Programme Associate SC-6 -Oudomxay & Phongsaly

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WFP encourages female candidates and people with disabilities to apply.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis. We are committed to promoting diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all our employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of religion or belief, ethnic or social background, gender, gender identity and disability.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. In Lao PDR, WFP supports the government in providing school lunches for primary students, counters malnutrition with targeted food support to the most vulnerable, and helps communities build resilient lives with sustainable livelihood options.


This job is found in field office. Job holders typically report to a Programme Policy Officer and overall supervision by Head of Field Office.

The four Progamme Associates (PAs) SC-6 will be stationed at Oudomxay (x2 posts) & Phongsaly (x2 posts) under direct supervision of Programme Policy Officer in the Field Office.


The four Programme Associates SC-6 will support the promotion of Home-Grown School feeding (HGSF) activities and will be the focal point for coordinating WFP supports for promoting small holder agriculture and link with School Lunch Programme.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Coordinate and monitor the implementation of WFP supported programme at the local level, in close collaboration with the implementing partners and communities.
  • Support and liaise with District authorities of Education, Health, Agriculture and other related Departments for the smooth implementation of WFP-supported activities.
  • Support implementation of WFP assisted home grown school feeding programme in relevant districts by mobilizing small holder farmers to increase their agriculture production and link them with Village Education Development Centres (VEDC) to ensure increased community contribution for school lunch programme (SLP).
  • Works closely with various stakeholders, including government agencies, local communities, and schools, to coordinate the implementation of the HGSF program.
  • Organize farmer trainings with support from district agriculture and education authorities.
  • Support beneficiary farmer selection and monitor non-food item distribution and usage among beneficiaries.
  • Support the Monitoring & Evaluation focal point person and unit in collecting and uploading data.
  • Oversee the execution of program activities, ensuring adherence to guidelines and standards.
  • Conduct monthly monitoring visits to schools and communities, which are essential to assess the progress of the programme and address any challenges.
  • Ensure the work aligns with team or organizational objectives.
  • Prepare advance request for workshop, training, meeting and field activities that will be organized in the district/village/school.
  • Manage program finances, tracking expenditures, and ensuring cost-effectiveness are part of their responsibilities.
  • Regularly reporting on program activities, achievements, and challenges PPO, and head of field office
  • Work and exchange information with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities;
  • Closely work with Provincial and District Agriculture authorities and providing them required technical support and facilities for field level monitoring of HGSF activities
  • Perform other duties as required.


Education: Completion of secondary school education, and acquired a degree in agriculture, nutrition, public health, social sciences is desirable. Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Lao



  • At least six (6) years relevant working experience in the sectors of community development, agriculture support, rural development, school feeding opment or equivalent is preferable.
  • Experience working with technical team and contributed to programme implementation.

Desirable Knowledge and Skills:

  • Excellent word processing skills and excel skills;
  • Experience working in difficult locations with people of different backgrounds.
  • Ability to speak ethnic group language(s) is an asset
  • Knowledge of database and data analysis is an asset.



  • 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.


This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job.


  • Contract type & Level: Service Contract (SC-6)
  • Contract duration: 1 year with renewal
  • Duty station: Xay in Oudomxay (x2 posts) & Bounneua in Phongsalay (x2 posts)
  • Please identify the location that you apply for. You can choose more than one or all if you are interested


Posting date: 6 June 2024

Closing date: 19 June 2024


Female applicants and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

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