Programme Associate, Lasbela & Gwadar, Pakistan At United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)


Closing date: Thursday, 27 July 2023

WFP encourages female candidates and people with disabilities to apply.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis. We are committed to promoting diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all our employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of religion or belief, ethnic or social background, gender, gender identity and disability.

ABOUT JOB

Job Title: Programme Associate

Grade: SC 6

Type of contract: Service Contract

Salary: Starting at PKR 200,000/- per month

Duration: 1 year

Duty Station: Lasbela and Gwadar

Number of Positions: 02

Vacancy Number: (827889)

Date of Publication: 13th July, 23

Deadline of Application: 27th July, 23

This vacancy announcement is for Pakistani Nationals.

Note: This vacancy announcement will also be used to build a roster of prequalified applicants for future opportunities within same job profile at the current or lower level in Pakistan.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

WFP offers a competitive benefits package including salary, pension, leave plus a medical insurance.

Remote work may be possible depending upon the operational requirements of the Programme. Requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the personal circumstances of the requestor given the operational situation.

JOB PURPOSE

The overall objective of this position is to ensure implementation of the project activities in the district in a well-organized manner and in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders. As the project will engage several consultants to design and implement specific components including the SMART and KAP surveys, trainings of Community Resource Persons (CRPs) and Community Organizations’ representatives (COs), the incumbent will work closely with the consultants and facilitate the field activities to ensure effective project implementation.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  •  Provide technical support and assist in the implementation of various activities and processes under GLLSP-II, supporting alignment with the project documents and guidelines.
  •  Provide project management support to the GLLSP-II interventions in the district to ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures.
  •  Within the specific area of responsibility, prepare a range of reports and data analysis (e.g. programme status, performance, resource utilization) and highlight trends/issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
  •  Ensure and/or perform accurate, timely recording of data for all field activities including trainings and community awareness sessions, and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  •  Liaise with the Project Officer based in provincial office to support effective collaboration, implementation, and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  •  Coordinate and communicate with GLLSP-II partners and government institutions to ensure efficient delivery of project interventions.
  •  Support the capacity building of WFP staff in the district within the specific technical area defined under the GLLSP-II Nutrition component.
  •  Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems within a specific technical area of responsibility.
  •  Oversee and/or review the work of other support staff, providing practical advice and guidance, to contribute to delivering objectives to agreed standards and deadlines.
  •  Perform other related duties as required by the supervisor.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Education: University degree preferrably in Social Sciences, Public Health, Nutrition, Project Management, Development Studies, Public /Business Administration or equivalent, Knowledge of SBCC would be preferred. Experience: Minimum 6 years- experience in implementing programme related activities preferrably in Health & Nutriton. – Experience in program management roles at district level – Field work experience in social mobilization and capacity building/ awareness raising – Experience in public health and nutrition related projects is preferable – Experience working in surveys – Experience working in Gwadar and/or Lasbela. Knowledge & Skills: Proficient in the use of office equipment and computer software packages, such as Microsoft Word and other. Knowledge of work routines and methods in order to complete processes under minimal supervision. Uses tact and courtesy to give and receive information to a wide range of individuals. Ability to offer guidance or basic on-the-job training to more junior staff. Languages: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English, Urdu. Fluency in other local languages used in Balochistan is preferable.

All WFP Employees are expected to demonstrate the competencies and standards of behavior aligned with our core values and defined in the WFP LEADERSHIP FRAMEWORK, namely:

Leading by example with integrity,

Driving results and delivering on commitments,

Fostering inclusive and collaborative teamwork,

Applying strategic thinking,

Building and maintaining sustainable partnerships.

HOW TO APPLY

To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply via ( https://www.wfp.org/careers/job-openings). Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

Request for Disability related Reasonable Accommodations:

It is important to WFP to create an accessible and inclusive workplace for everyone. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection and hiring process, please direct your request and inquiries to the Diversity and Inclusion team on: global.inclusion@wfp.org, cc’ing pakistan.hr@wfp.org. A member of the reasonable accommodation team will contact you to

confidentially discuss your needs.

This email is only to be used for any disability related accessibility requirements, and not for sending the application itself. Due to volume of applications, any applications or CVs sent through this email address will not be considered as a formal application and will not receive a reply from WFP.

ABOUT WFP

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.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

Gwadar Lasbela Livelihood Support Project (GLLSP), an IFAD-funded project, initially started in 2013 and its phase-I completed in 2019. It physically covered 90% of the villages in Gwadar and Lasbela districts through a network of 3,500 community organizations. GLLSP-I focussed on community driven development including rural infrastructure, women, and youth development but the resource limitations hampered a holistic coverage. However, the achievements under GLLSP-I provided a foundation for expanding the coverage to entire rural areas of the two target districts in a holistic manner using the inroads made through social mobilization, and existing social capital. GLLSP phase-II is a six-year project (2020-2025) covering 400 villages in all Union Councils of the two target districts to provide an integrated support package to the poor and ultra-poor households in the poverty band of 0-40 (BISP beneficiaries). The interventions primarily focus on livelihood enhancement through skills provision, enterprise development, access to microfinance and productive assets pertaining to agriculture, livestock and fisherfolk. Infrastructure development, including community Infrastructure investment is another key area of the project focussing on Jetties and connecting roads from harbour-to-highway and farm-to-marketplaces. GLLSP-II has two unique features that were not the part of its phase-I; it is being implemented by three Rome-based agencies and it is a nutrition sensitive project. The nutrition component is being implemented by the World Food Programme (WFP). Under this project, WFP will focus on social behavioural change through an intensive training and social mobilization program. A baseline study will identify the up-to-date status regarding nutritional awareness and practices among the target communities and will subsequently help in the design of the training and social mobilization modules. Existing community structures, already developed by the GLLSP-II social mobilization partner, will be utilized for this purpose with the addition of community-based heath workers such as LHWs and CMWs. Endline survey will determine the significance of positive change in nutrition related knowledge, attitude, and practices of the target communities. WFP would also help in developing a Nutrition Strategy for the GLLSP-II partners to integrate nutrition in livelihood interventions.

WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce. 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.

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