Programme Associate, Capacity Strengthening, SC6, Cox's bazar

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Application deadline in 9 days: Friday 30 Oct 2020


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


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 providing food and nutrition assistance to the Rohingya refugees, including to the almost 1 million refugees who entered into Bangladesh since 25 August 2018 following the uptick of violence in Myanmar.

As the situation stabilizes, WFP and partners assistance is gradually transitioning from news-grabbing humanitarian operation to a more protracted, development-type intervention. Donors as well as other partners need to be fully informed of the importance of the continuing transitional assistance to the refugees as well as the host population in the medium and longer-term context. This requires effectively documenting and communicating to donors in a creative user-friendly manner the various workstreams and concrete results on the ground.


To provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Programme Associate will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Programme Policy Officer/ Head of DRR Unit.

The incumbent will be assigned to the following duties:

  • Supports the production of training materials, fact sheets, project reports and content, including participant materials and facilitator’s guides;
  • Support and participate in researches, conducts literature reviews, edits, proofing, drafts and reviews content;
  • Supports the development of and/or enhances approaches, assessments, tools, and other content used to strengthen partners’ capacity;
  • Co-develops/Review the materials, policies and procedures for specific areas/topics identified as needed for the capacity development of partners;
  • Serves as an organizational resource that facilitates application of knowledge, skills, lessons learned and best/promising practices as well as evidence-based CS interventions, approaches and tools from both WFP and external sources;
  • Prepares periodic status reports, annual reports, case studies, etc. in a qualitative and timely manner.
  • Assist in planning, creating and implementing each year's training courses and materials for each project agreed.
  • Schedules and coordinates meetings, takes and disseminates meeting notes and action items;



  • 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.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level 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.


Education: Completion of post-graduation degree in English, Journalism, Social Science, Education or related functional area is desirable.

Experience: At least five year of relevant work experience in the field of editing, reports writing, training & capacity building or other related field.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Bangla.

Skills : Has experience of an excellent writing and editing, training material development, develop success stories and analytical report writing and familiarity with the special context of refugee affected host communities of Cox’s Bazar.


Contract Type : Service Contract

Contract Duration : Six (6) Months (with possibility of extension)

Duty Station : Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Nationality : Bangladeshi only

Monthly Net Salary : BDT 103,091

No of post : One (1)


30 October 2020


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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