Programme Officer (Livelihood & DRR Support), Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


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.


In 2020 WFP CO Ethiopia has launched its CSP 2020-2025. The five-year country strategic plan is based on WFP’s recognized strengths and on strong strategic and operational partnerships with the Government, private sector entities, non-governmental organizations and other United Nations agencies. While the bulk of operations will continue to address the immediate short-term needs of refugees, internally displaced persons and other food-insecure and undernourished people, there will be a gradual expansion and intensification of climate change adaptation, resilience and livelihood diversification initiatives also linked to the humanitarian-development-peace nexus. WFP will focus on the prevention of malnutrition, the building of resilience and the integration of nutrition concerns and gender equality throughout the portfolio.

Following the launch of the CSP, WFP ETCO has revised its organigramme having Activity 5 responsible for Strategic Outcome 2: Vulnerable and food-insecure populations in targeted areas have increased resilience to shocks.

Under the Activity 5 portfolio, there is three major on-going initiative. Out of those three, two are implemented in the Amhara region, namely: KfW-funded R4 (with a top-up from Danida) and KfW-funded Response to Desert Locust Infestation.

Both initiatives are strategically very important for WFP ETCO because of the theme of the actions, the level of the negative impact that lack of proper interventions could have on the beneficiaries and the existing relationship with the Donor(s).

The purpose of this assignment is to have a focal point for Activity 5 initiatives in the Amhara region in order to guarantee proper on-ground coordination as well as cooperation with CPs, government counterparts and other stakeholders.


Under the general supervision and guidance of the Head of Sub Office and matrix relationship with CO Activity 5 Team leader


To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.


  • Serve as a focal point for WFP ETCO for all initiatives under Activity 5 in Amhara region;
  • Liaise with government counterparts, CPs, FSPs, and other stakeholders on all technical aspects related to Activity 5 initiatives;
  • Coordinate on-ground implementation of Activity 5 actions in Amhara region;
  • Support capacity strengthening activities at regional and local level falling under Activity 5;
  • Coordinates the establishment of various local partnership forums to facilitate learning and scaling up of good practices relevant to WFP and activity 5;
  • Maintain up to date information and provide timely information as required;
  • Coordinate needs assessment missions and data analysis;
  • Identifies good practices related to Activity 5 for further program quality improvement;
  • Activity 5 actions implementation;
  • Supervise field monitors for strengthening/building their technical and functional capacities on thematic areas related to Activity 5 (climate change adaptation, resilience building, DRR/DRM, etc.);
  • Organize missions for WFP ETCO, donors, and other partners;
  • Assist in the design of new Activity 5 initiatives for the Amhara region;
  • Any additional duties as requested.


Education: U niversity degree in International Development, Economics, Agriculture, Social science, Management or other relevant fields with 2 years of relevant professional work experience OR a master’s degree with at least 1 year of professional experience in a related field.

Experience: At least two years working experience in food security, resilience building, climate change adaptation, or other relevant fields.

Language: 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 micro finance sector in Ethiopia.


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.

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Deadline for Application: 25 April 2021

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


Female applicants and qualified applicants are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service

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