Programme Associate

World Food Programme , Peshawar, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
16th June, 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.


This position is based at WFP Field Office Peshawar, reporting to Nutritionist NOC.

At this level, 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. Job holder is expected to manage resources and coach and coordinate support staff.

JOB PURPOSE: To provide technical and operational support for the implementation of education and school meals programme activities in the field.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive):

Under the overall supervision of the Nutritionist (NOC) at WFP Field Office Peshawar and in close collaboration with the Country Office (Strategic Outcome 2), the position holder will:

  • Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of education programme activities in the field;
  • Provide specialized project management support to education programme and ensure that activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures;
  • Perform accurate and timely recording of data of programme activities, prepare programme status/ performance reports, resource utilization status, and highlight trends/issues arise during programme implementation in the field;
  • Ensure and/or perform accurate, timely recording of data related to the education activities and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  • Conduct field visits of the assisted areas, suggest preventive/ corrective measures and share recommendations to CO for improved programme efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Coordinate and communicate with internal counterparts, local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions involved in programme implementation and ensure consistency of information presented to various stakeholders;
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government within the specific technical area.
  • Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems in education programme in the field and ensure effective communication with PO and CO programme teams;
  • 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.
  • Provide support for any additional tasks assigned during the job.



  • 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.



Education: Completion of secondary school education. A university degree in social sciences or equivalent is desirable.


  • A minimum work experience of six years related to education programmes in the local context;
  • Experience in implementation of education and school meal programmes;
  • Prior relevant work experience with WFP or UN agencies in education and school meals programmes will be considered as an added advantage.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in the English and Urdu. Knowledge of Pushto will be considered as an added advantage.


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