WFP Nepal

The World Food Programme is the food-assistance branch of the United Nations. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization, the largest one focused on hunger and food security, and the largest provider of school meals. Founded in 1961, it is headquartered in Rome and has offices in 80 countries.

Job Information

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    Duty Station Surkhet
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Negotiable / Monthly
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 2 + Years
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    Job Qualification : Related Field
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    Posted Date : Jun 05, 2022

Job Description

A Technical Assistance (TA)/capacity and system support team will be set-up by WFP and UNDP jointly to each Local Government (LG) selected for the pilot. The TA team comprising local governance/planning and local infrastructure/technical advisors to be based in the selected LGs will provide technical guidance, advice, and hands-on support to the LGs in the key focus areas of the Pilot. Hence, the Engineer as technical expert based in WFP Field Office/Surkhet LISP Pilot TA team, will support the LG-embedded TA team, LG’s technical team and provincial Ministry of Physical Infrastructure and Urban Development (MoPIUD) in technical/engineering related matters related to LISP Pilot.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Engineer will be based in WFP Field Office Surkhet. The responsibilities will include providing technical/engineering backstopping  to the LG-embedded TA Team (Local Technical -Support) to enable them  to assist  the LGs in planning, delivery, and management of climate resilient and green recovery job creating local infrastructure, as well as for selection and implementation of infrastructure co-financed by the LISP Pilot. The incumbent will report to the LISP Pilot Deputy Team Leader (Engineer) based in WFP Field Office, Surkhet.  The incumbent will also closely work with the Pilot TA team assigned by UNDP at provincial level.

The main roles and responsibilities of the position:

  • Provide expert technical/engineering backstopping support to the LGs through  LGs-embedded TA team in planning, implementation, and management of infrastructure sub-projects.
  • Provide technical oversight and guidance to the TA team and LG’s technical team to make their local infrastructure more labour-intensive, climate-resilient, and supportive of green recovery and local employment generating through participatory planning and prioritization process.
  • Provide expert technical advice to LGs in developing infrastructure related sectoral master plans, Detailed Project Report (DPR) preparation, feasibility studies etc.
  • Provide technical backstopping to LG TA team in developing/improving/updating various infrastructure related guidelines, manuals, and procedures for endorsement from the LG executives.
  • Provide technical guidance to LGs to enable them to adopt an improved working procedures for effective management and monitoring of local infrastructure services of the LGs, including financial management based on best practices and learning of the Pilot (around effective utilization/management of public fund, procurement, labours mobilization, construction materials handling, community ownership and  quality construction; sustainability and regular repair, operations, and maintenances of local infrastructure).
  • Guide to and coordinate with LGs TA team and technical team of the LGs for sub-projects construction management/contract administration, compliance to quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) requirements, maintaining documentation of technical supervision and monitoring of the activities by concerned stakeholders including LGs’ monitoring committees.
  • Guide the LGs TA team to identify and facilitate for various technical training/hands-on support to the LG’s technical team to increase efficiency of the LG for the implementation of standard specifications, norms, and design guidelines complying with the Local Infrastructure Development Directives, Manual, work norms, specifications, etc.
  • Support the LG in deciding the execution model for each local infrastructure sub-project, i.e., through reconfigured user committee or contractor or blended contractor & user committee modality.


  • Guide the LGs TA team to enable them in providing hands-on support to the Infrastructure Section in the preparation of contract documents, E-procurement, Bill of Quantities, contract administration, technical and functional review, resource planning and scheduling, and bid evaluation for the procurement of works and goods through local contractors and suppliers.
  •  Review and provide engineering feedback to the LGs in the engineering design, drawing and estimate documents of the prioritized/selected local infrastructure sub-projects.
  • Provide technical backstopping to LGs to effectively implement the agreed co-financed sub-projects  through an improved working procedures for effective management and monitoring of local infrastructure, including financial management.
  • Guide the LGs for improving local infrastructure related data management and visualization, including GIS and LG websites.
  • Facilitate and guide the LGs on technical aspects of Operation and Maintenance (O&M) of the local infrastructures ( database , planning, design, implementation and reporting arrangements).
  • Technically guide LGs to establish and operate Local Infrastructure Maintenance Support Fund with a fixed initial amount at the municipal level with the Fund Operational Directive approved by Municipal Council and mandatory annual budget allocation to the Fund.
  • Guide the LGs to establish a system of regular monitoring of various infrastructure sub-projects whether funded by LGs, co-financed by LISP Pilot or other partners, and develop mechanism for feedback.
  • Regularly monitor the field activities, assess risks and gaps; and contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and monitor the management of risks.
  •  Introduce innovative actions and capture real time learning from success and failures throughout the processes of the LISP Pilot implementation
  • Ensure the timely submission of financial and operational reports related to LISP Pilot
  • Collaborate with provincial ministries, LGs and other stakeholders for effective knowledge-sharing and lesson- learning.
  • Coordinate with LGs and provincial TA team on daily basis for devising and implementing action plan (weekly/monthly) and preparation of internal progress report for submission to LISP Pilot Team Leader.
  •  Perform other functions as assigned by immediate supervisor, head of field office and Team Leader of LISP Pilot.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Business Support Services & Reporting Exhibits ability to convert business plans into clear actions for team members to support the implementation of the program. Collects and reports data to draw out fact-based insights.
Internal Controls & Risk Management for Administration and Engineering Utilises understanding of risk management approaches and internal controls to monitor projects and programmes to confirm regulatory compliance, ensure data integrity and ensure client satisfaction.
Resource Management for Administration and Engineering Monitors trends in staffing and resource usage to anticipate and escalate potential issues to programme leaders and key clients.
Specialised Knowledge in Engineering Applies advanced engineering knowledge in own area of responsibility and working knowledge of other engineering disciplines to provide technical support to operations and projects. Leads independent action and decision making in an engineering context.
Engineering & Project Management Demonstrates a strong proficiency in developing project scopes, engineering and design proposals, and identifying required tasks and milestones. Applies working knowledge of project management tools, engineering technologies, techniques and best practice to track and monitor project progress, delivering projects on schedule and on budget.

Required Qualification & Experience

Education: •    Advanced University degree in Civil Engineering or related Engineering discipline or First University degree with additional two years of related work experience and hold or be eligible for Accreditation to become “Professional Engineer” or “Chartered Engineer” status or recognized equivalent by an appropriate national or international regulatory authority.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.


•    At least  2 years of post graduate and professional experience in civil engineering with a focus on hydraulic and structural designs, field layouts, planning and execution of detail surveys for a variety of rural/local infrastructures.
•    Professional experience in AutoCAD, hydraulic/structural design software, use of electronic survey equipment will be highly preferred.
•    Experience of project management, implementation and monitoring of local/rural infrastructure, and Food Assistance for Assets/cash for work programmes.
•    Strong communication, interpersonal and leadership skills, and  a strong team player with the willingness to learn and support the learning of others.
•    Energetic to work in remote areas with limited facilities yet highly committed to professional work to achieve tangible outcome for the benefits of the most vulnerable people.
•    Experience of working in government ministries will be an added advantage.
•    Female candidates are encouraged to apply.
•    Must be familiar with MS office.
•    Nepali Typing skill is an asset

How to Apply


16 June 2022


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.