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Programme Associate G6 Fixed Term, Pugnido

Addis Ababa

  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-07


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Job Title: Programme Associate

Contract Type & Grade: Fixed Term -GS 6

Duty Station: Pugnido, Gambella-Ethiopia 

Reporting Line: Head of Pugnido Field Office



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.


This job is found in WFP Gambella Sub Office/Pugnido Field Office. Job holders typically report directly to the Head of Field Office.

At this level, job holders are expected to demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to various queries with only general guidance. There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen operational problems on a daily basis. Job holders are expected to manage resources and coach and coordinate support staff.


To provide effective specialized technical and project management support to livelihoods and resilience building activities

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of various activities and processes within the specific area of work supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
2. Provide specialized project management support to specific and/or defined programmes to ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures.
3. Within the specific area of responsibility, prepare a range of reports and data analysis (e.g.
food assistance needs, resource utilization, programme status, performance) and highlight trends/issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control. Specifically, this entails contributing to the monthly Sitrep produced by the Sub Office/Field Office, as well as collating and reviewing the monthly and quarterly programme progress report submitted by cooperating partners in order to identify problems and bottlenecks of ongoing projects.
4. Ensure and/or perform accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work (e.g. assistance programmes, food security and vulnerability assessments) and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
5. Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
6. Support the coordination of monthly task force and ad-hoc meetings with project stakeholders.
7. Coordinate and communicate with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to perform accurate livelihoods and resilience building assistance to beneficiaries.
8. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government within the specific technical area.
9. Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems within a specific technical area of responsibility.
10. Oversee and/or review the work of other support staff, providing practical advice and guidance, to contribute to delivering objectives to agreed standards and deadlines.
11. Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.
12. Perform any other activities assigned by the supervisor, unit head or head of office


1. To the extent set for field offices, contribute to the development of standardized tools and methods, aligned to the indicators of the new Strategic Results Framework based on corporate guidelines; 
2. Support baseline data collection and develop a database to set the foundation for M&E tools and systems for the programmes; 
3. Support the Field Monitoring Assistants in deploying monitoring tools in the field and perform analysis of project indicators to inform on progress and achievement of results; 
4. As focal point for all M&E and related issues, prepare regular process, output and outcomes monitoring reports, including liaising with partners and sub-offices. This includes contributing to a quarterly monitoring bulletin of livelihoods and resilience building activities 
5. Lead the implementation of the M&E system in resilience and climate solutions programmes, Gambella and reporting on outcome and output level indicators; 
6. Take responsibility for quality data management, ensuring regular maintenance and harmonization of databases with other information systems 
7. Regularly conduct monitoring visits to the field including FOs in order to get firsthand experience of issues, ensure that tools are used adequately, to assess their usefulness and quality and recommend adjustments as deemed necessary; 
8. Provide technical assistance, guidance and capacity building of field monitors/enumerators on M&E tools, data collection, analysis and reporting; 
9. Maintain and provide updates on the compendium of monitoring indicators;

10. Provide technical support to the evaluations of operations and annual evaluation reports.



  • 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.



Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area.

Experience: At least six years of progressive experience in programme and project implementation. 

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of a local language is added advantage.


  • Has worked with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, etc.).
  • Has contributed to implementation of programmes.
  • Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.


07 October 2022 (Open to Ethiopian National Only)


This position is open to all qualified candidates. Female applicants and people with disability are especially encouraged to apply.


All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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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