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Programme Assistant (Environment and Social Safeguards)SC5,Cox's Bazar

Bangladesh (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Bangladesh (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Social Affairs
    • Environment
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Nuclear Technology
  • Closing Date: 2021-12-21

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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.



WFP has been supporting 1.4 million people in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: 862,000 Rohingya refugees and host community Bangladeshi under the L3 emergency operation. 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; 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.

The World Food Programme signed an agreement with the Government of Bangladesh to support the delivery of one component of the Emergency Multi-Sector Rohingya Crisis Response Project (EMRCRP) financed by the World Bank. WFP’s component aims to strengthen community resilience in the Rohingya refugee camps through community workfare and community services activities. Community workfare activities are made of labor-intensive public works and environmental restoration activities aiming at improving the living conditions in the camps. Community services activities encompass various types of services provided by volunteers in the camps and the development of key skills to provide these services.



  • 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 Programme Assistant (Environment and Social Safeguards) will assist the Environment and Social Safeguard Specialist to implement safeguard measures, thus ensuring that the project does not detrimentally affect the environment nor communities. The job holder will help develop guidance, conduct screenings and monitoring and communicate the results to the Government of Bangladesh and the World Bank.


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)


  • Provide support on environment and social safeguard issues, particularly development and implementation of safeguard policies, screening instruments, guidance and monitoring tools that adhere to the World Bank, MoDMR and WFP policies and procedures. 
  • Support the screening process, including planning the screenings, analyzing the results and compiling the reports with oversight from the Environment and Social Safeguard Specialist.
  • Manage and analyze data generated from screenings, monitoring and evaluations.
  • Prepare a range of internal and external reports on safeguard screening results and proposed mitigation measures.
  • Coordinate and support the complaints and feedback process within the EMRCRP team. 
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities, particularly within the EMRCRP team.
  • Work with the Communication team to improve the visibility of WFP’s engagement on safeguard issues. 
  • Support safeguard training workshops for internal staff and external partners;
  • Conduct any other duties as assigned by the Environment and Social Safeguard Specialist or the World Bank Team Leader. 
  • Perform other duites as per requirment 



Education: Undergraduate and/or master’s degree in geography, environmental science, disaster management, geology, agriculture, natural resource management, international development or social sciences.


Experience: At least four (4) years of experience, with two years of relevant experience in humanitarian or development programmes and knowledge management. Individuals with experience in natural resource management, environmental science, accountability to affected populations or gender/protection issues will be preferred.


Language: Advanced English skills and fluency in Bangla. Proficiency in Rohingya or the Chittagonian dialect would be an advantage.


Skills : Excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal skills; robust analytical and data management skills; and ability to meet deadlines and work under pressure as part of a team.



Contract Type           : Service Contract (SC)

Contract Duration     : Twelve (12) Months

Duty Station              : Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Nationality                 : Bangladeshi only

Monthly Salary          : BDT 86,452.00

No. of post                : One (1)


5 January 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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