Programme Policy Officer – Food Systems & Market Access- Dar es salaam

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Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme and the general guidance of the Deputy Country Director, the incumbent will be responsible for coordinating and overseeing the implementation of resilience, livelihood and value chain activities, develop and foster internal and external partnerships, lead WFP Tanzania Strategic Outcome 3 and manage its portfolio. In addition, the incumbent will supervise the team and provide technical advice on agribusiness, agriculture extension and post-harvest management, agriculture marketing and agriculture policy engagement, and support to the field teams in the areas of Climate Resilient Agriculture, Livelihoods and its linkages and integrations to nutrition and supply chain outcomes.

More specifically, the staff member will build and strengthen partnerships between WFP and local and international, public, and private organizations and institutions working in market-focused agricultural development, post-harvest handling, good agricultural practices for the overall goal to improve access to resilient livelihood and markets for smallholder farmers/farmers’ organizations.

The staff member will be based in Dar es Salaam, with frequent travel to the field.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Coordinate all smallholder farmer agriculture extension, market access and integrate with climate adaptation and natural resource management activities, ensuring full integration and coordination between the various sub activities under the resilient rural livelihoods outcome.
  • Build, maintain and lead a specialized team to support the delivery of WFP’s commitments and to act as change agents to promote sustainable pro-smallholder value chains in multi-stakeholder contexts.
  • Identify and monitor risks and challenges in the design and implementation of projects and propose mitigating actions and solutions.
  • Coordinate monitoring and evaluation activities for agriculture portfolio in collaboration with the country office Monitoring & Evaluations (M&E) unit and partners.
  • Maintain a strong profile for WFP’s work through active engagement in the agriculture policy space in Tanzania, and through participation in the main meetings and coordination groups, including the Agricultural Sector Working Group.
  • Increase WFP’s visibility within the Ministry of Agriculture in Tanzania by growing the partnership with the Ministry at the national level through regularly sharing project updates and participating in relevant sectoral meetings;
  • Contribute to WFP’s fundraising efforts by supporting proposal development, developing key messages, and talking points, and preparing internal and external reports.
  • Develop and lead the implementation of livelihood and Smallholder Agriculture Market Support strategy in coordination with CO units and partners.
  • Review current activities with a food system strengthening lens in line with the development of tailored Climate Resilience and Smallholder Agriculture Market Support strategy for Tanzania.
  • Lead the development of business linkages amongst targeted smallholders, farmers organizations, cooperatives, low-income farmers, aggregators, off-takers and other potential markets beyond WFP.

  • Develop the capacity of supported households and smallholder farmers through targeted trainings and workshops to ensure they gain valuable skills in production, marketing, and business development. Put in place farmer-friendly mechanisms and systems to reach smallholder farmers to encourage local food procurement from surplus producing farmers and support rural aggregation network for increased market access for smallholder farmers.
  • Enhance the linkages between WFP and relevant line ministries to support smallholder farmers.
  • Collaborate closely with relevant UN agencies such as FAO, IFAD, and other partners in the implementation of all activities supporting smallholder farmers and build synergies between the different projects.
  • Prepare donor proposals, reports, and visibility materials to highlight and advocate for the programme and to document good practices and lessons learned.
  • Build capacity of WFP staff and partners to support the implementation of the Smallholder Agriculture Market Support activities.
  • Support integration of nutrition sensitivity and enhanced gender, youth and protection mainstreaming within the resilience and Smallholder Agriculture Market Support portfolio.
  • Identify and promote new tools, methods, and solutions to mitigate post-harvest losses at household level.
  • Provide regular updates to management and raise issues requiring management attention in a timely manner.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Finalise WFP Tanzania Climate Resilient Agriculture and Market Access Strategic Plan and the approach to have impact at scale.
  • Mid-term results targets for relevant projects are achieved in line with plans.
  • Project implementation is aligned with the approved workplan and budget.
  • Project staffing structure is in place to meet the expected results and staff are supported and capacitated to fulfil their responsibilities.
  • Projects incorporate elements of nutrition, social protection, gender, youth, supply chain capacity and innovation in line with the objectives of the Country Strategic Plan.
  • Relevant reporting requirements have been met.
  • WFP local procurement agreements and partnership opportunities are aligned with smallholder farmer activities and approaches.


Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences, Agronomy, Business Administration, or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses
Language: Fluency (level C) in English language. Knowledge of Kiswahili language is an important advantage.


  • Eight years or more of post graduate work experience in agri-business or agriculture economics and agriculture value chains development.
  • Proven experience in planning and implementing smallholder farmer projects, including support and capacity building of partners at national or sub-national levels.
  • Ability to lead, coach and motivate teams for efficient and effective delivery of results.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of small and medium enterprises, smallholder procurement and commercial agriculture.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to ensure WFP strategies and projects are well articulated to all stakeholders including beneficiaries, partners, local governments, ministries, and donors.
  • Ability to assimilate and analyse complex issues using independent judgment.
  • Negotiation skills with the ability to influence at senior levels within and beyond the organization.
  • Tact and ability to work harmoniously with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Resourcefulness, initiative and problem-solving skills, strong client orientation for value chain stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of various aspects of financial services and modelling.
  • Strong analytical and writing capacity, including the ability to produce high quality reports, presentations, and knowledge products.


Limited Fixed-Term Appointment (LFT) position is a non-mobile staff appointment in the international professional category for a limited period for up to 4 years and is open to all nationalities. The position is based in Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania and the selected candidate will be expected to relocate. Incumbents of LFT positions are not eligible to apply for other mobile positions advertised internally through the Reassignment.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with ICSC standards ( including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance.

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