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Posted on 21 May, 2023
Closing on 03 Jun, 2023

Job Description

WFP 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.

General Information

  • Title of Post: Programme Associate (FFA)
  • Grade: SC6
  • Supervisor: Head of Unit FFA
  • Unit: Programme
  • Division/Country Office: Yemen CO
  • Duty Station: Al Mukalla
  • Duration of Contract: 12 months


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.  We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace and stability for populations impacted by conflict, disasters and climate change.

WFP’s emergency response in Yemen is one of the agency’s largest anywhere in the world, and this year aims to provide lifesaving food assistance to more than 13 million people in need. WFP also aims to provide nutrition support to more than 4 million children and women, school feeding to more than 3 million schoolchildren, and livelihoods support to 2 million people.


These jobs are found in Regional Bureaux (RBs), Country Offices (COs), Area/Field Offices (AOs/FOs). Job holders typically report to a Programme Policy Officer or Head of Field Office. At this level, job holders are 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


WFP Field Office in Mukalla covers operations in the four governorates in the eastern part of Yemen namely Al Maharah, Socotra, Hadhramaut, and Shabwah. Mukalla FO currently implements a wide range of Life saving and life changing activities such as GFD, CBT, School Feeding, FFA and nutrition.

In three of the four governorates covered by the FO (namely Socotra, Hadramaut and al Mahra) WFP has initiated a transition process from GFA to FFA and eventual self-reliance. This is being done by changing the operational systems around FFA from fund responsive to a multiyear planning approach and by increasing the focus of available FFA funds to these three governorates.

The transition will bring upon a significant change in how WFP operates in the three governorates, ensuring the communities affected are on board of such changes and securing their full participation in the decision making around targeting, design and implementation of assets as well as having a robust AAP system in place is key to the success of the programme.

Broadly, the Programme assistant will support the PPO (Livelihoods and resilience) and team in supporting a strong community engagement through the design, implementation and phase out of the described transition process.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • In consultation with the FFA team, develop a community engagement action plan to ensure the transition process is well understood by communities and their participation and ability to provide feedback is secured at all times.
  • Support the delivery of Community Based Participatory Planning (CBPP) training and SLP at the field level;
  • Supporting new partners and partners with less experience in conducting CBPP and translating CBPP into early programme roll out and asset creation commencement;
  • Ensuring that asset creation plans are developed based on the CBPP;
  • Supporting The FFA team in targetting criteria (for “graduating” beneficiaries from GFA to FFA as well as identification of new FFA beneficiaries) and communications strategy through the process.
  • Support the partners in ensuring the participation of multiple stakeholders in the planning and implementation of community engagement activities. An age, gender and diversity lens should be applied in respect to affected populations - particularly affected populations and marginalized groups.
  • Facilitate a harmonized approach to beneficiary communication across the activities/CPs, including but not limited to:
    • Map out and document information activities from WFP and partners; 
    • Conduct communication and information needs assessments in close coordination with CPs on various milestones of the programme;
    • In collaboration with the FFA team, develop communication strategies for recurrent messages and campaigns targeted at WFP’s beneficiaries on specific topics (e.g. awareness raising around disabilities);
    • Map existing channels of beneficiary communication, evaluate their effectiveness and facilitate expansion to multiple, inclusive and innovative channels.
  • Support the FFA team in budgeting for and incorporating community engagement activities in partners’ contracts (FLAs) as well as service providers’ agreements (SLAs and LTAs).
  • Provide capacity strengthening to Mukalla WFP staff and partners on inclusive community engagement approaches.
  • In close liaison with the FFA team, M&E, gender, protection, and AAP focal points, establish entry points for community consultation and facilitate systematic collection and documentation of their views, as well as how these views influence programming and operations.
  • Facilitate enhancement of and support in assessing the effectiveness of communication and feedback mechanisms adopted by WFP Yemen
  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the following disciplines: economics, agriculture, development studies, or a field relevant to international development assistance is desirable.
  • Language: Working knowledge oral and written in English language. Arabic language is desirable and considered an asset.
  • Experience: Minimum Six years of relevant experience.  


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.


  • Knowledge of livelihood systems in Yemen, including in rural and urban settings.
  • Experience in livelihood, agriculture development & extension programmes, especially at community level.


  • WFP is an equal opportunity employer.
  • WFP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.
  • The applicant should be a Yemeni national or having work/residency permit.
  • Only candidates who are short-listed will be contacted.
  • Applications must be submitted online with:
  1. Use English language only.
  2. Indicate all your job TOR.
  3. Indicate clear years of experience with each job (month/year)
  • By submitting your application, you have read the Terms of Reference for this position and agree that any false, wrong or incomplete information might lead to your disqualification in this recruitment process.

NOTE: Successful candidates vetted as viable candidates through the application process will be retained on internal roster for a two-years period and may be given further consideration for future similar specific position advertised in the duty station.


WFP never uses external recruitment agencies and recruitment is always is free of charge. WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. The selection of staff are made on a competitive basis and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance. Only applicants whose profiles meet the advertised job requirements will be considered and only within the announced deadline.

 لا يقوم برنامج الأغذية العالمي بالاستعانة ابداً بأشخاص او بوكالات خارجية في التوظيف، علماً بان عملية التوظيف دائماً مجانية. يبحث برنامج الأغذية العالمي عن مرشحين من أعلى درجات النزاهة والكفاءة المهنية والذين يتقاسمون مبادئنا الإنسانية.

يتم اختيار الموظفين على أساس تنافسي ونحن ملتزمون بتعزيز التنوع والتوازن بين الجنسين. سيتم النظر فقط للمتقدمين الذين تفي ملفاتهم الشخصية بمتطلبات الوظيفة المعلن عنها، وفقط خلال الموعد النهائي المعلن.

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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