World Food Programme

Programme Assistant SC5, Thi Qar and Maysan, Iraq (2 positions)

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Job Overview

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


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 following up on the design and implementation of WFP’s resilience and livelihoods projects under the supervision of Basra Field Office management, and technical guidance and support from the Resilience and Livelihoods unit in the Country Office, and overall guidance from Head of Programme.


The Programme Assistant will assist with follow up on programmatic tasks and duties related to the Resilience and Livelihoods activities in both urban and rural settings.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Perform specialized and/or standardized processes and activities within the specific technical area of work supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
  2. Provide project follow up general support following established targets and WFP’s policies and procedures.
  3. Within the specific area of responsibility, compile data and support analysis and preparation of reports on activity progress, stakeholders’ engagement and feedback… etc. in order to support operational decision-making.
  4. Perform accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work (e.g. food security and vulnerability assessments) following corporate standards and guidelines.
  5. Work and exchange information with partners counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities as per WFP regulations and instructions.
  6. Support communication and activities with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions.
  7. Act as a point of contact for resolution of general operational queries requesting assistance where necessary.
  8. Arranging and attending follow up meetings with the partner on the project progress and expected challenges, raising the concerns for management decisions and providing advice on suitable solutions.
  9. Any Other tasks as required.




Leads by Example with Integrity 

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


Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments 

  • Is accountable for the delivery of results.
  • Seeks guidance and support where needed.
  • Adapts readily to change adjusting work as needed.


Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative 

  • Promotes teamwork by sharing ideas and openly raising issues.
  • Gives timely and constructive feedback to others.
  • Listens attentively to others and shares views.


Applies Strategic Thinking

  • Embraces WFP’s vision and how it impacts their role.
  • Shows curiosity and implements new ways of doing things when relevant.
  • Gathers data and shares knowledge to inform team activities.
  • Asks questions to understand the impact of decisions for their objectives.


Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

  • Acts professionally with external partners.
  • Works together with partners to deliver common goals.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Can facilitate implementation of food assistance programmes under guidance using basic understanding of principles and good practices of programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers) Demonstrates ability to facilitate, under guidance, food assistance programme implementation that deploys full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
Knowledge of Specialized Areas Understands basic technical concepts and data andtheir 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/Govt Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.



  • Completion of secondary school education. University degree in social and development studies, economics, agriculture development or other relevant field is desirable.


  • At least five (5) years of experience in resilience and livelihoods related projects. 


  • Fluency in English is required. Professional knowledge of Arabic or Kurdish is an asset.


  • Has deepened technical knowledge and practical experience in resilience and livelihoods projects.
  • Has worked extensively in tasks that involved relationship building and community engagement.
  • Excellent knowledge of project implementation and follow-up with a comprehensive understanding of the different phases of the project life cycle.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills in order to communicate effectively and efficiently with internal and external stakeholders and submit well-written reports and documents.
  • Ability to proactively identify and recommend areas for improvement to the design and delivery of specialized services in relation to agricultural activities in the area of responsibility.
  • Ability to build strong relationships across functions, as well as in public and private institutions with national all stakeholders, to focus on impact and results for the beneficiary, to respond positively to critical feedback, and a consensus-oriented approach to work.
  • Display cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Willingness, enthusiasm, and ability to meet the assigned tasks on time.
  • Experienced user of computers and office software packages.


Position Title: Programme Assistant
Grade: SC5
Contract: Service Contract
Multiple Duty Stations: Thi Qar, Iraq
Duration of contract: 6 months, with possibility of extension subject to funding availability and satisfactory performance
Salary: Minimum Annual Net Salary is USD 21,441.00
Medical Plan: International valid medical plan for the staff member, spouse, and dependent children
Annual leave: 30 working days per annum


Applications close on 09 April 2024


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

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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