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Senior Programme Associate (FFA/DRR - Host Communities),SC7,Cox's Bazar

Bangladesh (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Bangladesh (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: SB-3 (SC6/SC7), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Administrative support
    • Managerial positions
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Cash-Based Interventions
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-30

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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.


It is now three years since Rohingya women, men and children were forced to flee Myanmar to Bangladesh. The 2020 Joint Response Plan seeks to strengthen protection and solutions for Rohingya refugee women, men, boys and girls; deliver quality, life-saving assistance to people in need; foster the well-being of communities in Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazilas; and work towards achieving sustainable solutions in Myanmar. Multi-sector assistance including food, water and sanitation, shelter, and access to healthcare and education will continue and be improved in 2020 for Rohingya refugees, as well as for Bangladeshis living near the camps. These jobs are found in  Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. 



  • 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.

The Job holders report to a Head of the Unit, Programme Policy Officer (DRR).To provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

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.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Senior Programme Associate will work under the overall mentorship and supervision of the Programme Policy Officer/ Head of DRR Unit. The incumbent will be assigned to the following duties:

•    Assist supporting the operational, technical and administrative oversight of WFP’s FFA/DRR portfolio in host communities of Cox’s Bazar in line with the Organization’s policies, standards and operating modalities, as well as donor requirements and in coordination with other relevant units;
•    Explore and bring proposals of alignments with other related projects to the disaster risk reduction, agriculture, environmental and climate change within and outside WFP in host communities for improved impact for the poorest most vulnerable people;
•    Closely monitor and suggest improvements to field implementation processes and procedures for efficient results of the targeted assistance programmes and ensure that programme strategies are implemented in a coherent manner in the field;
•    Monitor expenditures against host community funding limitations to ensure against budget overruns in collaboration with the Resource Management Unit.
•    Support in the documentation and maintaining records of field monitoring plans, data from the field, such as output monitoring data; reports such as cash distribution reports, plans etc.
•    Support in processing and compilation of monitoring information (e.g. no. of Cash for Work participants engaged, resources utilization, assets built, cash distributed, gender-segregated, programme status);
•    Assist in ensuring timely and regular reporting on the implementation of inclusive of challenges, achievements, case studies from collaborating partners as well as the realistic and contextualised solution to Head of Unit;
•    Ensure regular participation in host community weekly/monthly coordination meetings at district and Upazila level and prepare minutes for update of the head of unit;
•    Provide programme management and/or general office support following established targets and WFP’s policies and procedures;
•    Any other duties as assigned.


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

Experience: Minimum six (6) years of experience with five (5) years  relevant work experience in the field of humanitarian, community based DRR, resilience food security and livelihoods programs, emergency operations, disaster preparedness, cash and voucher programming or other related field

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

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Has experience collecting programme output and outcome data, conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses, and analytical report writing to management team, partners and other stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with the special context of refugee affected host communities of Cox’s Bazar.

Contract Type           : Service Contract

Contract Duration     : 12 Months  

Duty Station              : Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Nationality                 : Bangladeshi only

Monthly Net Salary   : BDT  130,824.00

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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