UN World Food Programme Food Cluster Coordinator - International Consultant Jobs in Ethiopia

UN World Food Programme Food Cluster Coordinator - International Consultant Jobs in Ethiopia

About WFP

  • The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. 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.

    Organizational Context

  • The conflict in the northern Ethiopia which started in November 2020 has resulted in an increase in number of food insecure people in both rural and urban communities in northern parts of the country. There are indications of disruptions of livelihood sources including on incomes and food sources.

    Job Purpose

  • The Food Cluster Coordinator (FCC) plays a vital role in ensuring timely, coherent, and effective coordination of the food security interventions by mobilizing stakeholders to respond in a coordinated and strategic manner to food needs in Amhara region. The Food Cluster Coordinator will lead the food response coordination along with partners and stakeholders involved in the humanitarian response in Amhara region, and focus on:

  • Supporting effective coordination of food response in Amhara region.

  • Informing strategic decisions of the Cluster Lead Agency (CLA), Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and regional Emergency Coordination Center (ECC).

  • Coordinating, Planning, and implementing Cluster strategies, including contingency planning and preparedness with food cluster partners

  • Participating to relevant inter-sectorial forum and work in close collaboration with relevant clusters (e.g. CCCM, Protection, Nutrition, etc)

  • Monitoring and Evaluating of cluster performance

  • Strengthening Advocacy efforts on Food security

  • Ensuring Accountability to affected people
    The Food Cluster Coordinator will work impartially with all members of the cluster and represents the group, and not a specific agency. S/he will work closely with the Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) or their designated official in the region as required.

    Key Accountabilities

  • Establish and maintain Technical Working Groups in the region to support partners in key thematic areas (ex: cash, targeting, monitoring etc.) or key thematic emergencies,

  • Ensure an inclusive governance structure for the cluster (including co-leadership of regional authorities where possible, NGO co-chairing, etc.)

  • Ensure monitoring of the response implementation and reporting, including working with partners through a monitoring sub-working group.

  • Facilitate / lead needs assessment & analysis, support in conducting surveys, secondary data review, and dissemination of available information (inventory / repository) to partners.

  • Ensure that available information is analysed in a coordinated manner and utilised for decision-making at different levels (e.g. Displacement Tracking Matrix datasets),

  • Contribute to country level contingency planning and coordinate cluster/sector-wide emergency preparedness and response

  • Participate in various coordination forums including Inter-cluster, technical working groups (e.g., Cash WG) and other relevant clusters, especially Nutrition, WASH, Health, and Protection

  • Undertake advocacy and resource mobilization on behalf of the cluster partners in a neutral and impartial manner.

  • HPF/Emergency pool fund allocations (where/if applicable): advocate for Food Cluster actors, and reviewing partners’ project proposal with ad hoc committee.

  • Actively track food cluster funding status for the dedicated response in Amhara.

  • Supervise the Information Management Officer and provide guidance to the co-chair and other Cluster team members and ensure a smooth and inclusive relationship of the Cluster team with all partners and WFP.

  • Provide regular update to the food cluster coordination forums at national level on food security situation in Amhara, and food response and gaps as reported by partners.

  • Ensure IM functions are undertaken regularly and timely by the IMO

  • Report regularly to national food cluster and WFP on food response in the region.


  • Food Security needs analysis and response plan.

  • Food Cluster work plan with key deliverables.

  • Collection of need assessment; surveys.

  • Contingency plans and SOPs.

  • Harmonised packages (e.g., MEB, food basket, livelihood response, Early Action, AAP).

  • Multi-sector joint planning with other clusters.

  • Advocacy notes and round table meetings minutes (with key
    actors such as donors, government).

  • FC resource mobilization strategy and business case.

  • Handover report with shared folder with documents at the end of the assignment

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • University degree in food security, agriculture, economics, humanitarian affairs ,or related field.

  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in humanitarian response at a mid or senior level. Experience in food security related topics is mandatory and experience in the food security cluster coordination is highly desirable.

  • Working knowledge of the English language.

  • Willingness and ability to work in difficult environments, in often stressful time-critical situations

  • Formal training in cluster coordination or previous cluster experience is strongly desirable.

    Core Competencies

  • Results Focus

  • Teamwork

  • Strong Communication skills, meeting management and organisation, presentation skills

  • Building/maintaining Effective Relationships with relevant stakeholders including donors and government counterparts

  • Knowledge Sharing

  • Cultural and Gender awareness and sensitivity;

    Technical Skill

    Essential Technical Skills:

  • Ability to work and plan at strategic and operational levels.

  • Understanding of the international humanitarian response architecture, including humanitarian principles, coordination mechanisms, humanitarian reform and action, and funding mechanisms (e.g. Humanitarian Programme Cycle - HPC, Central Emergency Response Fund and Flash Appeals, Pooled funds).

  • Ability to express and summarise ideas orally and in writing in a diplomatic and inclusive manner

  • Ability to organise workshops, meetings and to present outcomes in behalf of a group of stakeholders

  • Assessment, Survey, and Monitoring and Evaluation

    Other Skills that are considered desirable:

  • Knowledge of and experience in using advanced Excel

  • Control of working language in country of deployment.

    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 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.

  • 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 politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.

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

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Food Cluster Coordinator - International Consultant Jobs in Ethiopia

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