UN World Food Programme National Programme Policy Officer (Integrated Smallholder Resilience & Livelihood) Jobs in Ethiopia

UN World Food Programme National Programme Policy Officer (Integrated Smallholder Resilience & Livelihood) 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

This job is found in WFP Ethiopia Sub-office in Gambella. The successful candidate will typically report to the Head of Sub Office or a Senior Programme Policy Officer or designate.

The incumbent of this position will be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced programme policy officer who will be guiding the overall programme implementation but with strong oversight by the Head of Sub Office. These jobs are found in Headquarters (HQ), Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.

Job holders are likely to be working under the close support and guidance of a more experienced professional staff member receiving guidance and regular feedback on work performed. They are typically involved in programme or policy activities or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.

Job Purpose

To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively enhance resilience.

Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)

  • Overall technical oversight to enhance the adoption and practice of environmentally sustainable, climate resilient agricultural practices in close liaison with the Bureau of Agriculture and Natural Resource Management (BoANRM).

  • Provide leading operational role in the provision of tailored services and information that includes extension, nutrition and markets to participating farmers that include investor and model farmers.

  • Support adoption and utilization of sustainable post-harvest technologies by participating farmers in order to increase quality and quantity of commodities grown and enhance their market viability (better access to markets and increased income).

  • Support and facilitate access to affordable financing for the participating farmers in order for them to meet their agricultural needs (seeds, implements, production and PHL technologies, extension support).

  • Support development of capacity needs assessment tools for identifying, assessing and strengthening aggregator/Agro-dealers performance.

  • Build capacity of Agro-dealers and establish an efficient private sector led distribution network for PHM equipment.

  • Backstopping trainings for smallholders in production of value chains, post-harvest loss management, access and appropriate use of hermetic storage technologies

  • Support in building and maintaining strategic partnerships with key stakeholders including private sector, financial service providers, development actors, government etc.

  • Ensure that the market and financial services
    component of the project are adequately and effectively integrated in the M&E plan and system, including the impact evaluation.

  • In close liaison with M&E focal persons for the Cooperating Partners, generate progress reports on the activity implementation, and represent WFP in inter-agency coordination meetings

  • Participate in review of the integrated smallholder resilience and livelihood project partnership proposals and progress reports in compliance with WFP’s corporate rules and Country Office specific Standard Operating Procedures.

  • Monitor Cooperating Partner profiling, capacity assessment and evaluation based on WFP guidelines including maintaining data and records on evaluation.

  • Support the tracking of expenditures through periodic reviews of fund consumption reports, undertaking reconciliations as well as raising advance payment for the Cooperating Partners.

  • Provide technical support to Cooperating Partners and WFP field staff through supervisory support monitoring missions to ensure successful implementation of selected livelihood projects

  • Lead the documentation of lessons learned and best practices emanating from the integrated smallholder resilience and livelihood programme implementation.

  • Participate in inter-agency coordination meetings and missions specifically on the integrated smallholder resilience and livelihood programme.

  • Perform other related duties as required/delegated.

    Qualifications & Experience Required


  • Advanced University degree in Development Studies, Economics, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience.


  • At least one year of postgraduate professional experience in implementation of livelihood and resilience building.

  • Experience working in the operational context desirable.

  • Experience working with the government valuable.

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

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

  • Experience in implementing of the integrated agricultural, livelihood and resilience programmes, preferably in a mixed context (Host community and refugee).

  • Excellent analytical skills, good understanding of nutrition, food security analysis and food systems frameworks.

  • Excellent interpersonal and team-working skills in a multicultural environment.

  • Knowledge of the provision of strategic input into policy reviews and/or discussions on food systems/integrated agricultural, livelihood and resilience.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme National Programme Policy Officer (Integrated Smallholder Resilience & Livelihood) Jobs in Ethiopia

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