Career Opportunities: Programme Officer - School Feeding, NOA, Cox's Bazar (101022)

Requisition # 101022 – Posted 31/10/2018 – Fixed Term – Asia, Southern – Bangladesh – Cox’s Bazaar 

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.


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.


In line with Strategic Objective 1 and Strategic Objective 2 of the Bangladesh Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2017-2020, WFP is leading a consortium in the implementation and management of a US funded school feeding programme in Cox’s Bazar. This three year programme requires strong accountability to donors in the areas of programme, procurement monitoring and evaluation and finance. It is envisioned that, at the end of the three years, the programme will be handed over to the Government of Bangladesh.

At this level, job holders operate with a high degree of independence and manage staff for the contribution to achieving the results of Activity 5 under the Country Strategic Plan, i.e. deliver an integrated assistance package in Cox’s Bazar and the Activity 4, i.e. Policy advice and technical assistance to scale-up school feeding. The strategy for school feeding under Activity 5 involves the programme expansion to controversial/sensitive project areas in makeshift sites and implementation regular school feeding in 5 sub-districts of Cox’s Bazar and school feeding under Activity 4 involves USDA MGD funded complementary literacy and nutrition activities in Ukhiya and Kutubdia sub-districts.


Support and guide, with guidance from Head of Programme and the Emergency Coordinator and works closely with WFP’s Country Office SF Unit, provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that support the effective implementation of school feeding programme in Cox’s Bazar.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the supervision of Head of Programme this position will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Project planning, implementation and advocacy

  • Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of School Feeding activities and processes within the specific area of work supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
  • Support coordination in the implementation of McGovern Dole funded school feeding activities and liaise with the partners, as necessary and work closely with the international consultant and other Activity Managers
  • Coordinate and communicate with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to perform accurate food security analyses and to ensure efficient delivery of food assistance.
  • Liaise with various partners (UNICEF, SCI, BRAC and others) for expansion of school feeding in refugee camps and subsequently in preparing the implementation/operational strategy;
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  • Provide specialized project management support to specific and/or defined programmes to ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures
  • Support the selection of cooperating partners, development of field level agreements and review of their performance and payments requests
  • Liaise with relevant functional units to facilitate backstopping.
  • Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems within a specific technical area of responsibility
  • Support the coordination of assessments and the collection of evidence to advocate for multi-sectoral involvement and contribution to school feeding, required to ensure that the children have access to health, sanitation, safe drinking water and other services

Key Accountabilities (Continue..)

2. Project monitoring and reporting

  • Review the monthly monitoring plans and reports by the monitoring staff and provide technical feedback for coherent approach and corrective actions.
  • Collate the results of monitoring by the monitoring staff, analyse them, and prepare analytical reports for follow up actions.
  • Facilitate and support in organizing periodic programme review meetings with relevant partners/counterparts in the field and identify issues and gaps for follow up actions.
  • Prepare analytical periodic reports on the progress of operational projects and situation under the field operations as well as provide inputs for global, regional and other reports.


3. Capacity building and knowledge management

  • Supervise, coordinate and/or review the work of support staff, providing practical advice and guidance, to contribute to delivering objectives to agreed standards and deadlines
  • Work with cooperating partners to build their capacity, ensure timely implementation of programme activities and fulfilment of respective agreements.
  • Contribute towards assessment of capacity development needs of the staff and provide support to preparation of development plan and follow up on the progress of its implementation.
  • Support the coordination of assessments and the collection of evidence to advocate for multi-sectoral involvement and contribution to school feeding, required to ensure that the children have access to health, sanitation, safe drinking water and other services
  • Ensure and/or perform accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Within the specific area of responsibility, prepare a range of reports and data analysis (e.g. food assistance needs, resource utilization, programme status, performance) and highlight trends/issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
  • Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries.


  • Oversee WFP assisted project interventions
  • Responsible for programme management of interventions
  • Work closely with logistics unit to monitor monthly resource release and pipeline
  • All tasks related to cooperating partner payments and paperwork


Education: University degree (Bachelor degree or equivalent) and/or Post Graduate. Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in relevant subject is preferable.


Experience: at least 5 years’ experience in a similar field


Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Bangla


Knowledge & Skills:

  • Broad Knowledge of School Feeding
  • Interpersonal skills, consistency in follow-up, ability to work with diverse teams, capability to provide advice, independent ability to facilitate coordinated planning and subsequent follow-up on implementation and reporting.


• Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.).
• Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.
• Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.



  • 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.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • 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.


Capability NameDescription of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food AssistanceDemonstrates 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 analyse 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 specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency ProgrammingDisplays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ GovernmentDevelops 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.


Contract Type: Fixed-Term Appointment

Contract Duration: 12 months

Duty Station: Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Nationality: Bangladeshi only

Monthly Net Salary: as per UN salary scale


14 November 2018


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

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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