Programme Associate

World Food Programme, Lilongwe, Malawi

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th January, 2021

Job Description


The Programme Associate is an integral part of the WFP Malawi Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) team. The primary mandate of VAM is to identify food insecure populations and their needs, provide early warning and generate information/knowledge to guide in formulating durable and better targeted food security and livelihood solutions at the regional level. The Associate will be responsible for collating and organizing datasets related to markets; producing analyses that look at market integration, market self-sufficiency, and market prices (among other variables), and understanding Malawi’s socio-economic context.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Conduct in-depth analysis of data derived from mVAM price data, Government datasets, and other price data sets to understand market price trends,
  • Contribute to the provision of timely, effective, and quality market information to support vulnerability profiling, targeting, programme decisions, and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks.
  • Undertake market-related field missions to support WFP Malawi operations, including the provision of the analytical basis for the identification, design, and implementation of market-based interventions (i.e., for cash and vouchers, local procurement purchases, etc.).
  • Plan, design, and conduct market and trader surveys and analysis to assess food security and local market conditions.
  • Contribute to the integration of market-based information into inter-agency food security assessments (CFSVA, EFSA, FSMS, CFSAM, JAM, MIRA, etc.).
  • Serve as the country-level focal point for fostering partnerships around market assessments and analysis.
  • Strengthen Country Office market intelligence through the maintenance of relevant market and socio-economic data, regular monitoring and reporting on market and economic conditions, and their implications for market functioning and food security.
  • Provide technical support, including capacity building, to Country Office staff and National Government counterparts as required.
  • 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.


  • Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
  • 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 implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
  • Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas Understands basic technical concepts and data and their 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/Government Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.


Education: Completion of secondary school education with a post-secondary certificate in the related functional area. OR a first-level university degree in GIS, Statistics, Data Science, Geography, Economics, and Food security-related social sciences or related functional area. Completion of specialized training in quantitative analysis and data management is an added advantage.  

Experience: At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in data analysis management or relevant field. Experience with the National Statistics Office or other analysis/research-based institution focusing on markets/prices strongly preferred.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Proven knowledge and experience in SQL, GIS Mapping software (ArcGIS, QGIS), Statistical analysis package (SPSS, R, Python etc)
  • Knowledge of desktop publishing software such as Illustrator, Ms Publisher and report writing skills.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of the local language or UN official language is an added advantage.


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