Forestry Associate,SC6, Cox' Bazar
World Food Programme (WFP)
Close on 30 Oct 2020
Location: Cox's Bazar (Bangladesh)
Grade: SC6, Associate
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Job Description

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.


WFP has been providing food and nutrition assistance to the Rohingya refugees, including to the almost 1 million refugees who entered into Bangladesh since 25 August 2018 following the uptick of violence in Myanmar.

As the situation stabilizes, WFP and partners assistance is gradually transitioning from news-grabbing humanitarian operation to a more protracted, development-type intervention. Donors as well as other partners need to be fully informed of the importance of the continuing transitional assistance to the refugees as well as the host population in the medium and longer-term context. This requires effectively documenting and communicating to donors in a creative user-friendly manner the various workstreams and concrete results on the ground.


The World Food Programme signed an agreement with the Government of Bangladesh to support the delivery of a large project called the Emergency Multi-Sector Rohingya Crisis Response Project, financed by the World Bank. WFP and its cooperating partners will be in charge of delivering a specific component of this project, aiming at strengthening community resilience in the Rohingya refugee camps. The resilience of Rohingya refugees will be built through community workfare and community services activities. Community workfare (CW) activities are made of labor-intensive public works and environmental restoration activities aiming at improving the living conditions in the camps. Community services activities encompass various types of services provided by volunteers in the camps and the development of key skills to provide these services. Forestry Associate will be assigned under the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Team in the Programme Unit to contribute to implement environmental interventions, such as tree plantations in close coordination with Energy and Environmental Technical Working Group under Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), UN agencies, government and WFP’s partners.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Forestry Associate will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Head of DRR Team, in coordination with the Energy and Environment Technical Working Group and supported by Community Workfare component Lead.

  • Participate in site selection and collect and analyze baseline environmental data that can inform site planning and development;
  • Ensure timely and effective field assessment, site planning, and management of forestry/plantation works in the refugee camps;
  • Provide technical and policy advice to WFP on activities related to forestry/environmental interventions at district and sub-district levels;
  • Ensure coordination with Bangladesh government such as Forestry Department and partners by holding regular meetings;
  • Establish technical coordination with UN agencies such as FAO, UNHCR and other reforestation projects on ground;
  • Preparing work plans, budgets, implementation guidelines of the respective programme activities related to forest, environment, climate change and natural resource management;
  • Manage all day-to-day activities of the respective programmes;


  • 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.

Education: Advanced University degree in Forestry, Environmental Science, and Natural Resource Management, or in another related field.

Experience:Minimum 4 years of relevant experience at increasing levels of responsibilities. Experience in forestry and climate change related field is an asset. A good understanding on GOB policies on forest conservation, climate change and disaster risk management and indigenous peoples in Bangladesh is an added advantage.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Bangla.


Contract Type : Service Contract

Contract Duration : Twelve (12 ) Months

Duty Station : Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Nationality : Bangladeshi only

Monthly Net Salary : BDT 103,091

No of post : One (1)


30 October 2020


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.

About WFP

Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.

On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. Every year, we distribute more than 15 billion rations at an estimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.31. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an emergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments.

WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations. Two-thirds of our work is in conflict-affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries without conflict. 

At WFP, we are committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment for all our employees. We adopt a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment, harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination in the workplace. WFP has a clear and robust framework (HSHAPD Policy) to address and deter such behaviour. 

The World Food Programme created an Ethics Office in 2008 to ensure that all staff members observe and perform their functions with the highest standards of integrity, as required by the Charter of the United Nations, and in accordance with the Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service.

At the same time, WFP adopted a Whistleblower Protection Policy to guard against retaliation for individuals who report misconduct, provide information in good faith on wrongdoing by one or more employees, or cooperate with a duly authorized audit or investigation.