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Programme Policy Officer (Operations & Budget) CST I, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Accounting & Finance, Operations
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2023


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JOB TITLE: Programme Policy Officer (Operations and Budget)  
TYPE OF CONTRACT: International Consultant Level 1
UNIT/DIVISION: Programme - Cooperating Partner Management Unit (CPMU)
DUTY STATION: Addis Ababa, 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.


Through its 2020 – 2025 Country Strategic Plan (CSP), WFP Ethiopia is providing food assistance and strengthening 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.

To effectively and efficiently reach the targeted beneficiaries, WFP signs partnership agreements with the Ethiopian Government ministries and departments, academia, non-government organizations (NGOs), and other UN agencies. WFP Ethiopia also has a dedicated operational support section (OPS) under the Programme Unit which manages all partnerships for the implementation of programme activities


This position will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Head of Cooperating Partner Management Unit.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Contribute to the implementation of plans and policies by setting clear goals; coordinate processes for budget and programming activities in compliance with WFP and functional strategies for FLAs/MoUs. 
  2. Review FLAs and MoUs budgets for accuracy, appropriateness, cost containment/effectiveness and completeness in line with available guidelines, flagging any shortcomings and providing comprehensive feedback to the main stakeholders as needed. 
  3. Contribute FLA/MoUS budgets in WFP’s corporate systems ensuring that all budget-supporting documents are available, and address received comments and recommendations before relevant resource data is recorded in internal systems for reference. 
  4. Support the preparation Project Review Committee for call for proposals, analyze ratings ensure cost effectiveness.
  5. Analyze FLA/MoU closure activities, ensuring actions are taken for resources transfers and the timely start and closures of activities. 
  6. Coordinate and consolidate information for the weekly/monthly situation reports.
  7. Participate in meetings with internal stakeholders to discuss the operational effectiveness and progress. 
  8. Supervise, guide a small-sized team, coaching and providing/delivering training to build capacity and increase expected level of operational support, acting as a first escalation point on more complex analysis and queries. 
  9. Represent the unit at internal meetings/committees/working groups as required, in order to obtain and provide information from a budget and resource programming perspective. 
  10. Contribute and, put together budget plans for cooperating partners that are under-performing with clear timelines and objectives, including trainings, information sessions, etc.
  11. Perform other relevant duties as required. 

•    Operational Partnerships are well maintained and strengthened through WFP’s main rules and guidelines.
•    Risks related to partners’ capacity, performance and capacities are regularly monitored and mitigated when and where possible.


Education:    Advanced university degree or first level university degree with additional relevant work experience. 


Experience: Minimum 3 years of relevant working experience in the subject matter. Exposure to the international arena either by directly working for an international institution/organization; or, if working for a national entity, by way of interacting with international stakeholders


Knowledge & Skills: 


  • Proficiency in Windows MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook);
  • Budget preparation, review and analysis
  • Data analysis and reporting
  • Behavioral competencies such as Action Management, Client Orientation, Cognitive Capacity, Innovation, Partnering and Teamwork.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language. 


01 December 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.