Job Opportunity : Programme Associate

Job Opportunity : Programme Associate

Job Opportunity : Programme Associate

Career Opportunities: Programme Associate (Nutrition)

Post TitleProgramme Associate – Nutrition G6
 Location: Yaounde
Duration: 12 months
 Contract Type: Fixed-Term
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 diversity and gender balance.
Job purposeTo provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Programme Support:
  1. Assist in strengthening the coordination between WFP country office to improve planning and implementation of WFP’s Nutrition and HIV strategy, policy, and activities in targeted regions of the country;
  2. Provide support for the integration of nutrition and HIV into existing and future programmes;
  3. Participate in all relevant coordination and technical forums of the national response to nutrition and HIV including Joint UN Team on AIDS (JUNTA), IYCF working group, micronutrient-working group, and acute malnutrition working group
  4. Support communication, advocacy and fundraising for food and nutrition in HIV programming;
  5. Assist in nutrition context analysis and response planning for improved nutrition programme design by providing strategic guidance and feedback on project-related documents, including but not limited to new operations, budget revisions, evaluations, comments of project approval process and others;
  6. Assist in coordinating reports and evaluation documents related nutrition programmes;
  7. Support colleagues at the region level to elaborate documents of good practices and evidence of success stories in the country;
  8. Support for nutrition related studies and assessment

Information sharing and communication:
  1. Assist in information sharing on key nutrition support issues with nutrition focal points in the field offices;
  2. Assist in strengthening information exchange and operational linkages between the WFP country office, WFP Regional Bureau and other partners;
  3. Assist in actively engaging during coordination and sectoral inter-agency meetings and consultations organised at country level;
  4. Assist in coordinating information gathering and disseminate progress on country nutrition initiatives for regional communications;
  5. Develop communication materials for visibility and awareness raising purposes:
  6. Maintain country profile and providing technical updates on nutrition;
  7. Support the elaboration of end-year report on nutrition related programmes;
  8. Assist in creating communications materials on ongoing programmes to share with key actors and partners, within and external to WFP
  9. Perform other duties as required by WFP

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
  • Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyze and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
  • Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialized fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
  • Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high-quality emergency programmes.
  • Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.
  • Experience in implementing food security and nutrition programmes, providing input into designing operations and providing input into policy discussions and decisions. General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing the area of work.

  1. Proven technical and managerial skills in nutrition and food security programming
  2. Good knowledge and prolonged working experience in nutrition and Food security 
  3. Coordination with different actors and participation in thematic meetings;
  4. Analysis of reports, compilation of information from various sources, and preparation of analytical reports
  5. Knowledge and experience of working with local partner agencies with a capacity to provide formal and informal training
  6. Demonstrated experiences in organising and conducting nutrition and food security related training activities;
  7. Demonstrated experience of the latest developments and innovations in Nutrition and food security (e.g. nutrition sensitive programming, continuum of care for prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition, integrated food security and nutrition assessment, cash and Voucher transfer programmes, ,)
  8. Proven ability to deal with multiple tasks in a courteous and service-oriented manner in a demanding working condition that often has short deadlines

  • Completion of secondary school education; A Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Nutrition and or Food security required will be an asset

  • At least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience including at least three (3) years’ experience in Nutrition with an International Organisation

  • Fluent in both oral and written communication English (Level C) and French (level C).

Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: June 8th, 2020
WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of 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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