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Programme Assistant Livelihood - Food assistance For Assets (FFA) 1

Cameroon (Cameroon)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Cameroon (Cameroon)
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Nutrition
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Cash-Based Interventions
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-20

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Job Title Programme Assistant Livelihood – Food assistance For Assets (FFA)

Job Level: SC5 (Service Contract) | National Position   

Number of openings: 01

Unit/ Division: Programme

Contract duration: 12 months

Duty station: Yaoundé



About WFP


Assisting almost 100 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.


Our mission 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.


Organisational context


In Cameroon, the WFP Cameroon Country Strategic Plan [CSP] (2018 – 2021) endeavours to ensure that targeted food-insecure and vulnerable populations benefit from more sustainable and inclusive food systems and increased resilience to shocks to meet their food and nutrition needs. Under this CSP, WFP will design and implement interventions to address food and nutrition security challenges, from production through to consumption.

In line with the CSP, WFP will apply its vast comparative advantages including experiences in delivery of food assistance to hundreds of thousands of the most vulnerable in timely, innovative, cost effective and sustainable ways, its deep field presence, logistics and supply chain, partnerships and relationships with national and regional authorities to; a) strengthen national systems and capacities to deliver food and nutrition security; b) contribute to greater efficiency in crisis response interventions; c) ensure access to nutritious food rather than provision while building the national capacities and systems for social protection, emergency preparedness and response and government-led programmes and services; and d) increase resilience by focusing on food systems  rather than access to food, through development of integrated solutions that can be scaled up by Government and the private sector. 


What will you do?


You will perform general administrative and some specialised processes that support the implementation of FFA and Smallholder Agricultural Market Support (SAMS) activities and the delivery of support services to the Livelihoods and resilience officer and Field Offices aimed at improving WFP’s FFA strategy and its implementation.




Why work with us?


  • WFP provides food assistance to more than 86 million people in 83 countries, including Cameroon. Your work will have a positive impact on lives of the world’s most vulnerable people.
  • You will join a diverse team of professionals and will have an opportunity to exchange your experiences with your colleagues and continuously learning from each other.
  • WFP invests in the training and development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, mentorship and other programs as well as through international mobility opportunities.
  • Our team is growing nationally and internationally and the timing to join us cannot be better!


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Key Responsibilities (not all-inclusive, nor exhaustive):


At this position, you will:

  • Support the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting on Programmes that provide enhanced opportunities to strengthen communities’ beneficiaries, that promote self-reliance, strengthen livelihoods, and build resilience to shocks and response capacity.
  • Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of Food for Assets while supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
  • Contribute to strengthening partnerships with humanitarian agencies and inter-governmental partners in food for assets creation, livelihood, food security and resilience in line with WFP’s Strategic Objective 2, Goal 1: “To support and strengthen capacities of governments to prepare for, assess and respond to disasters through early warning systems, contingency planning approaches, vulnerability analysis and mapping as well as disaster preparedness initiatives at all levels of national government.”
  • Support with the implementation of processes, such as community based participatory planning that put communities and their needs at the centre of the planning process, and ensuring that activities identified are aligned and sequenced with livelihood needs and the Programmes of other partners and stakeholders;
  • Participate in the development of formal arrangement with implementing partners and identify proposed projects and facilitate needed approval at the local level and ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures.
  • Work and exchange with relevant units to ensure that crosscutting lenses: such as gender equality and women empowerment, protection, nutrition etc. are applied in the planning, design, and implementation of communities’ assets creation for additional benefits and impacts;
  • Assist with the development of tools and coordination of data gathering and monitoring/evaluation systems to ensure that high quality standards are applied to asset building to achieve the intended impacts on livelihoods, food security and nutrition;
  • Contribute to the development of systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of food assistance needs in line with innovative methodologies (e.g. mVAM) and best practice.
  • Work with the relevant units (programme, finance and supply chain) to ensure food assistance and non-food items are procured and delivered in a timely fashion
  • Support the capacity building projects of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through providing inputs into training materials.
  • Document the process and prepare a case study for wider dissemination. This should form part of WFP’s livelihood and community asset creation experience and contribute to larger formulations within the government for providing social safety and protection.
  • Track and assist with data analysis to provide input into reporting and knowledge management and documentation and contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely internal and external reports on Programme activities;
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  • Ensure and/or perform accurate, timely recording of data on FFA and livelihood activities and consistency of information presented to the supervisor;
  • Prepare a range of reports and data analysis (e.g. food assistance needs, programme status, performance) and highlight trends/issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
  • Support communication and activities with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions;
  • Act as a point of contact for resolution of general operational queries requesting assistance where necessary;
  • Perform any other related duties as may be requested by the supervisor or management.


Qualifications and Key requirements


Education: University degree in agriculture, livestock, economics, development, environment, business administration, humanitarian work or related disciplines;


Experience:  Three (3) or more years of progressively responsible work experience in the relative business stream with experience in programme operations.

A previous experience working with humanitarian sector is a nice to have.  


Knowledge & Skills:


  • Proficient in the use of office equipment and computer software packages such as Microsoft Word.
  • Creativity and ability to anticipate deadlines, and plan tasks accordingly.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative work teams as well as ability to work independently and show initiative.
  • Capacity to work under pressure and ability to provide support to various projects at the time.
  • 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.


Languages: Fluency (level C) in one official language (English or French) and working knowledge of the other.


Deadline for application


Date: 20th January 2021 at 11:59 PM.


This position open to Cameroonian nationals only


Terms and Conditions


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 an inclusive work environment in which diversity is valued and where no form of discrimination is tolerated. We aim to achieve parity in our teams in West and Central Africa.

Qualified female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.


WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate based on 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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