UN World Food Programme Senior IT Operations Associate Jobs in Ethiopia

UN World Food Programme Senior IT Operations Associate 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

  • This position is found in Jijiga Area Office. The Job holders report to a Head of the Area Office, and technical supervision to the Head of IT Unit in the Country Office or the designates.
    At this level job holders typically have independent responsibility for technical, specialized work including planning, organization, coordination and setting objectives.

  • They deal with issues that are often undefined and involve areas of uncertainty and complex inter-relationships. The instructions received are broad and the job holders are expected to consistently demonstrate a high degree of personal responsibility and initiative to respond independently to queries.

  • Job holders have a level of IT expertise and knowledge to adapt and develop standard systems and processes in order to continually improve the level of support provided. Job holders are typically expected to motivate and develop a team of support staff and/or are responsible for specialized support service(s) where the work is undertaken with the help of specially designed techniques, methods, and processes.

    Job Purpose

  • To lead Information Technology maintenance and support activities to enable the effective delivery of IT services.

    Key Accountabilities

  • Support the budgeting, planning and deployment of information technology, telecommunications and electrical systems that are aligned with business needs, in accordance with WFP corporate standards.

  • Provide support to maintain IT and Telecommunications systems and networks, ensuring appropriate data security and access controls considering both local and wide area network issues and supporting users to get maximum benefits from them.

  • Coordinate, Manage, monitor and support Jijiga AO and offices under Jijiga Area office as second level support and carry out system and hardware maintenance tasks, such as running a complex network.

  • Monitor technology reliability, identify user needs, analyse data and produce accurate reports in order to recommend IT solutions to support informative decision-making.

  • Install and configure new computer hardware for improving and upgrading system performance; support any technology upgrades as required.

  • Provide data and documentation to support the procurement of TC/IT/Electrical equipment and services at and in line with WFP rules and regulations.

  • Collate data and contribute to the preparation of accurate reports on IT/TC/Electrical investments and costs, providing information to inform decision-making by stakeholders.

  • Provide standard technical training to end users of commonly used technology and systems, to assist WFP staff in conducting their work.

  • Develop technical skills and knowledge and build awareness of industry developments.

  • Respond to queries from users, understanding and resolving issues, providing advice, and ensuring IT policies, procedures, systems, and tools are correctly applied to support them.

  • Guide junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with analysis and queries.

  • Support the capability building of staff through the organisation and/or review training programs aimed at developing skills/knowledge in IT, TC and Electrical.

  • Coordinate with other UN agencies to network, align activities and support possibilities of inter-agency collaboration in the field of IT, Telecommunications and electrical.

  • Interact effectively with colleagues and user groups to understand their needs and
    provide appropriate technical support.

  • Draft standard material such as end-user and technical documentation to ensure staff have access to required information about IT services and products

  • Carry out any other duties assigned.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, or another relevant field. A Master’s degree or higher in Computer Science or related is an added advantage.

  • Experience: At least 7 or more years of experience in a related field. Trained on Microsoft Windows Server Operating System Platform; Cisco Certified (CCNA), Trained and Certified on Wireless Network infrastructure.

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

    4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities


  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.

  • Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.

  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.

  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.

  • Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.

  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.

  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.

  • Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.

  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.

  • Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.

  • Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.

  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.

  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfill the needs of internal and external partners.

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

  • Has experience analysing service management results and development service enhancement recommendations.

  • Has experience in procurement/budgeting process.

  • Has participated in development of IT governance processes.

  • Has gained additional exposure building relationships with the business counterparts on key IT initiatives.

  • Has experience project managing small country level IT initiatives.

  • Has coached, trained and mentored junior staff on building their technical capabilities.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Senior IT Operations Associate Jobs in Ethiopia

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