Programme Associate SC6 – Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk, Iraq (2 positions)

  • Contract
  • Baghdad

WFP - World Food Programme


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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies, building prosperity, and supporting a sustainable future for people recovering from conflict, disasters, and the impact of climate change. In 2022 WFP supported 711,635 people in Iraq. Through providing food for vulnerable people, skills to build futures, and enhanced social protection, WFP is helping the Government of Iraq build people’s food security and resilience. For more information, see and


The incumbent will be responsible for supervising and implementing WFP’s activities under SO1 projects under the supervision of Erbil Field Office management, and technical guidance and support from the SO1 Head of Activity from the Country Office, and overall guidance from Head of Programme.


The Programme Associate will provide technical support and implement all activities in the designated area(s) of responsibility.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1.    Contributing to the implementation of WFP Policies, standards, norms and practices ensuring compliance with wider WFP policies, procedures, guidelines and operations. 
2.    Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of various activities and processes within the specific area of work supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
3.    Provide specialized project management support to specific and/or defined programmes to ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures.
4.    Within the specific area of responsibility, prepare a range of reports and data analysis (e.g. food assistance needs, cash assistance needs, resource utilization, programme status, performance) and highlight trends/issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
5.    Ensure and/or perform accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work (e.g. assistance programmes, food security and vulnerability assessments) and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
6.    Liaise with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
7.    Coordinate and communicate with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to perform accurate food security analyses and to ensure efficient delivery of food assistance.
8.    Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government within the specific technical area.
9.    Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems within a specific technical area of responsibility.  
10.    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.
11.    Tracking the progress of implementation, achievements, and budget utilization.
12.    Create and track administrative documents that support project implementation such as Purchase requests, Purchase Orders, financial settlements… etc.
13.    Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.
14.    Identifying gaps/entry points for capacity building for Field Office staff and partners. 
15.    Supporting the coordination with partner and local relevant authorities to ensure projects design and implementation as per the on-ground need.  
16.    Conduct field missions/visits to achieve all the above-mentioned tasks and duties, as required.
17.    Any other required tasks.



Leads by Example with Integrity 

  • Demonstrates and encourages others to uphold the WFP values, principles and standards.
  • Values diversity using respectful and inclusive language, and encourages others to do the same.
  • Stays focused and calm when under pressure and encourages others to do the same. 
  • Shows humility and a willingness to learn and share knowledge, frequently seeking and acting on feedback, and taking up opportunities to develop. 

Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments 

  • Holds self and/or others accountable for the delivery of results. 
  • Delivers results against delegated tasks and seeks guidance and support where needed.
  • Responds readily to change adjusting work as needed. 

Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative 

  • Promotes inclusive teamwork and psychological safety by sharing ideas and openly raising issues. 
  • Supports development for others by giving timely and constructive feedback. 
  • Listens attentively to others to capture, learn, build and share new perspectives. 

Applies Strategic Thinking 

  • Fulfils WFP’s vision and is able to explain how their objectives support the vision  
  • Demonstrates curiosity, and proposes new ways of doing things when relevant.
  • Gathers data and shares knowledge to inform team decision making. 
  • Implements decisions and asks questions to understand the impact for wider objectives. 

Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships 

  • Builds partnerships by seeking out opportunities to work with others. 
  • Collaborates with partners by sharing information and working together to deliver common goals.


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.


Education: Desirable, bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Economy, Statistic, Social Sciences, Political Science, or any other relevant field. A minimum, Diploma in similar areas. 
Experience: As minimum of six (6) years of work experience in Engineering, Economy, Social Sciences, Political Science, or any other relevant field.
Languages: Fluency in English and Arabic required. Knowledge of Kurdish or a second UN language is desirable.  


  • Has worked with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, etc.).
  • Has contributed to implementation of programmes.
  • Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.
  • Has experience working with Governmental technical counterparts.
  • Has worked extensively in tasks that involved relationship building and community engagement.
  • Has expertise in grant and proposal writing in English.


Position Title: Programme Associate 
Grade: SC6
Contract: Service Contract 
Multiple Duty Stations: Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk, Iraq
Duration of contract: 6 months, with possibility of extension subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance
Salary: Minimum Annual Net Salary is USD 25,424.00 
Medical Plan: International valid medical plan for the staff member, spouse, and dependent children 
Annual leave: 30 working days per annum


Applications close on 17 December 2023


WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

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