WFP South Africa Programme Policy Officer (2023)

Closes: 18 April 2023

United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. 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.

In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 120 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.

When it comes to behavior like fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of power, and discrimination, WFP takes a “zero-tolerance” stance. We manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year.

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This role of the Conflict Analysis both strategic and operational. Conflict and insecurity remain the one of the main drivers of humanitarian needs within the RBJ region, particularly in Democratic Republic Congo and Mozambique which are affected by ongoing conflict in the last several years. There is also a growing tension and potential civil unrest some other Southern Africa Countries including Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Madagascar partly due to economic crisis and income inequalities. The conflict in the great Lakes region is one of the main contributors of refugees and internally displaced people in the Southern Africa Region. The large number of IDPs, refugees and asylum seekers coupled with the impacts of fuel, fertilizer, fuel price hikes due to the impacts of the war and COVID-19 are likely to pose further instability and tension among the food insecure populations, including those in urban areas. 

This role is intended to build the capacity of staff in Country Offices in Southern Africa region to undertake conflict sensitivity analysis from a food security and overall humanitarian assistance needs assessment perspective, to integrate conflict sensitivity into operations there by contributing for peaceful coexistence and stability, and to support the development of access strategies as well as WFP’s role in humanitarian negotiations in conflict, insecure and transitional settings.

Host NationSouth Africa
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Closing Date18 April 2023
Eligible CandidateDegree
WFP Job Summary



Advanced academic standing in the fields of conflict studies, development studies, or international relations is required.


At least 5 years of professional expertise connected to supporting and analysing governance structures and institutions.
Expertise in creating monitoring systems
Solid understanding of peacebuilding programme design, including the articulation of theories of change of food security/food aid programming and analysis. Widespread experience in incorporating conflict sensitivity into both humanitarian and development programming.
Demonstrated expertise in directing and coordinating capacity-building workshops and the creation of educational materials on conflict sensitivity and peace-building initiatives from the standpoint of food security.


English fluency is crucial. (oral and written). Knowledge of French and Portuguese is desirable.

Commitment to WFP’s mission and values
Strong analytical skills
Strong communication skills
Strong influencing and networking skills
Ability to work independently under minimal supervision 
Proficiency in Window MS office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)

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

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