Senior Programme Associate (Forecast-based Financing), Manila, Philippines

Organization: WFP - World Food Programme

Country: Philippines

City: Manila, Philippines

Office: WFP Manila, Philippines


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.


Senior Programme Associate (Forecast-based Financing)


Special Service Agreement


SSA- 7


Strategic Objective 4, Activity 4

DUTY STATION (City, Country)

Manila, Philippines


Six (6) months, with possible extension


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.


The job holder reports to Programme Policy Officer/ Activity Manager 4, with overall supervision of the SO Manager/Head of Programme.

At this level, job holder is responsible for technical work including the planning, implementation and co-ordination of activities that require thorough understanding of programme/project context, issues and ability to apply a range of guidelines/practices. The job holder will independently handle a wide range of specialized programme or policy support activities and may be involved in analytical work. Work performed typically has a substantial impact affecting other parts of the programme.

The job holder demonstrate initiative in the identification and resolution of a wide range of issues/problems, and effectively handle unforeseen situations. The job holder may act as technical focal points in the area of vulnerability assessment and analysis. The job holder’s set objectives, resolve wide-ranging issues and unforeseen problems, supervise and coach a team of support staff within an area of responsibility.


To provide support to policy and programme activities in the implementation of forecast-based financing. To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet the operation needs of Philippines Country Strategic Plan (CSP).

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Within the assigned unit and delegated authority, the Senior Programme Associate (Forecast-based financing) will be responsible for the following duties:

Contribute towards the implementation of the forecast-based financing project in ten provinces throughout the Philippines in coordination with national government, provincial government, UN and civil society organizations

Provide project management support, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures

Follow data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained

Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities.

Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders

Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration and to monitor ongoing projects

Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships towards the institutionalization of the forecast-based financing approach in the Philippine government

Support capacity building of partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through project management support of learning initiatives

Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries

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.

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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 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 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

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 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.


Has worked independently and within teams to achieve success.

Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. disaster risk reduction, climate change and emergency programming, etc.).

Has managed implementation of programmes and provided input into designing operations.

Has experience managing events, partnerships and provided input into policy discussions and decisions.

Refer to Plan of Work to be discussed with your supervisor during planning phase of performance discussion upon onboarding.


Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Work Experience: Minimum 3 years of professional experience (with Master’s degree) or 5 years of professional experience (with Bachelor’s degree) in the related field

Language: Excellent written and oral communication skills in both English and Filipino.


Approximate annual base salary (minimum): PHP812,700


Vacancy is open until 20 June 2021, 11:59pm only. Applications received through WFP Careers website will only be considered valid.


F emale applicants and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organisation. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection & recruitment process, and for work-related needs upon joining the Programme. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. All selected candidates will, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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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