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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: ETH - Multiple Locations
  • Grade: Administrative Services and Support - Generally no need for Higher Education - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Managerial positions
    • Administrative support
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
    • Logistics
  • Closing Date: 2019-02-22

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Monitoring Assistant (DRR-IFW) FT-G4 - Mekelle(1), Bahir Dar(1)

ETH - Multiple Locations


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 com- munities 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.


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 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 net Programs (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. 


These 2 fixed term positions are located in WFP Ethiopia Sub Offices. Under the general supervision and guidance of the sub office head and functional guidance from the Climate Solutions Team in Addis Ababa, the Monitoring Assistant will support implementation of the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative in Amhara an Tigray regions. 


To perform monitoring activities within a specific coverage area and provide reports to support the effective delivery of assistance packages. 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Support implementation of the Insurance-for-Work and Disaster Risk Reduction component for R4 through liaison with the IPs;
  2. Regularly record progress and document challenges/solutions during the implementation of the programme;
  3. Support implementation of monitoring strategy for R4 to record implementation of risk reduction (Disaster Risk Reduction/Natural Resource Management) activities;
  4. Create awareness among IPs on the programme strategy and best modality of delivery. In particular, distribution of the insurance scheme and integration between the components will be a key activity.
  5. Work closely with the R4 DRR and Micro Insurance Specialists to ensure roll out of the respective components;
  6. Liaise with the regional and local government bodies (such as the woreda watershed team) to review the land use plans and maps in consultation with local communities, district authorities and support development of workplans;
  7. Contribute to training curriculums on Insurance and DRR/NRM for District Agents;
  8. Work in close collaboration with the Savings and Credit focal point to deliver all four components to beneficiaries seamlessly;
  9. Support and help to develop where necessary the accounting and reporting system;
  10. Support to ensure financial reports are produced on quarterly basis and submitted to all concerned stakeholders;
  11. Prepare reliable and satisfactory reports for submission to immediate supervisor that may pass to donors, partners, government and headquarters;
  12. Perform other assignments as requested by his/her supervisor or the climate solutions team.


Education: Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Economics, Social science or other related field; or 5 years equivalent professional work experience.

Experience: At least three years relevant working experience of working in DRR/NRM programmes or experience working with micro insurance work is a must, either from a field perspective or from a more marketing or operational management level perspective.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and local language.


  • 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 finical resources;
  • Knowledge of the area’s local language;
  • At least three years relevant working experience, preferably in an NGO environment.  


  • Good inter-personal and communication skills;
  • 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;
  • Demonstrable good command of English (both written and spoken).



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Helps teammates articulate WFP’s Strategic Objectives.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Suggests potential improvements to team’s work processes to supervisor.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Explains the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities to teammates.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Articulates how own unit’s responsibilities will serve WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Trains junior teammates on new skills and capabilities.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Seeks opportunities to work with people from different backgrounds.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Serves as a peer coach for colleagues in same area of work.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Tracks progress toward goals and shares this information on a regular basis with supervisor.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Explores ways to consistently be more efficient and accurate in own areas of work and shares new methods of work with colleagues.
  •  Focus on getting results: Focuses on getting results and tracks trends in completion rates for own tasks to identify opportunities for efficiency.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes responsibility for own tasks and notifies supervisor as soon as possible of potential delays in meeting deadlines or commitments.
  •  Be Decisive: Independently decides what action to take when faced with critical choices in the workplace or in dangerous situations in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Suggests opportunities for partnering with other units to supervisor.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Identifies opportunities to work with colleagues and partners in the field towards common goals.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Develops an understanding of the value of WFP’s teams and external partners in fulfilling team’s goals and objectives.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Aligns own activities with supervisor’s priorities to fulfill internal and external partner needs.


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

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