Senior Programme Associate

World Food Programme

New Delhi, India

Under the direct supervision of the Head, RAM and Evaluation Unit, the position is an integral part of the M&E/VAM Team and will be responsible for technical work and support the team in taking forward the M&E/VAM and research agenda through undertaking various monitoring and evaluation related activities, research studies and analytical work. He/she independently handles wide range of specialized programme, policy, research, and analytical activities.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (Not all inclusive) 

  • Provide specialized expertise and contribute to the undertaking of various evaluation and research studies and results documentation within the ongoing projects of World Food Programme through designing and planning the study, finalization of data collection tools, undertaking training of enumerators, tabulation, analysis, and report writing.
  • Provide efficient coordination and specialized research and analyses support to a range of specific and/or defined policy, programme, and operational activities to ensure data inputs in development of policies, programme, and activities, through literature review on food and nutrition security and related schemes and analysis of secondary data including data/information flowing to/from various government portals on a periodic basis.
  • Foster relationships and support partnership building with local partners, NGOs, agencies, and government institutions to perform analyses and work on food security, nutrition, and poverty sectors data. Effective coordination with various stakeholders including governments/departments and from the various line departments/ministries to prepare analytical papers and feedback.
  • Coordinate and liaise with internal counterparts on a range of complex matters to enable effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of project activities.
  • Contribute to the completion of the M&E requirements of the Country Office and Headquarters by the preparation of accurate and timely variety of reports on programme and activities to enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Follow data and information gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained and information for secondary research, contributing to publications and conduct small scale research that creatively interprets and adds value to existing evidence.
  • Analyse information of secondary national data sources including NSSO, NFHS, CNNS and Census and prepare briefs, updates based on new research and findings for reference.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners, and national and state governments in the related field of activity by applying range of guidelines/ practices.
  • Provide advice, guidance, and training to ensure individual and team objectives are delivered to agreed standards and deadlines.
  • Contribute to organization of structured programme reviews (quarterly, bi-annual and annual), preparation of annual plans and performance monitoring on ongoing basis.
  • Other duties as required.



  • Education: Completion of secondary school education. Graduation in Economics/ Demography/ Population Studies/ Social Science, or other field relevant to international development assistance is desirable.


  • At least Seven years of progressively responsible professional experience in the related stream in research environment relevant to the field of food security, nutrition, poverty, livelihood, health, and related areas, including undertaking various monitoring and evaluation related activities, research studies and analytical work using modern analytical software such as R Studio, Python, Stata, or SPSS. Experience in writing concept notes and proposals for research projects. Experience in providing inputs into designing studies and programmes and has provided inputs for policy discussions.


  • Demonstrates excellent knowledge about food security and nutrition issues and is familiar with government policies and data sets on food security nutrition.
  • Demonstrates ability to analyse, visualize and interpret data to contribute to technical programme design, implementation, and monitoring.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and conduct surveys, preliminary scoping on upcoming research areas, to produce research material and organize technical consultations.
  • Capacity to communicate effectively orally and in written formats to a variety of audiences.
  • A natural discussion partner for both younger and more established academics.
  • Works effectively and collaboratively in support of building a team-based culture of work.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English. Working knowledge of Hindi is preferred.