UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Consultant (Market Access & Linkage) Jobs in Ethiopia

UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Consultant (Market Access & Linkage) 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.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • University Degree in one or more of the following disciplines: Agriculture/Agronomy, Agriculture Economics, Agribusiness, or other fields relevant to international development assistance, or University Degree with additional years of related work experience.

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

    Organizational Context

  • 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 operate with a high degree of independence, manage more junior staff to ensure that programme and policy objectives are achieved in full. They are usually involved in a wide variety of programme and policy activities and analytical work, some of which may be of a considerable complexity. At this level job holders are expected to contribute to performance improvement.

    Job Purpose

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

    Key Accountabilities

  • Under the direct supervision of the Head of Gambella Sub-office (HoSO), the Programme Policy Officer will be responsible for providing strategic guidance and operational support to partners and other stakeholders to implement an integrated Smallholder Resilience and Livelihood Initiative that aims to increase production, productivity and incomes for smallholder farmers in the Gambella Region.

    Specific duties will include:

    • Act as the main liaison between WFP, Cooperating Partners (CPs), the Bureau of Micro and Small-Scale Enterprise, Cooperative Promotion Agency and Micro Finance Institute to strengthen Agribusiness Systems and market linkages.

    • Provide project management support for Agricultural Market Access and Linkage and financial services activities, ensuring a coordinated approach with other WFP programmes such as Refugees relief and nutrition and supply chain interventions while complying with WFP standards and procedures.

    • Promote agriculture financing through establishment of Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLAs) and facilitate smallholder farmers’ financial inclusion through training and promotion of innovative digital financial services.

    • Provide support in planning and conducting market assessments and related studies (including process and outcome monitoring) to determine the structure, conduct and performance of markets and in identifying business opportunities for smallholders and appropriate areas for intervention by WFP.

    • In collaboration with government counterparts and CPs, support the development of strategies for linking farmers to both private and public procurement opportunities and for delivering quality support to smallholders to produce and market their produce competitively.

    • In close liaison with M&E focal persons for the CPs and Country Office, support the generation of progress monitoring reports, impact stories, photo images and video clips for social media and participate in the project evaluation and documentation of the lessons learned and best practices.

    • In liaison with the HoSO, review partners’ project proposals and progress reports and 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

    • Support the HoSO in building and maintaining strategic partnerships with relevant key stakeholders along the entire value chain (including private sector UN etc) to optimize benefits for smallholders.

    • Undertake periodical oversight missions with relevant government agencies and ensure implementation of the integrated smallholder resilience and livelihood activities by CPs is in line with approved plans.

    • Participate in the inter-agency coordination meetings and missions, share information on WFP-supported Smallholder Market Access and Linkages and
    financial services, and continuously identify synergies and opportunities for collaboration with other partners.

    • Perform other duties as assigned.

    4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities


  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.

  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).

  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.

  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.

  • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.

  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.

  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.

  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.

  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.

  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.

  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.

  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.

  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.

    Other Specific Job Requirements

  • Served in comparable and relevant position in the public service or private sector for at least three 3 and a half years.

    • Excellent analytical skills, resourcefulness, maturity of judgement, negotiating skills and good understanding of nutrition mainstreaming, food security analysis and food system frameworks.

    • Excellent presentation skills and ability to engage and communicate effectively on all aspects of the project

    • Ability to work in a multi-cultural team and cope with difficult situations, demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with partners, WFP staff, host population, and counterparts.

    • Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and possess excellent computer skills in MS Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

    • Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.

    • Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.

    • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Consultant (Market Access & Linkage) Jobs in Ethiopia

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