Business Support Associate G6

negotiable / YEAR Expired 3 weeks ago
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WFP encourages female candidates and people with disabilities to apply.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis. We are committed to promoting diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all our employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of religion or belief, ethnic or social background, gender, gender identity and disability.


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. WFP has been present in Sri Lanka since 1968 and provided assistance to the country in emergency response and protracted recovery interventions in the aftermath of man-made disasters such as the 27-year confilict and recurrent natural disasters (Drought and floods/land slides). WFP aims to support and facilitate multi-sector approaches to nutrition and food security through both nutrition-specific and nutrition-sensitive programming, including supporting the government to scale up its rice fortification effort, promoting positive nutrition practices, as well integrating nutrition lens within the WFP assisted School Meal Programme and resilience building programmes.


This position is based in the Sri Lanka Country Office and reports to the Country Director. At this level job holder is expected to demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to queries with only general guidance. He/She has responsibility for undertaking specialized business support work, such as organization and coordination of work. There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen problems daily. Job holderis expected to manage resources, and coach and/or coordinate a team of support staff.


To coordinate and control a full range of business support services for a specific professional area of work, to ensure that services are delivered effectively.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Provide dedicated executive assistant support.
  2. Prepare and/or consolidate comprehensive reports, documentation, correspondence, briefing notes, etc. and conduct research in work.
  3. Actively seek and use feedback to improve business processes and procedures.
  4. Respond to complex business support queries to provide a timely and accurate resolution of enquiries for clients.
  5. Oversee the maintenance of records and databases to ensure information is organized and readily available for staff and compliant with all relevant regulations and policies.
  6. Revise and review correspondence and documentation, providing feedback and making amendments where appropriate, to contribute to production of these materials to time and quality standards.
  7. Assist to supervisor in planning, monitoring and reconciling budget(s) to ensure that planned financial resources are used effectively.
  8. Assess and recommend improvements to procedures and practices, to contribute to the effective delivery of business support services.
  9. Provide a full range of complex business support services to staff to contribute to the effective functioning of business operations.
  10. Provide advice, support and/or training to junior support staff in the provision of business support services, to support their learning in providing business support.
  11. Coordinate tasks of junior colleagues to ensure support services are delivered consistently and to the required standards.
  12. Perform other related duties as required


Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area.

Experience: Six or more years of Progressively responsible work experience in the relative business stream with experience in general administrative work.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Specialized knowledge of the application of common business processes, practical business support methods, procedures and systems used in area of work, gained through technical training and work experience.
  • Good communication skills to provide specialized business support services to a wide range of individuals.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret financial data and monitor budgets.
  • Ability to proactively identify and recommend areas for improvement to the design and delivery of specialized services.
  • Ability to build relationships with a variety of individuals across functions.
  • Experience in coordinating the work of others and self and training and supporting others.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.

Language : General Service (Headquarters): Fluency (level C) in English language. Fluency (level C) or intermediate knowledge (level B) of another official language may be required depending on the location of the post or area of responsibility. General Service (Field): Fluency in both oral and written communication in the UN language in use at the duty station (English) and Sinhala or Tamil.


Position Title: Programme Associate

Contract Type: Fixed Term (G6)

Contract Duration: 01 Year

Duty Station: Colombo Sri Lanka

Nationality: Sri Lankans only

Remuneration: Attractive remuneration package following UN policy including salary and medical insurance


03 JUNE 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.

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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