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Programme Assistant (Financial Services)

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • Amhara
  • as per WFP scale USD / Month
  • Applications have closed
  • Salary: as per WFP scale

World Food Programme

World Food Programme is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Programme Assistant (Financial Services) in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.

Job Description

  • Job Title: Programme Assistant (Financial Services)
  • Job by World Food Programme
  • Level: 5,
  • Location : Bahir Dar
  • Organization: World Food Programme
  • Closing date: 15 Jun 2023

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: Programme Assistant (Financial Services)
CONTRACT TYPE: Service Contracts
DUTY STATION: Bahir Dar, Ethiopia
DURATION: 12 months


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.


This job is found in Bahir Dar Sub-Office. The job holders typically report to a Programme Policy Officer or the designate.Job holder will report directly to Programme Policy Officer who will provide overall technical guidance, close support and regular feedback on work performed. The job holder will support in coordinating the programme or policy activities implemented in Bahir Dar Sub-Office and Dessie sub office or similar nature and analytical work of limited complexity.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of Programme Policy Officer (Food Assistance and Livelihoods), the incumbent will perform the following responsibilities:

  • Act as technical focal person for the implementation of the WFP supported financial services that includes the Cash Based Transfers, Financial Inclusion, Index Based Insurance, Village Saving and Lending Associations and Smallholder Market Access support.
  • Coordinate the promotion of financial inclusion of the vulnerable community members by supporting the planning and successful implementation of these projects through sustainable partnerships with relevant financial service providers, lenders and development financial institutions.
  • Support the capacity strengthening of WFP Field Monitors and Partners’ staff involved in financial services operations, particularly in relation to the management of the CBT, VESA groups, insurance index design, premium and pay-outs and smallholder farmers market access and linkages.
  • Support and track the promotion of VESAs among the IDPs/refugees and host communities, the R4 Rural Resilience /Early Livelihood Recovery Support Initiatives beneficiaries and other development livelihood interventions under the sub office.
  • Identify and enhance partnerships with financial service providers, government departments and other stakeholders that support and promote the wellbeing of the refugees/IDPs, the R4 Rural Resilience /Early Livelihood Recovery Support Initiatives beneficiaries and other vulnerable people in the community.
  • Support the management of cooperating partner’s performance monitoring and documentation based on the provisions of the field level agreement and/or memorandum of understanding.
  • Facilitate the woredas’ and community consultations to assess communities’ vulnerabilities, capacities and needs in terms of climate change adaptation, discussed potential activities/assets ideas to be promoted under the Insurance for assets.
  • Support the development of a specific capacity development (through training), institutional strengthening, partnership building plans for sub office staff, government and NGO partners, based on seasonal livelihood programming workshops and integrated community-based planning sessions.
  • Participate in relevant sector meetings and gather information that will ensure that WFP`s financial services provision support strategy is aligned to the Government and development partners’ sectorial policies and plans for Ethiopia.
  • Support the Sub office to identify potential digital financial service providers by managing the selection and due diligence process; collect, analyse and assess profiles of financial service providers and their support to the vulnerable food insecure communities.
  • Coordinate the food/cash and NFI transfers: Cash Based Transfer (Value and Commodity Vouchers, and mobile money). Support the beneficiary registration, selection of the delivery mechanisms and contracting of NGOs and financial service providers so that budgeting, reporting, security, and other logistics are compliant with internal policies.
  • Prepare weekly updates and review and consolidate the Partners monthly progress reports and other information/materials for use at Country Office/Sub Office.
  • Represent WFP in all relevant woreda external level meetings/coordination forums.
  • Perform other related duties as required.



  • Completion of secondary school education. B.A degree in Agricultural Economics, Business Administration, Economics, Financial accounting, or other field relevant to Financial services assistance.


  • At least 5 years of relevant (NGOs/UN Agencies) experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. nutrition, refugees/IDPs, smallholder market access, recovery and integrated resilience activities etc.) in the financial services inclusion and access perspectives.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Has proven experience of implemented programmes and provided input into designing user-friendly financial services operations.
  • Good analytical and reporting skills


  • National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and Amharic.


15 June 2023

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexualharassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’sstandards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through thirdparties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verificationexercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualificationor termination of employment
WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Anyrequests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriateaction.

How to apply

Interested applicants can submit their application through the below link.

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