WFP Programme Officer - Disaster Risk Reduction - Natural Resource Management Jobs in Ethiopia

WFP Programme Officer - Disaster Risk Reduction - Natural Resource Management Jobs in Ethiopia

About WFP & R4 Inititive

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Climate Solutions work plan currently comprises 2 programmes i. R4 Rural Resilience Initiative and ii. The Satellite Index Insurance for Pastoralists in Ethiopia (SIIPE).
    A brief programme description follows:

    R4 Rural Resilience Initiative

  • R4 has broken new ground in the field of climate risk management by enabling poor farmers to pay premiums for crop index insurance with their own labor.

  • Farmers can access insurance by paying with their labor through Insurance-for-Work (IFW) schemes.

  • When a drought hits, compensation for weather-related losses prevents farmers from selling productive assets and stimulates faster recovery..

    About WFP & R4 Initiative

  • Insurance also facilitates access to credit at better rates, serving as collateral.

  • Households can thereby invest in riskier but more remunerative enterprises, as well as in improved seeds, fertilizers and new technologies to increase their agricultural productivity.

  • Participants also establish small-scale savings, which are used to build ‘risk reserves.’

  • Savings help build a stronger financial base for investing – but also act as a buffer against short-term needs and idiosyncratic shocks, such as illness and death.

  • To ensure long-term sustainability, R4 contributes to the creation of rural financial markets, by building local capacity and gradually transitioning farmers to pay for insurance in cash.

    Satellite Index Insurance for Pastoralists in Ethiopia (SIIPE):

  • The SIIPE programme currently provides index-based livestock insurance coverage to 5,001 beneficiary households in the Somali region of Ethiopia.

  • Within the Somali region, the programme started in three districts (Woredas).

  • Similar to R4, SIIPE targets PSNP households who own between 5 – 11 Tropical Livestock Units.

  • In both the above programmes, WFP aims to improve the quality of work done through these DRR activities by collaborating with PSNP, federal and regional government and the implementing partners.

  • In addition, there may be new programmes in the forthcoming months in both high as well as low land areas of the country that build upon WFPs vast experience as well as aim at introducing the latest technology in planning and implementation of DRR and NRM activities on the ground.

    Organizational Context

  • Under the general supervision and guidance of Team Leader of Climate Solutions, the DRR/NRM Programme Officer will provide technical support and guidance for natural resource management and disaster risk reduction activities under the climate solutions umbrella.

    Job Purpose

  • To support DRR activities in the programmes, support development of new solutions, support with capacity strengthening, establish indicators, and support development of technical specifications for the programmes.

  • When needed, the programme officer may be required to support other programmes that may be initiated in the near future requiring DRR interventions.

    Key Accountabilities

  • The focus of this function will be to ensure that Climate Risk Management initiatives in Ethiopia follow WFP’s corporate policies (Climate Change, DRR, and Environment), create guidelines for natural resource management activities, integrated watershed management, DRR, and liaise with implementation partners and government agencies as needed.

  • The Programme Officer
    will be working on various workstreams within the Unit that require a DRR/NRM intervention.
    In this regard, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following:

  • Liaise with the regional and local government bodies (such as the woreda watershed team) to review the land use plans and maps in consultation with local communities, district authorities and develop detailed follow up activities for concerned watersheds;

  • Establish technical guidelines and specifications in coordination with government extension services;

  • Quality management and compliance withstandards during construction.

  • This includes adherence to the Environment policy 2017 of WFP as well as those requested by donors;

    Standard Minimum Qualifications


  • University degree in Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Disaster Risk Reduction, Social Science or other related field;

  • with 2 years of relevant professional work experience

  • a master’s degree with at least 1 year of professional experience in a related field.


  • At least two years of working experience focusing on DRR/NRM activities including the formulation of guidelines, community engagement, implementation of watershed rehabilitation plans.

  • Experience in WFP specific programmes like MERET, Climate Change Adaptation is an added advantage.


  • Fluency in oral and written English and Amharic is sufficient.

  • Knowledge of other Ethiopian regional languages would be an advantage.

    Knowledge & Skills

  • Ability to work independently in a timely and organized manner;

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;

  • Willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work;

  • Ability to work in a team and multi-task as needed;

  • A strong understanding of Climate and DRR context of Ethiopia.

    4Ps Core Organizational Capabilites


  • Understand and communicate the Strategic


  • 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.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; WFP Programme Officer - Disaster Risk Reduction - Natural Resource Management Jobs in Ethiopia

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