World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme Associate (GIS/Database)

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 a leading organization delivering food assistance and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. We also support governments of developing countries in their efforts to eliminate hunger and malnutrition by addressing the underlying causes and disparities in access to food and good nutrition to ensure that no one is left behind in line with the Agenda 2030, Sustaining Peace and Agenda for Humanity. WFP is particularly focused on Goal 2 (Zero Hunger) and Goal 17 (Partnerships). Delivering on our mandate of Zero Hunger requires us to have a diverse, inclusive and gender-balanced workforce.

The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to WFP is recognition that ending hunger is a critical first step towards global peace. WFP recognizes that one of the greatest contributions it can make to humanity is to provide a voice to the 690 million hungry people in the world. The Nobel Peace Prize gives us a platform to make their needs heard and to mobilize support for the assistance they need.


WFP has been supporting 1.4 million people in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: 862,000 Rohingya refugees and host community Bangladeshi under the L3 Emergency Operation. The 2020 Joint Response Plan seeks to strengthen protection and solutions for Rohingya refugee women, men, boys and girls; deliver quality, life-saving assistance to people in need; foster the well-being of communities in Ukhiya and Teknaf Upazilas; Multi-sector assistance including food, water and sanitation, shelter, and access to healthcare and education will continue and be improved in 2020 for Rohingya refugees.

WFP is envisioning a large scale-up of the existing engineering projects to meet the food security needs of all of the new refugee influx and site management engineering project requirements. In parallel, WFP envisions a Cash Transfer assistance programme targeting host communities that are suffering under the pressure of the large population increase in the area. The plan for host community assistance is to provide conditional cash transfers with the objective of enhancing livelihood opportunities.



  • 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.


The Programme Associate will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Head of DRR Team, in coordination with the VAM, M&E and Engineering Unit supported by Community Workfare component Lead.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Head of DRR, the Programme Associate will be responsible for the following duties: o Assist in coordinating and monitoring of the GIS implementation in the refugee camps; o Support the data collection processes and the overall data management activities including Mapping, encoding, storing, as well as processing, and support to the Analysis of the collected data and the information locally; o Prepare and produce regular GIS analysis, analytical maps, information products and interactive dashboards as required; o Coordinate and perform geospatial analysis, as necessary, based on collected data and disseminate resulting products and datasets; o Database management on relevant linkage between datasets to Geo database, design effective solution to meet the accurate and timely information needs; o Continue regularly updating and archiving information resources to be available and usable for donor reporting; o Support the training of staff in work related to data collection, survey and assessment; data management as well as maintenance and support to database systems


Education: Advanced University degree in Information Management, Geographic Information Systems, Computer Science, or in other related field.

Experience : Minimum five years’ work experience with minimum three years of relevant experience at increasing levels of responsibilities. Demonstrated experience in Data Management or Information Management.

Knowledge and Skills: • Knowledge on Arcgis or any enterprise GIS software such as Google Earth Pro, Software Development tools, interactive dashboards, MS Office, Power Bi and Tableau • Knowledge and experience of design, planning and supervision of construction projects.

• Desirable experience of working within the Humanitarian Community or Development Sector, in particular in the field of DRR.

• Familiarity with the special context of refugee camps and makeshift sites in Cox’s Bazar is an asset.

Language: Excellent written and oral/communications skills in both English and Bangla.


Type and Level of contract: Service Contract Duration of contract: 12 months Duty Station: Cox's Bazar Nationality: Bangladeshi only Monthly Net Salary: BDT. 114,638


21 March 2021

This vacancy announcement is for Bangladeshi Nationals Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply through the WFP careers website: LINK Female applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organisation. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection & recruitment process, and for work-related needs upon joining the Programme. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. All selected candidates will, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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.

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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