(Re-advertise) Programme Associate (VAM/ME) SC-6, Oudomxay & Phongsaly , WFP , Oudomxay

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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 winner of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize. We are the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. In Lao PDR, WFP supports the government in providing school lunches for primary students, counters malnutrition with targeted food support to the most vulnerable, and helps communities build resilient lives with sustainable livelihood options.


This job is found in field office. Job holders typically report to a Programme Policy Officer or Head of Field Office. Under the Country Strategic Plan (2022-2026), WFP CO Laos has a key objective of strengthening Government capacities at all levels in achieving food and nutrition security through four strategic outcomes, which focus on school feeding, nutrition, resilience/emergency preparedness and emergency response. To help achieve this result, WFP requires technical support from a data analyst who will work in the Research, Assessment and Monitoring (RAM) Unit. The RAM unit is an amalgamation of two sub-units, namely Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM) and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E). Therefore, RAM unit requires the technical support from a RAM focal person to contribute towards the development of RAM projects and activities, plans and processes, while ensuring alignment with wider WFP policies and guidance. Additionally, the individual will support the CO in undertaking Monitoring (Process, Output and Outcome) rapid and emergency assessments, monitoring food security, market prices, production of early warning bulletins in understanding the food security and nutrition situation in Lao PDR.

Job Summary:

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


Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E):
• Ensure the Field Office meets corporate Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) standards in monitoring activities, including standard operating procedures (SOPs), the Corporate Results Framework (CRF), other corporate monitoring guidance as well as data protection and privacy policies.
• In consultation with Head of Field Office, prepare and implement monthly monitoring plans of the respective catchment areas with overall guidance from the CO M&E.
• In coordination with the respective Programme and FO, provide information about activity sites to the CO to inform sampling plans.
• Ensure the collection of process, output and outcome monitoring data, including distribution monitoring, activity implementation monitoring, Post-Distribution Monitoring, surveys and qualitative data collection methodologies (i.e.,Observation, Group Interview, Key Informant Interviews, Focus Group Discussions), using questionnaires and question guides developed by the CO M&E.
• Coordinate data collection exercises at the field level in cooperation with the field DCFs and stakeholders.
• Keep track of monitoring visits and coverage within the catchment areas, ensuring that all activity sites are monitored.
• Report actual monitoring visits to CO M&E on monthly basis.
• Ensure ethical guidelines are followed during monitoring activities.
• Assist in organizing technical support missions from the CO M&E team, evaluation teams or other missions related to M&E.
• Ensure that issues identified through monitoring visits are properly recorded and escalated and tracking actions taken.
• Deliver timely information to beneficiaries about the actions taken based on monitoring and CFM findings.
• Support, as appropriate, data collection exercises related to reviews and evaluations.
• Verify food assistance distribution plans and report discrepancies to the supervisor for timely corrective action.
• Assist in the planning of M&E activities for all food assistance and livelihoods programmes conducted in the field office in alignment with WFP’s policies and directions.
• Conduct regular field visits to monitor food distributions and cash-based transfers redemption points, to ensure compliance with programme standards and protocols.
• Conduct post-distribution monitoring, including process monitoring and basic needs outcome monitoring, to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the food assistance provided and collect beneficiary feedback.
• Conduct occasional field monitoring visits and review of program activities and prepare accurate and comprehensive reports on WFP’s operations and performance and provide timely and effective communication with supervisor to address issues related to food assistance distribution.
• Update monitoring tracking sheets on output data for COMET inputs is timely filled in to ensure corporate reporting system (i.e. COMET) is timely and regularly updated.

Long Description

Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping (VAM):

  • Contribute to the development of VAM projects and activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider WFP Lao PDR policies and guidance.
  • Support the CO with vulnerability assessments that will help in profiling households per their socio-economic characteristics in order to assist targeted assistance.
  • Undertake field visits to support and work closelywith the Country Office to coordinate various surveys etc
  • Help in the development and management of centralized data and information for early warning system.
  • Provide assistance on the coordination of enumerator training and data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  • Liaise with implementing partners (internal and external) to monitor ongoing assessments, ensuring effective collaboration, timeliness and efficiency and highlight potential risks to results delivery.
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national/local government partners to conduct vulnerability analysis to effectively inform preparedness and response activities.
  • Support in the Targeting and Prioritization processes.
  • Maintain close communication with CO RAM team for latest guidelines, updates and support.


Education: Secondary school education or post-secondary degree in data sciences, statistics, economics, agriculture, social sciences, development studies, geography, or related degrees.
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



  • 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.


  • At least 6 years of relevant working experience in Monitoring and Evaluation and data analysis using statistical software such as SPSS, STATA and R et or in Monitoring and Evalution.
  • Has worked with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, etc.)
  • Has contributed to implementation of programmes.
  • Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.
  • Proficiency in Windows MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook).
  • Behavioral competencies: drives results and delivers commitments, fosters inclusive and collaborative teamwork, applies strategic thinking.
  • Fluency in both oral and written communication in English.


  • Contract type & Level: Service Contract (SC-6)
  • Contract duration: 1 year
  • Duty station: Xay in Oudomxay, Bounneua in Phongsalay
  • Please note that this is re-advertisement for the post in Oudomxay and Phongsaly. Candidates who have previously applied for this position#831364, do not need to reapply.
  • Please identify the location that you apply for. You can choose more than one or all if you are interested


Posting date: 27 May 2024

Closing date: 9 June 2024


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.

REQUIRED EDUCATION Secondary School Education
WORK HOURS: 8 Hours a Day

Oudomxay, Laos
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