World Food Programme (WFP)

Local Purchase Programme Associate

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description


WFP Lesotho 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.




  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience in programme related functions of which significant experience (2 or more years) has to be relate to agricultural value chains, market linkages for smallholder farmers and/or market analysis.


  • Fluency in English and Sesotho: understanding, writing, reading and speaking.


Under the direct supervision of the Activity Manager, and the general supervision of the Deputy Country Director


To provide Technical Support to smallholder farmers and other value chain actors, particularly women, in climate-smart agriculture, food quality and safety, marketing of nutritious foods and financial services.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  • Develop operational partnerships and maintain established strategic partnerships to provide technical support to smallholder farmers in climate-smart agriculture to increase marketable food surpluses;

  • Enhance smallholder farmers capacity in aggregation, post-harvest handling and storage techniques, food quality and safety, to improve market access;

  • Conduct training needs assessment for both new and old farmer organizations, develop training materials in areas related to market access, and oversee the training of the smallholder farmers organizations;

  • Conduct marketing capacity assessments for smallholder farmers organizations and give recommendations for registration as WFP vendors;

  • Support the Design and implementation of procurement modalities that are smallholder farmers friendly, while ensuring that they are consistent with WFP policies, Executive Board decisions, and other relevant guidance;

  • Work with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, and the Ministry of Small Business Development, Cooperatives and Marketing to organize annual market linkage forums to link smallholder farmers to other formal markets beyond WFP market;

  • Introduce viable value chains to resilience building communities and link them to markets for sustainability;

  • Ensure gender mainstreaming in the Local Purchase Initiative and support women with labour saving technologies to ease drudgery in their agricultural activities;

  • Maintain presence at key national and sub national forums and advocate for SHF’s access to markets;

  • Provide support to the M&E unit in organizing baseline and annual monitoring surveys for farmers organizations and traders, support market information Data Collection and analysis, as well as market intelligence, and contribute to the lessons learned and success stories;

  • Provide inputs for the quarterly and annual reports and for the preparation of the local purchase briefs and other related materials;

  • Participate in resource mobilization as necessary including drafting proposals and participating in negotiations with potential donors; and

  • Perform other related duties as required.



  • 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.


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


• Has worked with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, etc.).
• Has contributed to implementation of programmes.
• Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.


25 June 2020

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.

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