Programme Associate G6 at WFP Lesotho


WFP  Lesotho 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 Agriculture, Social Sciences, Economics, Development Economics, Public Administration, or another related field.

Experience: At least four years of progressively responsible experience in programme related functions of which significant experience (2 or more years) has to relate to market analysis and/or monitoring & evaluation.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Sesotho.


Under the general suoervision of Deputy Country Director,  job holder is 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.


To provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  • Support M&E unit in organizing farmer organizations, smallholder farmer and traders annual monitoring surveys, i.e. adaptation of data collection instruments, sampling, selection and training of enumerators, data collection, data entry, and support the data cleaning and analysis, report writing and dissemination of the report;
  • Support the M&E unit in maintaining relevant records of farmer organizations related to education and trainings to farmer organizations, supply side partners, stakeholders as well as WFP staff;
  • Identify market relevant indicators for project outcomes/output; and design, prepare, monitor, update and track statistics related to them, inform the relevant sections in the CO;
  • Maintain records of market related information by extracting relevant information from statistics, reports, meeting minutes and other documentation; make information available for local Purchase briefs, and other related purposes;
  • Annual consolidation of lessons learnt, and best practices based on the data produced by M&E system and feed these into quarterly reports, and stakeholder meetings;
  • Identify and establish partnerships at country level to support local purchase implementation;
  • Support the management of established partnerships through regular contact with partners, review of both narrative and financial reports, processing of financial information in WINGs (and budget management;
  • Assessment of new farmer organizations and capacity assessment of both new and old farmer organizations and recommending on training packages to be provided to the organizations;
  • Participate in resource mobilization as necessary; this include drafting proposals, and participating in negotiations with potential donors.


  • 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 Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme 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.

This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job.


• Has worked with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, etc.).
• Has contributed to implementation of programmes.
• Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.


Deadline for submission of applications is 14 October 2019. Only online applications will be considered.

Female applicants 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.

Closing date: 18 October 2019

Only online applications will be considered.

Apply here!