Nepal nationals: Senior Programme Associate (Governance)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Kathmandu, , NP


The Government of Nepal (GoN) has received contribution from Adaptation Fund (AF) to execute a project entitled “Adapting to Climate-Induced Threats to Food Production and Food Security in the Karnali region of Nepal”. Following the recommendations from the GoN, the World Food Programme (WFP) of the United Nations has been selected by the Adaptation Fund to implement the project activities in the capacity of a Multilateral Implementing Entity (MIE). The project will be executed in line with the Government’s National Adaptation Programme of Action (NAPA) and Local Adaptation Plans of Action (LAPA) in Kalikot, Jumla and Mugu districts. The project period is four years.

The project’s goal is to increase the adaptive capacity of climate vulnerable and food insecure poor households by improved management of livelihood assets and natural resources in the above districts of Karnali region. Its objectives are the following:

  1. Strengthened local capacity to identify climate risks and design adaptive strategies
  2. Diversified livelihood and strengthened food security for climate vulnerable poor households in target areas
  3. Increased resilience of natural systems that support livelihoods to climate change induced stresses


The interested and qualified Nepalese nationals are requested to submit their applications with an updated UN Personal History Form (P11) and CVs (optional) to the position announced.

The duration of contract: 12 months (renewable subject to the availability of resources).

The position is based in Kathmandu at the government office with extensive travel to project areas.


Under the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer (Coordinator), the Sr. Programme Associate (Governance) will have the overall responsibility of facilitating the implementation of the programme activities in coordination with the Ministry of Population and Environment (MOPE) and Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development (MOFALD).


To provide effective coordination and specialized support to a full range of policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Assist the Programme Coordinator to mainstreaming of Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction into the strategic planning and implementation processes followed by MOFALD at all levels.
  • Suggest measures for strengthening the capacity of the Environment Management Section (EMS) to reinforce the LAPA process in coordination with MOFALD, DDCs and VDCs.
  • Support the EMS at all levels to develop the policies, regulatory frameworks and institutions required for effective implementation of Adaptation Actions and DRR.
  • Provide technical backstopping to EMS in order to ensure that Adaptation Actions proposed at the community level are participatory and consensus oriented adhering to the basic principle of humanity, impartiality and neutrality. 
  • Coordinate with MOPE and MOAD to support the specific activities, ensuring a co-ordinated approach with programmes/projects that comply with technical standards and procedures followed by MOFALD.
  • Follow-up with the concerned units and line agencies at the central and local levels in order to expedite decision making process and contribute to timely implementation of adaptation actions.
  • Contribute to preparing national work plan of the programme in coordination with PSU, MOFALD and the respective DDCs in the programme districts.
  • Coordintae the baseline, midline and endline surveys and contribute to establishing adaptation indicators and miletones following NAPA and LAPA or relevant Community Adaptation Plans of Actions (CAPA).
  • Coordinate with MOPE, MOAD, DHM and concerned partners to monitor project progress, delivery and results to ensure effective programme and project implementation. Carry out field visits and provide guidance to address implementation challenges.
  • Coordinate/communicate with district authorities, particularly the District Energy, Environment and Climate Change Section (DEECCS) to ensure activities/programs are being carried out as per the approved guidelines.
  • Consolidate and prepare periodic narratives and financial reports in accordance with standard reporting policies and procedures. Ensure that district teams reported progress on timely manner and issues are presented in the PSU meetings.
  • Provide substantive support and input to project team in conducting project group and other meetings through organization of meeting, recording of minutes and report writing.
  • Perform other duties related policy and project tasks in the areas of climate change adaptation as required.
  • Other 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.


Capability NameDescription of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food AssistanceDemonstrates 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 analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized AreasDemonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency ProgrammingDisplays 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.



Secondary Education with a focus on Governance, Rule of Law, Rural Development, Sustainable Development, or other field relevant to international development assistance, or degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses .

Higher (Bachelor) degree is preferred.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Nepali.


  • Minimum five or additional years of work experience with broad understanding of the various aspects of local development, planing tools and frameworks. Working experience with government and international agencies.
  • Experience in implementing technical assistance programmes.
  • Experience in implementing good governance and rule of law related programmes.
  • Has implemented programmes with increased level of responsibility.
  • Has provided input to policy discussions.
  • Competency in communication, planning and reporting in English language.
  • Knowledge of basic computer skills on MS Office (word, excel and power point).

Date of issuance of External Vacancy Announcement: 28 December 2016

Deadline for applications: 10 January 2017

To apply, please visit

Candidates are requested to Create an account in system before applying. Candidate curriculum vitae, UN Personal Histoty Form (P11) and applications will be registered allowing profile updates, apply for a job through wfp career website.


Please send an updated UN Personal History Form (P 11) and application via e-mail to [email protected] addressed to:

The Representative, WFP Nepal Country Office, Chakupat, Patan Dhoka Road, Lalitpur, Nepal

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

 The organization reserves the right to cancel or postpone the whole recruitment process without providing any reasons whatsoever