World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme Associate (Emergency Input Pack and Post-harvest Loss Management)

World Food Programme (WFP)

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.


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.


Education: University Degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Development Studies, Project Management, Agriculture, Agriculture Economics or equivalent qualifications from a recognized institution.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in one or more UN language preferably English. Fluency in most commonly spoken local languages in the operational districts will be added advantage.


This job is based in Mazabuka Field Offices  and 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.


The World Food Programme (WFP) Zambia is implementing a five- year Country Strategic Plan (CSP), which is a result of rigorous consultations with the government, donors and other stakeholders, and reflects their appetite to support and partner with WFP in the country. The CSP is informed by, and strongly aligns with national and United Nations priorities, and global commitments under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It embraces the government’s long-term vision 2030; aligns with 16 key strategic areas of its 7th National Development Plan (NDP7); and contributes to the joint Zambia -UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF). The CSP is informed by WFP’s long standing and broad experience in the country, embracing lessons from evaluations and reviews which calls for greater synergy, a consolidation of pilot initiatives, and improved gender sensitive approaches to programme Design. Finally, it is guided by the Zero hunger Strategic Reviews (ZHSR).

Advancing the WFP Corporate Strategic Plan (2017-2021), the CSP addresses both SDG2 and SDG17 and WFP’s strategic results 1,2,3, and 5. WFP is implementing six activities to achieve four Strategic Outcomes (SO). These SO will: respond to crises and shocks including support to refugees (SO1); address root causes of malnutrition (SO2); build the resilience, enabling  environment and market access for smallholder farmers especially women (SO3) and support government institutions to provide social protection systems (including home grown school meals), Disaster Preparedness and response SO4.

Under strategic outcome 3 and 4 of the CSP, WFP is supporting vulnerable communities especially women and children to build their resilience against climate and socio-economic shocks. In the recent past, Zambia like any other country in Southern Africa has had increased frequent occurrence of climate induced risks such as prolonged dry spells, droughts, flooding and pests (Fall Army Worm), while the longer-term repercussions of Covid-19 on food security remain unknown. WFP will be implementing Early Recovery initiatives in five (5) selected districts that were adversely impacted by drought during 2019/2020 season to help affected households recover from the devastating effects

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  1. Lead Coordination with select agrodealers in the districts to provide the emergency input package to smallholder farmers.

  2. In liaison with the project leaders and extension staff from the Government and NGO partners, provide training to smallholders in Post-Harvest Handling and Storage (PHHS) and facilitating access to appropriate hermetic sealed storage solutions.

  3. Support the development and digitalization of relevant training materials in collaboration with private sector and implementing partners.

  4. Support development of capacity needs assessment tools for identifying, assessing and strengthening aggregator/agrodealers performance.

  5. Build capacity of agrodealers and establish an efficient private sector led distribution network for PHHS equipment and drought tolerant inputs at districts where projects will be implemented.

  6. Support the procurement and distribution of drought tolerant inputs and hematic bags to beneficiaries.

  7. Provide Technical Support to Government (MoA) and partners at field level in backstopping trainings for smallholders in production of drought tolerant value chains, post-harvest loss management, access and appropriate use of hermetic storage technologies such as Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags.

  8. Report on a periodic basis (monthly) and as required to project manager using set guidelines.

  9. Any other activity 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.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIESProgramme 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. DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
  • At least 3 years programme experience in comparable and/or relevant position in the public service or private sector or an International Organization.

  • Has worked with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, etc.).

  • Has contributed to implementation of programmes.

  • Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.


Deadline to receiving applications is 15th June 2020.

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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