Programme Associate (Sustainable Results)

Bachelor's Degree   Kabul, Afghanistan Full Time 1875
Date Posted:Oct 4, 2018
Closing Date:Oct 16, 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:90

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:

With a committed government, rich natural resources, and a young and diverse population, Afghanistan has the potential to make significant progress on the 2030 Agenda. However, a complex and protracted conflict, combined with challenges related to climate change, demographics, gender inequalities, underemployment, and transparency issues, has dramatically impeded its efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 2 on Zero Hunger. The 2017 Afghanistan Zero Hunger Strategic Review (ZHSR) found that the country suffers from high, and in some cases rapidly rising, levels of food insecurity and undernutrition, and outlines a series of recommendations to address the problem.

WFP is well placed to help Afghanistan implement several of the key recommendations through their new Country Strategic Plan (2018-2022). The overarching goal of the WFP Afghanistan CSP is to support the country to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 in a manner that also contributes, wherever possible, to the broader, longer-term transition to peace and development. Mainstreaming the cross-cutting issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment, protection, and accountability to affected populations, the CSP will focus on six, highly interrelated outcomes that span both SDG 2 and 17 (partnering for the goals).

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 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:

The SO 2 Programme Associate will be based in the WFP Country Office in Kabul, reporting to the SO 2 Outcome Manager. He/she will provide operational and administrative support to all activities under SO2 including WFP’s activities to build resilience, support livelihoods and reduce disaster risks through large scale asset creation projects as well as vocational skills and other training activities to create employment.

The SO 2 Programme Associate will also be expected to travel to field offices as necessary to work with the SO2 Field Outcome Managers. He/She will also be responsible to to liaise with the Operations unit for activity planning and will also follow up with finance and donor relations units as necessary.

Main activities are highlighted below

Provide support to the SO 2 Outcome Manager when reviewing the proposals, budgets, Field Level Agreements (FLAs) and amendments when needed.

Communication with all the AOs/SOs related to the progress in SO2-related activities based on the plan assigned by the Manager.

Assist the SO 2 Outcome Manager in identification, development and management of potential partnerships for joint programming implementation and strengthen existing partnerships. Manage logistics for any meetings with the partners.

Support the SO 2 Outcome Manager in developing and strengthening of the capacity of the relevant CPs’ staff, government staff, WFP field staff, and PAT monitors, through conducting training needs assessment followed by relevant trainings.

Take lead on gathering and recording the project related data in a tracking sheet for convenient reporting, when required.

Provide support to the AOs/SOs related to the decision to use CBT or in-kind in the response, liaising with the CBT team and possibly attending the CBT/SCOPE Working Group meetings as required.

Follow up with the AOs/SOs to submit the SO2 proposals, standby agreements and supporting documents on time.

Attend the meetings related to the SO2 activities with WFP partners and government when needed.

Any other duty as required

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Kabul


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


At least 5 years experiences in livelihood or asset creation program management (especially humanitarian response) including planning, coordination, implementation and monitoring.

Work experience in programme management, especially in resilience and recovery areas, including assert creation.

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

Experience of working with UN or NGOs in Afghanistan will be an asset.

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

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