Programme Assistant

World Food Programme, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Skill RequiredProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th February, 2018

Job Description

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.


As a member of EFSN team, support the implementation of the project, and perform monitoring activities within a specific coverage area.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide guidance, on-the-job training, and ensuring range of activities under the Implementing partners of the EFSN program, of which key activities include organizing women’s groups; capacity building like entrepreneurship, skills trainings; cash allowance; empowerment activities; Behavior Change Communication sessions; savings etc.
  • Conduct training sessions as necessary.
  • Collect and summarise assistance programme(s) data, collaborating with implementing partners where required, conduct analysis and prepare reports in order to support programme reviews and informative decision-making.
  • Liaise with implementing partners and internal counterparts to gather feedback and comments to support programme reviews and improve services.
  • Provide standard trainings for implementing partners on WFP operational practices, monitoring tools and methods in order to support them to independently self-monitor and to contribute to the visibility of WFP in the coverage areas.
  • Organize and undertake regular field monitoring visits, and produce reports, casestudies, as required, on monitoring observations and similar.
  • Regularly meet and liaise all stakeholders, including local government.
  • Any other tasks as assigned by the Team leader, or by Head of the Unit.


The incumbent will contribute to the achievement of results of CSP Activity 5, i.e. deliver an integrated assistance package in Cox’s Bazar.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Helps teammates articulate WFP’s Strategic Objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Explains the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities to teammates.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will serve WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Trains junior teammates on new skills and capabilities.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Serves as a peer coach for colleagues in same area of work.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular basis with supervisor.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with colleagues.
  • Focus on getting results: Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes responsibility for own tasks and notifies supervisor as soon as possible of potential delays in meeting deadlines or commitments.
  • Be Decisive: Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Suggests opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field towards common goals.
  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Develops an understanding of the value of WFP’s teams and external partners in fulfilling team’s goals and objectives.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Aligns own activities with supervisor’s priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.


Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance:  Can facilitate implementation of food assistance programmes under guidance using basic understanding of principles and good practices of programme design, implementation and monitoring.

Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers):  Demonstrates ability to facilitate, under guidance, food assistance programme implementation that deploys full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.

Knowledge of Specialized Areas:  Understands basic technical concepts and data andtheir relevance to food assistance programmes.

Emergency Programming:  Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.

Strategic Policy Engagement w/Govt:  Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.


  • Familiarity with livelihoods support, including cash transfer and women’s empowerment activities for the poorest.
  • Familiarity with the special context of Cox’s Bazar.


  • Has experience in organizing women’s groups, research, conducting analyses, and supervision and coordination skills. 
  • Experience in conducting training sessions


Education: Graduate in the related functional area.

Language: Excellent written and oral/communications skills in both English and Bangla. Fluency in Chittagonian language highly preferred.


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