13. FFW distributions

The physical distribution of commodities as payment for work performed-Food For Work (FFW)-must follow the same control procedures described above. The main difference with FFW distributions is the documentation required to plan and implement the distributions, as summarised in the table below. For all FFW distributions, the following minimum standards apply:

  • The Country Office establishes guidelines that state:
    • the commodity equivalent for one days wage
    • how work progress/completion will be assessed
    • what outputs are expected in order to qualify for a day’s wage
  • A master participant list of worker names, addresses and assigned ID numbers is created and periodically updated periodically.
  • Attendance sheets are obtained from the community and names on the sheets are cross-checked with the master participant list. Any exceptions are documented and authorised by appropriate personnel.
  • Attendance sheets used for calculating work performed contain signatures or fingerprints of the worker. Daily attendance is generally recorded by crossing out a box on the attendance sheet.
  • Attendance sheets are filed in the programme office for authentication purposes and reconciliation against distribution records.
Free distributions FFW distributions
Registered recipients recorded in Master Recipient (Beneficiary) List Registered FFW worker recorded in master participant list
Ration size based on nutritional need, Sphere standards, etc. Ration size based on the commodity equivalent of one days wage for a specific output of work, as established by Country Office guidelines
Total per person quantity distributed equals the number of household members times the number of days covered by the distribution Total per person quantity distributed equals the number of days worked, as documented on attendance sheets
Tally sheets list ration card number Tally sheets list worker identification number
Recipient sheet generated from updated master recipient list for the targeted area Recipient sheets consist of completed and approved attendance sheets (or muster roll, as described below)
Community-based distributions determine total quantity based on number of individuals in the target community FFW distributions based on group work performed require programme staff to measure work progress, authorise the total amount of commodity to be paid to the group of workers, and then prepare a muster roll (or payroll) which clearly indicates individuals’ wages based on the attendance sheet.
Dispatch Authorisation based on distribution plan Dispatch Authorisation based on completed attendance sheets cross-checked with list of registered FFW workers