UN World Food Programme Policy Officer (Food Assistance and Smallholder Resilience) Jobs in Ethiopia

UN World Food Programme Policy Officer (Food Assistance and Smallholder Resilience) 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 Gonder sub and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.

Job holder will report directly to Head of Sub Office who will provide overall guidance, close support and regular feedback on work performed and technically to Program Policy Officer (Food assistance, smallholder resilience and Financial Services) based Bahir Dar Area Office.

The job holder will oversee all programme or policy activities implemented in Gondar Sub-Office or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.

Job Purpose

To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance and smallholder resilience needs.

Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)

  • Contribute towards the development of a concept notes of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.

  • Ensure planning and implementation of recovery and integrated resilience programme activities at field level, and coordination with the other partners as required.

  • Develop partnerships and manage contractual agreements with Government, cooperating partners and research institutions and provide technical inputs to the Nutrition, refugees/IDPs, recovery and integrated resilience activities and risk mitigation related proposals and agreements.

  • Assess WFP and partners capacity, develop capacity building plans and design and implement directly or through service providers relevant capacity building interventions.

  • Provide technical assistance and capacity building to SO staff, partners, and government technical staff in managing recovery and resilience building activities, as well nutrition prevention and treatment for moderate acute malnutrition cases.

  • Support SOs in carrying out Seasonal Livelihood Programming (SLP) and Community Based Participatory Planning (CBPP) processes to promote recovery and resilience building and manage the prevention and treatment for moderate acute malnutrition cases.

  • Support the SOs in setting up mechanisms of timely monitoring and reporting of nutrition, recovery and integrated resilience activities especially on the assets created and their impact on risk mitigation and resilience through joint supervision with government counterparts and provide recommendation for improvement.

  • Follow up data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.

  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.

  • Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects.

  • Draft and/or provide inputs in proposal development and donor reporting for Nutrition, Relief, Refugees , Recovery and Integrated resilience activities.

  • Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities.

  • Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.

  • Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries.

  • Perform other related duties as required.

    Minimum Qualifications


  • Advanced University degree in Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences, Nutrition/Health, or other fields relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses

  • Experience: Has gained at least 3 years of relevant (NGOs/UN Agencies) experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, refugees/IDPs, smallholder market access, recovery and integrated resilience activities etc.).


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

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

  • Has proven experience of implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.

  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.

    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 the mission inspiring to our team: Explains the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities to teammates.

  • 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.

  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular basis with supervisor.


  • 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.

  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes responsibility for own tasks and notifies supervisor as soon as possible of potential delays in meeting deadlines or commitments.

  • 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 politically agile & adaptable: Develops an understanding of the value of WFP’s teams and external partners in fulfilling team’s goals and objectives.

  • 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 Policy Officer (Food Assistance and Smallholder Resilience) Jobs in Ethiopia

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