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Senior Programme Associate (MRE)

Kathmandu (Nepal)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Kathmandu (Nepal)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Administrative support
    • Mine Action and Weapon Contamination
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-26

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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.


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 monitoring and evaluation. 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 data data analysis support and writing programme monitoring report that effectively meet (CSP) Country Strategic plan monitoring review and evaluation requirement

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the overall supervision of the WFP Nepal Deputy Country Director (DCD) and the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer (Head of Monitoring, Review & Evaluation), the incumbent will be responsible to assist the overall management and implementation of the Monitoring, Review and Evaluation (MRE) systems and tool kit of the Nepal CO, under the WFP Nepal Country Strategic Plan (CSP). More specifically:

  • Conduct in-depth statistical analysis of monitoring and data including descriptive and inferential analysis. This includes hypotheses testing and deriving estimates.
  • Lead sampling of all monitoring and evaluation (MRE) surveys of the WFP Nepal CSP 2019-2023 in a scientific manner.
  • Lead writing monitoring (process and outcome monitoring, evaluation and case studies reports of WFPs Programme activities,
  • Support the coordination of process of data collection, data entry, analysis and dissemination; monitoring reports and case studies on a periodic basis; and the compilation of monitoring reports and case studies on a periodic basis.
  • Lead and ensure accurate and timely recording of data and real time information management through- Country office Common M&E Tool (COMET) and Mobile Data Collection Analytics (MDCA) and Provide support for developing MRE plan and budget in efficient collaboration with respective programme team.
Short Description


  • Provide support on  capacity need assessment of the WFP’s partners (Government, non-government and WFP’s staff) on COMET, and Electronic System for project Reporting (eSPR) systems to ensure smooth real time monitoring and reporting of WFP’s programme and process.
  • Provide support for corporate and ad hoc reporting as per the need of the organization and ensure compilation and provision of M&E (outcome data) for timely reporting.
  • Provide support to CO MRE unit in piloting/rollout/testing of corporate reporting tool-COMET (Common M&E Tool) for CSP activities
  • Help facilitate the planning baseline, mid-line, end-line and programme-related evaluation.
  • Help facilitate other administrative and logistical tasks for managing the M&E missions and trainings

Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area. Preferably completion of a Bachelor’s degree in the related functional area (e.g.,  programme design, monitoring and evaluation
Language:Fluency in both oral and written communication in English language and Nepali language.



  • 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 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.

Knowledge and skills: Training and/or experience on database management, statistics, utilizing computers including word processing, spreadsheet, and other software packages such as SPSS, MDCA, COMET, Tableau and strata.

  • Three or more years of work experience in data analysis, interpretation and management
  • More than three years of data interpretation and report writing experience
  • Experience in implementing Monitoring, Review and Evaluation (MRE) activity.
  • Experience in managing MRE activities in UN system will be an added value.

Functional Area:

Monitoring and Evaluation

Position Title:

Sr. Programme Associate (MRE)

Type of Contract:

Service Contract (SC-7)  (Equivalent to GS-7)

Duty Station:

Kathmandu, Nepal


1 year (Renewable)


Thursday, 26 September 2019

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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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Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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