WFP Business Support Assistant Job Available (South Africa)

22 Jan 2023

The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. 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.

In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.

WFP manage an operating budget of approximately $5.9 billion each year, distributing 12.6 billion rations to those most in need. We reach an average of 80 million people with food assistance in around 80 countries each year. The World Food Programme office in Johannesburg is a Regional Office coordinating and supporting the delivery of humanitarian assistance to 12 Southern Africa countries including, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Lesotho, Eswatini, Botswana, Malawi, Madagascar, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo Brazzaville, Tanzania.

Created in 1961 (at the behest of US President Dwight Eisenhower) as an experiment to provide food aid through the UN system, WFP is to be reassessed within three years. As crises multiply, the experiment proves its worth. A typhoon makes landfall in Thailand. Newly independent Algeria must repatriate and feed its war refugees. In every case, WFP rises to the task. Its mission is emergency aid, but also rehabilitation. A first development programme is launched in 1963 for Nubians in Sudan.

That same year, WFP’s first school meals project – in Togo – is approved. The principle of food aid as a central plank of emergency and development aid gains ground. In 1965, WFP is enshrined as a fully-fledged UN programme: it is to last for “as long as multilateral food aid is found feasible and desirable”.

Subsequent decades consolidate WFP’s role. Crises spill over the years, revealing hunger’s deadly prevalence, marking the conscience of humanity. But catastrophe spurs resourcefulness. The logistics of food aid are revolutionised.

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During the long famines which affect the western Sahel in the 1970s, WFP uses everything in its power – from car to camel, from road to river – to assist those in need. Thirty cargo aircraft, drawn from 12 national air forces, take to the airs. Ethiopia’s famine of 1984 further concentrates minds and means: WFP delivers 2 million tons of food. In 1989, Operation Lifeline Sudan is launched: leading a consortium of UN agencies and charities alongside UNICEF, WFP releases 1.5 million tons of food into the skies above was has since become South Sudan. The dawn-to-dusk, 20-aircraft, three-sorties-a-day airdrop remains, to this day, the largest in history. It saved hundreds of thousands of lives

RecruiterWorld Food Programme (WFP)
PositionBusiness Support Assistant
CountrySouth Africa
Official Website
QualificationSecondary School Education
Experience RequiredMinimum 04 years
Application Deadline22 January 2023
WFP Job Summary

Organizational Context: These jobs are found in Country Offices (COs), Regional Bureaux (RBs), and Headquarters (HQ). Job holders may either perform administrative support functions and provide administrative support to team(s) with the reporting line to the relevant Head of Unit, Programme Policy Officer, or the designate. At this level, work is carried out under minimal supervision. Job holders are expected to produce organised and accurate work, undertaking specific business support activities.

Eligibility Criteria


  • Secondary School Education and have a Certificate in International Affairs, Social Sciences, Development Studies or a post-secondary certificate in the related functional area


  • A minimum of 4 years proven experience in information management in humanitarian operations

Knowledge & Skills:​​​​​

  • IT Skills & Office Management and Presentation Skills:
  • Ability to effectively use standard MS Office software and information systems, power point, graphics and publishing skills are desired
  • Organisational skills: storing, management and organizing data
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


  • Fluency in both oral and written English. French and/or Portuguese language skills are desirable.

Other Details

  • Requisition ID: 250547
  • Job Schedule: Full time
  • Selection Process: Interview
  • Net Salary Monthly Range: ZAR 21919 – ZAR 31032
  • Application Process: Online

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