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Programme Associate SC6-Oudomxay and Luangnamtha

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Vientiane, Laos
Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2023


WFP encourages female candidates and people with disabilities to apply.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis. We are committed to promoting diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all our employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of religion or belief, ethnic or social background, gender, gender identity and disability.


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.


This job is found in field office. Job holders typically report to a Programme Policy Officer or Head of Field Office.
At this level, job holders are expected to demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to various queries with only general guidance. There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen operational problems on a daily basis. Job holders are expected to manage resources and coach and coordinate support staff.


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

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Support the roll out of the school meal transition road map at provincial and district level providing coordinating support between WFP, MOES and other stakeholders.
2. Support DESB and PESS authorities to develop and implement robust monitoring and reporting system for NSMP with relevant indicators, reporting tools and joint field visit plans.
3. Assist DESB and PESS authorities in planning, implementing and monitoring the school feeding activities in the province and districts
4. Coordinate WFP technical assistance to strengthen community ownership of SLP through PESS & DESB authorities.
5. Assist education authorities at district and provincial level to identify areas to be supported for implementing fully nationally owned SLP.
6. Organize joint visits with PESS and DESB authorities in field visits to project locations, schools and beneficiaries to identify ground level challenges in implementing SLP and support to bring them to the attention of the central government authorities to find suitable solutions.
7. Ensure that provincial and district education authorities are engaged in supporting the School lunch Committees
8. Facilitate the organization of workshops, training and exchange visits of government staff to facilitate the SLP transition with the support of WFP.
9. Support government staff capacity building on data collection, compiling, and recording.
10. Support the development of School lunch menu development and nutrition training
11. Support the dissemination of the Prime Minister’s Decree on Promoting School Lunch
12. Monitor WFP’s food distribution (rice and canned fish) from WFP
13. Perform other duties as required


Education: Completion of high school education or university degree in Business Administration, Engineering, Agriculture and other related functional area.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in the UN language in use at the duty station and in the duty station’s language, if different



  • 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 Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates 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 Areas Understands basic technical concepts and data and their 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/Government Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.


This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job.


  • At least 6 years experience related to programme implementation with development sector as well as working with community and government counterpart
  • Has worked with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, etc.)
  • Has contributed to implementation of programmes.
  • Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.


Contract type & Level: Service Contract (SC-6)

Contract duration: 1 year

Duty station: Luangnamtha Province (this is re-advertisement). Candidate who previously applied no need to reapply.

Duty station: Oudomxay Province


Posting date: 6 September 2023

Closing date: 19 September 2023


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.