Programme Assistant

World Food Programme, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th January, 2021

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.


To perform specialized and/or standardized policy and programme-related processes and activities to support the effective delivery of assistance packages. 


  • WFP Khorog Field Office oversees implementation of activities in GBAO, including school meals programme and climate change adaptation programme (food-for-assets) and emergency preparedness and response activities.
  • The incumbent is responsible for the completion of a range of specialized and/or standardized processes and activities requiring some interpretation of standard guidelines and practices. S/he works under minimum supervision, perform basic analyses and compile reports to support information consistency and smooth implementation of programmes/projects.
  • Based in Khorog, the incumbent reports to the Head of Field Office in Khorog.


  • Perform specialized and/or standardised processes and activities within the specific technical area of work supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
  • Provide project management and/or general office support following established targets and WFP’s policies and procedures.
  • Within the specific area of responsibility, compile data and support analysis and preparation of reports (e.g. food assistance needs, resource utilization, programme status, performance) in order to support operational decision-making.
  • Perform accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work (e.g. food security and vulnerability assessments) following corporate standards and guidelines.
  • Work and exchange information with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  • Support communication and activities, including the launch of new activities, with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions.
  • Act as a point of contact for resolution of general operational queries requesting assistance, as well as for outsourced monitoring activities where necessary.
  • 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.
  • Perform other duties as required.



  • Good interpersonal skill, sound judgement, ability to extract, interpret, analyse and resolve operational problems;
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision, strong trouble-shooting and communication skills;
  • Ability to interpret and analyse a wide variety of programme issues and statistical information for further production of accurate and precise records;
  • Ability to work hard and effectively in emergency situations and under the pressure; strong organizational skills to keep and implement several tasks as per identified priorities.


EDUCATION: Completion of secondary school education. University degree in relevant field is desirable.


  • Minimum 4 years of experience in programme, out of which at least one year in implementation of projects working in the private business sector, government agencies, UN, non-profit national or international organizations. A focus on social and education sphere will be considered as an asset;
  • Experience in liaison with national counterparts such as local authorities, state agencies and ministries;
  • Proven ability to develop and maintain effective relations with counterparts and staff within the office and external stakeholders, including NGO partners, other UN agencies and/or private businesses;
  • Ability to plan and organize work, resourcefulness, initiative and problem-solving skills.

LANGUAGE: Fluency (level C) in English, and Tajik or Russian. Fluency in both Tajik and Russian is an advantage.


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