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. Food prices have increased in the affected regions, affecting access to nutrition rich food commodities by most vulnerable population groups.

    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

  • Contribute to preparation of Amhara region contingency and preparedness plans and lead the process for cluster through identification of needs, severity, geographical scope, and People in Need, with the support of the IMO and in consultation with the cluster partners.

  • Establish and maintain appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms: ensure inclusion of key partners at regional and sub-regional level, organize regular cluster meetings, as required.

  • 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),

  • Ensure the use and application of common standards (e.g., SPHERE standards), and harmonization of programmatic responses (SOPs on modality of delivery, Minimum Expenditure Basket, minimum assistance package)

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

  • 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.

  • Identify capacity gaps and needs and provide training and capacity building opportunities to cluster partners.

  • 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.

  • Experience of the country or region of deployment is 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: Helps teammates articulate WFP’s Strategic Objectives.

  • Be a force for positive change: Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.

  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will serve WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Trains junior teammates on new skills and capabilities.

  • Create an inclusive culture: Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.

  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Serves as a peer coach for colleagues in same area of work.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with colleagues.

  • Focus on getting results: Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.

  • Be Decisive: Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Suggests opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.

  • Build strong external partnerships: Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field towards common goals.

  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Aligns own activities with supervisor’s priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.

    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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