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2 Programme Assistants SC-5 Hoon District, Oudomxay Province

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Vientiane, Laos
Posted on Wednesday, May 24, 2023


The United Nations World Food Programme is the winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. In Lao PDR, WFP supports the government in providing school lunches for primary students, counters malnutrition with targeted food support to the most vulnerable, and helps communities build resilient lives with sustainable livelihood options.


These jobs are found in Lao Country Offices, Oudomxay Field Office. The job holders typically are under the direct supervision of the Programme Associate and overall supervision of Programme Policy Officer and Head of Field Office in Oudomxay.

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.


WFP is looking for Two Programme Assistant SC5 (Service Contract) to be based at Hoon District, Ooudmxay Province.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide project management and/or general office support following established targets and WFP’s policies and procedures;
  • Perform accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work (e.g., food security and vulnerability assessments) following corporate standards and guidelines;
  • Work and exchange information with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities;
  • Support coordination and communication of activities on behalf of WFP with local partners, agencies, INGOs and government institutions;
  • Act as a point of contact for resolution of general operational queries requesting assistance where necessary;
  • Support planning for SO2 and SO3 project / activities at district level in collaboration with relevant government offices at district level (e.g. District Agriculture Forestry Office, District Of Health, Lao Women Union)



  • 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.


  • 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.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Can facilitate implementation of food assistance programmes under guidance using basic understanding of principles and good practices of programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers) 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.
Knowledge of Specialized Areas Understands basic technical concepts and data andtheir relevance to food assistance programmes.
Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/Govt Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.


Education: Completion of secondary school education. A Bachelor Degree in agriculture, nutrition, public health, social sciences or related functional area is desirable

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in Lao and English, ability to speak at least one ethnic group language is an asset


  • At least five years relevant working experience in rural community development or equivalent is preferable.
  • Experience working with technical team and contributed to programme implementation.
  • Experience working in difficult locations with people of different backgrounds;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and to interact with government partners;
  • Ability to speak ethnic group language(s) is an asset;
  • Knowledge of database and data analysis is an asset;
  • Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Lao;
  • Be able to travel to project area by motorbike and has driving license.


1. Interview Opening question
2. Technical Question 1
3. Competency Question 1
3. Competency Question 2
3. Competency Question 3


Contract type: Service Contract

Post title: Programme Assistant SC-5

Numbers of post: Two posts

Duration: 1 year (renewable)

Duty Station: Hoon District, Oudomxay Province

Qualified women and men are encouraged to apply. WFP is committed to an inclusive working environment which values diversity and has zero tolerance for discrimination, harassment and abuse of any kind. WFP provides necessary arrangement to ensure staff safety when travel to remote areas.


Posting date: 24 May 2023

Closing date: 6 June 2023

Female applicants 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.