WFP - World Food Programme

Programme Associate, Libya

Job Overview


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.


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty. For its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict, WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.


Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area. Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in the UN language in use at the duty station and in the duty station’s language, if different.

Six or more years of progressively responsible work experience in the relative business stream with experience in general administrative work



The United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) has been a pioneering financing mechanism to advance integrated programmes by the UN system and partners that are comprehensive, people-centred, context-specific and preventive.

Under the UNTFHS, WFP as the Administration Agency will work with other Applying Organizations, namely UNDP and UNFPA, and other stakeholders inlcuding the National Ministries and Sabha Municipality to support the local influencers and stakeholders to better understand the existing and emerging challenges through the human security framework, and engage with the target population groups to collectively devise and endeavour to implement adapted solutions that are underpinned by the principles of the human security.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Participate in the implementation, strengthening and monitoring of a project funded through the UNTFHS
  • Assist the Applying Organizations in researching, analysing and presenting information gathered from diverse sources and preparing various written outputs;
  • Participate in UNTFHS field missions and draft mission summaries;
  • Assist the Applying Organizations in undertaking outreach activities on the added value of the human security concept among UN and non-UN counterparts;
  • Provide logistical support to consultative and other meetings;
  • Support the design and implementation of M&E strategies for UNTFHS funded project;
  • Liaise with the municipality on UNTFHS and Nexus approaches
  • Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and challenges within a specific technical area of responsibility;
  • Provide translations from Arabic into English and English into Arabic;
  • Perform other 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 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.


Experience in coordinating the work of others and self and training and supporting others.

Good writing skills to draft summary records, project reports and other written outputs.

Strong communication skills in order to laise and reach out to a wide range of stakeholders.

Good networking skills and previous experience working with municipality and local CSOs. Ability to build relationships with a variety of individuals across functions.

Ability to analyse and interpret financial data and monitor budgets.

Ability to proactively identify and recommend areas for improvement to the design and delivery of specialised services.

Experience on monitoring and evaluation.

Ability to maintain confidentiality


  • This position is open for nationals of Libya only or individuals holding a valid work and residency permit for Libya.
  • A competitive compensation package
  • Monthly payment is complemented with a contribution towards social security/pension
  • International Medical Insurance provided for contractor and dependents (spouse and children)
  • Attractive leave entitlements


Sunday 12 September


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries 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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