UN World Food Programme Policy Consultant (Resilience and Livelihood) Jobs in Ethiopia

UN World Food Programme Policy Consultant (Resilience and 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 role is found in Jijiga Area Office. Job holders are likely to report to the relevant Head of Area Office or the designate.

Job holders are likely to manage a moderate portfolio of activities that may include contribution to and/or direct management of programmes in AO of moderate complexity, or contribution to policy formulation and provision of technical advice at CO level for a defined area of expertise. Job holders operate with considerable independence in their specialities and may manage a substantial team of junior professional and support staff

In Ethiopia, WFP is working with the Government and humanitarian partners to strengthen the resilience of people, communities, and systems and to chart a more prosperous and sustainable future for the next generation. Our interventions are highly contextualized and adapted to the specific needs of our beneficiaries, including smallholder farmers, pastoralists, refugees, and host-communities who are most vulnerable to climate shocks.

WFP-supported resilience-building interventions in the drought-prone lowland areas in Ethiopia are focused on supporting vulnerable beneficiaries with an integrated climate-smart package that includes cash for work, indexed insurance, financial services, nature-based disaster risk reduction, restoration of degraded agricultural and range lands, improved access to water through watershed management, fodder production, and livelihood strengthening activities.

We work with both pastoral and agropastoral beneficiaries, supporting sustainable natural resource management while enabling restoration of degraded rangelands and agriculturally productive riverine areas to increase local productivity and strengthen market systems in support of diversified, nutritious diets.

We simultaneously focus on strengthening capacities of national and local institutions for improved early warning systems, gender transformation, and climate resilient diversified food systems.

Job Purpose

The purpose of this assignment is to ensure the availability of adequate in-house capacity and necessary technical expertise on climate change adaptation and resilience, with particular focus on agricultural production using innovative technologies for efficient use of resources public works, disaster risk management, as well as rangeland rehabilitation, to be able to better coordinate on-going initiatives and capacity strengthening actions as well as support the implementation and design of new and ongoing climate change adaptation and resilience building projects and programmes.

Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme at the WFP Jig-jiga Area Office, the Programme Policy Officer (Resilience and Livelihoods) will be responsible for providing strategic guidance and operational support for the implementation of interventions aimed at strengthening (agro)pastoralist livelihoods and building resilience in Ethiopia’s drought-prone lowland areas.

Specific tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • Provide project management support, apply best practices, standards and innovative technologies that comply with WFP standards and processes to ensure that all resilience and livelihoods activities have acceptable standards and all agribusiness initiatives are of meaningful profitability to the targeted beneficiaries.

  • Provide technical guidance in design, development, planning, implementation, and capacity building for agriculture in particular and resilience in general. Including (but not limited to) food security programming; household food access; household and community resilience; poverty reduction; rural economic development, agricultural development, agribusiness, or value chain development.

  • Support men, women and youth to increase their knowledge and awareness on gender equality, women economic empowerment and women’s participation in project design, implementation and decision making to advance enterprise development, value addition and agro processing activities.

  • Contribute to the collection, documentation and dissemination of relevant data and
    information related to agriculture, agribusiness, food value chains and systems, including for example, trends and developments, approaches, impacts, lessons and good practices.

    Key Accountabilities Cont .......

  • Contribute to preparation of accurate and timely reporting on outputs to facilitate informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders including information for a database and website.

  • Provide specialized analytical expertise, technical and operational advisory support to partners and stakeholders to enable the highest possible quality in design and effectiveness of activities related to (agro)pastoralist livelihoods ensuring integration of context relevant, evidence-based, climate-smart, environmentally, and socio-economically sustainable options that are more resilient to shocks and stressors.

  • Enable synergistic approaches with external partners and other WFP programmes including Refugees, Relief, Nutrition and supply chain interventions to maximize impact.

  • Undertake capacity gap needs assessment of the partners and organize capacity building programmes (workshops, training, exchange visits etc.) to address these gaps, especially focusing on resilience and livelihoods

  • Support the implementation and scale-up of integrated resilience approaches, including but not limited to livelihoods support, leverage of local food purchases, finance and market access, post-harvest loss handling and climate risk management, as well as support to the government social safety net

  • Contribute towards analysis of project proposals from Cooperating partners to enable effective decision making on project technical feasibility.

  • Monitor the implementation of the projects through field visits and provide necessary technical support.

  • Perform other related duties as required.

    Technical Skills and Knowledge

    • Understanding of community based participatory planning approaches

    • Ability to conduct capacity gaps needs assessments and design programmes to fill these gaps.

    • Experience in working in arid and semi-arid parts of Africa, working in Ethiopia will be an added advantage.

    • Familiarity with Irrigation, water harvesting technologies and pastoral livelihood approaches

    • Experience in working with communities, copoperatives and groups on enterprise development, gender and agriculture, agro processing and value addition

    • Excellent communication skills - both written and oral in English

    • Skills in workshop facilitation.

    • Strong organization and planning skills coupled with good interpersonal skills.

    • Good analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, negotiating skills;

    • Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds.

    • Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: University degree in Environmental sciences, Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Climate Change Adaptation, Social sciences, Engineering, or other related subjects.
  • zAn advanced university degree in related field is an added advantage.

  • Experience: At least seven years working experience and demonstrated technical expertise in the areas of climate change and capacity building, resilience strengthening, livelihood building, natural resource management, asset creation, and public works. Experience in WFP-related programmes and PSNP is considered an asset.

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

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

  • Has experience working across the Program portfolio including VAM/Nutrition.

  • Has led a Sub Office or a small country/area office programme team or a component of a country office programme portfolio.

  • Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Policy Consultant (Resilience and Livelihood) Jobs in Ethiopia

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