Programme Assistant

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 Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Salary Competitive /
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    Job Level : Mid-Level
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    Job Experience : 3 year
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    Job Category UN | United Nations
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    Job Qualification : Bachelor
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    Posted Date : Dec 10, 2020

Job Description


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 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 the most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


These jobs are found in Regional Bureaux (RBs), Country Offices (COs), Area/Field Offices (AOs/FOs). The job holders typically report to a Programme Policy Officer or Head of Field Office.

At this level, job holders are responsible for technical work including the planning, implementation and co-ordination of activities that require thorough understanding of programme/project context, issues and ability to apply a range of guidelines/practices. They independently handle a wide range of specialized programme or policy support activities and may be involved in analytical work. Work performed typically has a substantial impact affecting other parts of the programme. Job holders demonstrate initiative in the identification and resolution of a wide range of issues/problems, and effectively handle unforeseen situations. They may act as technical focal points in the area of vulnerability assessment and analysis. Job holders set objectives, resolve wide-ranging issues and unforeseen problems, supervise and coach a team of support staff within an area of responsibility.


To provide support to policy and programme activities in the implementation of forecast-based financing. To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet the operation needs of Nepal Country Strategic Plan (CSP).


Position Title: Programme Assistant (Forecast based Financing)

Contract Type: Service Contract (SC)

Grade: SC-5 (Equivalent to GS-5)

Contract Duration: 12 months (renewable)

Duty Station: Kathmandu

Post: 1 Position (One)

Nationality: Nepalese ONLY

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Evidence, Policy and Innovation (EPI) unit and the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer for Forecast based Financing and Emergency Preparedness, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

Contribute towards the implementation of the Forecast based Financing project and Emergency Preparedness and Food Security Assessments programme in Nepal in coordination with national government, provincial government, local government, UN and civil society organizations.

Contribute to development of the FbF and Emergency Preparedness project plans and perform monitoring of the projects (including annual workplan, indicators selection, periodic monitoring and report writing) in coordination with the monitoring and evaluation unit.

Perform accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work (e.g. risk assessments, registration of beneficiaries, application of SCOPE) and ensure consistency of information presented to stakeholders.

Conduct risk assessment analyses at Districts, Municipal and Ward level to provided basis for potential expansion of FbF and Emergency Preparedness activities to other areas.

Support capacity development activities for WFP staff, cooperating partners and the government partners including the Ministry of Home Affiars, MoHA, Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA), and Department of Hydrology and Meteorology (DHM) and local governments by: preparing presentations, supporting training sessions, compiling and sharing relevant information.

Closely work with supervisor on the identification, development and management of potential partnerships towards the institutionalization of the Forecast-based Financing and Emergency Preparedness approach.


Prepare field level agreements and monitoring of activities conducted by cooperating partners to enable quality assurance and timely implementation of activities.

Support planning and designing of trainings for cooperating partners and communities on early warning and warehouse management

Coordinate with relevant units to develop communications materials, infographics, newsletter and other advocacy materials to outreach wider DRR stakeholders.

Participate in emergency assessment exercise and response as per requirement

Perform other related duties as and when required.

Required Qualification & Experience


Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area. Completion of a Bachelor’s degree in the related functional area is preferred (e.g. Civil Engineering, Disaster Risk Management, Climate Change or other relevant disciplinary).

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in the UN language in use at the duty station and in the duty station’s language, if different.



Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Helps teammates articulate WFP’s Strategic Objectives.
Be a force for positive change: Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.
Make the mission inspiring to our team: Explains the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities to teammates.
Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will serve WFP’s mission.


Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Trains junior teammates on new skills and capabilities.
Create an inclusive culture: Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.
Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Serves as a peer coach for colleagues in same area of work.
Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular basis with supervisor.


Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with colleagues.
Focus on getting results: Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.
Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes responsibility for own tasks and notifies supervisor as soon as possible of potential delays in meeting deadlines or commitments.
Be Decisive: Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.


Connect and share across WFP units: Suggests opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.
Build strong external partnerships: Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field towards common goals.
Be politically agile & adaptable: Develops an understanding of the value of WFP’s teams and external partners in fulfilling team’s goals and objectives.
Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Aligns own activities with supervisor’s priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.


Knowledge & Skills: Knowledge and experience in Forecast based Financing and Emergency Preparedness initiatives, and knowledge of quantitative analysis methods is preferred.


Minimum 3 years of professional experience in disaster risk management.
Has facilitated communication with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, EPI etc.).
Has contributed to implementation of programmes.
Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.

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