World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme Policy Officer (M&e) Ft - Noc, Addis Ababa (1)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description


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.

Qualified Female Candidates are highly encouraged to apply. 

This position is only open to Ethiopia Nationals only.


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.


Under the general supervision and guidance of the Head of Programme and Head of VAM & M&E, within the delegated authority, the Programme Policy Officer, Monitoring & Evaluation, will support to discover the information hidden in vast amounts of data, and contribute to make smarter decisions to become even more effective at serving our beneficiaries.


The Programme Policy Officer, Monitoring & Evaluation will be responsible for managing and supervising the Monitoring & Evaluation function and the technical team at the Country Office Level.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Monitoring planning, guidance and implementation

  • In consultation with Programme staff develop log frames and select indicators during project design stage;

  • Develop detailed monitoring and review plans and formulate budgetary requirements to implement the plans;

  • Provide technical and administrative leadership to the Monitoring Team ensuring optimum utilization of all resources and achievement of M&E objectives;

  • Provide guidance and participate in the preparation of training modules in M&E and periodic training of WFP Field Monitors, Cooperating Partners' staff and third-party monitoring staff and their supervisors;

  • Liaise with the RBN M&E Team for updates on guidelines for M&E including the sampling designs adopted for the M&E studies/surveys, as suited to local context;

  • Follow up on monitoring and review findings to ensure corrective actions are taken as required;

  • Coordinate planning and implementation of monitoring activities in consultation with Heads of Area/Sub-Offices, as required and requested;

  • Ensure that all the M&E tool kits are revised and updated as required for effective M&E of project activities;

  • Ensure links with the Beneficiary Feedback mechanisms;

  • Develop and disseminate information products reflecting monitoring findings.

Information Management and Reporting

  • Oversee and manage data collection, data validation and data Analysis processes;

  • Ensure that the Country Office Monitoring Database systems are functional and effectively utilized and all required enhancements are undertaken promptly;

  • Ensure data collection using the M&E toolkits and exercise oversight of the third-party monitoring process and use of mobile data collections tools;

  • Oversee development and management of monitoring and reporting including the preparation of the annual Corporate Report (ACR) and other periodic reports requested for by Country Office Units for varying purposes including meeting the donor needs;

  • Oversee and participate in data analysis undertaken by M&E Team and ensure the timely preparation and submission of all corporate, donor, internal and other reports as required;

  • Liaise closely with the VAM Unit on methodological and data interpretation issues and Operations Unit on project planning data as required to ensure professional concurrence;

  • Contribute to preparedness actions such as early warning, risk analysis and contingency planning and make recommendations; periodically monitor the management of risks and report on any actions taken;

  • Ensure the monthly production of M&E dashboard properly annotated to guide management on the project status and decision making;

  • Play an active role in the preparation of the Annual Performance Plan (APP) and its review for the Programme Unit.

Supervision and oversight

  • Carry out people management and supervisory responsibilities, as required;

  • In close collaboration with the Operations Unit, ensure participation of the M&E subunit in annual evaluation of the Cooperating Partners (CPs) and participate in CO project/thematic evaluation missions as required;

  • Undertake periodic visits to the Area/Sub Offices to ensure that M&E guidelines are being implemented and provide any required on-site Technical Support;

  • Ensure regular oversight visits are conducted at distribution sites to check food availability in relation to the number of beneficiaries, rations, commodities and quantities distributed.

  • Has experience working across the Program portfolio including VAM/Nutrition.

  • Has led a Sub Office or a small country/area office programme team or a component of a country office programme portfolio.

  • Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions.

  • Strong knowledge of Results-based Management principles and practices and WFP’s corporate accountability frameworks

  • Proven knowledge, abilities and skills in the areas of Monitoring and Evaluation

  • In-depth knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methods, metrics, statistical applications and reporting systems

  • Create/use Digital Media and data visualization platforms, particularly Tableau;

  • Create data mock-ups with an understanding of data visualization and data structures;

  • Good applied statistics skills, such as distributions, statistical testing, regression, etc.;

  • Development and maintenance of monitoring database

  • Ability to use data to effectively explain complex matters to influence a variety of audiences; 

  • Ability to visualize data in creative ways that support scenarios and storytelling;

  • Creative problem-solving skills and strong attention to detail;

  • Can see patterns and trends in data, to pull out insights and connect the dots for others to see;

  • Takes a data-oriented approach to decision making;

  • Self-motivated and results oriented;

  • Strong track record of delivering results in a complex environment;

  • Possess strong organizational and detail-oriented skills;

  • Demonstrable ability to work within multi-disciplinary teams.


Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance

Dislays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.

Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher)

Demonstrates the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.

Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.)

Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.

Emergency Programming

Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches

Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government

Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government Counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes..


Education and Experience : University degree in Social science, Economics, Statistics, Management, Information Technology with 5 or more years of Monitoring & Evaluation experience in a supervisory role OR a master’s degree in a related fields with at least 3 years of Monitoring & Evaluation experience in a supervisory role.

Desired Experience:

  • Experience in specific programmes like VAM, Resilience, Climate Risk Management, is an added advantage.

  • Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of the local language is added advantage



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.

  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).

  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.

  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.

  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.

  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.

  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.

  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.

  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.

  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.

  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.

  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.

  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


23 June 2020

Job Title: Programme Policy Officer (M&E)

No. of Positions: 1 (one)

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Grade: NOC

Duty Station: Addis Ababa

Post Duration: One year with possibility of extension.

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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