World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme Associate (School Feeding)

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 open to Ethiopia Nationals only.


The World Food Programme (WFP) is United Nations frontline agency in the fight Against Hunger, WFP is continually responding to emergencies. We save lives by getting food to the hungry fast. But WFP also works to help prevent hunger in the future. We do this through programmes that use food as a means to build assets, spread knowledge and nurture stronger, more dynamic communities. This helps communities become more food secure. On average, WFP aims to bring food assistance to more than 80 million people in 80 countries.

WFP Ethiopia is working with the Government and 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.


This job is found in Addis Ababa, seconded to Ministry of Education (MoE). Job holder reports to Programme Coordinator, under the general guidance of Team Leader, School Feeding. S/he will work closely with the MoE SIP Directorate Director and General Director, Education Cluster and NDRMC. At this level, the job holder demonstrates responsibility and initiative to respond independently to queries with only the general guidance of SCHOOL FEEDING team. There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen problems on a daily basis. Job holder typically responsible to manage and school feeding activity implementation of emergency school feeding programme in the country


WFP School Feeding Unit have received a confirmation from USDA - McGovern-Dole Food for Education Program to undertake school feeding and technical assistance project for four years period to enable the Ethiopian Government to transit towards national ownership of school meals program.  The project will be covering around 185,693 primary school children in Afar and Oromia Regions.  The regions are mainly pastoralists who live in a marginalized environment and whose livelihood is exposed to the vagaries of climate and harsh environmental conditions and suffers from law participation into schooling and education.


Provide school feeding active technical and operational support to school feeding programme that meet the objectives of SCHOOL FEEDING programme and food assistance needs at the country level. S/he will provide technical assistance and responsible for the Coordination of  school feeding programme implemented by the Ministry of Education (MoE)

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Provide technical assistance, advice and operational support to the ministry of education to ensure school feeding implementation and management of emergency school feeding program as per agreed objective and standard
  2. Support MoE in seasonal emergency assessments, ensure emergency school feeding (ESF) plan incorporated in the national HDRP document, prepare the ESF response plan to be submitted for the government and humanitarian agencies, in collaboration with the education cluster/EiE to get funded
  3. Coordinate with MoFEC to facilitate the smooth flow of fund and ensure timely transition of funds to BoE for emergency school feeding programme operations
  4. Assist the availability of accurate, complete and up-to-date information required with regards to the school feeding for school feeding Program Management
  5. Collaborate with the SIP directorate to ensure the school feeding matters are well planned, monitored, implemented to attain the desired results
  6. Support the MoE to strengthen school meal programme at the country level and ensuring the smooth transition of government owned programme
  7. Provide Project Management Support to school feeding programme to ensure the various activities performed within the established targets and procedures.
  8. Prepare a range of reports and data Analysis related to school feeding programme and highlight issues ensuring deliverables adhere to MoE and corporate standards
  9. Ensure and/or perform accurate, timely recording of data on school feeding and consistency of information presented to WFP, government and stakeholders
  10. Liaise with external and internal counterparts to support school feeding collaboration, implementation and monitoring of emergency school feeding activities.
  11. Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems in the emergency school feeding programme within a specific technical area of responsibility
  12. Support the SFP is properly linked with the cooperative unions and benefited the smallholders
  13. Advise the SIP Directorate at MoE to enable government led school meal programme agenda are incorporate in education sector plan and implement at scale
  14. Participate and support the multi sectoral coordination and engagement them for SCHOOL FEEDING programme
  15. Support the regions ensure school feeding programme implementation as per the agreed plan and standards
  16. Identify gaps and challenges on school feeding area and provide support to improve the any programme operation related issues
  17. Regularly monitor, update & track data related to school feeding, commodity pipelines, follow timely delivery of commodities & ensure school utilization report produced on time.
  18. Identify capacity gap at the federal, region and district level and provide training to enhance the capacity of government staff and stakeholders
  19. Participate in emergency school feeding issues at national level, advice, update the management regularly, and advocate the ESF agenda to get funded by the government, donnors and stakeholders
  20. Work with government, private sectors and other key stakeholders increase their engagement to support the programme
  21. Ensure satisfactorily any additional duties, as required by the supervisor


Education: Completion of University Degree in the related functional area.

Experience 6 years of progressively responsible work experience in programme operations related. Experience working on Capacity Building and technical assistance to the government at federal Ministry of Education (MoE) level preferably in emergency school feeding programme has added advantage.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Amharic required.


  • Has worked with technical teams (i.e. school meal with similar role.)
  • Has contributed to implementation of school meal programmes
  • Has good understanding of the school feeding programme challenges and best practices at all level including the emergency areas
  • Has ability to analyze and interpret information, and provide solutions
  • Experiences in school feeding programmes within the MoE in the emergency context have an added advantage



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.

  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
  •  Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.


19 March 2021 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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