Senior Programme Associate

World Food Programme, Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, HR and AdminPolicy/ Advocacy and CampaignTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th January, 2021

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.


WFP has been supporting 1.4 million people in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: 862,000 Rohingya refugees and host community Bangladeshi under the L3 emergency operation. The 2020 Joint Response Plan seeks to strengthen protection and solutions for Rohingya refugee women, men, boys and girls; deliver quality, life-saving assistance to people in need; foster the well-being of communities in Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazilas; Multi-sector assistance including food, water and sanitation, shelter, and access to healthcare and education will continue and be improved in 2020 for Rohingya refugees.


The Field Level Agreement (FLA) is the contract which all Cooperating Partners must sign to engage in project implementation with WFP. The FLA promotes global consistency in the partnership cycle and provides both WFP and its Cooperating Partner confidence that their interests are protected. The FLA covers the complete range of activities of collaboration between WFP and Cooperating Partners. At this level, job holders are encouraged to demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to various queries with only general mentorship.


  • Education : University Degree in Social Sciences, Communication, Law, Public Administration, Governance & Public Policy, International Relations, or development studies or any other relevant Field .
  • Experience : At least Six (6) years of work experience, Four (4) of which should be in partnerships management, agreement formulation or equivalent roles.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Proficiency in MS Office packages, especially word processing and spreadsheet.
  • Specialized knowledge of the application of common business processes, practical business support methods, procedures and systems used, gained through technical training and work experience.
  • Good interpersonal skills in order to provide specialized business support services to a wide range of individuals within organisation and externally.
  • Ability to analyse and interpret financial data and monitor budgets .
  • Ability to establish relationships with a variety of individuals across functions.
  • Experience in coordinating the work of others and self, training, and supporting others.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Language: Proficiency in both oral and written communication in English and Bengali languages


  • Under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer (NGO Partnership) and the overall supervision of the Head of Programme, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Conduct capacity assessment and due diligence on minimum requirements for potential partners including vetting against the UN sanction list.
  • Review Projects Review Committee (PRC) notes for the record (NFRs) and ensure the packages are complete to take to Cooperating Partners Committee.
  • Support budget analysis and agreements (FLAs) compliance for partners, and advise on any observed discrepancies.
  • Organise periodic spot-checks on partner’s utilization of WFP funds in collaboration with Finance Unit.
  • Keep track of recommendations raised from partnership performance reviews and ensure respective parties are informed on their follow-up actions.
  • Ensure the compliance of the agreements (FLAs) lifecycle including supporting CP training, assessments, and evaluations.
  • Support the roll-out of the new UN partners Portal system in Cox Bazar and provide support to WFP and partners staff to successfully use the portal.
  • Support tracking of agreements (FLAs)/letter of understanding (LoUs) start-end dates, closure processes and audits.
  • Organize capacity building activities such as workshops and training on partnerships aimed at enhancing their performance and strengthen the relationship with WFP.
  • Act as an alternate for system-related tasks (SAP/COMET/ITS) and programme policy level engagement.
  • Ensure new agreements and partners are registered and maintained in corporate systems including the vendor master and WFP Information Network and Global System (WINGS).
  • 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.


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