Programme Assistant- Nutrition & School Feeding (G5)

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Application deadline in 9 days: Monday 17 May 2021


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is a leader in the global movement to achieve zero hunger. In 2020, WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to combat hunger, its contribution to bettering conditions for peace and for acting as a driving force to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict.

In Sri Lanka, WFP works every day to help improve the nutrition status and food security amongst vulnerable communities, particularly women and children. We take pride in knowing that our day-to-day work makes a difference in the lives of the people we serve.

WFP is on the lookout for multifaceted individuals to join our dynamic team in pursuing our mission in changing lives and saving lives.

Applications are invited from Sri Lankan candidates to fill the following position


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.



  • University degree in one of the areas of Social Science, Nutrition, public health or similar field


  • Three to five years previous relevant work experience in monitoring and evaluation in a developing setting


  • Excellent language skills in English (written and spoken)
  • Minimum, working knowledge of Sinhala and or Tamil is required

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Experience working with government counterparts
  • Ability to interpret and analyse a wide variety of programme issues and statistical information, and to maintain accurate and precise records;
  • Ability to effectively present data so that stakeholders can understand and make decisions off of data in analytics reports
  • Strong interpersonal skills; courtesy, tact and ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural background
  • Ability to spend substantial amounts of time in the field.


To perform specialized and/or standardized policy and programme-related processes and activities to support the effective delivery of assistance packages.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Support the implementation of nutrition and school feeding related programmes at the Country Office and field level, in close collaboration with the government implementing partners.
  • Monitor progress of rice fortification programme linked to school meal programme and take necessary steps to maintain the project implementation progress on track;
  • Support home grown pilot project through monitoring the progress and coordinate national and field level stakeholders to facilitate smooth implementation of the project.
  • Maintain information records and monitoring plan documentation, such as records of commodity movements and programme checklists, in order to assist in the effective implementation of activities
  • Produce reports to document programme implementation and monitoring observation and follow-up on monitoring and evaluation findings to ensure that corrective actions are taken and/or adjustments are made to programme responses as required.
  • Collate and summarise programme monitoring findings on a quarterly basis – which could serve as a basis for sharing with donors and other stakeholders
  • Support the Nutrition Officer in representing WFP at field-based project and stakeholder meetings, as needed, particularity those related to and School Meal Programme initiatives.
  • Provide standard trainings for government and other partners on WFP operational practices, monitoring tools and methods in order to build monitoring capacity and support them to independently self-monitor
  • Liaise with internal and external counterparts, if and when needed, to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency, and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
  • Perform other relevant duties as required by the supervisor.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Helps teammates articulate WFP’s Strategic Objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will serve WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Trains junior teammates on new skills and capabilities.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular basis with supervisor.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with colleagues.
  • Focus on getting results: Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.
  • Be Decisive: Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Suggests opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.
  • Build strong external partnerships: Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field towards common goals.
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Aligns own activities with supervisor’s priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.


Initial contract will be for a period of one year which is renewable, depending on the performance of the post incumbent, financial feasibility and the organizational requirements.


Friday 14 May 2021


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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