World Food Programme: Programme Officer - Capacity Building of Small Holder Farmers

World Food Programme (WFP)
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Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 21 April, 2013
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The World Food Programme (WFP) is the food aid branch of the United Nations, and the world's largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger worldwide.

The United Nations WFP seeks to appoint a Programme Officer - Capacity Building of Small Holder Farmers, based in Sunninghill, Johannesburg and Out-posted to FAO, Pretoria.

The Government of South Africa has recently decided to contribute up to USD 20 million to support vulnerable people in Lesotho following recent droughts. In this connection, WFP will utilise up to 40 percent of this contribution towards procurement of food from South African small holder farmers. The Programme Officers will work with farmers unions and cooperatives of emerging farmers in strengthening their capacity to offer quantity and quality bids that can be considered for export to Lesotho and future WFP food procurement tenders.


  • Help in the design of the project, in partnership FAO, WFP Lesotho and Regional Bureau programme and procurement staff, which will promote South African smallholder farmers in their efforts in producing commercially viable for food crops meeting WFP standards;
  • Ensure proper coordination with relevant partners in the design and implementation of the project;
  • Liaise with the FAO, RB and WFP HQ for general guidance on programme implementation and strategic direction;
  • Make recommendations on implementation based on this guidance and adjust programme accordingly;
  • Help design the project’s logframe and ensure proper monitoring of processes and evaluation of results as stated in the logframe;
  • Ensure monitoring of programme outputs, process and outcomes;
  • Ensure provision of quality and accurate information and information management for both internal (data storage and management) and external (reports, PI) purposes;
  • Coordinate with relevant units to ensure timely exchange of information and reports;
  • Provide support to the Procurement unit in terms of managing work to meet the goals of the Programme i.e., smallholders to deliver on time and implement risk management to prevent pipeline breaks;
  • Ensure proper engagement with several RSA Government entities and participate in relevant sector meetings and ensure that WFP’s activities are aligned to sectorial policies and plans;
  • Prepare, monitor and implement MoU and agreements as needed with government, partners and suppliers as required;
  • Disseminate results, best practices and lessons learned from the project among partners and the government;
  • Seek opportunities for capacity development of government institutions and supply side partners to ensure proper support to smallholders targeted by the programme;
  • Supervise other programme staff;
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.


  • Preferably Master’s degree in agriculture, agro-economics or similar field.  Minimum Bachelor’s degree with most relevant additional training;
  • Minimum of three years of most relevant professional experience in the South African agriculture sector. (Must be post degree experience);
  • Experience and skills in conducting commodity market and price analysis;
  • Experience in providing technical support and guidance to farmers, farmer cooperatives or similar;
  • Experience as a trainer and in organising and facilitating workshops;
  • Communication and networking skills, proven ability to relate to people of different backgrounds;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office;
  • Fluency in Engish (written and verbal), knowledge of additional South African languages highly advantageous. 

Salary: As per UN salary scale.

To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter and/or a United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) to, quoting Announcement No: OMJ/VA 005/2013. 

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No other documents will be reviewed at this stage.

Applicant must be a South African national.

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