Programme Policy Officer (Relief) CST I, Mekelle (83019)

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JOB TITLE: Programme Policy Officer (Relief)
TYPE OF CONTRACT: International Consultant Level 1
DUTY STATION: Mekelle, Ethiopia
DURATION: 6 Months


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 position is based in Mekelle, Ethiopia and reports to the Senior Programme Policy Officer, Tigray Region.


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

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Contribute towards the development of a wide variety of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.
2. Provide project management support to specific and defined programmes and projects of considerable size/complexity, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures.
3. Develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained.
4. Research and analyse a range of policy and operational issues to inform the development of policies, programmes and activities.
5. Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
6. Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery.
7. Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance packages.
8. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through providing inputs into training materials.
9. Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with analysis and queries.
10. Other as required.


Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.


  • Minimum 3 years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional work experience in the private or public sector preferably within the UN/ WFP demonstrating high performance.
  • Has developed, or supported in the development of multi-discipline work plans to support the achievement of strategic aims within a defined area.
  • Extensive experience in community base beneficiary targeting & registration process and management of food distribution process including reconciliation.
  • Knowledge and experience in analysis and consolidation of quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
  • Experience in field operations, preferably in a hardship duty station or emergency situation.
  • Field experience through postings or working in a sub-office.
  • Experience analyzing political situations, assessing risk accurately and supporting managers and leaders in decision making that is sensitive to this.
  • Experience managing mid-size financial budgets, balancing multiple priorities effectively.
  • Broad exposure across areas within a function (i.e. policy, programme etc.)
  • Experience leading a mid-size to large team to ensure the effective delivery of objectives.
  • Experience in coordination/working with partners and government line ministries/department to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.
  • Participated in a moderately complex emergency operation/ development programme.
  • Experience with security co-ordination and compound management within a mid-size area

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language.


19 November 2023


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.

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