Programme Policy Officer

World Food Programme, Ethiopia

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
11th December, 2019

Job Description

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.

United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Ethiopia in collaboration with World Food Programme (WFP) Ethiopia are currently piloting an innovative project “Towards universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights services “, through strengthened linkages between humanitarian food distribution and Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) in the Somali Region (2018-2020). The project offers an innovative strategy and approach by establishing coherence between humanitarian food assistance and access to information about family planning (FP) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) , ensuring access to all family planning services and making all modern methods available at intervention sites within the overall framework of promoting SRHRs. The project is being implemented in two zonal administrations of Siti and Fafan (i.e. eight districts and Jigjiga city council) of the Somali region which are known to have humanitarian food distribution spots and host Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) settlements.

The innovative approach and collaboration between WFP and UNFPA will create a platform for nexus planning and building resilience for both organizations. It has therefore been necessary to establish a new way of working together to ensure coordination and integration of activities to ensure strong nexus programming and resilience planning.


Under the overall guidance of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) National Humanitarian Coordination based in Addis Ababa and in collaboration with the Regional Program Officer in Jigjiga, the incumbent will support project implementation, ensuring coordination of activities between UNFPA, WFP and Implementing partners, thus facilitating timely execution of the project. The incumbent will support the NDDP in the dialogue with the regional health offices in coordinating the project activities within the project engagement document, results framework and the framework of regional strategies and policies and needs. The incumbent will work closely with the sub-national and food clusters and assist in establishing partnerships with other stakeholders, including Government counterparts, Non-Governmental Organizations, and United Nation agencies.

The incumbent will ensure all project activities are done in a gender and protection sensitive approach of creating positive impact over beneficiaries by uphold protection principles, including the principle of do no harm. All the activities under the project should be done in line with the anti-corruption, Accountability to Affected population and Prevention from Sexual Exploitation and abuse ensuring safety, dignity and welfare of the project participants/beneficiaries.


Education: Advanced university degree in public health, including SRHR, human rights, management & organisational development studies, social work, or Bachelor’s degree with 5 years of experience

Experience: Minimum of 5 years, of which 3 years are in a field post, working experience within Family Planning and Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) in emergencies

  • Broad knowledge of comprehensive Family Planning and Sexual & Reproductive Health & Rights (SRHR) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Excellent facilitation and relationship building skills
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Basic kills (word, excel, power point) of the computer
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions and away from home for long periods of time

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and ability to work in Somali language is an added advantage

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


  • In coordination with the UNFPA Regional Program Officer, the incumbent will be responsible for the coordination of project interventions, including at woreda level to ensure joint activities. This includes supporting the DDPB in site selection for food distribution includes sites in close proximity to the health centers supported by the project. In prolongation of this, the incumbent will be facilitating the collaboration between the DDPB and RHB at woreda level to ensure the RHB is informed about the dates and sites for food distribution, thus ensuring that the FP/ SRHR awareness raising activities can take place, thus ensuring smooth referrals for women and adolescents’ girls who want to receive family planning counselling and services. In addition, selection of schools must be coordinated with the intervention sites, ensuring close proximity between school, health center and FDS.
  • The incumbent will be working closely with the UNFPA Regional Program Officer to facilitate coordination meetings, initially bi-weekly. This includes sending out invitation e-mails, taking minutes and sharing relevant information with partners under guidance from the UNFPA Regional Program Officer.
  • She/he is expected to communicate in advance with the woreda and kebele level administration and disaster preparedness and response offices, WFP focal persons and committees to know in advance the date and specific place of food and cash distribution in order to organize outreach FP/SRH education sessions in an integrated manner
  • Facilitate smooth collaboration between WFP and UNFPA and support the joint planning process to ensure that implementation is in line with the results framework, and that the WFP process with DDPB supports the projects ability to address the immediate FP/SRH needs. In collaboration with the UNFPA Regional Program Officer s/he will be supporting the creation of complementarity between UNFPA’s and WFP’s activities thus ensuring nexus between development and humanitarian assistance and building resilience.


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