Programme Associate

World Food Programme, Iligan, Philippines

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th 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.


The Philippines Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2018-2023 became effective in July 2018 where it aimed to contribute to four Strategic Outcome that are aligned to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Development Goals (SDG) on SDG 2 - Zero Hunger and SDG 17 - Partnerships for Development. A total of five activities were implemented to achieve the contributions to the four Strategic Outcomes (SO).

Under the Integrated Road Map (IRM), WFP has committed to a new way of working, linking not only all activities to the defined Strategic Objectives, but also linking the resources used for implementing the activities to the results achieved.

The Philippines CSP is designed to reduce malnutrition and build the resilience of vulnerable populations. WFP will work with the Government to improve response structures and policy frameworks through the following SOs:

  • Crisis-affected people in the Philippines are able to meet their food and nutrition needs during and immediately after an emergency.
  • Women, boys and girls in provinces prioritized by the Government have adequate and healthy diets to reduce malnutrition by 2022 in line with government targets.
  • Vulnerable communities in Mindanao have improved food security and nutrition by 2022 in line with government targets.
  • National and local government agencies have enhanced capabilities to reduce vulnerability to shocks by 2022.


The job holder reports to Programme Policy Officer / Head of Sub-Office or the designate, with overall supervision of the SO Manager/ Head of Programme. At this level, the job holder is expected to demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to various queries with only general guidance. There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen operational problems on a daily basis. The job holder is expected to manage resources and coach and coordinate support staff.


To provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that effectively meet nutrition and health needs of the affected population. To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet the operation needs of Philippines Country Strategic Plan (CSP).

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Within the assigned unit and delegated authority, the Programme Associate (Nutrition in Emergency) will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of WFP nutrition-related activities and processes in Marawi-conflict affected areas in accordance to the objectives of the Country Strategic Plan.
  • Provide specialized project management support to specific and/or defined programmes to ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures.
  • Within the specific area of responsibility, prepare a range of reports and data analysis (e.g. Health and Nutritional status of the target population, specific needs, gaps and challenges, number of beneficiaries, food assistance needs, resource utilization, programme performance and status) using standard tools and highlight trends/issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
  • Ensure and/or perform accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work (e.g. assistance programmes, food security and vulnerability assessments) and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  • Coordinate and communicate with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to perform accurate food security and nutrition analyses and to ensure efficient delivery of nutrition interventions and assistance.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and local government within the specific technical area (e.g. Nutrition in Emergency, Infant and Young Child Feeding, PIMAM)
  • Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems within a specific technical area of responsibility.
  • Oversee and/or review the work of other support staff, providing practical advice and guidance, to contribute to delivering objectives to agreed standards and deadlines.
  • 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 related duties as required.


The incumbent will contribute to the SO 1, Activity 1, of the Philippines Country Office CSP.



  • 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.


  • Experience and exposure to implementation of national/international development programmes, particularly in nutrition and food security or public health both in emergency and developments aspects.
  • Experience identifying and defining nutrition issues/problems within a country through food security and nutrition assessment with or without health components.
  • Has developed, or supported in the development of any food security and nutrition action plan.
  • Has gained some exposure in field operations, preferably in a hardship duty station or emergency situation.
  • Gained experience of analyzing local political situations and assessing risk accurately.
  • Gained broader exposure across areas within a function (i.e. policy, programme etc.).


  • Education: Graduate of Bachelor’s degree in the field of Public Health, Nutrition, Social Sciences, Public Administration or other related discipline.
  • Experience: Minimum 3 years of professional experience (a Master’s degree is a plus factor) or 5 years of relevant experience (with Bachelor’s degree) in nutrition, public health, public administration nutrition planning and management.
  • 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.


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