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Tara Jaff

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Assistant Programme Officer (Paid Intern) – Programme Unit for the Integrated Road Map (IRM)

United Nations World Food Programme, Regional Bureau for North Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe – Cairo, Egypt

02/2017 – Present                                                                                                          

  • Provide regular support to 18 Country Offices (COs) in the region in transitioning through the IRM process.
  • Review, edit and finalize project documents on Country Strategic Plans (CSP), interim country strategic plans (ICSP) transitional ICSP for the COs across the region.
  • Provide support to RB policy and programme activities to effectively address food assistance needs.
  • Assist with archiving Programme Cycle documents on TeamWork Space for Programme Unit.
  • Review project/budget revision documents and ensure consistency of project statistics and logframes for COs.
  • Follow up with Programme Sections and other units to ensure timely technical inputs for project documents.
  • Schedule and help coordinate Programme review meetings for technical review of the project documents through two different forums - electronic review (e-PRP) and strategic programme review process (s-PRP) for regional senior management to show inputs on programme design that are provided at early stages.
  • Monitor the submissions of project documents by COs and track logframes and budget accordingly.
  • Assist Nutrition and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) units with webinar and organising meetings.


Webmaster Executive and Web Editor

Boudi Designs LTD – London, United Kingdom

06/2014 – 08/2015

  • Monitored and updated company website and monitored company’s outsourced IT functions.
  • Assisted with IT purchases including software and hardware and related contractual and legal follow ups.   



Masters of Science in Globalisation and Development – Development Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London - London, United Kingdom

09/2014 – 09/2015

  • Courses: Globalisation and Development, Political Economy of Development, Global Health and Development and Gender and Development.
  • Thesis: Maternal Mortality in Rural Egypt: A Critical Analysis of Challenges and Limitations of Social and Cultural Health Determinants.


Bachelor of Arts in International Relations

Regent’s American University London (RAUL) – London, United Kingdom

09/2010 – 06/2014

  • Thesis: Were the Events of June 30th - July 3rd 2013 in Egypt a Second Revolution or a Coup D’états?


American High School Diploma

American Community School of Abu Dhabi (ACS), United Arab Emirates

08/2006 – 06/2010




Volunteer – Syria Emergency Operation (EMOP) and Nutrition Unit

United Nations World Food Programme (Country Office) – Cairo, Egypt.

07/2013 – 08/2013                                                                                                                                                                      

  • Engaged with standing contacts, supplies and arrangements of trainings of the ongoing project activities.
  • Assisted programme officers in organising field visits and participated in field missions to several governorates in Egypt.
  • Managed budgets for the EMOP team and mission logistics that were planned to refugee stations.
  • Provided all administrative support required for implementation of iodine level in subsidised Baladi (local) bread.
  • Designed and implemented a monitoring tool to track WFP provided food vouchers and number of refugees.
  • Assisted WFP’s Finance Unit with receipt reconciliation received from WFP partner and local suppliers.


    Paid Intern        Dr. John Keet Medical Practice   London, United Kingdom          09/2015 – 12/2015                                           

    Volunteer         SIFE Memorial                                 London, United Kingdom          09/2011 – 07/2012                                           





Organised, coordinated, and participated in the following workshops/webinars:


08/08/2017                                     WFP Regional Bureau Cairo Nutrition Webinar: Nutrition Sensitive School Meals

27/02/2017- 01/03/2017            WFP Regional Bureau Cairo Concept Note Workshop – Cairo, Egypt:

Participants from: Egypt, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Palestine, and headquarters (HQ).

03/04/2017 – 05/04/2017          WFP Regional Bureau Cairo transitional ICSP Workshop – Cairo, Egypt:

Participants from: Algeria, Armenia, Iraq, Morocco, Syria Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, and HQ.

25/04/2017 – 27/04/2017          WFP Regional Bureau Cairo Country Strategic Plans and ICSP Workshop – Cairo, Egypt:

Participants from: Iran, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Palestine, Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt, and HQ.

15/05/2017 – 18/05/2017          WFP Regional Bureau Cairo M&E Workshop – Cairo, Egypt:

Participants from: Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, Libya, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt, and HQ.

21/05/2017 – 24/05/2017          WFP Regional Bureau Cairo M&E Workshop – Cairo, Egypt:

Participants from: Kyrgyzstan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Iran, Morocco, Tunisia, and Armenia.



07/2017            Resource Mobilization Fundamentals – WFP: Outlines new perspectives, approaches, and tools for mobilizing resources for WFP’s IRM portfolios.

07/2017            Introduction to M&E – WFP: A key M&E tool, the logic model along with overview of M&E terminology. 

07/2017            Country Office Tool for Managing Effectively (COMET) Training – WFP: Training on Country Strategic Plans and Interim Country Strategic Plans for Logframes.

07/2017            ICT Getting Started with Teamwork Spaces – WFP: A course to help users learn to effectively use teamwork spaces platform.

07/2017            M&E Fundamentals – United States Agency for International Development (USAID): A                    beginner’s course to M&E and understanding the basic concepts.

06/2017            IRM Course - WFP: Aims to answer general questions about the IRM and its importance.

06/ 2017           Nutrition Global Health Course - WFP: Discusses the basic concepts of good nutrition, causes of undernutrition,                             and outlines the major population-based interventions to improve nutritional status.

06/2017            United Nations Prevention of Harassment, Sexual Harassment & Abuse of Authority: An informative course on the preventative measures to combat harassment and abuse of authority in the workplace.

03/2017            Advanced Security in the Field: A training course on advanced security approaches in the field.

03/2017            Cash-Based Transfers - WFP: A programme on Cash and Voucher transfers designed by WFP to inform staff. 

03/2017            United Nations Prevention of Fraud, Corruption & Sexual Exploitation, and Abuse: An informative course on the preventative of fraud, etc. and the ways in which WFP staff may support that prevention.

03/2017            United Nations Ethics and Standards of Conduct: A mandatory course to complete before starting with the United Nations.

02/2017            Basic Security in the Field II: A training course on basic security approaches in the field.



Microsoft Office Suite, TeamWork Spaces Platform, Adobe Photoshop CC 2014/CS 9, and Social Media Channels.



    English (native), Italian (working knowledge), French (basic communication skills), and Arabic (beginner).





  1. Xuerong Liu

IRM supervisor

Regional Programme Policy Advisor – Programme Cycle/IRM - RBC

[email protected]

  1. Sara Bazoobandi

Dissertation Supervisor

Lecturer in International Political Economy/ Associate Fellow, Middle East North Africa Program Chatham House

[email protected]

  1. Abraham Abatneh

EMOP Supervisor

Head Food Security Unit Egypt Country Office

[email protected]