UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer (Social Cohesion) - International Consultant Level II Jobs in Ethiopia

UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer (Social Cohesion) - International Consultant Level II 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

  • Ethiopia has recently been facing a heightened level of conflicts, mainly rooted on power disputes between the regional and the federal levels. The ethnic-based federal system was created around 30 years ago, with the aim to give more space to minor ethical groups.

    Job Purpose

  • The officer will conduct conflict analysis and integrating conflict sensitivity and contribution to peace in its strategies and throughout the programme cycle - project design, partnerships, implementation, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning. The Officer will also support the integration of conflict sensitivity and contribution to peace into programme operations, including Human Resources and supply chain activities.

    Key Accountabilities

    Conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity risk assessments

  • Source and analyse a wide range of information, including related to politics, conflict, food and nutrition security, protection, and humanitarian access, to analyse federal level conflict, as well as regional and local level (woredas and kebeles) conflicts.

  • Conduct conflict sensitivity assessments (in line with corporate guidance) to identify possible / actual conflict sensitivity risks, including designing, leading or supporting assessments in the field, as stand-alone or integrated activities

  • Document the analysis as appropriate, and ensure relevant information reaches appropriate staff in a timely manner

  • Contribute analysis to the access team and utilize access cell outputs for conflict sensitivity as applicable;

    Conflict sensitivity application

  • Support and accompany the application of mitigation measures identified, ensuring relevant staff understand and buy-in to the adjustments needed.

  • Closely work with the security, access and civil military colleagues to integrate conflict analysis under the same framework and create formal / informal spaces to discuss evolution of the conflict dynamics periodically jointly.

    Conflict sensitivity mainstreaming

  • Conduct a light review of regular planning/implementation processes and capacities /competencies for Conflict Sensitivity (and peace contributions, if relevant) within the CO, identifying where capacities need to be built, and where processes could be enhanced. Identify key blockages to the mainstreaming of Conflict Sensitivity. Develop a Conflict Sensitivity Action Plan, and lead implementation of the plan.

    Capacity Building

  • Provide capacity building to ETCO, and CPs teams on Conflict Sensitivity (and if relevant, on contribution to peace) ensuring different capacities for different roles are built. This will include on-the-job accompaniment as well as other training/capacity building events, backstopped by the Social Cohesion Team at HQ. Identify and support a CO champion(s) and build their capacities to sustain progress after consultancy ends.

    Peace contribution

  • Support the CO in the design of programming to best utilize opportunities to contribute to peace, ensuring that high quality conflict analysis underpins project design, and that clear, plausible, evidence-based theories of change are articulated, and that outcome measures capture meaningful results.

    Knowledge management:

  • Document and disseminate good practices and lessons learned from the CO experiences. Be an active member of the nascent WFP Social Cohesion Community of Practice, and ensure relevant learnings shared through the community of practice are applied to the CO’s approach.

  • Any other duties as required

    Expected Outcomes

  • Good conflict analysis exists to guide Country programme and Tigray response, with conflict sensitivity risks identified and captured in risk matrix and where relevant integrated in the CO and Tigray risk registers. The risk matrix should clearly articulate risks, mitigation measures, timeframe, and clear risk / mitigation measures owners.

  • On-going conflict analysis, and conflict sensitivity risk assessment, with lessons learned captured and shared globally. Formal
    and informal mechanisms for on-going analysis established.

  • Conflict Sensitivity Action Plan developed and under implementation

  • Gaps in capacities for conflict sensitivity identified for different roles across the CO, and capacities built

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Advanced academic degree in conflict studies, or another relevant discipline.


  • At least eight (8) years of professional experience providing technical support to integrate conflict sensitivity in to both humanitarian and development programming;

  • Experience in design, field research, and drafting, of conflict analysis;

  • Strong and practical knowledge of issues relating to food security, vulnerability, violence, and the humanitarian principles

  • Experience in capacity building (training, accompaniment);

  • High familiarity with WFP programming and ways of working and armed conflict and food security in Ethiopia and/or demonstrated ability and willingness to rapidly acquire such in-depth knowledge

  • Knowledge of peacebuilding programme design, including the articulation of theories of change;

  • Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language.

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

  • Experience in supporting strategic planning processes to integrate conflict and peace;

  • Experience in drafting peacebuilding proposals, including articulating results frameworks;

  • Some prior exposure to working with WFP, either directly (as an employee) or indirectly (as a partner).

    Knowledge and Skills


  • Commitment to WFP’s mission and values;

  • Proven research and analytical skills;

  • Excellent presentation skills (oral and written);

  • Strong communication skills and cultural antennae (able to work across cultures);

  • Strong advocacy, influencing and networking skills;

  • Ability to work independently under minimal supervision;

  • Proficiency in Window MS office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook).


  • Technical training in areas that are directly or indirectly relevant to peacebuilding and/or Conflict Sensitivity.

    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.

  • 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 Programme Policy Officer (Social Cohesion) - International Consultant Level II Jobs in Ethiopia

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