Programme Associate (Sustainable Results)

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1406
Date Posted:Oct 31, 2018
Closing Date:Nov 12, 2018
Work Type:Full Time
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Programme
Salary Range:Salary is negotiable
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Open Ended
Extension Possibility:No
Contract Type:Fixed-term
Probation Period:12 months
Required Languages:96,90,66

About United Nations World Food Programme:

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian Agency, fighting hunger worldwide. WFP has been working in Afghanistan since 1963. In 2014, WFP fed over 3.6 million vulnerable Afghans and our operations include: capacity building, Purchase of Progress (P4P), Food Voucher, Food for Assets, Food for Work, Food for Training, Food for Education, Mother-and-Child Health and Nutrition and Emergency Relief. WFP food assistance aims to help the most vulnerable, food insecure Afghans, including women and children, as well as families affected by conflict and natural disasters.

Job Summary:

Food insecurity is widespread and increasing among the population, as measured by the two SDG indicators. A survey using the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) estimated that 16 percent of the population, or 5.2 million people, suffered from severe food insecurity between 2014 and 2016. Preliminary results from a 2017 study, based on a local SDG indicator, found that overall food insecurity, including moderate and severe forms, had risen from 33 to over 44 percent in the last three years. At the same time, undernourishment, which reached a peak in the late 1990s but declined rapidly in the early 2000s, has recently started to rise again, standing at 26.8 percent in 2015. Although food insecurity affects a wide range of the country’s population, according to the ZHSR, women, children, the displaced, returnees, women-headed households, persons with disabilities, and the poor are the most at-risk groups.

Recently WFP Afghanistan prepared a 4 year Country Strategic Plan (CSP) that was developed through a series of internal and external consultations and with a focus on identifying how to help the country achieve the SDG 2 target on improving food access. WFP’s Strategic Outcome 2 focuses on helping vulnerable people in Afghanistan to meet their own food and nutrition needs by 2022.

Many vulnerable people struggle to meet their food and nutrition needs even after emergencies are over, especially if they have been displaced. Others face chronic challenges. It is therefore critical to complement the efforts to ensure access to food and nutrition during and immediately after emergencies (SO1) with support to help populations become increasingly self-reliant, in order to achieve the access target of SDG 2. Self-reliance efforts require several years of support to have a meaningful impact, but discernible progress should be made by the end of the CSP. At the same time, WFP will work to enhance the country’s ability to respond to emergencies by strengthening the capacity of ANDMA and other relevant institutions and thereby limiting the impact of future crises on potentially affected populations. Taken together, these measures should enable more vulnerable people to meet their food security and nutrition needs on their own by 2022.

This outcome will be achieved through the following output:

Vulnerable people benefit from nutrition-sensitive livelihood support in order to enhance self-reliance, reduce disaster risk and adapt to climate change (SDG 13), create employment (SDG 8) in urban (SDG 11) and rural areas, and support stability (SDG 16).

With the above mentioned organizational context in mind, the Programme Assistants for Sustainable Results to be responsible for planning, implementation and reporting on all activities under Strategic Outcome 2.

Skills Required:

Not available

Requires travel to provinces:


Skills Description:

Knowledge of WFP programmes and policies, nutrition and food security and humanitarian response.

Knowledge of the rural development and livelihoods sector in Afghanistan

Ability to plan and organize work under tight deadlines, ability to work independently and efficiently

Good written and oral communication skills

Field experience in Afghanistan

Duties & Responsibilities:

This SO 2 – Sustainable Results Programme Associate will be based in the WFP field office Kabul, reporting to the field office Head of Programme but with technical oversight from the SO 2 Outcome Manager in the WFP Afghanistan Country Office. He/she will provide operational and administrative support to all activities under SO2 including:

Provide conditional, nutrition-sensitive, gender-transformative livelihood support to vulnerable people, including conditional seasonal support, asset creation and vocational skills training activities.

Provide capacity strengthening to emergency preparedness institutions including ANDMA and other UN partners and institutions, as a complement to the livelihood efforts.

Main activities are highlighted below

Actively contribute for development of SO -2 (Asset creation, VST and conditional livelihood support) component of implementation plan for the relevant field office and ensure that all project proposals submitted to the Field Office Project Technical Review Committee (PTRC) have gone through an effective and efficient review process in consultation with CO technical unit

Responsible for preparation of all SO 2 field level agreements (FLAs) with cooperating partners.

Provide required inputs to SO-2 Outcome Manager in CO for donor proposal development in coordination with Head of Field Office;

Assist in identification, development and management of potential partnerships for joint programming implementation and strengthen existing partnerships with concerned UN agencies, national & international NGOs, government key counterparts and communities;

Coordinate and communicate with relevant local partners, relevant government entities, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to perform accurate analyses of nutrition data at field office level and to ensure effective and efficient delivery of livelihood interventions;

Develop and strengthen required capacity of relevant CPs’ staff, government staff, WFP staff and PAT monitors, through conducting training needs assessment followed by relevant trainings, on the job instructions and other initiatives;

Support development of comprehensive monitoring plan for all SO 2 activities at field office level including the relevant partners and ensure use of appropriate monitoring tools/checklists by all parties;

Regularly review and analyse monitoring findings from partners and third party monitors, summarize key issue in a tracking sheet and share recommendations for improvement and follow-up on its implementation;

Conduct monitoring/supervision visits to So 2 programme sites;

Regular review and analysis of SO 2 project reports, provide regular feedback to partners, raise issues of concern to higher-level management and, collaborate with CO M&E, investigate any irregularity or data inaccuracy;

Any other duty as required

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul


Education: University degree in agriculture, engineering or project management, or a related field.


At least 3 years experiences in livelihood or asset creation program management (especially humanitarian response) including planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring.

Experience in design or implementation of livelihood, asset creation or vocational skills training programmes

Experience of working with UN or NGOs in Afghanistan.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language and in Dari and/or Pashto.

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