Programme Associate (Nobo Jatra), SC6, Khulna (101723)
Posted 20/11/2018
Bangladesh - Khulna

Job Description

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.


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking applications from qualified candidates to fill the position of Programme Associate (Nobo Jatra). Nobo Jatra is a five years programme started from October 2015 and to be end in September 2020. There is a possibility of Cost Extension of the project for another two years.




As part of a consortium led by World Vision Bangladesh (WVB), World Food Programme (WFP) and Winrock International (WI), were awarded a USAID-funded Title II Development Food Assistance Program (DFAP), called Nobo Jatra, which means ‘new beginning’ in Bangla. The program’s goal is to improve gender equitable food security, nutrition and resilience of vulnerable people in Bangladesh.

The interventions are organized around three important themes: maternal and child health and nutrition (P1), agriculture and economic development (P2), and resilience (P3), as well as the cross-cutting purpose of governance and social accountability, with youth development and gender integrated throughout all activities.


To provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the overall guidance of the Head of Sub-office and the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer, the Programme Associate–Nobo Jatra  will be responsible for the following duties:


  • Coordinate at local level and ensure proper implementation of the WFP activities under the Nobo Jatra Project
  • Ensure regular update on implementation progress of the activities as per plan and in accordance with the deadlines, including preparation of work plans as required;
  • Maintain close liaison with World Vision and Winrock International staff of the respective upazilas and coordinate with them regarding implementation of the project activities (WFP components) and attend project meetings;
  • Support and provide day-to-day guidance to the designated Cooperating Partner in the delivery of their services as per work plan and monitor progress and quality of implementation on a regular basis and ensure effective teamwork;
  • Organize e-money registration for cash transfer to the targeted beneficiaries under the nutrition and livelihoods components of the programme, in consultation with the concerned staff of World Vision and Winrock International, and ensure appropriate monitoring during cash transfers and also in the post distribution monitoring;
  • Take initiative to organize and implement the tasks for strengthening the disaster preparedness and response capacity of the local government institutions, Disaster Management Committees,  students, parents and  the communities, including assessment of the gaps and preparation of the disaster management and preparedness plans for the unions;
  • Maintain regular contacts with the local administrations and other relevant stakeholders and attend meetings as relevant;
  • Guide the designated cooperating partner/NGO in the delivery of their services as per work plan and monitor progress and quality of implementation on a regular basis;
  • Organize/participate in advocacy and awareness building campaigns, in collaboration with World Vision and Winrock International, as relevant;
  • Assist in preparation of budgets, progress reports, and other data compilation and analysis work as relevant;
  • Assist and prepare for donors and senior government and UN officials visits;
  • Perform other related duties as required.



Critical Success Factors:

  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills;courtesy, tact and ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural background.
  • Ability to interpret and analyze a wide variety of programme issues and statistical information, and to maintain accurate and precise records.
  • Ability to communicate in a team with people from different nationalities, cultural and ethnic backgrounds, ability to work in a team environment and achieve common goals.
  • Ability to work systematically, use initiative, good judgment, and to communicate complex matters both orally and in writing; proven ability to work in a team environment and achieve common goals.
  • Well organized and ability to meet strict deadlines, even when under work pressure.



Education: University degree prefrerably in Social Sciences, Economics, Geography, development studies; international affairs or a related technical field.


  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in project management.
  • Proficient in GOB Policies and Laws related to Food Security, Nutriton, Resilience/DRR etc.
  • Demonstrated skills building and maintaining relationships with host governments, donors, other donor-funded projects and stakeholders, local organizations, and partners.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; excellent demonstrated interpersonal and negotiation skills.
  • Track record of strong commitment to sharing knowledge, documenting experiences, supporting creative initiatives, and sharing credit.
  • Experience in gender, nutrition, food security, protection, livelihoods and/or disaster management is highly desirable.


Technical Skills: Skills in utilizing computers; MS Office such as Word, Excel. Working knowledge in spreadsheet and other software packages.


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



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
  •  Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.


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, Vouchers)Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized AreasUnderstands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.
Emergency ProgrammingDisplays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/GovernmentUnderstands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.


Type of contract: Service Contract

Level of function: SC-6

No. of Position : 04 (Four)

Location: Khulna (2), Dacope Upazila (1) of Khulna district and Kaliganj Upazila (1) of Satkhira distrct

Nationality : Bangladeshi only

Monthly Net Salary: BDT. 103, 091


3 December 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.

Above texts are copied from UN WFP Official Web Page (WFP.org) 
Copyright 2018 © World Food Programme

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