Career Opportunities in Islamabad – Policy Officer Anticipatory Action

Policy Officer Anticipatory Action announcement will also be used to build a roster of pre qualified applicants for future opportunities within same job profile at the current or lower level in Pakistan. 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.

Career Opportunities in Islamabad – Policy Officer Anticipatory Action

ABOUT Policy Officer Anticipatory

Job Title: Program Policy Officer (Anticipatory Action)

Grade:  SC8

Type of contract:  Service Contract

Salary: Starting at PKR 300,000 per month

Duration:  06 Months 

Duty Station: Islamabad

Vacancy Number: 828641

Date of Publication: 01st August, 2023

Deadline of Application: 14th August, 2023

 Policy Officer Anticipatory vacancy announcement is for Pakistani Nationals. 

Note:Policy Officer Anticipatory Action  vacancy announcement will also be used to build a roster of pre-qualified applicants for future opportunities within same job profile at the current or lower level in Pakistan.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS For Policy Officer Anticipatory

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

Remote work may be possible depending upon the operational requirements of the Program.  Requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the personal circumstances of the requester given the operational situation.

Policy Officer Anticipatory  JOB PURPOSE

To provide support to policy and program activities that effectively meet food assistance, capacity strengthening and anticipatory action related needs. Policy Officer Anticipatory plays a pivotal role in the strategic efforts of the World Food Program (WFP) in Pakistan, aligning with its country goals.

By integrating Anticipatory Action projects into their operations, WFP aims to enhance its ability to respond to the specific challenges faced by vulnerable communities in the country. Through advanced forecasting and risk analysis, the WFP can proactively identify regions at high risk of food insecurity and implement targeted interventions before a crisis unfolds.

This approach enables the WFP to pre-position necessary resources, such as food supplies, cash transfers, and livelihood support, to vulnerable populations, thereby reducing their vulnerability to future shocks. By combining their expertise in humanitarian assistance with anticipatory measures, the WFP contributes to building resilience, promoting food security, and achieving sustainable development goals in Pakistan.

KEY ACCOUNT ABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Contribute towards the development of a limited number of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider program policies and guidance.
2. Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries.
3. Responsible for the planning, designing, budgeting of project activities, being directly responsible for the overall implementation and management of the project.
4. Act as focal point for overall AA component coordination and collaboration that include government bodies, other UN agencies, working groups both national and international, (I)NGOs, and academia.
5. Reviewing already developed feasibility assessments of selected hazards to develop Anticipatory Action Plan.
6. Reviewing and supporting relevant department/PO in developing hazard-specific thresholds, vulnerability, and exposure data to develop forecast triggers that are technically strong and tailored to the populations needs.


7. Provide overall supervision in identifying multi-sectoral anticipatory actions that have high potential to mitigate impacts of prioritized hazards Identifying and assessing potential sources of funding for AA.
8. Supervise the entire process of developing AA Plans – including actions, actors, costs, thresholds, triggers, and predetermined funds to be mobilized in anticipation of an extreme weather event.
9. Assessing and strengthening readiness capacity of stakeholders including government bodies such as PMD, N/PDMA/DDMA etc and Implementing partners – this may include pre-targeting of beneficiaries, setting up beneficiary information management systems, last-mile communication mechanisms, financial management measures for timely disbursement of funds where required.
10. Closely monitor triggers and thresholds to activate AAP.
11. Assist in the efficient management and execution of the Climate Change Adaptation Program, including taking charge of the implementation of the Climate Adaptation Journey in collaboration with WFP implementing partner. Additionally, contribute to the development of locally led adaptation actions at the community level.
12. Oversee the planning, implementation, and monitoring of climate change initiatives. Collaborate with internal teams and external partners to ensure effective coordination and alignment with organizational objectives.
13. Stakeholder engagement and partnership building: Foster collaboration and engagement with key stakeholders, including government agencies, NGOs, communities, and private sector organizations. Develop and maintain partnerships to leverage resources and knowledge for climate change initiatives.
14. Provide project management support to specific and defined program and projects of small to moderate size that are relatively straight forward in nature, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider program that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
15. Follow data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
16. Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, program and activities.
17. Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on program and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
18. Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects.
19. Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.
20. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through project management support of learning initiatives.

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Education for Policy Officer Anticipatory Action : Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training’s/courses.

Experience for Policy Officer Anticipatory Action : Minimum of Six years’ working experience in relevant field and at least one year of experience at managerial/professional level with thematic focus on Risk Financing, Disaster Risk Management.
• Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. Anticipatory Action, DRR and Climate Change etc.).
• Has implemented program and provided input into designing operations.

• Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.
Experience in data analysis, data projections and GIS mapping will be preferred.
Demonstrated knowledge of humanitarian issues and Disaster Risk Management, with a particular focus on Early Warning Early Action, Early Warning System, Disaster Risk Reduction.
Previous experience with FbF, Early Warning Early Action will be an added advantage.

Knowledge & Skills for Policy Officer Anticipatory :
Knowledge of risk analysis, early warning systems, and forecasting methods
Familiarity with data sources, analytical tools, and modeling techniques
Project management skills for coordinating complex initiatives
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
Ability to prioritize tasks effectively
Excellent communication and collaboration skills
Capacity to engage with diverse stakeholders
Clear and concise communication of complex concepts
Ability to build consensus around anticipatory measures

Language: National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.

All WFP Employees are expected to demonstrate the competencies and standards of behavior 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.

HOW TO APPLY For Policy Officer Anticipatory

To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply via ( Only short-listed candidates for Policy Officer Anticipatory  will be contacted.

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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  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.

Career Opportunities in Islamabad – Policy Officer Anticipatory Action


The United Nations World Food Program 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.


This job will be based in Country Office, Islamabad. Job holder will report to a senior Program Policy Officer. Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in program or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.


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.

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