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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: NO-A, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Cash-Based Interventions
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-22

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Programme Policy Officer (Savings and Credit) FT-NOA - Addis Ababa (1)

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)


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 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.


For the 1.3 billion people worldwide living on less than a dollar a day and depending on agriculture for their livelihoods, vulnerability to climate-related shocks is a constant threat to their food security and well-being. As effects of climate change increase the frequency and intensity of natural hazards rise, with farmers facing a growing risk that these climate-related shocks will destroy their assets. Understanding how to help communities confront and manage this risk, so they can be resilient to climate-related shocks, is critical for addressing global poverty.

R4 Rural Resilience Initiative: R4 has broken new ground in the field of climate risk management by enabling poor farmers to pay premiums for crop index insurance with their own labor. Farmers can access insurance by paying with their labor through Insurance-for-Work (IFW) schemes. When a drought hits, compensation for weather-related losses prevents farmers from selling productive assets and stimulates faster recovery. IFW schemes are built into either existing government social safety nets (PSNP). Assets built through risk reduction activities promote resilience by steadily decreasing vulnerability to disaster risks over time. Insurance also facilitates access to credit at better rates, serving as collateral. Households can thereby invest in riskier but more remunerative enterprises, as well as in improved seeds, fertilizers and new technologies to increase their agricultural productivity. 

Participants also establish small-scale savings, which are used to build ‘risk reserves’. Savings help build a stronger financial base for investing – but also act as a buffer against short-term needs and idiosyncratic shocks, such as illness and death. To ensure long-term sustainability, R4 contributes to the creation of rural financial markets, by building local capacity and gradually transitioning farmers to pay for insurance in cash. 

Satellite Index Insurance for Pastoralists in Ethiopia (SIIPE): The SIIPE pilot programme provides index-based livestock insurance coverage to 5,001 beneficiary households in the Somali region of Ethiopia. Within the Somali region, the programme started in three districts (Woredas). Similar to R4, SIIPE targets PSNP households who own between 5-11 Tropical Livestock Units. Pastoralists can access insurance by paying premiums with their labor through Insurance-for-Work (IFW) schemes. In 2019, the programme will scale up to cover more than 10,000 households in the region and beyond.


Under the general supervision and guidance of the Climate Solutions Team Leader, the Saving and Credit Officer will provide technical support and guidance for the Climate Risk Management Programmes to introduce and strengthen the Savings an Credit related activities for the R4 Rural Resilience initiative and the SIIPE programme to support livelihood diversification, income generation and market linkages for the targeted households. The Climate Risk Management work plan currently comprises 2 programmes i. R4 Rural Resilience Initiative and ii. The Satellite Index Insurance for Pastoralists in Ethiopia (SIIPE) described above.


To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The focus of this function will be to introduce relevant Savings and Credit activities and market linkages (where possible) to increase the incomes of poor farmers and pastoralists in partnership with NGOs, regional government and the implementing partners. These activities will be implemented in Tigray, Amhara, and potentially Oromia and SNNPR. Such activities must have a climate adaptation lens whilst complementing the existing livelihoods ensuring improved and diversified income sources.

The Programme officer will be working on various workstreams within the unit that require a livelihood related intervention. S/he will collaborate with colleagues in other units who work on similar activities to ensure that efforts are not duplicated, and economies of scale are enhanced. In this regard, the Programme Officer will be responsible for the following:

  • Define the Savings and credit strategy, business plan, detailed budget, work plan and business processes of the programme during Year 1;
  • Oversee implementation of the Savings and Credit Strategy for R4 through liaison with the IPs;
  • Analyze progress made through reports and identify problems and bottlenecks as well as opportunities;
  • Advise on formulation of monitoring strategy for R4 for the Savings & Credit components;
  • Create awareness among IPs on the programme strategy and best modality of delivery. In particular, distribution of loans and integration between the components will be a key activity;
  • Work closely with the Smallholder Livelihood team to develop strategy on market linkages of smallholders with buyers;
  • Contribute to training curriculums on Savings & Credit as well as livelihood for District Agents. More broadly, be able to provide technical assistance, if needed to partner MFIs and to cooperatives, in order to facilitate the implementation of the strategy;
  • Work in close collaboration with the Insurance for Work/Natural Resource Management focal point to deliver all four components to beneficiaries seamlessly;
  • Support and help to develop where necessary the accounting and reporting system;
  • Review financial reports produced on quarterly basis and submitted to all concerned stakeholders;
  • Prepare reliable and satisfactory reports for submission to immediate supervisor that may pass to donors, partners, government and headquarters;
  • Assist in ensuring all possible legal liabilities (performance, contractual or extra contractual (tort), tax and other) are properly and safely handled at affiliated MFIs, members and groups to R4;
  • Perform other assignments as requested by his/her supervisor.


Education: Master degree in finance, development economics or related subject with a focus on micro-finance, or First University Degree in the said fields with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.


  • At least five years relevant working experience of working in Saving and Credit Cooperatives or MFIs is a must, either from a field perspective or from a more marketing or operational management level perspective;
  • Good inter-personal and communication skill;
  • Experience in report writing, data collection and documentation;
  • Computer literacy, particularly in financial packages and ability to adapt and learn new programmes;
  • Ability to handle sensitive financial matters and observe strict confidentiality.

Language: Fluency in oral and written English and Amharic (written and spoken) is sufficient. Knowledge of other Ethiopian regional languages would be an advantage.


  • Ability to collect, analyze, and interpret financial data;
  • Proven ability to work in multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder working environments;
  • Demonstrated knowledge in management of projects preferably rural finance related projects;
  • Ability to devise and operate standard management and operational programs on MFI development; 
  • Ability to control assets and financial resources;
  • Knowledge of the area’s local language;
  • At least three years relevant working experience, preferably in an NGO environment.


  • Ability to work independently in a timely and organized manner;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work;
  • Ability to work in a team and multi-task as needed;
  • A strong understanding of micro finance sector in Ethiopia.



  • 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.


WFP is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates meeting the above qualifications are encouraged to apply on-line through WFP recruitment website.
This VA is open ONLY to Ethiopian Nationals.
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Please note that WFP does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.


22 February 2019


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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