United Nations World Food Programme Head of Sub Office Jobs in Ethiopia

United Nations World Food Programme Head of Sub Office Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 199610

Category: Business Development, Education, Social Sciences and Community
Location: Jijiga, Somali
Career Level: Mid Level ( 2+ - 5 years experience)

Job Description

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. Every year, we distribute more than 15 billion rations at an estimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.31.

These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an emergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments. WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations.

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

These job is found in WFP Ethiopia Country Office, Jijiga sub-office and job holder report to Head of Area Office (HoAO) for WFP Somali Region, Ethiopia.

Job holder will manage a moderate portfolio of activities that may include contribution to and/or direct management of programmes in Jijiga of moderate complexity.

Job holder will operate with considerable independence in her/his specialities and will manage a substantial team of junior professional and support staff.

Job Purpose

Manage and lead WFP field operations in Jijiga Sub Office, to ensure timely and effective deployment of food assistance programmes.


  • Hold accountability for the deployment of CO initiatives, policies and strategies.
  • Effectively manage the Jijiga Sub Office to ensure transparent and efficient people management and the continued development of a cohesive and high performing team.
  • Ensure efficient use of financial resources for achievement of set objectives.
  • Hold accountability for the security of WFP staff, operations, premises and assets in the Sub Office to ensure that WFP security and safety standards are locally set and followed.
  • Actively participate and contribute to the Area Security Management Team (ASMT).
  • Collaborate with governments and other partners in identifying where food assistance can be usefully deployed at
    the local level and provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation and implementation of food assistance programmes, including advice on the context-specific transfer modalities (food, cash or vouchers).
  • Develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems and conduct timely monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • Hold accountability and/or prepare accurate and comprehensive analysis and reports on WFP operations and performance with regular and timely submission for Area/Country Office review to identify programme support requirements and inform operational planning and decisions.
  • Forge and nurture external partnerships to improve assistance packages and support complementary strategies; identify potential areas for collaborative approaches and initiatives.
  • Develop and sustain liaison with local government authorities, international and local NGOs, UN agencies, donors, civil society, beneficiaries and other partners and media engaged in the field of food security.
  • Engage with beneficiaries, inspect storage places and points where WFP commodities are received, in order to ensure compliance with WFP policies and that progress is made in the achievement of project objectives.
    Others as required.
  • Position Duration: One year with possibility of extension

    Job Requirements

    Standard Minimum Qualifications:

  • Education and Experience: Advanced University degree in Economics, International Development, Social Sciences or other related field with 4 years of professional experience. Or, first University degree with 6 years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role:

  • Has developed, or supported in the development of, single discipline work plans to support the achievement of WFP strategic aims within a defined area.
  • Has gained some exposure in field operations, preferably in a hardship duty station or emergency situation.
  • Has field experience via field rotations or working in a sub-office, and through field postings.
  • Gained experience of analysing local political situations and assessing risk accurately.
  • Gained broader exposure across areas within a function (i.e. policy, programme etc.).
  • Has gained experience managing small to mid-size financial budgets, balancing priorities effectively.
  • Has experience leading a small to mid-size team to ensure the effective delivery of objectives.
  • Participated in a vendor/government/ partner negotiation within area of focus.
  • Participated in a small emergency operation/ development programme.
  • Has experience with security co-ordination and compound management within a smaller area.
  • Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of the local language is added advantage.

    How to Apply

    WFP is an equal opportunity employer. Ethiopian female candidates meeting the above qualifications are encouraged to APPLY on-line through WFP recruitment website.

    This VA is open ONLY to Ethiopian Nationals.

    Public access: Public-101794

    WFP staff access: United Nations World Food Programme Head of Sub Office Jobs in Ethiopia

    Please note that WFP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

    Only qualified candidates will be contacted.

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