Programme Associate (Field Coodinator)

UN Organization
Location: Nuwakot
Salary:As Per Organization's Rule
Posted Date: 2020-03-12 Deadline: 2020-03-25
  • Location : Nuwakot
  • Qualification Degree : Bachelor's Degree/Master's Degree
  • Salary : As Per Organization's Rule
  • Category : UN Jobs
  • Nature : Full Time
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.


Functional Area:

    Programme (School Meals)

Position Title:

    Programme Associate (Field Coodinator)

Type of Contract:

    Service Contract (SC-6)  (Equivalent to NO-6) 

Duty Station: 

    Nuwakot District, Province 3


    12 months (renewable)


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.


These jobs are found in Regional Bureaux (RBs), Country Offices (COs), Area/Field Offices (AOs/FOs). 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.

WFP has been supporting the GON to implement the school meals programme through food transfers since 1974 to improve education and nutritional outcomes in Nepal. In 2008 the GON have scaled up the programme into 19 districts using its own resources through a cash transfer approach. Currently, the school meals programme is among the largest social safety net programs in Nepal, reaching almost 2.4 million school children enrolled in lower basic education, representing approximately 40% of net enrolment in basic education. Despite the impressive expansion of the programme, it is yet to produce the results that were envisioned. For the cash-based school meals programme, national funds are channelled directly to municipalities, shifting responsibility to local authorities and the schools themselves.  In response to the government’s request of technical assistance to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of the school meals in Nuwakot, WFP has designed a project to increase the efficacy of the cash-based school meals programme, under a home-grown school feeding approach. Improved school infra-structures to deliver health midday meals, better management and increased accountability, healthier eating habits and nutrition of students and their families, and increased participation of local small holder farmers as regular suppliers of food to school meals are among expected outcomes of the project.


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

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

WFP is seeking to hire a committed, innovative and dynamic Programme Associate (Field Coordinator) to join the WFP Nepal for the Project for the National School Meals Programme in Nuwakot District. The field coordinator will assist the School Meals Programme Unit of WFP Country Office, under the overall supervision of the Project Manager, to coordinate the implementation of project activities at field level, in coordination with District Coordination Committee (DCC), Rural/Urban Municipalities (R/UM) and other government and nongovernment agencies involved on this project. The Field Coordinator will be responsibility on assisting the WFP CO for an effective and coordinated implementation of the Project (in Nuwakot), for timely and quality deliver of expected outputs and outcomes.

Specific Tasks

  • Coordination and capacity strengthening support:
  • Overseeing acitvities developed by implemenation partners at field level for ensuring timely and effective implementation of the Project workplan, including but not limited to school infra-sturcture development, training and other capacity building activities for goverment, school members and community, menu planning and contracting cooperatives or farmers as food suppliers, behaviour change and communication activites, and monitoring and accountability systme for the school meals programme in Nuwakot.
  • Holding regular coordination meetings with project engineer, implementation partners, local government and school committies, farmer's cooperatives, and other stakeholders, and informin gthe project manager on results and progresses;
  • Supporting the identification of potential collaboration and partnerships for social safety nets at the municipal/ward/community level, reinforcing the capacity of government,
  • Supporting Cooperating Partners and communities to prepare for implementing school meals programme and project activities, including Social Behaviour Change and Communication (SBCC) plan;
  • Assisting in integrating aspects such as social protection, school health and nutrition, local purchase from small farmers holders and agriculture coopertives, and other development activities into the annual/periodic planning and budgeting process of local government (municipality);
  • Carrying out orentations and training to the local resources persons and community members in order to improve the local capacity;
  • Undertaking other reponsibilites relevant for implementing the activities as assigned by the supervisor.

Long Description

Specific Tasks continues;

Activities implementation and monitoring:

  • Being responsible for proper implementation of school meals and other project activities within the district and municipalities;
  • Collecting and consolidate required information for project/local level planning and implementation processes;
  • Liaising with the Cooperating Partners to monitor ongoing projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency, and highlight potential risks to project delivery;
  • Assisting Cooperating Partners to carry out need’s assessments, designs and pre-feasibility and feasibility studies;
  • Supporting on testing of a M&E tool for data gathering systems in Nuwakot for strengthened monitoring of SMP in the project area;
  • Providing full support and assistance to relevant Rural/Urban Municipalities and DCC, in planning and budgeting of annual and quarterly activities;
  • Assisting the related federal, provincial and local-level government officials and stakeholders in ensuring timely monitoring of the field activities and reporting as well as undertake regular field visits to track progress of implementation at the field level;
  • Preparing work plans and monitoring plans, conduct site visits, prepare and submit reports. Preparing field visit schedule and facilitate monitoring and evaluation in coordination with project manager.

Reporting and information management:

  • Tracking and analysing data to provide input into reporting activities and contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on activities. Ensure a proper database is maintained on project progress, lesson learned and best practices
  • Developing and coordinating data gathering and monitoring/assessment systems ensuring that quality standards are maintained;
  • Monitoring and collecting the information on the issues of protection, accountability, and gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) to inform the management for timely response to the issues.


Education: Completion of secondary school education. Higher education (bachelor’s degree). A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area with focus on a relevant discipline: gender studies, development studies, information management, agriculture, nutrition. social sciences, law, human rights, international development or related field is desirable.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Nepali.



  • 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.


  • 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. Previous experience working in an International Organisation and/or UN organisation is an asset.


  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience in project implementation in a governmental and multilateral organizations or I/NGOs with broad understanding of the various aspects of social mobilization, community development, PRA, RRA methods, tools and frameworks;
  • Experience of working with government and I/NGOs at the local level in governance, livelihoods, food security, nutrition and education;
  • Experience of working in a multi-cultural setting as well as in difficult geographic terrain and isolation;
  • Prior experience of working in the project target districts/municipalities will be given preference;
  • Knowledge of national and international policies and strategies related to food security, nutrition and education;
  • Knowledge of and experience of result-based management (RBM) methodologies and tools (project and programme planning, implementation and monitoring) and report writing;
  • Competency in communication and reporting in English language.
  • Has worked with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, GESI etc.).
  • Has contributed to implementation of programmes or projects and coordinated activities implemented by implementation partners.
  • Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.



  • Ability to develop and maintain networks with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Emerging facilitation skills enough to support workshops and group discussions;
  • Ability to convey an informed and professional demeanour towards partners and stakeholders;
  • Flexibility to adapt individual contributions to changing contexts and needs;
  • Ability to participate in open dialogue and value diverse opinions, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment;
  • Willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work;
  • Ability to work independently in a timely and organised manner;
  • Ability to work in a team and multi-task as needed.
  • Must be familiar with MS office;
  • Nepali Typing skill is an asset.
  • Driving skills with valid license is an advantage.


Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted..

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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