Senior Programme Associate (Data Analyst)

World Food Programme, Kathmandu, Nepal

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
19th November, 2018

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.


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.


To provide effective coordination and specialized support to a full range of policy and programme activities that effectively meet food 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 Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping Officer, the incumbent will responsible for following specific duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop a spatial and statistical database for crop yield forecasting in Nepal.
  • Liaise and coordinate with government and non-government agencies for the collection and compilation of required data sets for crop yield forecasting.
  • Implement the CCAFS Regional Agricultural Forecasting Toolbox (CRAFT) software for crop yield forecasting of major cereal crops in Nepal.
  • Evaluate, validate and calibrate the CRAFT software for crop yield forecasting in Nepal.
  • Organize and participate in regular NeKSAP meetings and provide updates on the results, progress and challenges of crop yield forecasting in Nepal.
  • Organize CRAFT-specific meetings, missions and briefing sessions to identify and analyze problems and recommend potential solutions.
  • Test and validate the incorporation of remote-sensing data into the CRAFT model in close collaboration with international knowledge partners.
  • Enhance the capacity of the Nepal Food Security Monitoring System (NeKSAP) members, which includes relevant government officials, academic and research partners, WFP staff and other stakeholders, to implement the CRAFT software. Focus areas include: timely generation of outputs, rigorous analysis and interpretation and high-quality reporting of crop yield forecast in a way that allows policy makers and programme practitioners to utilize the results
  • Contribute to on-going collaborations of NeKSAP in similar areas (e.g., remote sensing, crop assessments) and support the publication of NeKSAP information products (e.g, crop situation updates, food security bulletins).
  • Prepare status/progress reports on CRAFT.
  • Support household data collection, data management, cleaning and food security analyses through WFP’s mVAM methodology, while maintaining corporate standards for data privacy and quality. Support to identify household sampling strategies in conjunction with MoALD, CBS, etc.
  • Conduct in-depth analyses of mVAM and secondary data, generate reports/products including but not limited to: food price volatility analysis, estimating difference in mVAM results for groups with mobile phone vs. in-person results
  • Lead on restructuring existing EPI and NeKSAP reports based on stakeholder consultations and data visualization and communications best practices.
  • Support cross-organization initiatives including: the food security atlas of Nepal, Livelihoods profiling exercises, etc. in close cooperation with other UN agencies, partners and government.
  • Support the design of local information management system-related policy advice to local governments, including vulnerability targeting and food security analysis. Develop, in coordination with NeKSAP staff, training materials and participate in trainings of federal and Provincial/municipal government staff on the above.
  • Review and support technical work on the Forecast-Based Financing project, including supporting on survey development, geospatial analyses and other analyses as applicable.
  • Other tasks as required.


  • Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area. Completion of a Master's degree in the related functional area (e.g., Engineering, Agriculture, Environment, Water Resources, Statistics) is desirable.
  • Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in the UN language in use at the duty station and in the duty station, if different.



  • 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.


  • 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 analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
  • Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas: Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
  • 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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