Project Coordinator NOB at WFP Lesotho


Project Coordinator NOB (109743)

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: Masters/Advanced University degree in a relevant discipline: environmental science, climate change, agriculture, forestry, economics, social sciences, Meteorology, Agrometeorology, international development or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in project management/quality assurance and monitoring associated with climate change adaptation and mitigation and/or climate finance;
  • Experience in climate change assessments
  • Demonstrated knowledge and working experiences with the government and international agencies’ system and procedures;

Language: Fluency in English and Sesotho.


The job holder will work under the supervision of the Director Lesotho Meteorological Services, while receiving guidance and regular feedback from the Deputy Country Director and Head of Programme on work performed. S/he will work closely with the designated government officials in the Ministry of Energy and Meteorology (MEM) and the Ministry of Forestry, Range and Soil conservation (MFRS) and support to National Project Steering Committee (NPSC) and coordinate among the key stakeholders.


To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet the objectives of Adaptation fund programme improving adaptive capacity of vulnerable and food-insecure populations in Lesotho WFP Lesotho Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2019-2024 operation needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Coordinate the implementation of all programme components and activities as described in the AF project document while ensuring compliance with National Climate Change Policy, the National Resilience Framework, Public works Guidelines and WFP guidelines and procedures to guarantee proper use of resources.
  2. Ensure that there is joint annual work plan with different partners and organise quarterly meetings to review.
  3. In line with the work planning process, identify potential risks and draw mitigation actions to be included in the joint work plan.
  4. Assist the Programme Manager(s) at the Executing Entity’s office in conducting the National Project Steering Committee meetings and programme related other meetings at the national level.
  5. Be responsible in assisting MEM/MFRS to fulfil their roles in planning, implementation, monitoring/evaluation and reporting of the project activities.
  6. Supervise and coordinate the production of project outputs to the required standard of quality and within the specified time and costs as outlined in the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP).
  7. Manage the SOPs, procedures and the human financial resources with transparency to ensure a high level of efficiency.
  8. Coordinate, Oversee and ensure timely preparation and submission of report; Annual Project Performance, technical and financial quarterly, base-line, mid-term, final evaluation and project completion and other reports as maybe required by AF and WFP.
  9. Provide  regular updates to LMS, MFRS WFP on the project progress and participate in meetings.Assist relevant government agencies and cooperating partners in the development of essential skills through training and workshops and on the job training, thereby upgrading their institutional capabilities.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) 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 areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency Programming Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.


  • Knowledge of National and International policies and strategies related to food security, agricultural development and climate change;
  • In depth knowledge of organization policies and procedures relating to project management;
  • Expertise and experience in climate change and relevant sectors such as energy, forestry, agriculture, water and cross-cutting issues such as gender, private sector etc;
  • Proven experience in partnership building and networking;
  • Excellent knowledge of and experience of result-based management (RBM) methodologies and tools (project and programme management, design, monitoring and evaluation) and report writing;
  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary and diverse team with proven interpersonal skills;
  • Experience of working in remote geographic areas of Lesotho and ability to frequently visit the project sites.

Experience of working in donor funded project, for the Government of Lesotho and UN is an asset.


  • Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.
    • Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.
    • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.



Deadline on 31 December 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: 31 December 2019

Apply here!