Programme Associate

World Food Programme, Kathmandu, Nepal

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th June, 2019


Job Description

ABOUT WFP

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.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

These jobs are found in Regional Bureaux (RBs), Country Offices (COs), Area/Field Offices (AOs/FOs). The job holders typically report to a Programme Policy Officer or Head of Field Office.

At this level, job holders are responsible for technical work including the planning, implementation and co-ordination of activities that require thorough understanding of programme/project context, issues and ability to apply a range of guidelines/practices. They independently handle a wide range of specialized programme or policy support activities and may be involved in analytical work. Work performed typically has a substantial impact affecting other parts of the programme. Job holders demonstrate initiative in the identification and resolution of a wide range of issues/problems, and effectively handle unforeseen situations. They may act as technical focal points in the area of vulnerability assessment and analysis. Job holders set objectives, resolve wide-ranging issues and unforeseen problems, supervise and coach a team of support staff within an area of responsibility.

JOB PURPOSE

To provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities through development of decision support system for improving flood management that effectively meet flood assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Under the overall supervision of the Head of Evidence, Policy and Innovation (EPI) unit and the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer for Forecast based Financing and Emergency Preparedness for Climate Risks (FbF), the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of various activities and processes within the specific area of work supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government agencies namely Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) and Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) within the specific technical area.
  • Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems within a specific technical area of responsibility.
  • 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.
  • Monitor technology reliability, identify user needs, analyse data and produce accurate reports in order to recommend IT solutions to support informative decision-making.
  • Support the development and co-ordination of new application implementation in order to provide WFP staff with the tools they need to perform effectively

Long Description

Develop a GIS based platform to support automatic performance of following activities in close cooperation with other experts:

  • Extract weather forecast information from different web portals
  • Conduct bias correction of the forecast products
  • Feed the bias corrected forecast as an input to run hydrological model
  • Acquire telemetric hydrological and meteorological information to correct simulations
  • Compute and plot uncertainties associated with selection of different sources of weather forecasts and model structure
  • Calculate losses based on hazard maps (output of inundation modelling) and exposure information

Other activities include

  • Design, develop and link WEB GIS based Disaster Management Information System (DMIS) to the existing system of Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Incorporate hazard, exposure and vulnerability information at household scale in the form of risk scores
  • Assimilate historical profile of disasters at ward level
  • Develop mobile application for public purpose to identify individual hazard zone
  • Incorporate hazard map based on 72-hour assessment
  • Include communication platform for disaster and food security updates
  • Integrate above mentioned platform into DMIS and existing server of Department of Hydrology and Meteorology
  • Include communication platform for disaster and food security updates in GIS platform
  • Other activities as required.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area. Completion of a Bachelor's degree in the related functional area is preferred (e.g., Information Technology, Geo-informatics, Engineering, Computer Application or other relevant disciplinary).
  • 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.
  • Knowledge and Skills: Advanced knowledge of data feeder, web & mobile deployment and visualization is required.

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • 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.

People

  • 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.

Performance

  • 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.

Partnership

  • 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.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

  • 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.

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