Programme Associate

World Food Programme, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
24th January, 2019

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 an island nation, Sri Lanka remained highly vulnerable to climate change, being the fourth most climate-change-affected country according to the Global Climate Risk Index 2018. Weather events and recurrent natural disasters, such as droughts, floods and landslides, adversely impact socio-economic progress. Long-term impacts of climate change affect public health, nutrition, agriculture and infrastructure development including hydropower, impacting women, men, girls and boys differently.

Since 2016, Sri Lanka experienced the worst drought in 40 years, which resulted in a significant decline in rice paddy production - the lowest in the last ten years. The drought impacted 20 out of 25 districts and led to overall significant crop losses, increased debt levels, and reduced agricultural labour opportunities. The effects were detrimental to food security and nutrition, income levels and access to water cultivation, particularly amongst hardest-hit communities.


To implement the resilience building project funded by KOICA, WFP is seeking a competent Programme Associate to be based at theDuty Station: DS Division of Manmunai West of Batticaloa District to facilitate project implementation, co-ordinate trainings and perform monitoring of the project activities with nutrition-sensitive and gender-transformative approach through integrated resilience building activities.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Work closely with the WFP team in Colombo as well as and relevant stakeholders at the district (District Management Unit known as DMU) and DS Divisional levels to provide support and guidance on the resilience building project activities under the Activity 6 of the current WFP Country Strategic Plan 2018-2022;
  • Coordinate with the local government partners and the community and finalize project sites and beneficiaries of the assigned GN divisions of the DS Division in the district;
  • Facilitate the local government partners and the community to identify needs and facilitate them in implementation of the project to address the identified needs;
  • Coordinate sub-project formulation process including activity proposal, review and field appraisal and final submission.
  • Coordinate field activities implemented by the local partners including designated government, and CBOs and explore complementary inputs of other UN agencies (FAO, IFAD and UNDP etc.) and NGOs.
  • Ensure timely cash transfer request (CTR) and reconciliation report).
  • Collect baseline and relevant data on the project intervention in the given formats with the support of the grass-root officers and provide them to the CO in the given formats;
  • Maintain updated qualitative and quantitative information to assist the M&E unit of the CO for regular monitoring of the project activities;
  • Monitor the project activities regularly against given set of indicators and qualitative standards.;


  • First university degree in Agriculture/Rural Development, Business Administration or Social Science or relevant field. In addition, the following competencies are required:
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills and proven ability to be flexible in a team-oriented approach with diverse groups of people.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Good command in English – level C (both speaking and writing), and good presentation skills.



  • 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 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.


  • A confirmed list of​ irrigation schemes for rehabilitation during 2019-2021 for the district on an annual basis.
  • A confirmed list of beneficiaries for project assistance during 2019-2021 for the district on an annual basis.
  • Detailed Implementation Plan for each implementation year for the district.
  • Monthly and quarterly progress reports of the assigned DS divisions in the given formats.
  • Quarterly schedule for community awareness sessions on nutrition and gender
  • Quarterly summary report for nutrition and gender related outreach events
  • New initiatives and materials to promote nutrition sensitive agriculture
  • Monitoring reports in the format given on regular intervals
  • Timely monthly cash transfer request and reconciliation report submission.


  • At least 5 years continuous and relevant working experience in the fields of agriculture/livelihood development in the dry zone districts.
  • Ability to conduct surveys and assessment among the community.
  • Working experience in development projects of the target areas.
  • Familiar with rural development, participatory approaches, and gender and environmental issues.
  • Working experience with International Agencies and UN Agencies would be an advantage;


Recommend your friend

Copyrights 2017. All rights reserved | Technology Partner: Indev Consultancy Pvt. Ltd