UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer (Partnerships Management) Jobs in Ethiopia

UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer (Partnerships Management) Jobs in Ethiopia

About WFP

  • Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need.

  • WFP Ethiopia is working with the government and other humanitarian partners to strengthen the resilience of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable population and to chart a more prosperous and sustainable future for the next generation. The Country Office also supports programmes that use food assistance to empower women, transform areas affected by climate change and keep children in school. It aims to contribute to Ethiopia’s five-year development agenda, the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), through which the Government combats food insecurity.

    Organizational Context

  • Through its 2020 – 2025 Country Strategic Plan (CSP), WFP Ethiopia is providing food assistance and strengthen the resilience of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable population and to chart a more prosperous and sustainable future for the next generation. The Country Office also supports programmes that use food assistance to empower women, transform areas affected by climate change and keep children in school.

  • To effectively and efficiently reach the targeted beneficiaries, WFP signs partnership agreements with the Ethiopian Government ministries and departments, academia, non-government organisations (NGOs) and other UN agencies. WFP Ethiopia also has a dedicated operational support section (OPS) under the Programme Unit which manages all partnerships for the implementation of programme activities.

    Job Purpose

  • Under the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer (OPS) and the overall supervision of the Head of Programme, the Programme Policy Officer (PPO) Partnerships Management will be responsible for the provision of support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs. Working closely with all Activity Managers, Resource Mobilising Unit, Supply Chain, Finance Unit, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEAL), Area/Sub-offices, Gender and Protection unit, the PPO will manage activities aimed at ensuring that WFP remains compliant with its policies and guidelines. These include implementing due diligence activities, analysing budgets from the cooperating partners (CP) and expenditure trends, WFP’s business processes, capacity building and strengthening of the CPs and WFP staff.

    Key Accountabilities

  • Together with technical units and Area/Sub-Offices, coordinate and effectively plan and conduct capacity and performance assessments and due diligence on minimum requirements for existing and potential partners;

  • Keep track of recommendations raised from partnership capacity and performance reviews and ensure respective parties are informed and undertake their follow-up actions;

  • Plan and implement partnerships midterm reviews/meetings/workshops to take stock of agreements (Field Level Agreements – FLA and Memorandum of Understanding - MOU) implementation, achievements, challenges, and design corrective measures for improvement of partnerships;

  • Develop, compile and maintain a partnership roster and maintain accurate records of FLA and other documents and regularly update partnerships information including contact information (physical, emails, telephones) and be able to produce reports, statistical information, and tables including contract values from time to time;

  • Arrange and undertake secretarial roles of the Cooperating Partner Committee (CPC) meetings and review notes for the record and ensure the packages are complete to take to CPC;

  • Lead the budget forecasting, budget analysis, and FLA compliance, and advise on any observed discrepancies on actualization of plans;

  • Ensure new agreements and partners are registered and maintained regularly updated incorporate systems including the vendor master, Country Office Tool for Managing Effectively (COMET) and WFP Information Network and Global System (WINGS);

  • Analyse and report funding status and funds utilisation at Programme Unit level and flag any discrepancies on the actualisation of budgets;

  • Analyse FLA and MOU budgets to harmonize the budgeting process and in collaboration with Procurement and SO/AO, standardise the costing to ensure there are no duplication of costs and/or double/overcharging by CPs;

  • Oversee and/or review the work of other support staff, providing
    practical advice and guidance, to contribute to budget management, analysis and reporting objectives within agreed standards and deadlines.

  • Other as required.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: First Degree, preferably in Social Sciences, Finance, Public Administration, Governance & Public Policy, International Relations, or development studies

  • Experience: At least 5 years of work experience, 3 of which should be in partnerships/ budget management, agreement formulation, or equivalent roles.

  • Language: Fluency in oral and written communication in the English language

    Knowledge & Skills:

  • Proficiency in MS Office packages, especially word processing and spreadsheet

  • Specialized knowledge of the application of common business processes, practical business support methods, procedures and systems used, gained through technical training and work experience

  • Ability to analyse and interpret programmatic and financial data

  • Good communication skills to provide specialized business support services to a wide range of individuals within WFP and externally

  • Ability to build relationships with a variety of individuals across functions; and
    experience in coordinating the work of others and self, training, and supporting others

    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.

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

    • Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, etc.).

    • Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.

    • 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 Officer (Partnerships Management) Jobs in Ethiopia

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