Programme Associate

World Food Programme, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th August, 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.

The Bangladesh Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2017-2020 approved by the WFP Executive Board in its first session of 2017 became effective on 1 April 2017. It aims to contribute to four Strategic Outcomes that are aligned to four Strategic Results of SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for Development). A total of 11 Activities are planned to be implemented to achieve the contributions to the four Strategic Outcomes.

Under the Strategic Objective no. 2, WFP Cox’s Bazar operation has food, nutrition and livelihoods assistance. WFP seeks to fill one position of ‘Program Associate’ for its ‘Skills-development for Refugees’ project, which seeks to enhance the capacities of vulnerable women and adolescent girls through multi-cash incentives that provide gender-transformative life-skills, including functional and financial literacy and vocational skills training.


Support the implementation of the projects including range of trainings and other empowerment activities

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Coordinate, provide guidance and support for the effective and timely implementation of WFP’s self-reliance assistance to refugees from Myanmar in Ukhiya and Teknaf
  • Assist the head of the unit in the projects monitoring and control, and contribute to the program reviews and design.
  • Assist in planning, designing the trainings module together with the partner.
  • Assist to maintain good relationship with all relevant partners and stakeholders, including concerned government authorities, in the camps.
  • Assist to liaise with partners and internal counterparts to gather feedback and comments to support programme reviews and improve services.
  • Collect and summarize data, collaborating with implementing partners where required, conduct analysis and prepare reports in order to support programme reviews and informative decision-making.
  • Work closely with beneficiaries (especially women and adolescents) to monitor programs and understand the context of WFP assistance
  • Assist in preparing detailed monitoring plans, casestudies, qualitative and quantitative reports, including recommended follow-up actions to ensure program goals are achieved, share with cooperating partners and WFP and ensure follow-up actions are completed on a timely basis;
  • Assist in organizing meetings, mission visits, etc.
  • Ensure the visibility of WFP in the coverage areas.
  • Any other tasks as assigned by the by Head of the Unit.


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.

Work Experience: Four years of working experience in skills-development trainings, livelihoods support, women’s empowerment or others related fields.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Computer skills.
  • Understanding of M&E, reporting, accountability



  • 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.


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