Nepal nationals: Senior Programme Associate (Adaptation)

World Food Programme (WFP)

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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 Kalikot District at the government office with extensive travel to project areas. 


Under the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer (Adaptation/District), the Sr. Programme Associate (Adaptation/District) will have the overall responsibility of assisting the Programme Policy Officer (Adaptation/District) to manage the implementation of the programme activities in coordination with Kalikot DDC and relevant line agencies in the district.


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)

  • Collect and consolidate information on climate change and adaptation required for the district planning and implementation processes.
  • Support in the identification of potential partners and partnership negotiations to ensure a collaborative and holistic approach to meeting project needs.
  • Prepare lists of cooperating partners including NGO and contracting firms and contribute to the selection of partners, setting up criteria, conducting purchase committee meeting etc.
  • Orient and assist the Cooperating Partners in the implementation of project activities using project implementation guidelines.
  • Liaise with the Cooperating Partners to monitor ongoing projects, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency, and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
  • Assist Cooperating Partners to carry out needs assessments, designs and pre-feasibility and feasibility studies.
  • Support cooperating partners to carry out LAPA and CAPA planning at the VDC/ community level reinforcing the capacity of Government, Cooperating Partners and communities to prepare for and respond to climatic stress and natural hazards.
  • Support the communities to manage financial system that contribute to increasing the maintenance fund established for the sustainability of the community assets created.
  • Coordinate the programme specific meeting at the District Energy, Environment and Climate Change Section (DEECCS) and prepare minutes regularly.
  • Carry out orientations and training to the local resource persons and community members in order to improve the local capacity.area of work (e.g. assistance programmes, food security and vulnerability assessments) and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  • Track and analyse 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.
  • Set up community level communication system for sharing information on rainfall and temperature data in coordination with the DHM and DEECCS.
  • Develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring/assessment systems ensuring that quality standards are maintained.
  • Prepare work plans and monitoring plans, conduct site visits, prepare and submit reports. Prepare field visit schedule and facilitate monitoring and evaluation in coordination with WFP Sub Office.
  • 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.



Completion of Secondary Education with a focus on Rural Development, Environmental Science, Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Development, Climate Change, Agriculture, Hydrology and Meterology, Civil Engineering or other field relevant to international development assistance, or degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Higher (Bachelor) degree preferred.

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


  • Minimum three or additional years of work experience with broad understanding of the various aspects of social mobilization, community development, PRA, RRA methods, tools and frameworks.
  • Experience working with government and international agencies at the local level.
  • Experience in implementing programme activities with increased level of responsibilities at the local level.
  • Has participated in implementing technical programs
  • Has provided input to policy discussions.
  • Experience in data analysis and database management.
  • 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