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Programme Officer (Head Sub Office)

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Location: Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh
Last Date: July 31, 2009
Email: job.India@wfp.org (Reference: DevNetJobsIndia.org)


Date of Issue: 24 July 2009

Closing Date: 31 July 2009

Post Title : Programme Officer (Head Sub Office)

Organization : United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station : Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh

Duration : One Year (Renewable)

Type of Contract : Fixed Term

Level : NO- B

This vacancy is open to applicants of either sex. Preference will be given to equally qualified
women candidates.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Country Director/Deputy Country Director, the Programme
Officer (Head Sub Office) will be responsible for performing the following functions:

• Responsible for overall programme management of Madhya Pradesh/ Chattisgarh State which
includes implementation and monitoring of programmes and activities in the states;
• Develop and sustain liaison with key professionals and NGOs engaged in the field of food
• Oversee preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports including
proposals for improvements in operation and the scope of programmes;
• Assess the need for food in emergency and refugee/displaced person situations, draw up plans
for its timely arrival in coordination with government and other donors, and monitor the
implementation of these plans;
• Assist the state governments in identifying fields of development where food aid can be usefully
employed and give assistance in planning, formulating and targeting recipients for new requests
for WFP aid;
• Liaise with project implementing authorities and undertake visits to view project outputs and
beneficiaries, inspect storage places and points where WFP commodities are received in the
country, in order to ensure that progress is made in the achievement of project objectives;
• Design and maintain databases of indicators relating to food security and WFP projects;
• Provide continuing liaison with bilateral food aid programmes with UN agencies and with NGOs
providing technical or other forms of assistance to WFP assisted projects;
• Advise the state governments on the handling, transport, storage and distribution of the
commodities supplied by WFP;
• Assist the state governments on the maintenance of all records, accounts and nooks as
stipulated in the Plan of Operations and Letter of Understanding and ensure that reports required
for WFP are accurate and provided as scheduled;
• Prepare periodic reports on the progress of operational projects and related government plans;
• Ensure compliance with WFP’s policies, criteria and procedures with respect of food aid;
• Assist Country Director and Head, Programme Unit in all matters related to the delivery of WFP
emergency assistance and bring to the attention of appropriate country staff any administrative
constraints arising from rapidly evolving emergency situations in the field;
• Supervise other programme and support staff in the sub office; provide training and technical
guidance in their work
• Perform other related duties as required.
Advanced university degree or university degree with experience in one or more the following
disciplines: economics, agriculture, international affairs, business administration, social sciences,
development studies or a field relevant to international development assistance

At least three years of postgraduate professional experience in commerce, business
administration, development or food aid support.
Training and/or experience utilizing computers, including word processing, spreadsheet and other
standard WFP software packages and systems. General knowledge of UN system policies, rules,
regulations and procedures governing administration.
Desirable skills and/or experience
Advanced knowledge of WFP specified software (Microsoft Windows, MS Excel, MS Word, MS
Power Point) Lotus Notes; experience in facilitation and moderating discussions and training.


Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and working knowledge of Hindi.

How to apply

Applications for this vacancy should be sent by email to job.India@wfp.org (Reference:

DevNetJobs.org) indicating the Vacancy Announcement No. Only short-listed candidates will be
contacted for interview. The applications can also be addressed to the Human Resources Unit,
World Food Programme, 2 Poorvi Marg, Vasant Vihar, New Delhi 110057, India.