Programme Associate

World Food Programme, Maban, South Sudan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
25th April, 2019

Job Description


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. Programme Associate will support WFP Field Office in all managing the corporate beneficiary and transfer management system, SCOPE, and Cash Based Transfer (CBT) related tasks, and when assigned will participate considerable time in different field locations in the country


  • Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area.
  • 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.


Country background

Since its independence in 2011, South Sudan has ranked as one of the least developed countries if the world. The country is overwhelmingly rural, with petroleum being the only major export industry. While nine in ten households depend on crop farming, livestock, fishing or forestry, productivity across these sectors is minimal. Close to 2 million people are facing emergency food insecurity, and the country has been exacerbated by conflict and economic crisis. The ongoing conflict has uprooted nearly four million people; nearly 2 million have been displaced internally, with neighboring countries hosting a further 2 million refugees.

WFP’s assistance

WFP’s Programme in South Sudan aims to reach more than 5 million people each year with both emergency and recovery assistance. WFP provides food and nutrition assistance for populations in crisis and delivers safety net programmes such as food assistance for assets, purchase for progress, and food for education to food insecure people in more stable contexts. In all its programmes WFP seeks to employ the most efficient, effective and appropriate transfer modalities, whether through in-kind food, Cash Based Transfers (CBT), or capacity development, and to do so in as transparent and accountable way complementing partners’ efforts.

WFP South Sudan currently provides CBT to close to 700,000 beneficiaries with USD 3.5 million on monthly basis. In areas where markets are functioning, or can be supported to effectively deliver cash assistance, WFP will scale-up its CBT interventions given the positive impacts it has on beneficiary empowerment and choice, diversification of diets, efficiencies, and local markets. WFP is also co-chairing the Inter-Agency Cash Working Group together with a non-governmental organization. WFP is increasingly utilizing the corporate SCOPE system for beneficiary and assistance transfer management, and is increasing biometrics registration and authentication of beneficiary identities through biometrics checks in order to improve accountability and quality of the programmes.

In all this work development of partnership with UN, NGO and governmental agencies is essential so that the analysis, good practices and information can be effective shared for the common benefit of the humanitarian community.

Digitizing transfer and beneficiary data, and digitalizing assistance processes, and partnering in this with a wide range of agencies, requires careful consideration of which data is collected and how data is acquired, used, stored and shared. This in order to protect data and uphold individuals’ privacy and dignity, adhering with the principles of data protection.


To provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the overall supervision of the Head of the Field Office, and in close coordination with SCOPE Team in Country Office, the Programme Associate will assist in all tasks related to the smooth conduction of the SCOPE and CBT activities in the field, particularly in:

  • Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of SCOPE/CBT activities and processes supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
  • Provide specialized project management support to all SCOPE/CBT related work to ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures.
  • Prepare a range of reports and data analysis (resource utilization, programme status, performance) and highlight trends/issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
  • Ensure and/or perform accurate, timely recording of data within the SCOPE/CBT work and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing SCOPE/CBT activities
  • Support in coordination and communication with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to ensure efficient programme delivery
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government within the SCOPE/CBT.
  • Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems within a SCOPE/CBT.
  • 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.


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