Programme Associate, (Social Protection), Accra, At WFP – World Food Programme

Duty Station : Accra, Ghana

JOB PURPOSE: WFP Ghana is transitioning from direct implementation to increased support through capacity strengthening to partners (government, CSOs, private Sector etc). Such support also includes institutional systems strengthening, policies and frameworks, as well as human resource strengthening. In the social protection sector, such support also entails strengthening systems that support the use of cash transfer programmes to empower people to meet their essential needs in social protection. There is potential for such programmes to also contribute to longer-term objectives such as digital financial inclusion (DFI) and women’s economic empowerment (WEE), when deliberately designed to do so.

As such, WFP has a responsibility to uphold and ensure that our collaboration on social protection is strengthened, and systems that support social protection are functioning to deliver the best support. More and more, capacity-strengthening thresholds are expanding, and WFP is committed to exploring all the thresholds to benefit all people living in Ghana.

WFP’s Ghana CO is seeking a Programme Associate to support the strengthening of national and subnational entities that provide social protection, in close collaboration with the head of Social Protection and the Programme Team to support social protection activities within the 2024 – 2028 Country Strategic Plan and support the harmonization of social protection across the other CSP pillars.


Under the direct supervision of the Head of Social Protection and overall supervision of the Country Director, the staff will be responsible for the following duties.

  •  Support the WFP Ghana social protection and relevant teams to coordinate the implementation of relevant strategies to enable the uptake of SP for vulnerable groups in WFP Programmes.
  •  Establish positive and efficient working relationships with relevant government Ministries at national and subnational levels – Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Education, and other strategic Government structures that are crucial to Social Protection, to ensure government ownership for the outcomes of the CSP.
  •  Liaise with development partners (DPs) in social protection to ensure coordination and harmonization in SP activities.
  •  Work with relevant WFP functional units to track outputs and outcomes for all WFP Social Protection programmes (LEAP Secretariat, School Feeding Programme Secretariat, Ghana AIDS Commission; UNSCDF).
  •  Liaise with other WFP outcome areas (Nutrition; Food Systems; Crisis Response; On-Demand Services) to promote harmonization of their initiatives with social protection, leveraging on digitization, evidence generation and other key WFP tools.
  •  Support the prioritization of women in social protection issues, and promote their access to digital financial products and women’s economic empowerment.
  •  Represent the organization in meetings with Government counterparts, partners and other project stakeholders as delegated by the CO.
  •  Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Academic Qualifications

University degree in Development Studies, Project Management, Business Administration, Economics, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Public Health, Gender, or any other related field as advertised.

Desired Experiences for Entry into the role:

  •  Minimum of six (6) years of professional progressive experience in coordination and project management.
  •  Previous experience in supporting activities and policies related to national social protection programmes will be important. eHqbsEx BIpnb
  •  The ability to coordinate multi-stakeholders in a multi-cultural environment is an important asset.

Other skills:

  •  Demonstrated ability to collaborate with various partners, including private sector actors and the government.
  •  Excellent PowerPoint preparation and presentation skills
  •  Good communication and interpersonal skills especially for dealing with WFP partners; including the ability to effectively communicate through multiple mediums (e.g., policy, advocacy messaging, reporting, training).
  •  Experience in facilitating training modules and focus group discussions using adult education/participatory methods.
  •  Ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, enthusiasm, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a team effort.
  •  A motivated and proactive individual who can work with minimal supervision, adhering to deadlines and used to meeting targets.
  •  Ability to collect and analyse programme output and outcome data and prepare various reports for management and stakeholders.
  •  IT literate with proficiency in MS Word, MS Excel, and MS Power point and online collaborative working tools.

Language : Fluency in both oral and written communication in English; a second UN language will be an advntage.

How to apply: Applicants should submit their applications and CV stating 3 references online to: and follow the steps.

Qualified Female Candidates are encouraged to apply

People living with disability are also encouraged to apply

Only shortlisted candidates meeting the criteria will be contacted.


  •  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.
  •  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.\


April 2024