Programme Policy Officer (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise & Financial Inclusion) Jobs Vacancy at World Food Programme (WFP) Dodoma 2021


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WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, physical or mental disability.


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the diverse food needed for an active and healthy life. 

WFP Tanzania has been connecting smallholder farmers to markets since the launch of the Purchase for Progress (P4P) pilot in 2009. WFP has been supporting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to strengthen the ecosystem in which smallholder farmers access affordable inputs, services and markets. Finally, with the Government of Tanzania, WFP supports local and smallholder purchasing to meet local and regional demand for WFP food assistance.

WFP’s strategy to support smallholder farmers highlights the importance of women and youth in rural development, livelihoods, strengthening value chains, and improving food systems. The strategy is committed to empower over 405,000 farmers in the next five years (2022-2027), generating over USD 150 million of aggregated annual purchasing demand in the Country. 

In support of the strategy, the upcoming “Strengthening Food Systems to Empower Smallholder Farmers and Young People” project will support MSME development and scale support to the maize, sorghum, beans and horticulture value chains, targeting smallholder farmers and youths, especially women.

Furthermore, the upcoming “Strengthening Smallholder Agriculture Value Chain, Gender Equity and Peace in Refugee Hosting Districts” project will enhance food security and nutrition amongst vulnerable groups, strengthen community-based organizations to become active contributors to social cohesion, gender equality and peace, and increase smallholder farmers agricultural and financial capacities for market engagement and resilient livelihoods.


  • Education: University degree preferably with specialized certification in Accounting,Administration, Finance and /or Project Management; Bachelor Degree in Finance, Business or Public Administration, Economics, Political Sciences and Social Sciences would be an asset.
  • Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Swahili and any other official UN language would be an asset.


Under the guidance of the Head of Smallholder Unit, and in close collaboration with the Markets & Procurement Specialist and Gender & Youth Specialist, the incumbent will build linkages between MSMEs, financial institutions, and bank guarantee schemes to smallholder farmers, private off takers and others along the targeted value chains (especially women and youth).


To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet the objectives needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Engage with Smallholder Farmers:

  1. Conduct a needs assessment for smallholder farmers finance needs, opportunities, and challenges for meeting those needs, and provide advice on adequate products from financial service providers
  2. Engage with Financial Institutions and Other Partners:

    • Engage with commercial and development banks, MFIs, credit guarantee funds, and crop loss insurance providers as well as government regulators on discussions of affordable finance and risk management
    • Adapt existing finance structures to meet needs, blending solutions both from local/national and international financial services providers, insurance companies and development or donor agencies
    • Organize strategic meetings (preliminary and follow-up) and attend consultations on improvements in the bank lending environment and guarantee schemes to foster smallholder sourcing strategies
3. Engage with MSMEs:
    • Support in the identification of MSMEs (farmer groups, private off takers, aggregators) and develop appropriate risk mitigation tools for expansion
    • Conduct business plans appraisals and crops profitability analysis and drawing out recommendations to the supervisor for maximizing use of resources and effectiveness to inform the supply chain operations towards increasing sourcing from smallholder farmers
    • Prepare realistic milestones to facilitate monitoring and increase transparency of the process to all actors and ensure availability of finance solutions for all actors in the supply chains.
4. Provide support to the development and implementation of WFP’s smallholder sourcing: in line with the global WFP supply chain strategies, policies and plans, to achieve operational cost efficiency, agility, reliability, quality.
5. Perform accurate, timely recording of data (e.g., resource utilization, programme status, performance) and update budget implementation plan, the yearly and quarterly budget, reports, and program documents, as required by management
6. Draft progress reports on projects’ financial inclusion activities and contribute to the drafting of corporate reports as required
7. Contribute to the development of Concept Notes and proposals around financial inclusion for smallholder farmers as required
8. Perform other related duties as required.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
  • Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
  • Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
  • Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.
  • At least four years of work experience, with demonstrated knowledge of monitoring and evaluation. Experience related to food security, agricultural value chains, market systems and/or nutrition-integrated agriculture strongly preferred.
  • University degree in one or more of the following disciplines: international development, economics, statistics, gender studies, sociology, or another related field.
  • Familiarity with standard office software packages, analysis and visualization tools e.g. Microsoft and Tableau.
  • Understanding and good working knowledge of database management, including results-based management.
  • Familiarity with digital data collection tools and systems (e.g., ODK, Kobo, ONA)
  • Work experience with UN on related tasks considered an added advantage
  • Competent on problem solving, negotiation skills and ability to travel extensively in remote areas.
• Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.
• Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.
• Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.
  • Duration of contract: One year renewable up to five years until end of the project (subject to performance).
  • All applications should be submitted through e-recruitment portal.
  • Only qualified shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The deadline for receiving applications is 05 January 2022 


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