analysis and queries.  Ensure safety and security of WFP staff, operations, equipment and vehicle in the Field Office by complying with WFP security management policy. Actively participate and contribute to the Area Security Management Team (ASMT). Support to Field Office Finance:  Maintain the Field Office petty cash/sub-imprest account expenditures.  Review and process vendor payments and settlement of travel expense claims.  Prepare petty cash and sub-imprest replenishment request and forward to Country Office.  Prepare a financial statement with bank reconciliation, petty cash counting and enter transaction data in the system (WINGS II). Monitoring and Reporting  Review the monthly monitoring plans and reports.  Prepare reports on the progress of field implementation of the project in line with reporting guidelines established for the project.  Contribute to monitoring the food security situation in the area of responsibility and participate in and contribute to the assessment, as and when necessary, in collaboration with the Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) Unit in Dhaka and recommend interventions based on the need for food assistance.  Ensure that the recommended control mechanisms for cash and food distributions are in place. Emergency Preparedness and Response  Contribute to emergency preparedness actions and coordinate the planning and implementation of slow and sudden-onset emergency response programmes in the area of responsibility.  Prepare emergency situation reports, for disaster response and recovery activities.  Strengthen partnerships with standby NGOs (organize training/orientation) and enhance field-level coordination with government agencies.  Ensure extensive and frequent presence at project areas, distribution sites and centres.  Manage the emergency response including food and cash distribution in coordination with cooperating partners Support capacity support activities  Provide capacity support to the overall implementation of the safety net programme under different ministries (e.g. MoWCA, MoF, MoPME, MoDMR etc.)  Coordinate with line different departments in the field.  Conduct periodic joint visits and report for overall improvement.


EDUCATION: Advanced University degree in one or more of the following: Social Science, Economics, Development Studies, or any discipline with adequate knowledge and experience in the relevant field.

WORK EXPERIENCE: Minimum 5 years of experience with a minimum 3 years of professional experience in Programme field.

KEY COMPETENCIES:  Sound experience in gender-sensitive programming and programming that empowers women and girls; experience in inclusion of people with physical or mental challenges.  Experience in analysing local political situations and assessing risks accurately.  Experience leading a small to mid-size team to ensure the effective delivery of objectives.  Participation in a government/partner negotiation within the area of focus.  Participation in a small or bigger emergency operation/ development programme.

LANGUAGE: Proficiency in both oral and written communication skills in English

All WFP Employees are expected to demonstrate the competencies and standards of behaviour aligned with our core values and defined in the WFP LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK, namely: Leading by example with integrity, Driving results and delivering on commitments, Fostering inclusive and collaborative teamwork, Applying strategic thinking, Building and maintaining sustainable partnerships.


To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply via ( ). Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

Request for Disability related Reasonable Accommodations: It is important to WFP to create an accessible and inclusive workplace for everyone. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection and hiring process, please direct your request and inquiries to the Diversity and Inclusion team on:, cc’ing A member of the reasonable accommodation team will contact you to confidentially discuss your needs. This email is only to be used for any disability related accessibility requirements, and not for sending the application itself. Due to volume of applications, any applications or CVs sent through this email address will not be considered as a formal application and will not receive a reply from WFP.


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, 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.


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. The country strategic plan is aligned with the United Nations sustainable development cooperation framework for Bangladesh for 2022‒2026 and the eighth five-year plan (covering the period July 2020‒June 2025) of the Government of Bangladesh. It is informed by the recommendations of an independent evaluation of the country strategic plan for 2017–2021 and consultation with key stakeholders. It will contribute to Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 17 through four strategic outcomes.

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.


11 April 2023, Monday