Environment, Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Public Works Expert, Fixed Term-NOA, Addis Ababa

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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.


JOB TITLE: Environment, Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Public Works Expert


UNIT/DIVISION: Resilience and Climate (Activity 5), Programme Unit

DUTY STATION: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

DURATION: 12 months with possibility of extension


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.


This job is based in Addis Ababa WFP Country Office. Job holder report to directly to the Activity 5 manager and will be under the overall guidance of the Head of Programme or the designate.


In 2020, WFP CO Ethiopia has launched its CSP 2020-2025. The five-year country strategic plan is based on WFP’s recognized strengths and on strong strategic and operational partnerships with the Government, private sector entities, non-governmental organizations and other United Nations agencies. While the bulk of operations will continue to address the immediate short-term needs of refugees, internally displaced persons and other food-insecure and undernourished people, there will be a gradual expansion and intensification of climate change adaptation, resilience and livelihood diversification initiatives also linked to the humanitarian–development–peace nexus. WFP will focus on the prevention of malnutrition, the building of resilience and the integration of nutrition concerns and gender equality throughout the portfolio.

Following the launch of the CSP, WFP Ethiopia Country Office (ETCO) is in the process of designing a conceptual framework/strategy for climate change adaptation and resilience building in Ethiopia for the CSP lifespan as well as streamline the on-going initiatives and design new ones based on this strategy, under the leadership of Activity 5 Manager who is in charge of resilience building and climate change adaptation.

At the moment, under Activity 5, there are three on-going major contributions related climate change adaptation and resilience building in Ethiopia: KfW-funded R4 Rural Resilience Initiative Programme, Swedes/Danes-funded refugees and host community resilience programme, including SIIPE - Ethiopia, Satellite Index Insurance for Pastoralists, KfW-funded project in response to desert locust infestation. All initiatives have fixed seasonal milestones that require complex technical processes and collaboration with external partners to achieve. The operating environment is increasingly more challenging due to the ongoing political, economic, and security situation in the country.

The purpose of this assignment is to make sure that Activity 5 starts having the necessary technical expertise on environment, NRM, public works, with special focus on water and water infrastructures, to be able to better coordinate on-going initiatives and capacity strengthening actions as well as to properly design new climate change adaptation and resilience building projects and programmes.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the overall guidance of the Head of Programme and the direct supervision of the Activity 5 Manager, the job holder will be responsible for the following:

  • Contribute towards the development of a limited number of projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance;
  • Provide project management support to some of the on-going projects of small to moderate size, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures;
  • Follow data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained;
  • Support a technical capacity needs assessment with selected regional and local authorities in the fields of Environment, NRM, public works and climate change adaptation;
  • Contribute to capacity building actions at federal, regional and local level;
  • Assist the strengthening of joint WFP Activity 5 and Social Protection actions;
  • Assist SOs in the environmental and social safeguards screening of planned activities;


  • Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities;
  • Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects;
  • Cooperate with relevant units in the adoption of a gender and protection lens in the planning, implementation and monitoring of Environment, NRM, public works and climate change adaptation activities;
  • Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships on climate change adaptation and resilience building;
  • Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of referral and assisting them with analysis and queries.
  • Perform any other duties as required.


Education: Advanced university degree in Environmental Engineering, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change Adaptation, Social science or other related subjects.

Experience: At least seven years working experience on water, NRM, public works for social protection, climate change and capacity building. Experience in WFP-related programmes and PSNP is considered an asset.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Amharic. Knowledge of other local languages is an added advantage.


  • 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 climate change adaptation and resilience building in the different contexts of Ethiopia


  • Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. Nutrition, livelihoods, Food security and other related social sciences.).
  • Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.
  • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.



  • 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.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design. Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development. 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 capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes. 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.


24 June 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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