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Senior Programme Associate

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WFP  is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Senior Programme Associate in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Job Description

  • Job Title: Senior Programme Associate (Cash-Based Transfer) – Fixed Term, G7 , Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Organization: WFP – World Food Programme
    • Location: Addis Ababa
    • Grade: Administrative support – GS-7, General Service – No need for Higher Education – Locally recruited position
    • Occupational Groups:
      • Administrative support
      • Cash-Based Interventions
      • Project and Programme Management
    • Closing Date: 2024-04-29

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


JOB TITLE: Senior Programme Associate (Cash-Based Transfer -CBT)
DUTY STATION: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
DURATION: 12 Month 


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.


Click the link to learn more about WFP in Ethiopia:  WFP Ethiopia Employee Value Proposition.pdf


The post is based in Addis Ababa; under the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer (Cash Based Transfers) and the overall supervision of the Head of Cash Based Transfers and Identity Management


The incumbent will be responsible for the accountabilities and specific job requirements outlined hereunder. To provide effective coordination and specialized support to a full range of policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.The position is located in WFP Ethiopia in the following duty station and within the specified focus of responsibilities: Senior Programme Associate (Cash-Based Transfer) – FT, G7 based in Addis Ababa; under the direct supervision of the Programme Policy Officer (Cash Based Transfers) and the overall supervision of the Head of Cash Based Transfers and Identity Management)

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Provide specialized expertise and contribute towards the development of project activities, plans and processes within the specific technical area of work ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidelines.
  2. Provide efficient coordination and specialized project management support to a range of specific and/or defined programmes to ensure that the various activities are performed within the established targets following WFP’s policies and procedures.
  3. Within the specific area of responsibility, prepare a variety of elaborated reports and substantial data analysis (e.g. food/ cash assistance needs, resource planning and utilization (including creation of FRs, PRs, Disbursement plans and follow up with relevant units/ teams  for creation of POs), programme   implementation and planning status, performance etc.) and make recommendations to supervisors, ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
  4.  Lead and ensure accurate, timely recording of data within the specific technical area of work (e.g. assistance programmes, reconciliations, food security and vulnerability assessments) and consistency of information presented to stakeholders.
  5. Coordinate and liaise with internal counterparts on a range of complex matters to enable effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing project activities.
  6.  Foster relationships and support partnership-building with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions to perform accurate food security analyses and to ensure efficient delivery of food assistance.
  7.  Support the capacity building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government within a specific technical area.
  8. Act as an escalation point for complex query resolution on all matters within the area of responsibility.
  9. Manage a team of support staff, providing advice, guidance and training, to ensure individual and team objectives are delivered to agreed standards and deadlines.
  10. Follow standard emergency preparedness practices to ensure WFP is able to quickly respond and deploy needed resources to affected areas at the onset of the crisis.
  11. Perform other duties as required


  • Serve as a technical expert on cash based transfer programming for WFP internal  teams such as VAM, M&E, Refugees, and Relief, nutrition, school feeding etc. inclusive of keeping up to date on CBT programmes within and outside WFP, supporting for CBT programme integration and documenting lessons learned and best practices.
  • Advise on CBT programming at different stages of the programme management cycle–from strategic planning and design to pilot to implementation and supporting the technical processes required for enabling the implementation of CBT programmes.
  • Support the Analytics team in developing guidance and building capacity on CBT programming; as well as supporting the development and implementation of quality cash transfer programs.
  • Support in creating relationships with private service providers–such as mobile money, technology providers, third parties, etc.–that work in delivering innovative electronic transfers.
  • Support the development of materials and guidance for CBT programs in varying development contexts.
  • Proactively contribute to the Ethiopia Cash Assistance Learning Programme (CALP); share and disseminate knowledge on cash based transfer (CBT) programming.
  • Assist in delivering trainings to staff on response analysis, market assessment and the design and implementation of cash based programs.
  • Support the development of concept notes related to cash-based programming


Education: Completion of secondary school education or A bachelor’s degree in International Affairs, Business administration, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences, or other fields relevant to international development assistance.

Experience: At least 7 years or more years of progressive work experience in the Programme or related area. Out of which at least 3 years of progressively responsible working experience in Cash-based transfers in a humanitarian context

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



  • Has facilitated communication with technical teams (i.e. nutrition, VAM, etc.).
  • Has contributed to designing and implementation of CBT programmes.
  • Has observed or assisted with policy discussions.
  • Demonstrated expertise in gender analysis, familiarity with gender marker modalities.


Qualified Female Candidates and persons with disability are highly encouraged to apply.

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization’s page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager
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