United Nations World Food Programme - WFP Ethiopia Special Assistant to the Country Director Jobs

United Nations World Food Programme - WFP Ethiopia Special Assistant to the Country Director Jobs

Job Id: 199600

Category: Development and Project Management, Social Sciences and Community
Location: Addis Ababa
Career Level: Senior Level (5+ years experience)

Job Description

About WFP

The World Food Programme (WFP) is a United Nations frontline agency in the fight against hunger, continually responding to emergencies. 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

This job is located in Addis Ababa Country Office. The job holder will fill the position of Special Assistant to the Country Director.

Job Purpose

The Special Assistant will report directly to the Country Director (CD), providing support in a range of areas.


Strategic Plan Alignment & Execution

  • Support the CD in activities related to strategic positioning of WFP’s Interim Country Strategic Plan (ICSP) for Ethiopia;
  • Support the CD with UN reform readiness initiatives, discussions and implementation efforts.

    Coordination of Workflow

  • Provide high level operational, planning, managerial and coordination support to the CD, working closely with the Business Support Associate in the CD’s office;
  • Coordinate activities led by the CD’s office including the preparation of agenda items, collation of presentations materials and overall execution and follow up of decisions and agreements emerging from Senior Management Team meetings;
  • TO prepare the CD for meetings with donors and other relevant stakeholders, work in close collaboration with the functional units and field offices to frame, coordinate, and implement cross-functional tasks, prepare briefing documents, talking points, updates on the operational context, activity implementation and
    funding needs.

    Research and Outreach

  • Conduct research on organizational thematic areas and other topical issues for the CD;
  • Facilitate the preparation of background papers/briefing documents, statements and presentations for the CD;
  • Collate, analyze and provide reports on relevant issues from internal and external stakeholders to provide operational awareness and understanding of events that may have humanitarian and/or operational impact.
  • Participate in and report on selected national meetings on food assistance, emergency relief, and development related issues, as decided by the CD;

    Information & Communication Management

  • Working closely with the Communications team, assist the CD in coordinating the sharing of relevant briefings within WFP Ethiopia;
  • Working closely with the Communications team draft statements and provide input into communications for the CD including internal messages to staff in the CO and external messages with partners;
  • Prepare UN-related weekly updates, with a particular focus on UN reform;
  • Carry out any other tasks as assigned by the CD;
  • Position Duration: One year with possibility of extension

    Job Requirements

    Standard Minimum Academic Qualifications:

  • Education: Graduate or advanced university degree and training/courses in one or more of the following disciplines: International Relations, International Development, Political or Social Sciences, Communications or other relevant field.


  • Minimum 10 years’ of progressively responsible professional experience in a relevant field of work, including knowledge of the United Nations system and its coordination mechanisms;
  • Practical experience in strategy development, policy engagement, planning and/or managing initiatives;
  • Experience in the use of various research methodologies and sources, including electronic sources

    Knowledge & Skills:

  • Sound theoretical understanding of international humanitarian and development concepts and principles with a broad knowledge of best practices, techniques and processes;
    Strong communications, analytical and partnerships skills;
  • Ability to conceptualize issues, think in abstract terms, and analyze quantitative data;
  • Expertise in preparation of polished documents and presentations;
  • Tact, persuasiveness and ability to work with diversified teams;
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel for extended periods of time;
  • Ability to plan and organize work programme with minimum supervision;
  • Familiarity with UN policies, WFP operations in Ethiopia is desirable;
  • Language: Fluency (level C) in English language. Other UN languages are a plus, though not required. Ability to communicate and translate fluently between English and another official UN language is highly desirable.

    How to Apply

    WFP is an equal opportunity employer. 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 (for external VA): Public-103814

    WFP staff access (for internal and external VA): http://newgo.wfp.org/services/e-recruitment

    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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