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Vacancy Announcement No: 59525

Job Title: Programme Associate
Type of Contract:: SC
Section/Unit: Programme
Grade Level: L6
No. of Post: 1
Duty Station: Khartoum
Duration: One Year
Closing Date: 22 August 2017


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 emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 75 countries each year. The organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.


WFP’s greatest strength is its 14,000 dedicated people working tirelessly around the world to reduce hunger, often under difficult conditions where security threats and risks to personal safety are considerable. The global context in which WFP operates is rapidly changing which means the need for effective people management is becoming more important than ever before. In this context, WFP launched its People Strategy in November 2014. It articulates key strategic focus to build an engaged workforce, with the right skills, in the right roles enabling WFP to continue fulfilling its humanitarian response role while simultaneously building its capabilities to address the long-term goals of Zero Hunger.


The nutrition situation in Sudan is characterized by persistently high prevalence of both acute and chronic malnutrition with little changes observed in the past two decades. Currently, Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) stands at 16.4% nationally while stunting is estimated at 35% among children aged 6 to 59 months.


Sudan Household Health Survey II (2010)


WFP is the leading UN agency for the prevention and treatment of Moderate Acute Malnutrition and develops food-based programmatic approaches for the prevention of stunting and micronutrient deficiencies.

WFP, jointly with FAO and WHO has recently been awarded a multi-year grant to work on improving the nutritional status of vulnerable populations across Sudan, and in particular women and children, through increased availability, access, and consumption of fortified food, micronutrient powders and biofortified varieties of crops. The project will focus on three critical aspects: the legal and regulatory environment, the supply and the demand and will collectively strengthen institutional frameworks and increase community, private sector and government awareness of the benefits of food fortification.


This position will be located in the Federal Ministry of Health and the Programme Associate will be under the direct supervision Food Fortification Alliance (FFA) National Coordinator. He/she will provide technical and administrative support to facilitate the successful implementation of food fortification related activities.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of various activities and processes within the specific area of work supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
  •  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.
  • 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.
  • Ensure and/or perform accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work (e.g. assistance programmes, food security and vulnerability assessments) and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  • 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.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government within the specific technical area.
  • Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems within a specific technical area of responsibility.
  •  Oversee and/or review the work of other support staff, providing practical advice and guidance, to contribute to delivering objectives to agreed standards and deadlines.
  • Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.


  • Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of Food fortification and USI related activities and processes under theInclusive and Sustainable Value Chains and Food Fortification project
  • Liaise with ministerial internal units and relevant offices to ensure effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing activities to ensure fulfilling project objectives on a timely manner.
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on the project activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Identify and document operational issues to support senior colleagues in decision making and overcoming challenges.
  • Facilitate meetings, workshops and trainings with relevant stakeholders as needed.
  • Provide inputs to documents and presentations as requested for internal and external meetings.
  • Provide full support to the FFA National Coordinator and the USI National coordinator, acting as a point of referral and assisting with administrative and programme issues as needed.
  • Undertake additional tasks as required ensuring that the project objectives are achieved



  • 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.


Strong interpersonal skills,  well-developed communication skills, tact and ability to effectively deal with people of different backgrounds, ability to extract, interpret, analyse, and format data; ability to work under minimum of supervision; effective team player.


Education: Completed secondary education, but university degree in international development, nutrition, public health, food technology, agricultural/industrial studies or related fields would be preferred.

Experience: At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience, of which at least two years was closely related to programme implementation and has observed or assisted with policy discussions. At least one year at least at the G5 level or equivalent.  
Language: Fluency (level C) in English language and Arabic.


  • Previous work experience in a similar positon in the development sector would be an advantage
  • A background in public health/nutrition/food technology would be an advantage
  • Training and /or experience utilizing computers including word processing, EXCEL spreadsheet and other software packages.


Strong interpersonal skills, well-developed communication skills, tact and ability to effectively deal with people of different backgrounds, ability to extract, interpret, analyse, and format data; effective team player.


This vacancy is open to qualified Sudanese Nationals Only.
WFP is the United Nations frontline agency in the fight against global hunger. In the pursuit of WFP’s mission to feed the hungry poor, WFP employees must uphold the highest standards of ethical and
professional conduct at all times. WFP has zero tolerance for fruad & corruption, sexual exploitation and discrimination.


Applicants are required to create their personal account and fill in the profile form with his/her personal details in WFP Career Web-Site through the links provided below.
Applicants must ensure filling the mandatory sections, attaching the CV, answer the pre-screening questions and  agree on legal statement prior to submitting the application.

External applicants - Interested external applicants can apply on WFP Career Site: http://www1.wfp.org/careers/job-openings

Applicants may apply using LinkedIn profile (if available).
Quailfied female applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.