Senior Programme Associate

WFP - World Food Programme, Zambia

Skill RequiredProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th 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.


Education: Completion of secondary school education. Minimum of a degree in any social science from a recognized university

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in the UN language in use at the duty station and in the duty station’s language, if different.


The incumbent will be responsible for overseeing the implementation the Country Office’s strategic objective on social protection and disaster risk reduction, specifically focused on capacity strengthening, to help strengthen social safety nets that address the basic food and nutrition needs of vulnerable Zambians throughout the year, including in times of crisis.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide specialized expertise and contribute towards the development of project activities, plans and processes within the School Meals portfolio ensuring alignment with a wider WFP, UN and Government programme policies, strategic plans and guidelines.
  • Provide efficient planning, coordination and specialized project management support to the School Meals programme and its associate projects, as is required.
  • Prepare a variety of elaborated programme related reports and substantial data analysis (e.g. annual, semester and monthly operational plans, monthly pupil returns compilation, quarterly programme reports, resource utilization, programme performance status) and make recommendations to supervisors, ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
  • Lead, facilitate and ensure accurate, timely recording of data within the programme and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Coordinate and liaise with internal counterparts on a range of complex matters to enable effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  • Foster relationships and support partnership-building with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to ensure efficient delivery of the School Meals portfolio.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government within the School Meals portfolio and any other WFP area of work as requested.
  • Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis. Provide specialized expertise and contribute towards the development of project activities, plans and processes within the specific technical area of work ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.



  • 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.


Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance:  Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.

Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers):  Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.

Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas:  Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.

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

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


This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job.


  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in the development sector
  • Experience in working on Social Protection programmes, including social safety nets or food security programmes
  • Experience of working with government, international organisations and civil society
  • Experience of coordinating a multisectoral programme
  • Ability to convene multi-stakeholders and facilitate dialogue, trainings is an added advantage
  • Excellent report writing skills


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