Public Works Expert at WFP Lesotho


Public Works Expert (122624)

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: -An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in one of the following areas: Environmental Management, Natural resource Management, Forestry, Soil Sciences, Agriculture, or a related field;

-Additional education in a complementary field (e.g. additional education in social science when the first degree was in environmental science – or vice versa) would be an advantage;


The public works expert will report to the Project Coordinator and will supervise field officers in the three districts of Mafeteng, Quthing and Mohale’s hoek. The expert work closely with directors, activity managers in the Ministry of Forestry, Range, Soil and Water Conservation, other relevant line ministries in the government of Lesotho and WFP. The position is based in Maseru and the candidate will be expected to be travelling up to 30% of their time within the country.


WFP is supporting the government of Lesotho to implement a four-year project to improve adaptive capacity of vulnerable and food-insecure populations in Lesotho. In this project, one of the main activities is to ensure effective implementation of publics works programme that enhances resilience of communities experiencing chronic food insecurities and adverse effects of climate change in Mafeteng, Quthing and Mohale’s hoek districts. The project will ensure creation of productive, nutrition sensitive assets at household and community levels through climate adaptive measures. The WFP country office of Lesotho is therefore looking for a Public Works expert to support the government of Lesotho, its partners and communities to effectively manage planning and implementation of public works programme in line with the national public works guidelines, national resilience framework, climate change policy, WFP 3 pronged Approach and adaptation fund guidelines .

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
  • Manage and supervise overall implementation processes of public works activities in the 21 Adaptation fund project sites at Mafeteng, Mohale’s hoek and Quthing districts;
  • Ensure implementation of community-based planning processes that facilitate sustainability and ownership of productive, nutrition sensitive assets and operationalization of gender and protection principles in the public works activities.
  • Lead and supervise development of annual work plans and implementation strategies that clearly demonstrate sequencing of activities adhering to integrated catchment management in each project site  and contribute in the development of annual joint work plan.
  • Facilitate mainstreaming of seasonality forecasts, climate information, awareness creation, social behavioral change strategy in the implementation of public works activities;
  • Continuously identify and recommend strategic partnerships to assist the Ministry of Forestry, Range, Soil and Water Conservation to effectively planning implementation of public work activities that improve livelihoods at household and community levels;
  • Provide necessary technical support working with all departments in the Ministry of Forestry, Range, Soil and Water Conservation to the Field Offices to undertake their duties;
  • Perform appraisal processes for the Field Officers in Mafeteng, Mohale’s hoek;
  • Lead integration of market access activities in the public works sites to improve livelihoods system and facilitate undertaking of baselines, output, progress reports and any other M&E assignments for public works activities;
  • Endorse and follow payment lists from Field offices for payments of cash entitlements to participants in the public works activities;
Knowledge & Skills: -In-depth understanding of environmental management, soil and water conservation, forestry, climate change adaptation, livelihood support and food security;

-Proven ability to lead across multiple teams


Experience: -At least five (5) years of relevant professional experience working with the Government or Non-Governmental Organizations in planning and implementation of public works and livelihood activities.

10 July 2020

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.

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