UN World Food Programme Drivers Jobs in Ethiopia

UN World Food Programme Drivers Jobs in Ethiopia

About WFP

  • Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarianorganization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities toimprove nutrition and build resilience.

  • On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships, and 92 planes on the move,delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. Every year, we distribute more than 15 billion rations at anestimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.31. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as anemergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments.

    Organizational Context

  • This position is located in WFP Ethiopia, Gambella Sub Office. Job holders report to the Administation Associate or the designate, and drive light vehicles, trucks, vans, motorcycles or any other type of land transport. They may also be assigned to operate speed boats or other types of water crafts. The job may involve basic administrative assistance in the office or stores.

    Job Purpose

  • To provide efficient and safe transportation of authorized personnel and/or commodities.

    Key Accountabilities

  • Provide transportation of authorized personnel including translation of basic conversations from/to the local language, and/or delivery of various items/commodities following authorized routing and UN safety and security rules and regulations to ensure safe and efficient services.

  • Responsible for accurate maintenance of the vehicle log books, and daily reporting to the supervisor on mechanical status, to ensure efficient vehicle use and fuel consumption supporting accurate accounting and cost-efficiency.

  • Responsible that the assigned vehicle is kept clean and in a good condition including all equipment, the maintenance is done on time, vehicle is fully equipped with required travel authorisations and supplies, and any mechanical issues are reported to the supervisor to ensure safe and efficient services.

  • Follow established rules and regulations for field deliveries and/or in cases of an accident, and report immediately to the supervisor on any apparent problems, to seek for instructions and facilitate informative decisions on the way forward.

  • Outside driving duties, perform basic office related tasks such as filing, photocopying and maintaining stores when required including delivery/collection of various items, mailing service and payment of office telephone and other bills to ensure administrative support to clients.

  • Maintain that the assigned vehicle is always clean and in a good condition, washing and cleaning should be scheduled properly so as not to interfere with work schedule.

  • Make the Fleet Manager aware if the mileage on the vehicle is getting close to Preventative Maintenance inspection mileage, maintenance schedules will be arranged by the fleet manager.

  • Responsible for the pre-trip and post-trip inspections, to complete the documentation and report immediately any problems/issues with the vehicle.

  • Be aware of fuel efficient driving and will not idle the vehicle unnecessarily, over use air conditioning, and will switch off the vehicle when parked.

  • Drive the vehicle with due care at all times, maintaining the highest level of consideration towards passengers, other road users and pedestrians, and by obeying all national codes, driving regulations and speed limits.

  • It is the sole responsibility of the WFP Driver to ensure his/her driving licence is always valid and has not reached the expiry date.

  • Wear seatbelts and use all safety-related equipment in the proper and prescribed manner. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road.

    WFP Driver Response in the Event of a Road Traffic Accident:

  • Remain at the accident scene until directed otherwise by local authorities unless your personal safety, or the safety of the occupants, is endangered, or where local security protocols determine another course of action.

  • If there are any persons injured, call for medical aid and take all necessary action to render the accident site safe, including rendering first aid as he/she is qualified.

  • United Nations vehicles may be used to transport injured persons to medical assistance only under the direct request of medically-trained personnel.

  • Report the accident as soon as possible to the officer in charge of managing the vehicle fleet and the applicable security official.

  • Gather as much information
    as possible on the WFP Accident Report (Fleet Safety Tool E.4) as it will assist the United Nations investigation of the incident.

  • Do not admit any personal liability or any liability on the part of the United Nations.

  • Perform other duties when required.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Completion of secondary school education. Formal drivers training with a valid driver’s license/certification to operate assigned vehicle following local rules and regulations.

  • Experience: Two or more years of work experience as a Driver, preferably in an international organization, embassy or UN system with a demonstrated safe driving record. Experience in driving a variety of makes and models of vehicles, including vans, trucks and other kinds of motorised vehicles. Experience in defensive driving is desirable.

    Knowledge & Skills:

    • Knowledge of driving rules and regulations, chauffeur protocol and courtesies, local roads /waterways and conditions, and security issues.

    • Knowledge of the vehicle loading capacity and other parameters.

    • Knowledge of driving/boat operating rules and regulations whichever applicable.

    • Knowledge of safety standards and safety equipment (e.g. fire extinguishers, buoyant wearable safety devices, etc.).

    • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.

    • Basic skills to assist in case of emergency, knowledge of first aid basic methods.

    • Knowledge and ability to use radio, email, telephone and other applications.

    • Ability to assess vehicles for mechanical fitness and skills in minor vehicle repairs.

    • Ability to demonstrate a client-oriented approach, high sense of responsibility, courtesy and tact.

  • Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of the local language is an added advantage

    4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities


  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.

  • Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.

  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.

  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.

  • Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.

  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.

  • Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.

  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.

  • Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.

  • Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.

  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfill the needs of internal and external partners.

    How to Apply:

  • For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Drivers Jobs in Ethiopia

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