Budget and Programming Associate, Accra at WFP – World Food Programme

Programme Policy Officer (Joint Resilience Programme Coordinator) CST-II, Mogadishu at World Food Programme

Description of assignment title: Budget and Programming Associate

Closing date: Sunday, 1 May 2022


Assignment country: Ghana

Expected start date: 09/01/2022

Sustainable Development Goal: 2. Zero hunger

Volunteer category: International UN University Volunteer

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: WFP Ghana

Type: Onsite

Duration: 6 months

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Accra


Mission and objectives

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.


WFP’s role in Ghana is predominantly that of an enabler supporting efforts to achieve Zero Hunger, consistent with the vision of self-reliance of the Government of Ghana, while maintaining a minor humanitarian footprint to 1) assist the government’s emergency response activities and 2) pilot development initiatives where learnings assist in strengthening policy formulation and social cohesion. Specifically, activities have been designed to enhance food systems e-commerce ecosystem and value chains, strengthen the social protection graduation programme into livelihoods and support a transformative Social and Behaviour Change Communication strategy to improve nutrition practices and promote healthy diets throughout the life-cycle. Furthermore, building on strengths in disaster risk reduction, emergency preparedness and response, WFP is contributing to enhancing national systems to ensure shock-responsive social protection programmes that respond to the needs of vulnerable populations.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of Finance Officer, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: 1. Contribute to the preparation of budget plans, monitor, and analyse project financial performance and make recommendations on best practices to support financial analysis and optimisation of resources. 2. Provide comprehensive analysis on fund and grant balances identifying surpluses and deficits, and suggest corrective measures, to support maximum fund utilization and decision-making process. 3. Support pipeline management ensuring efficient monitoring, to prevent and address pipe-line breaks and maximise operational effectiveness. 4. Contribute to the improvement of internal processes, enhancement of corporate systems and design of tools, to facilitate the overall planning, expenditure forecasting, and budget management and monitoring of resource utilisation. 5. Enter project budget plans and revisions in the corporate systems, to ensure data is timely and accurately captured enabling easy access to information and supporting planning and decision making. 6. Support the secretariat to the Resources Management Committee to review, compile and analyse data, maintain accurate records and files and prepare periodic and ad hoc reports, to support accuracy and efficiency of information presented to internal and external stakeholders. 7. Maintain communication with several stakeholders regarding project funds management matters and related processes, to clarify any discrepancies and optimise use of funds.


Eligibility criteria

Age: 18 – 26

Additional eligibility criteria

ELIGIBILITY – Candidates must be Korean nationals between 18 and 29 years of age at the time of application. – You must be enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree or have recently graduated (no longer than 12 months ago at the time of application). – Candidates who already served on a UN Volunteer assignment funded by KOICA are not eligible. APPLICATION – If you are currently enrolled in a university and have not yet obtained a university degree, indicate in the section ‘Academic qualifications’ under ‘diploma/degree obtained’ that you are still studying and towards which degree. In the ‘to’ field, enter the current date, as the system does not allow you to enter a future date. Instead of the degree certificate, upload any evidence of your enrollment, for example a transcript. – You may apply to a maximum of three assignments and indicate the order of preference in the ‘Additional remarks’ field when filling in the application form. – If you are above the age of 26, a notification will be displayed that you are not eligible to apply. You may ignore this and proceed with submitting your application. – Application deadline: 1 May 2022 SELECTION – Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment. Interviews will be conducted by the UN Host Entity between 23 May and 3 June. – Selected candidates will be invited to attend a mandatory online preparation training on 15 and 18 August. +++ UN Volunteer entitlement calculator: https://app.unv.org/calculator +++


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

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Required experience

0 years of experience in Demonstrated interest and/or experience (up to two years) in forecasting, budget, or financial analysis.

  •  Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;
  •  Supported project management activities is desirable though not a prerequisite

Area(s) of expertise

Administration, Economics and finance, Business management

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Enrolled in a bachelor’s or master’s degree or have recently graduated (no longer than 12 months ago at the time of application) in Business Administration, Finance, Economics or another relevant field.

Competencies and values

Accountability Adaptability and Flexibility Building Trust Client Orientation Commitment and Motivation Commitment to Continuous Learning Communication Creativity Empowering Others Ethics and Values Integrity Knowledge Sharing Planning and Organizing Professionalism Respect for Diversity Self-Management Technological Awareness Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

The World Food Programme Country Office in Ghana is located at Cantonment, Accra – in the national capital of Ghana. Address: No. 7, 7th Rangoon Close, Cantonment, Accra P. O. Box 1423 Accra – Ghana The office is located close to offices of national security agencies and close to many residen-tial apartments as well as business centre (5–15-minute drive) and within walking distance of shops and restaurants. There are various types of housing close to the office including serviced apartments, self-compound etc. (studio/one/two/three bedrooms).

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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