Business Support Assistant (Education)

World Food Programme, Niamey, Niger

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationEducation Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st July, 2020

Job Description


The United Nations World Food Program is the largest humanitarian organization fighting hunger in the world. In Niger, WFP has been meeting the needs of poor women, men, boys and girls since 1968. We are working to achieve the Zero Hunger goal by 2030 by supporting government and community efforts on two fronts, saving lives and change lives.

To save lives, we intervene in crisis zones. We are present in the Lake Chad basin where violence linked to the conflict with Boko Haram has resulted in the displacement of thousands of people. This crisis has destabilized the Diffa region in Niger, also precipitating local populations in great vulnerability. The border with Mali is also subject to increasing instability. WFP provides food assistance in these areas to assist victims of conflict, refugees, displaced, returnees and local host populations.

To change lives, WFP is working across Niger to make people more resilient to shocks, including climatic shocks, that threaten the agricultural capacities and livelihoods of the most vulnerable Nigeriens. Our package of integrated activities covers nutrition, school canteens and technical assistance for land reclamation. WFP buys part of its food locally and from small producers to revitalize the national and local economy. We focus on building the capacity of government and communities in this country hit by repeated shocks. Thus, people manage to break the vicious circle of poverty and to see the future in a better light.

WFP manages the United Nations humanitarian air services, UNHAS. Some regions are far from the capital. Thanks to its devices, UNHAS allows all humanitarian personnel present in Niger to quickly and safely reach the place of humanitarian operations. This helps to reach vulnerable people, even in the most difficult to access areas.

Independent studies have shown that WFP's interventions in Niger are bearing fruit. These results confirm that our efforts in support of the government contribute, with the support of our donors, to support the development of Niger.


In the area of ​​education, WFP is implementing a school feeding program to support the Government in its education policy, one of the priorities of which is to provide quality basic education to all girls and all boys of school age; this program integrates complementary activities which are carried out around canteen schools and also a support component for adolescent girls in school.

Thus, within the framework of the implementation of these activities, WFP Niger is recruiting a qualified candidate for the above-mentioned post.



  • Support in the collection, processing and centralization of information on activities related to the school feeding program (enrollment database, complementary activities, integrated sites);
  • Maintain databases regularly (schools, scholarship girls, complementary activities);
  • Centralize and archive all useful documents for the section;
  • Contribute to the realization of studies and research in the field of education;
  • Collect information for the drafting of periodic reports and other documents;
  • Write correspondence, Meeting Reports and other documents by linking with support units (payment request, payment order);
  • Support in the preparation of workshops and other meetings;
  • Support in the implementation of the direct cash operation in schools and activities related to adolescent girls;
  • Assist the Sub-Offices to respond to the various requests from partners, argue and provide a quick and precise response to partners;
  • Support in the documentation and writing of good practices and lessons learned from pilot initiatives;
  • Participate in monitoring canteen schools;
  • Support the technical services (Ministry of Education) in the context of government ownership of the school feeding program;
  • All other tasks corresponding to the profile;


  • The updating and centralization of information on activities linked to school canteens (updating of staff, additional activities, integrated sites) are available on time and on a regular basis;
  • Support is provided in the context of studies and surveys related to the implementation of the program;
  • The information is available on time and enables periodic reports to be drawn up;
  • The necessary support for the preparation of workshops and other meetings is provided;
  • Support is provided in the context of the implementation of the direct cash operation for schools and activities related to adolescent girls;
  • Good practices and lessons learned from pilot initiatives are written and documented;
  • Support is provided to government structures according to the skills required;



  • Understand and communicate strategic objectives: Helps teammates to articulate the strategic objectives of the WFP.
  • Be a force for positive change: Suggests potential improvements to team work processes to the supervisor
  • Make the mission a source of inspiration for our team: Explain the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities with teammates.
  • Communicate our mission in daily actions: Explain how the unit's responsibilities will serve WFP's mission.


  • Look for ways to build people's skills: Train junior teammates on new skills and abilities.
  • Create an inclusive culture: Seek opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.
  • Develop and provide constructive feedback: Serves as a reference coach for colleagues in the same work area.
  • Create an “I want” / “We will do” spirit: Pursue progress towards the objectives and share this information regularly with the supervisor.


  • Encourage innovation and creative solutions: Explore ways to be systematically more efficient and precise in work areas and share new work methods with colleagues
  • Focus on getting results: Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for effectiveness
  • Make commitments and respect them: Takes responsibility for their own tasks and informs the supervisor as soon as possible of any delays in meeting deadlines or commitments
  • Be decisive: Decide independently of the measures to be taken in the face of critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations on the ground


  • Connect and share between WFP units: Suggests partnership possibilities with other units to the supervisor.
  • Establish strong external partnerships: Identify opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field toward common goals
  • Be politically agile and adaptable: Understands the value of WFP teams and external partners in achieving team goals and objectives.
  • Understand the value that WFP brings to partners: Aligns its own activities with the supervisor's priorities to meet the needs of internal and external partners




  • High school diploma ;
  • 4 years of professional experience in the field of Education, Administration, or Statistics.


Computer science:

  • Fluency in oral and written communication, French (level C) and intermediate level of English (level B)
  • Good computer skills (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Internet, etc.)


  • Education : At least Bac +2 in Education, Statistics, Economics, Social Sciences, project management, monitoring and evaluation or any other relevant field.
  • Experience: Good knowledge of statistical software (SPSS, STATA) and data collection tools (ODK, KOBO, etc.) as well as proficiency in professional English is an asset.
  • Experience in supporting, collecting and centralizing information on activities related to school canteens;
  • Experience in contributing to the realization of studies and research in the field of education;
  • Knowledge in monitoring and implementing pilot initiatives;
  • Experience in documenting and writing good practices, and lessons learned from pilot initiatives carried out;
  • Experience in monitoring canteen schools;
  • Good writing skills; Great analytical and synthesis skills;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, to multitask, including organizational skills, and to prioritize are required.


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