Jan 2018  World Food Programme New Job Vacancy for  Programme Policy Officer Kenya

Jan 2018  World Food Programme Current Vacancy for  Programme Policy Officer

Jan 2018  World Food Programme Career  Vacancy for  Programme Policy Officer



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.


The Farm to Market Alliance seeks to transform food crop markets through the active and long-term engagement of smallholder farmers, multiplying returns for all stakeholders in the supply chain. The Alliance is a consortium of eight leading agri-focused organisations [AGRA, Bayer, Grow Africa, IFC, Rabobank, Syngenta, UN World Food Programme and Yara] combining specific expertise and skills to enable smallholder farmers to access global markets.

The commitment of the Alliance is to empower 1.5 million farmers in developing countries, generating over USD 750 million of aggregated annual purchasing demand.

Farmer engagement is driven by multi-year buying contracts, which specify in advance minimum sell prices to allow smallholder families to plan beyond the farm gate, leading to informed, autonomous engagement in structured, inclusive commercial markets. These forward contracts also position smallholders for the first time with access to affordable finance, access to improved farming practices (improved seeds, fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides) and access to improved post-harvest handling and storage equipment. Employing a broad holistic approach to smallholder development creates a systemic change in markets, benefitting the individual farmers as well as broadening the global supply base to meet increasing demands.

The Alliance is currently active in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia.


The Project Finance Expert will report directly to the Country Coordinator of the Farm to Market Alliance in the country, and liaise regularly with the Regional Finance Manager and staff of global FtMA members for technical guidance and industry best standards and trends. The position will involve frequent travel in the country, as well as participating in international meetings when required.



The Alliance seeks an experienced professional for the key role of ProjectFinance Expert in Kenya.

Under the management of the FtMA Country Coordinator, and with professional guidance from the FtMA Regional Finance Manager, the Project Finance Expert will be responsible for delivery of effective and affordable finance solutions to value chain actors in FtMA projects in Kenya.


The position holder will be responsible for analysing the need for finance in FtMA projects in Kenya, and for meeting those needs with the most adequate products from financial service providers (FIs). To this end, the position holder builds relationships with the other team members on national level (Country Coordinator, Extension Officer, other national staff), with national actors in FtMA projects (farmer organisations, off-takers, farm input suppliers), with FIs (commercial and development banks, MFIs, credit guarantee funds and crop loss insurance providers), with government institutions and regulators on national level and with key actors in the regional and global FtMA – and most importantly, leverage these relationships to arrive at effective and affordable finance and risk management solutions. The position holder has a very hands-on and make-work attitude, making sure that financial markets work better for farmers and for all other actors in the said supply chains.

The candidate realises milestones per country (business plan, finance need, finance delivery) to facilitate monitoring and increase transparency of the process to all actors.

The Finance Expert will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Analyse the need for finance solutions in collaboration with the Country Coordinator and the local FtMA coalition
  • Adapt the design of existing finance structures to meet those needs, blending solutions both from local/national and international financial services providers, insurance companies and development and donor agencies
  • Ensure availability of finance solutions for all actors in the FtMA supply chains (farmers and farmer organizations, off-takers/traders/processors, input suppliers, financiers etc.) in the national portfolio
  • Monitor progress of finance delivery against planning, flag and take corrective action in case of deviation in the earliest possible stage
  • Actively participate in a group of country-level Project Finance Experts under the leadership of the Regional Finance Manager; offer assistance to, and share experience with, Project Finance Experts in other countries
  • Provide feedback to Regional Finance Manager on design of required products or finance solutions
  • Maintain regular contact with local Financial Institutions (banks, MFIs, NBFIs) that participate in FtMA projects
  • Define ToRs and collaborate with consultants on work sub-contracted to consultancy agencies or other actors in the field of Finance, Risk, Insurance, Cooperative Governance and E&S
  • Interface with crop loss insurance and other risk management providers
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Delivery of finance solutions according to pre-agreed targets
  • Selection of financial institutions and assistance to the selection of farmer organizations and off-takers according to pre-set criteria
  • Application of the FtMA graduation model to new farmer organizations
  • Organisation of training and extension in the fields of financial literacy, contracting, cooperative governance
  • Feedback to regional level of needs for product development, recurring problems and market opportunities.


Education: Bachelor’s or First University degree in Business Administration, Finance, Economics or other related field.

Experience: Five years or more of progressively responsible professional experience implementing banking or development finance solutions with exposure to the Food and Agribusiness sector. Work experience in Africa and especially Eastern / Southern Africa markets and engagement experience with the private sector are essential. Understanding of government policies related to the agribusiness sector is a pre-requisite.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Hands-on, result-oriented attitude with strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated knowledge of agri-finance, smallholder farmer / SME and commercial agriculture finance models
  • Blended finance solution delivery, combining contributions of commercial FIs, MFIs, NBFI, development FIs, risk management suppliers and other relevant actors to integrated finance and risk management solutions
  • Familiarity with planning and implementing smallholder market support and capacity building programs at national or sub-national level
  • Ability to explain strategies and projects to field counterparts and communicate with local governments and partners clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Strong relationship-building and relationship-management skills, with experience in developing and maintaining high-level private sector contacts
  • Tact and ability to work harmoniously with people of different national and cultural background
  • Resourcefulness, initiative and problem solving skills, strong client orientation for value chain stakeholders
  • The ideal candidate for this position must be able to work independently as well as in a team-oriented environment
  • High integrity, friendly and reliable
  • Adaptability to changing situations
  • Ability to frequently travel within the country and internationally.

Language: Fluency in national language and (level C) in English. Knowledge of additional local languages is an added advantage.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives : Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  • Be a force for positive change : Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team : Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions : Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills : Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  • Create an inclusive culture : Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit : Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions : Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  • Focus on getting results : Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments : Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  • Be Decisive : Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  • Connect and share across WFP units : Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  • Build strong external partnerships : Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships
  • Be politically agile & adaptable : Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships : Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.

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