World Food Programme in Zambia
Posted Job
over 1 year ago

Programme Assistant SC5 (105414)

About wfp

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.

Standard Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education: University Degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Agriculture/Agronomy, Horticulture, Agriculture Economics, Agribusiness, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Education Range management, and equivalent qualification from a recognized institution.
  • Experience: 5 or more years in Administrative Support experience with at least 3 years in comparable and/or relevant position in the public service or private sector or an International Organization.
  • Language: Excellent written and spoken English

Job Purpose

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

Organizational Context:

  • 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 the designate.
  • At this level, job holders are responsible for the completion of a range of specialized and/or standardized processes and activities requiring some interpretation of standard guidelines and practices.
  • Job holders are able to recommend a course of action to staff at various levels and may allocate tasks to other support staff.
  • They work under minimum supervision, perform basic analyses and compile reports to support information consistency and smooth implementation of programmes/projects.

Key Accountabilities (Not All-Inclusive)

  • Conservation Agriculture (CA) and Post-Harvest Loss Management
  • Support the project leaders and extension staff from the Government and Implementing Partners at district and field level providing technical oversight to smallholders to enhance adoption and practice of Conservation Farmers (CA)
  • In liaison with the project leaders and extension staff from the Government and Implementing Partners, provide training to aggregators and smallholders in Post-Harvest Handling Storage (PHHS) and facilitating access to appropriate hermetic sealed storage solutions
  • Support the Programme Officer – CA, PHL and climate services review and digitize PHL training materials in collaboration with private sector and implementing partners
  • Support the Programme Officer – CA, PHL and climate services and Activity 3 Manager to develop capacity needs assessment tools for identifying, assessing and strengthening aggregator performance
  • At field level in collaboration with implementing partners, build capacity of Agro dealers and establish an efficient private sector led distribution network for PHL equipment.
  • Agro dealers are linked to manufacturers and receive the equipment in a timely manner
  • Smallholder farmers order and pay for post-harvest equipment in a structured manner
  • PHL equipment sales data from suppliers and distributors is collected regularly.
  • Provide technical support to Government (MoA) and partners at field level in backstopping trainings for smallholders in the management of PHLs and appropriate utilization of hermetic storage technologies such as Pandew Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags

Other Tasks:

  • Perform any other tasks required by the activity and SO managers
  • Purpose
  • 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.
  • Performance:
  • 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.

Functional Capabilities:

  • Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
  • Can facilitate implementation of food assistance programmes under guidance using basic understanding of principles and good practices of programme design, implementation and monitoring.
  • 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.
  • Understands basic technical concepts and data andtheir relevance to food assistance programmes.
  • Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
  • Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.

Other Specific Job Requirements:

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrate ability to analyze and write report as well as engage with external relevant stakeholders such as Government, UN Agencies, NGOs and Private Sector;
  • Understanding of food security vulnerability and ability to link analysis to Programme design, in the context of WFP programmes and
  • Desired experiences for entry into the role:
  • Has facilitated communication with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, etc.).
  • Has contributed to implementation of programmes.
  • Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.

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