Programme Associate (SC6) -Home Grown School Feeding

Career Opportunities: Programme Associate (SC6) - Home Grown School Feeding (142682)

Requisition ID 142682 - Posted 25/06/2021 - Short Term-SC WFP - Africa, Central & Eastern - Rwanda - Kerehe - Working Job Language (2) - PROGRAMME & POLICY

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 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 United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. WFP Rwanda works in partnership with the Government and other stakeholders through the direct implementation of integrated programmes targeting the most vulnerable people and will progressively shift towards building national capacity to formulate, manage and implement programmes for achieving zero hunger. In implementing its activities, WFP will bridge the humanitarian–development nexus and leverage its extensive experience and the contributions it has made in Rwanda over many decades in order to achieve five strategic outcomes:

  • Refugees and returnees in Rwanda always have access to adequate and nutritious food.
  • Vulnerable populations in food-insecure communities and areas have improved access to adequate and nutritious food all year.
  • Children under 5, adolescents and pregnant and nursing women and girls in Rwanda have improved access to nutritious foods and services that enable them to meet their nutrition needs all year.
  • Smallholder farmers, especially women, have increased marketable surplus and access to agricultural markets through efficient supply chains by 2030.
  • The Government of Rwanda and the humanitarian community is provided with adequate, timely, cost-efficient, and agile supply chain services and expertise necessary to effectively respond to emergency crisis.

Under Strategic Outcome 2, WFP provides home-grown school feeding in food insecure areas in Rwanda and acts as a key technical partner of the Government of Rwanda in developing and expanding the national school feeding programme. This position of the School Feeding Programme Associate will be part of the school feeding team and is based in the Country Office in Kigali, Rwanda and contributes to the effective and efficient design and implementation of school feeding activities – WFP-implemented school feeding and technical assistance to Government - under Strategic Outcome 2.


To provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. In collaboration with the District Education Officer, District Coordinators, the HGSF CO team and the Head of Field Office, support the roll out of the national school feeding programme within the HGSF intervention districts including the establishment of school feeding committees at the district, sector and school levels as well as the roll out of capacity building interventions.
2. In collaboration with the Head of Field Office, provide guidance to the HGSF CO team to inform the alignment and integration of the HGSF programme to the national school feeding programme and oversee implementation of programme alignment.
3. Provide technical support and assist in the development and implementation of various activities and processes linked to the HGSF Programme at the field office level, supporting alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
4. Act as a focal point for all HGSF-related field activities, in close consultation with the WFP field office, country office and HGSF unit. 
5. 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.
6. Within the specific area of responsibility, prepare a range of reports and data analysis (e.g. food assistance needs, resource utilization, programme status, performance) and highlight trends/issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
7. 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.
8. Liase with internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
9. Coordinate and communicate with local partners, agencies, NGOs, government institutions and JADF to perform HGSF-related activities in a timely and effective manner. 
10. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, implementing partners, schools, and district/sector government within the specific technical area.
11. Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems related to HGSF support within the geographic area of responsibility.
12. 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.


Education: Bachelors University degree in Education, Nutrition, Project Management, Agriculture, International Development, International Relations, Sociology, or other fields relevant to school feeding
Experience: At least 5 years of relevant experience  in the following preferred areas: Implementation of development or humanitarian programmes,  policy discussions & has experience in education, development, nutrition, project management, VAM
Language: Fluency in both written and oral communication in English and/or French. Fluency in Kinyarwanda is essential.


  • Has worked with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, etc.).
  • Has contributed to implementation of programmes.
  • Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.


1. Coordinate and manage the work of monitoring assistants under the Home-Grown School Feeding programme including the supervision of regular monitoring activities, ensuring that correct and accurate data is in the corporate systems, supervising surveys, conducting spot checks, process monitoring and ensuring that physical inventory matches the stack cards. 

2. Attend and actively participate, together with the Head of Field Office, in the quarterly district technical level committee meeting on Home Grown School Feeding and once established, the district-level school feeding committees 

3.  Attend and actively participate, together with the Head of Field Office, in the quarterly planning and evaluation meetings for the Joint Action Development Forum (JADF), specifically advocating for Home Grown School Feeding programme inclusion in planning and evaluation, community mobilization and resource allocation  . 

4. Facilitate monthly meetings with implementing partners and district coordinators.

5. Coordinate monthly joint monitoring visits in the field with all relevant implementing partners and district coordinators. 



  • 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.


JOB TITLE : Programme Associate (SC6) – Home Grown School Feeding
JOB GRADE: Service Contract- Level 6
DURATION: 12 Months renewable upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds


Deadline for submitting the online application is on the 30th of June 2021.

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.