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 Remote
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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 : 5+ years
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    Job Category UN | United Nations
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    Job Qualification : Master
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    Posted Date : Jul 14, 2021

Job Description


These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ) or Country Offices (COs).  They report to the Division/Country Director or the designate, and are subject to overall normative and technical direction by the Chief Engineer, WFP Engineering in relation to all matters of engineering services and construction activities.
Job holders operate under the direct supervision of a more senior and experienced Engineer holding recognised accreditation as “Chartered Engineer” or “Professional Engineer”. They are involved in day–to-day practical engineering activities and analytical work. Subject to the overall guidance, job holders complete assignments and provide advice on engineering issues, applying the established norms, standards regulations and providing expertise in making determinations and recommendations across a range of daily activities.


WFP has been supporting the GON to implement the school meals programme through food transfers since 1974 to improve education and nutritional outcomes in Nepal. The government school meals programme is decentralized, where national funds are channelled directly to municipalities and schools that are fully responsible for implementing the programme.  In response to the government request of technical assistance for strengthening their school meals programme in March 2020 WFP started the three years Project for the National School Meal Programme in Nuwakot District. This is a project to capacitate municipalities and schools to effectively implement the school meals programme, adopting the home-grown school feeding approach and onsite cooking of school meals. Providing infrastructure (kitchens and WASH) is one of the main components of this Project.The infra-structure development component is to be undertaken in coordination with overall project activities and using similar modalities as the WFP School Infrastructure Development Project (SIDP) in the Karnali and Surdurpaschim Provinces.

S/he will work under the supervision of Project Manager/ School Meals Unit, and technical supervision of Engineering Unit to provide construction and engineering expertise, quality control and quality assurance for the efficient delivery and quality outputs for SIDP in Nuwakot. Additionally, S/he will plan and implement infra-structure development is coordination with other Project components and participate in overall capacity development activities planned for this project.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide engineering and project management services, apply best practices, standards that comply with WFP standards and processes.  These include Quality Control and Quality Assurance (QA/QC), preparation of work schedules (MS Project), reports and designs, preparation of Bill of Quantities, the analysis of project proposal to enable effective decision making on project technical feasibility focusing on EOIs and RFPs.
  • Carry out engineer assessments of the identified schools as required.
  • Supervision of construction activities with presence at the construction sites as required.
  • Contribute towards the analysis of project proposals to enable effective decision making on project technical feasibility.
  • Contribute to the WFP construction procurement process.
  • Contribute to maintaining sound partnerships with internal and external stakeholders in order to achieve their technical/engineering needs in relation to WFP supported activities management.
  • Collate data and contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on outputs to facilitate informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to the stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the implementation of WFP Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) policies via such activities as Focal Group Discussions (FGD) and surveys.
  • Participate in technical or design reviews, exchange of knowledge and experience, keeping abreast of construction and engineering technologies, to facilitate implementation of innovative engineering solutions.
  • Contribute to preparedness actions, providing technical recommendations and guidance and management of risks.
  • Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration and cost-effective implementation of the Project.
  • Contribute to strengthen the capacity of technical teams of municipalities, and school staff, to properly build and/or maintain school meals facilities.
  • Other functions as assigned by Project Manager in coordination with Engineer Unit.

Required Qualification & Experience

Education: First University degree in Civil Engineering or related Engineering discipline. Hold or be eligible for Accreditation to “Professional Engineer” or “Chartered Engineer” status, or recognised equivalent by an appropriate national or international regulatory authority.

National Professional: Fluent, both reading and writing, in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


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.


Has a minimum of five (5) years of working in the Construction industry (Government, UN agencies, development partners, I/NGOs, private sector etc.) since graduation. Has worked independently in remote locations.
Has worked effectively under supervision on a large number of varied design and construction projects and taken responsibility for assigned work elements.
Has worked in Humanitarian projects demonstrating knowledge of engineering specialization in relation to seismic mitigation, rural infrastructure, effects of monsoons, or environmental requirements.
Has experience in working in capacity development projects aimed at strengthening the implementation of school meals programme.
Has implemented Projects with increased level of responsibility.
Has experience with implementing GEDSI policies.
Has supervised commercial contractors for a minimum of 24 months.
Has worked with UN Agencies and NGOs for a minimum of 12 months.
Experience working in Nuwakot is an advantage.


WFP School Infrastructure Development Project (SIDP) infrastructure is completed to a high quality, achieved on time within budget.

How to Apply


Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.