Senior Programme Associate G7 (101342)

  • Added Date: Friday, 16 November 2018

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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.
This post opens to Cambodian Nationality only


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.


WFP’s mission is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 as per the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2. It works to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

In the period 2019-2023, through the Country Strategic Plan (CSP), WFP Cambodia will contribute to achieving Zero Hunger by promoting access to nutritious diets through home grown school feeding and improving climate smart food production and transformation capacities of small holder farming communities. WFP will help set standards and guidelines for food transformation to satisfy the increasing demand for nutritious processed and convenient foods. WFP will leverage its subnational presence and existing implementation relationships to build scalable models for replication nationally, and enable subnational counterparts’ hands-on learning in intervention planning, management and implementation.

Further, WFP will support national and subnational disaster and climate change risk management and assist national strategic direction and coordination on food security, nutrition and social protection through enhanced information systems, knowledge management, and public-private and south-south partnerships.

The CSP aims to contribute to five Strategic Outcomes that are aligned to four Strategic Results of SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 17 (Partnerships for Development). A total of 6 Activities are planned to be implemented to achieve the contributions to the five Strategic Outcomes. The five strategic outcomes are:

Strategic Outcome 1

Vulnerable communities in Cambodia have access to nutritious, safe, diverse, convenient, affordable and preferred foods by 2025

Strategic Outcome 2

Poor and vulnerable communities in Cambodia are more resilient to shocks and stresses in the food system by 2023

Strategic Outcome 3

National and subnational institutions have strengthened capacities to mitigate risks and lead coordinated shock preparedness and response efforts by 2025

Strategic Outcome 4

National and subnational institutions in Cambodia have strengthened capacities to develop, coordinate and implement well-informed, effective, and equitable actions for achieving food security and nutrition by 2030

Strategic Outcome 5

Development and humanitarian partners in Cambodia have access to common supply chain services throughout the year.

CST Position Title: Senior Programme Associate (Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping/Geographic Information Systems)

Type of Contract: Fixed Term Appointment

Grade: GS - 7

Duty Station: WFP Country Office, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Duration: One year (extendable)

Reporting Line: Under the overall supervision of the CSP Manager for Strategic Outcome 3, 4 and 5, this position reports to the Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) Officer.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive, nor exhaustive)

  1. Provide specialized expertise and contribute towards the development of project activities, plans and processes within the specific technical area of work ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
  2. Provide efficient coordination and specialized project management support to a range of specific and/or defined programmes to ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures.
  3. Within the specific area of responsibility, prepare a variety of elaborated reports and substantial data analysis and make recommendations to supervisors, ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
  4. Lead and ensure accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work (e.g. food assistance programmes, food security and vulnerability assessments) and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  5. Coordinate and liaise with internal counterparts on a range of complex matters to enable effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  6. Foster relationships and support partnership-building with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to perform accurate food security analyses and to ensure efficient delivery of food assistance.
  7. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government within a specific technical area.
  8. Act as an escalation point for complex query resolution on all matters within the area of responsibility.
  9. 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.


1. Technical/Specialized

1.1 Lead Geographic Information Systems (GIS) tasks in WFP Cambodia, including production of map products (relevant to food security, nutrition, vulnerability, disaster management, gender, programme implementation and other areas) and management and maintenance of an up-to-date spatial dataset library;

1.2 Ensure accurate and timely data management, spatial analysis and mapping visualization, ensuring the quality, consistency and clarity of this information when presented to stakeholders;

1.3 Assist in supporting development of methods and tools for monitoring and assessment of food security, nutrition and vulnerability, including supporting the coordination of household surveys and rapid assessment data collection;

1.4 Participate in the review and development of information technology and analytical products related to food security, nutrition, vulnerability, climate change, disaster management, and gender;

2. Capacity Strengthening

2.1 Manage, coordinate and/or support activities, including trainings, that aim to help strengthen the capacities of government counterparts, cooperating partners, and WFP Programme and Area Office staff in the areas of spatial data collection, using GPS, GIS analysis and mapping, food security and nutrition monitoring and analysis, and interpretation and utilization of information on food security, nutrition, gender, climate change and resilience;

3. Project Management

3.1 Contribute to documentation on activities and programme results for the purpose of WFP corporate reporting and accountability, and public communication, and to contribute to the implementation of the Country Strategic Plan;

3.2 Contribute to the development of funding proposals, activity concept notes etc.;

3.3 Assist in organizing project planning missions, meetings and briefing sessions;

3.4 Contribute to gender equality in the execution of WFP’s programmes.

4. Partnerships

4.1 Liaise with relevant institutions to update WFP’s repository of GIS related data;

4.2 Effectively communicate with technical and non-technical audiences from relevant partners to inform further analytics and information products;

4.3 Assist in coordination with WFP Regional Bureau Bangkok and Headquarter offices to ensure VAM methodology and reports are in line with global norms, guidelines and analytical approaches for food security, nutrition, vulnerability, and GIS analysis and mapping;

4.4 Support the collaboration with relevant government entities, UN Agencies and other development partners, academia, private sector partners, and civil society organizations;

4.5 Assist in carrying out advocacy and information related tasks for real time information management, VAM and programme activities.

5. Innovation

5.1 Keep informed about new analytical approaches and best practices related to food security, nutrition, vulnerability, and resilience;

6. Perform other related duties as required



  • 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 behavior expected for the proficiency level

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Demonstrates ability to work with spatial data and database management and shows capabilities of advanced mapping and spatial analysis skills.

Food Security Analysis

Uses basic knowledge of food security measurement activities to perform daily activities including data collection and processing food security models.

Food Security Monitoring

Supports the implementation of food security monitoring systems. Investigates any observed anomalies in the datasets and informs program management for operational response.

Technical Specialized Knowledge (e.g., GIS / statistical, etc.)

Utilizes strong understanding of accepted methodologies to undertake complex food security analysis, including designing surveys and assessment tools, sampling methodologies, analytical models; validates analytical outputs factoring underlying assumptions and methodologies.

Food Security Assessment

Participates in assessment design, training of trainers and leads field teams. Works with partners to collect, analyze and report on the key questions including status of food availability, access and utilization, and community exposure to risks and priorities for assistance.

Strategic Operational Understanding

Seeks to understand the role that food security analysis plays in the design and implementation of food assistance policy and programmatic assistance. Processes relevant information to support policy and technical advice.


  • Has a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience with increasing level of responsibility.
  • Has experience utilizing computers, including word processing, spreadsheets and other standard software packages.
  • Has experience using tablets/smartphones and digital data collection software (ODK, KoBoToolbox).
  • Has proficiency in using GIS software (e.g., Arc-GIS, QGIS), conducting geospatial analysis and producing map products
  • Has experience in using statistical software (e.g., SPSS, Stata, R) and conducting statistical analyses, preferably in food security and nutrition.


Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area is desirable.
Language: Fluency (Level C) in English.

How to Apply:

  • Create an account on the WFP Career Website:
  • Under Filter By “Country”, type “Cambodia” and select the position you want to apply to.
  • The vacancy will be closed on Tuesday, 27th November 2018 at 17:00 GMT+7

Qualified women and men are encouraged to apply.

WFP is committed to an inclusive working environment which values diversity

and has zero tolerance for discrimination, harassment and abuse of any kind.


  • WFP is committed to gender equality and parity (50% women and 50% men) and to diversity more generally, among employees across all grades, functions and contract modalities. WFP supports the use of flexible working arrangements to assist women and men in balancing work and personal responsibilities, translating into effective, efficient and dedicated participation of women and men in the workforce.
  • WFP offers an attractive salary and other benefits, including annual leave, parental leave and health insurance for staff and eligible dependents. Kindly see the following weblinks for more information: (
  • WFP Work Environment: WFP is committed to ensuring that all its workplaces are free from abuse, offensive behavior, harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. WFP does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. WFP is also committed to promoting a work culture in which every employee understands, and is able to carry out, his/her personal responsibilities for maintaining the dignity of work colleagues. WFP seeks to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. We believe our mission of fighting global hunger worldwide can only be achieved if women, men, girls and boys are offered equal opportunities in terms of access to resources and services, and participation in decision making roles.

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