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Programme Assistant GS5 (119831)

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  • Post Date: April 6, 2020
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Job Overview

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 position is located in the WFP Zimbabwe Country Office. Under the overall supervision of the Head of Programme and the job holder reports to the Activity Manager for Lean Season Assistance (LSA). The incumbent will provide support for effective coordination and implementation of the Lean Season Assistance Programme as well as offer specialized support to a full range of policy and programme activities to meet the objectives of CSP Activity 1.


  • To perform specialized and/or standardized policy and programme-related processes and activities to support the effective delivery of assistance packages.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Prepare the Monthly Food Release Note and submit for approval by management.
  • Assist the activity manager in the development of the annual LSA Response plan in consultation with the B&P unit.
  • Assist the activity manager in the development of LSA Resource utilization plan
  • Ensure accurate entries of LSA distribution data in COMET and perform reconciliation of output data recorded in COMET with LESS in consultation with the Supply Chain focal points.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government for effective implementation of the LSA.
  • Review and update LSA implementation guidelines for sharing with different partners.
  • Prepare budgets and workshop material for LSA inception workshops.
  • Participate in the review of Cooperating Partner (CP) proposals and Budgets for implementation of LSA and prepare Technical Review Committee (TRC) minutes.
  • Create partnerships and FDPs in Comet in consultation with the focal person for COMET in the Country Office.
  • Create interventions and distribution cycles in SCOPE in consultation with ICT unit.
  • Assist the Activity manager in developing funding proposals in liaison with the B&P and DRCR units.
  • Track the utilization of food commodities and cash for CBT in liaison with Supply Chain, CBT team and B&P.
  • Draft monthly and weekly programme implementation updates.
  • Perform other duties as required.



  • 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.


  • Completion of a post-secondary qualification in the related functional area.  A degree in in Economics, Food Security, Statistics, Data Science, Public Health/Nutrition, Geography or other related field will be a distinct advantage.
  • Knowledge of food security and livelihood assessment conceptual frameworks.
  • At least 5 years experience in implementing, monitoring and reporting on food and cash assistance programmes, working in data management systems, working in emergencies and facilitating meeting with stakeholders and community members.
  • Must have training and/or experience utilizing computers including word processing, spreadsheet and other software packages
  • Fluency (level C) in English language and Shona and/ or Ndebele.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Can facilitate implementation of food assistance programmes under guidance using basic understanding of principles and good practices of programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers) Demonstrates ability to facilitate, under guidance, food assistance programme implementation that deploys full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
Knowledge of Specialized Areas Understands basic technical concepts and data andtheir relevance to food assistance programmes.
Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/Govt Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.


  • Excellent computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheets, and other standard software and systems;
  • A good understanding of WFP policies, rule, regulations and procedures as they relate to implementation of the Lean Season Assistance; time management and ability to prioritize;
  • Good negotiations and planning skills.
  • Sound judgment; ability to extract, interpret, analyse and format data and to resolve operational problems.
  • Ability to work with minimum of supervision; to supervise and train support staff; and to work effectively with people of different national and cultural backgrounds


Qualified candidates are requested to submit their application via E- Recruitment  attaching a signed application letter and a signed Personal History Form (P11) available at are also requested to submit a Curriculum Vitae.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for the recruitment processes.



Applicants are requested to submit their applications on or before the closing date of 8 April 2020

.Female applicants who are qualified and have relevant experience are especially encouraged to apply

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  • Experience5-10 Years
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