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.


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.


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.


These jobs are found in WFP Ethiopia Country Office, seconded to Oromia Regional Bureau of Education (BoE). Job holders report to Programme Coordinator under the general guidance of Head of the school feeding unit. S/he will work closely with the regional SIP Directorate Director at the regional BoE and WFP Adama sub-offices for the day-to-day operational matters. At this level, the job holder demonstrates responsibility and initiative to respond independently to queries with the general guidance of the Head of the school feeding unit.  There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen problems on a daily basis. Job holders typically is responsible to manage and effective implementation of all school feeding components in the region.


To provide effective specialized support and technical assistance to Bureau of Education to strengthen institutional capacity to manage school feeding effectively and meet the objectives of school feeding activity and food assistance needs for the respective assigned region. S/he will be responsible for any school meal related issue implemented in the regions.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide Technical Support to the regional Bureau of Education and assist in the implementation of school feeding activities at region level
  • Provide Project Management Support to the school feeding program to ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets, policies and procedures
  • Prepare a range of reports and data Analysis related to school feeding activities and highlight issues ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control
  • Ensure and/or perform accurate, timely recording of data on school feeding activities and consistency of information presented to stakeholders
  • Liaise with external and internal counterparts to support effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of school feeding activities
  • Coordinate and communicate with local partners, NGOs and regional government mainly the BoE to perform analyses and to ensure efficient delivery of the programme
  • Collaborate with the regional education cluster and regional disaster risk management in the preparation of emergency school feeding response plan and advocate the agenda within the region
  • Create a good system for the school feeding activities at the regional BoE to ensure government ownership and smooth transition of programme
  • Act as a point of contact for resolution of a range of operational queries and problems with regards to the school feeding activities.
  • Providing practical advice and guidance, to delivering programme objectives to the agreed standards and deadlines
  • Providing advice and guidance to the regional counterparts to attain the objectives programme as per the agreed standards and deadline
  • Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP and the government are able to quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected children at the onset of the crisis
  • Coordinate school feeding activities to ensure effective implementation in the region
  • Advise the SIP Directorate at regional level to enable government led school meal programme agenda are incorporate in the regional BoE plan and implement at scale
  • Organize field visits, analyses the situation in collaboration with the regional BoE and WFP Sub Office to identify challenges in the programme implementation to take timely correction actions and recommend possible solutions
  • Provide support to the region in preparing the annual and bi-annual plan, implementing of the school feeding, facilitating food procurement, delivering of the commodities on time, provision of Non-Food Items, and the school kitchens and fuel-efficient stoves construction etc
  • Regularly monitor, update and track data related to the school feeding issues, commodity pipelines, follow the timely delivery of commodities and ensure effective implementation of the programme
  • Identify school feeding capacity gap in the region and provide training to the region, district and school level to ensure effective programme management
  • Facilitate and led the monthly and quarterly school feeding Coordination meetings with government and partners
  • Lead and facilitate the school feeding network forums and AU Africa Days of School feeding in the assigned region
  • Work with BoA, BoFEC, cooperative unions, regional cooperatives agency and other key stakeholders to strengthen the capacity of smallholder farmers to supply for Home Grown School Feeding and ensure development food procurement system is in place
  • Ensure satisfactorily any additional duties, as required by the supervisor


  • Has worked with technical teams (i.e. school feeding with similar role.).
  • Has contributed to implementation of programmes
  • Has observed or assisted with policy discussions
  • Has ability to analyze and interpret information, and provide solutions.
  • Has experience in school feeding programmes both Home Grown School Feeding and emergency context will be an added advantage


Education: University Degree in the related functional area.

Experience: Six (6) years of progressively responsible support work experience in school feeding programme operations, nutrition, emergency responses, or education-related programme including at least three years at preferably at the regional level. Experience working on Capacity Building and technical assistance to the government and prior coordination role will have an added advantage    Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English required. Language knowledge of the duty place is required.



  • 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.


WFP is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates meeting the above qualifications are encouraged to apply on-line through the WFP recruitment website.

This VA is open ONLY to Ethiopian Nationals.

Please note that WFP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Only qualified candidates will be contacted Dead Line -  19 March 2021 Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply 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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