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Programme Policy Officer P3 (Head of Cooperating Partners Management) - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Posted on Monday, November 13, 2023


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.


Are you an experienced Programme Policy Officer interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Would you like to join a global organisation investing in its people?

If so, an exciting & fulfilling career awaits you!! Join our diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to saving & changing millions of lives around the globe.




Applications must be submitted by Monday, 27 November 2023 (11:59 PM CET).




The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using foodassistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change.


To learn more about WFP, visit our website: UN World Food Programme (WFP) and follow us on social media to keep up with our latest news: YouTubeLinkedInInstagramFacebookTwitter.




  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate 
  • WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse and multicultural working environment ​
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of trainings, accreditation, coaching, mentorship and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities ​
  • A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe​
  • We offer attractive compensation package (please refer to Terms and Conditions section) 




United Nations World Food Programme’s Country Strategy Plan (2020-2025) in Ethiopia is based on WFP’s recognized strengths, strong strategic and operational partnerships with the Government, private sector entities, NGOs and other UN agencies. In Ethiopia, WFP provides lifesaving and life sustaining food and nutrition assistance, school feeding, as well as resilience building activities, in partnership with 47 partners, including both NGOs and government partners.   While the bulk of operations continue to address the immediate short-term needs of refugees, internally displaced persons and other food-insecure and undernourished people, there is a gradual expansion and intensification of resilience and livelihood diversification initiatives at the humanitarian–development–peace nexus. Further, WFP has implemented assurance project that provides enhanced safeguards and controls ranging from vulnerability based targeting and digitized registration to enhanced monitoring and community-based feedback mechanisms. A key element of the assurance measures is effective cooperating partners management as per WFP global policies and standards. 




 WFP Ethiopia Country Office is seeking to fill a position of the Head of Cooperating Partners Management team (Programme Policy Officer) who will be responsible in managing NGO and government partnerships engagement processes as well as programme budgets that support the implementation of WFP’s Country Strategic Plan activities.  This position will supervise The Cooperative Partners Management Team in Country Office; and with strong technical and operational support to WFP’s area and field offices; and is a key strategic position in ensuring programme partnership engagement processes are in compliance with corporate standards. 


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


  • Manage Cooperating Partners engagement processes and ensuring that latest WFP corporate standard and templates on partnership engagements are used and the partnerships capacity, risks and performance reviews process at the Country Office align with the needs for WP Ethiopia.   
  • Be responsible in the issuance of Expression of Interest, Request for Proposals and Field Level Agreement awards, agreements and subsequent amendments, ensuring that all agreements and amendments are constructed and issued in line with WFP legal and financial rules and regulations. 
  • Facilitate the preparation of semi-annual and annual implementation plans budget (aligned to the WFP Country Strategic Plan and Country Portfolio Budget) in collaboration with the Head/Deputy Head of Programme, Activity managers. 
  • Contribute to formulation programme policies in line with both organizational strategy and the practical realities of operating in the field; or translate programme policy into Regional/Country level practices. 
  • Provide advice and support to COs on moderately complex issues to clarify ambiguities and ensure that policy and programme operations are consistent with WFP policies, Executive Board decisions, and other relevant guidance. 
  • Assist counterparts in governments and other partners in identifying where food assistance can be usefully employed and provide support and technical expertise for the planning, formulation, and implementation of moderately complex food assistance programmes to strengthen government and community ownership and effectiveness of food security and nutrition programmes at national and sub-national levels. 
  • Establish and maintain operational partnerships to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve assistance packages and support advocacy work. 
  • Manage the preparation and dissemination of timely analytical and critical reports, publications, and a variety of information products or proposals for internal or external use. 
  • Contribute to resources mobilization efforts for WFP projects, including clearly articulating the need for food assistance and related programme opportunities, and follow up on the resource situation of projects including commodity and cash availability, seeking advice from senior colleagues where necessary. 
  • Advice and support the development of functional training in areas of expertise to enhance the capacity of WFP staff and partner to design and deliver effective food assistance programmes. 
  • Lead, motivate and develop a team of staff to enable high performance. 
  • Ensure the best use of assigned financial resources for achievement of set objectives within a moderate budget. 
  • Contribute to Country Office Emergency Preparedness i.e. early warning, risk analysis, and contingency planning in order to respond to humanitarian crises and needs. 
  • 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. 


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in programme and policy; and specifically in cooperating partners management or grant management is highly desirable;
  • Strong Experience in preparing agreements with partners and reviewing budgets and reports for management.  
  • Knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations, and procedures governing administration. 



  • Fluency (level C) in English language. ​
  • Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or Portuguese (a WFP working language).




  • Experience in management of Cooperating partners, timely review and processing of partners invoice, partners performance reviews and partners selection processes.
  • Experience in translating operational requirements into financial information and cost-efficient plans. 
  • Experience of supervising a team 
  • Ability to negotiate and maintain strong partnerships with field focused approaches. 
  • Demonstrated skills in managing complex portfolios. 
  • Strong analytical skills; resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgment, tact, negotiating skills.  
  • Ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing. 
  • Knowledge of using MS Office suite package (Word, Excel, Teams)



These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission. 


Leads by Example with Integrity 

Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments 

Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork 

Applies Strategic Thinking 

Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships 

Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others 

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change 

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth 

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things 

Builds and nurtures  external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives 


Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.



  • This is an International Professional position and candidates must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.​
  • Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.​
  • WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with ICSC standards ( including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, visa, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance.​
  • The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to take up this assignment.​



  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable)
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
  • Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
  • Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time
  • Please contact us at in case you face any challenges with submitting your application
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified



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.