UN World Food Programme Officer (Head of Resilience and Climate) - International Consultant Jobs in Ethiopia

UN World Food Programme Officer (Head of Resilience and Climate) - 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

  • In 2020, WFP Ethiopia has launched its Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2020-2025. While the bulk of operations of this five-year CSP will continue to address the immediate short-term needs of refugees, internally displaced persons and other food-insecure and undernourished people, the plan aims to gradually expand and intensify climate change adaptation, resilience building, and livelihood diversification initiatives also linked to the humanitarian–development–peace nexus.

  • Climate change multiplies existing threats to food security, hunger and malnutrition. It intensifies the frequency and intensity of natural hazards, amplifies the scarcity of land and water, and makes increase in agricultural productivity even harder to achieve. It disproportionally impacts the most vulnerable people, the majority of whom live in fragile areas prone to climate hazards, ultimately putting millions of people at risk.

    Job Purpose

  • This position manages Activity 5 of the CSP, leading a team of 10 staff members, covering resilience building and climate change adaptation activities. This Activity is one of the key pillars for Strategic Outcome 2: Vulnerable and food-insecure populations in targeted areas have increased resilience to shocks.

  • The purpose of this assignment is: to lead Activity 5 team at CO and provide guidance to staff members covering resilience and climate activities at various Sub Offices (SOs) of WFP; to coordinate all the initiatives falling under Activity 5; to design and operationalize resilience building and climate change adaptation projects; to coordinate with WFP Regional Bureau in Nairobi and HQ relevant units; and enhance WFP’s leadership in resilience building and climate change adaptation vis-a-vis donor community, the Government of Ethiopia and in various coordination forums.

  • The Activity 5 manager requires experience on climate change adaptation, resilience building, with strong leadership management and public relations skills as well as with the capacities of making WFP Ethiopia CO as a key actor on those thematic areas in the country.

    Key Accountabilities

  • Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme, the job holder will be responsible for the following:

  • Design and operationalize Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience Building (CCARB) projects

  • Lead the delivery of a complex portfolio of programmes in the area of CCARB, ensuring that policy and programme operations are consistent with WFP policies, Executive Board decisions and other relevant guidance as well as resources are properly monitored.

  • Enhance WFP’s leadership status vis-a-vis donor community, the Government of Ethiopia and in various development-oriented coordination forums.

  • Advocate for resources to broaden climate change adaptation and resilience portfolio of WFP Ethiopia.

  • Lead, motivate and develop a large and complex team of professionals at CO and SO level.

  • Provide technical advice and/or mobilize technical expertise on a wide range of programme and policy issues including assessment and analysis, the choice of objectives, activities, transfer modalities and appropriate food products, the deployment and testing of innovative approaches and the development of strategies to support government efforts to strengthen sustainable food systems and reduce hunger and malnutrition within a climate change adaptation perspective.

  • Assist senior stakeholders of governments and other partners in the planning, formulation and implementation of CCARB and food systems strategies and programmes to strengthen government, and communities,
    ownership at national and sub-national levels.

  • Develop operational partnerships and maintain established strategic partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives.

  • Manage and oversee operational research and evidence building on issues relevant to climate change adaptation and resilience building.

  • Oversee preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, publications, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications


  • Advanced university degree in African Rural Development, Climate Change Adaptation, Social science or other related subjects.


  • At least 10 years post graduate relevant professional experience on management of large programmes, coordination of teams, food security, natural resources management, climate change adaptation, climate and disaster risk management. Experience with WFP and other relevant UN Agencies is required.


  • Fluency (level C) in English language required. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language is an added advantage

    Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to work independently, to plan and organize his/her work, efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results

  • Excellent strategic thinking, conceptualization and analytical skills.

  • Proven track-record of working on funding proposals (Global Environment Facility, Adaptation Fund, Green Climate Fund, EU) and mobilizing resources.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.

  • Strong interpersonal and coordination skills, ability to work in a team and to communicate clearly and diplomatically with a wide range of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.

  • A strong understanding of rural development, resilience building and climate change adaptation theories and approaches.

  • Proficiency in Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.

    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 Officer (Head of Resilience and Climate) - International Consultant Jobs in Ethiopia

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