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Programme Policy Officer (Food Assistance and Smallholder Resilience) – World Food Programme

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Programme Policy Officer (Food Assistance and Smallholder Resilience) – World Food Programme, December 14 2022




Organization: World Food Programme

Position: Programme Policy Officer (Food Assistance and Smallholder Resilience)

Job Time: Full-Time

Job Type: Contract

Place of Work: Gonder, Ethiopia

Date of Announcement: December 14 2022

Deadline: December, 28/2022 




Job description

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


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.


This job is found in the Gonder sub and job holders report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer.

The job holder will report directly to the Head of Sub Office who will provide overall guidance, close support, and regular feedback on work performed and technically to the Program Policy Officer (Food assistance, smallholder resilience and Financial Services) based in Bahir Dar Area Office. The job holder will oversee all program or policy activities implemented in the Gondar Sub-Office or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.


To provide support to policy and program activities that effectively meet food assistance and smallholder resilience needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Contribute towards the development of concept notes of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider program policies and guidelines.
  2. Ensure planning and implementation of recovery and integrated resilience program activities at the field level, and coordination with the other partners as required.
  3. Develop partnerships and manage contractual agreements with Government, cooperating partners and research institutions and provide technical inputs to the Nutrition, refugees/IDPs, recovery and integrated resilience activities, and risk mitigation-related proposals and agreements.
  4. Assess WFP and partners’ capacity, develop capacity-building plans and design and implement directly or through service providers relevant capacity-building interventions.
  5. Provide technical assistance and capacity building to SO staff, partners, and government technical staff in managing recovery and resilience-building activities, as well as nutrition prevention and treatment for moderate acute malnutrition cases.
  6. Support SOs in carrying out Seasonal Livelihood Programming (SLP) and Community Based Participatory Planning (CBPP) processes to promote recovery and resilience building and manage the prevention and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition cases.
  7. Support the SOs in setting up mechanisms of timely monitoring and reporting of nutrition, recovery and integrated resilience activities, especially on the assets created and their impact on risk mitigation and resilience through joint supervision with government counterparts and provide recommendations for improvement.
  8. Follow up data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
  9. Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programs and activities that enable informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  10. Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, and monitor ongoing projects.
  11. Draft and/or provide inputs in proposal development and donor reporting for Nutrition, Relief, Refugees, Recovery and Integrated resilience activities.
  12. Research and analyze policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programs and activities.
  13. Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.
  14. Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries.
  15. Perform other related duties as required.


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Education: Advanced University degree in Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences, Nutrition/Health, or other fields relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses

Experience: Has gained at least 3 years of relevant (NGOs/UN Agencies) experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, refugees/IDPs, smallholder market access, recovery and integrated resilience activities, etc.).

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


  • Has proven experience of implemented programs and providing input into designing operations.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understand WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to its 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.

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  • 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 the 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 quantify and demonstrate WFP’s unique value as a partner.


Capability Name
Description of the behavior expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programs throughout the lifecycle to inform quality program design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyze and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and program development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP-specialised fields to contribute to technical program design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high-quality emergency programs.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government-owned food and nutrition security programs.

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.


How to Apply


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