Program Food Cluster Coordinator ,Services contract, Based in -Bahir Dar


JOB TITLE: Program Food Cluster Coordinator 

TYPE OF CONTRACT: services  contract ,Level-9


DUTY STATION (City, Country): Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

DURATION: one year with a possibility of extension.

REPORTING LINE: Head of Area Office  or the designate

CLOSING DATE: 24 July 2022

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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.


The conflict in the northern Ethiopia which started in November 2020 has contributed to an increase in number of food insecure people in both rural and urban communities in northern parts of the country. There are indications of disruptions of livelihood sources including on incomes and food sources. Food prices have increased in the affected regions, affecting availability and access to food by most vulnerable population groups. The Government of Ethiopia through Ethiopia Disaster Risk Management Commission (EDRMC), the Joint Emergency Operation (JEOP) for Food Assistance in Ethiopia   and World Food Programme (WFP) are providing emergency food assistance to food insecure people in Amhara region, where over 7 million people are receiving emergency food assistance. The food response is facing various response challenges including limited access to some of the woredas, resulting in delays in movement of food commodities to some distribution points. Partners are also working on coordination mechanisms to improve the food response, particularly on key issues that require attention of the clusters and partners including reviewing of monitoring mechanisms and beneficiary targeting processes. Partners are providing support to the Government on coordination of the humanitarian response, through the Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC), which is led by the Government of Ethiopia at regional level. The food cluster coordination support at regional level will be working with regional Government and partners to ensure effective delivery and distribution of food to affected people.


The Food Cluster Coordinator (FCC) plays a vital role in ensuring timely, coherent, and effective coordination of the food security interventions by mobilizing stakeholders to respond in a coordinated and strategic manner to food needs in Amhara region. The Food Cluster Coordinator will lead the food response coordination along with partners and stakeholders involved in the humanitarian response in Amhara region, and focus on:

  • Supporting effective coordination of food response in Amhara region.
  • Informing strategic decisions of the Cluster Lead Agency (CLA), Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) and regional Emergency Coordination Center (ECC).
  • Coordinating, Planning, and implementing Cluster strategies, including contingency planning and preparedness with food cluster partners
  • Participating in relevant inter-sectorial forum and work in close collaboration with relevant clusters (e.g. CCCM, Protection, Nutrition, etc)
  • Monitoring and Evaluating of cluster performance
  • Strengthening Advocacy efforts on Food security
  • Ensuring Accountability to affected people.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Food Cluster Coordinator will work impartially with all members of the cluster and represents the group, and not a specific agency. S/he will work closely with the Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) or their designated official in the region as required.  The food cluster coordinator will work closely with the Country level coordination structures – the Food Cluster perform additional responsibilities  as needed Coordinator and the Information Management Officers, by providing regular updates on food response, gaps and challenges that need advocacy at national level.

  • Contribute to preparation of Amhara region contingency and preparedness plans and lead the process for the cluster through identification of needs, severity, geographical scope, and People in Need, with the support of the IMO and in consultation with the cluster partners.
  • Establish and maintain appropriate humanitarian coordination mechanisms:  ensure inclusion of key partners at regional and sub-regional level, organize regular cluster meetings, as required.
  • Establish and maintain Technical Working Groups in the region to support partners in key thematic areas (ex: cash, targeting, monitoring etc.) or key thematic emergencies,
  • Ensure an inclusive governance structure for the cluster (including co-leadership of regional authorities where possible, NGO co-chairing, etc.)
  • Ensure timely, inclusive, and regular information sharing and discussion with the cluster partners through various modalities including cluster meetings, email dissemination of cluster products (dashboards, maps, assessments, etc.).
  • Ensure monitoring of the response implementation and reporting, including working with partners through a monitoring sub-working group.
  • Facilitate / lead needs assessment & analysis, support in conducting surveys, secondary data review, and dissemination of available information (inventory / repository) to partners.
  • Ensure that available information is analysed in a coordinated manner and utilised for decision-making at different levels (e.g. Displacement Tracking Matrix datasets),
  • Ensure mainstreaming of cross-cutting and cross-sectoral issues (e.g., gender, age, HIV and AIDS, human rights, disability, environment, early recovery, protection, nutrition) and appropriate participatory and community-based approaches in cluster/inter-cluster needs assessments, analysis, planning, implementation and monitoring.
  • Ensure the use and application of common standards (e.g., SPHERE standards), and harmonization of programmatic responses (SOPs on modality of delivery, Minimum Expenditure Basket, minimum assistance package)
  • Contribute to country level contingency planning and coordinate cluster/sector-wide emergency preparedness and response
  • Participate in various coordination forums including Inter-cluster, technical working groups (e.g., Cash WG) and other relevant clusters, especially Nutrition, WASH, Health, and Protection and undertake advocacy and resource mobilization on behalf of the cluster partners in a neutral and impartial manner.
  • HPF/Emergency pool fund allocations (where/if applicable): advocate for Food Cluster actors, and reviewing partners’ project proposal with  ad hoc committee, and actively track food cluster funding status for the dedicated response in Amhara.
  • Identify capacity gaps and needs and provide training and capacity building opportunities to cluster partners
  • Supervise the Information Management Assistant and provide guidance to the co-chair and other Cluster team members and ensure a smooth and inclusive relationship of the Cluster team with all partners and WFP.
  • Provide regular update to the food cluster coordination forums at national level on food security situation in Amhara, and food response and gaps as reported by partners.
  • Provide regular updates to the National Information team for regular products that are prepared for advocacy purposes; including the situation reports and dashboards, and report regularly to national food cluster and WFP on food response in the region.
  • Other as required.



  • 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.


  • Knowledge of and experience in using advanced Excel
  • Control of working language in country of deployment.


  • Ability to work and plan at strategic and operational levels.
  • Understanding of the international humanitarian response architecture, including humanitarian principles, coordination mechanisms, humanitarian reform and action, and funding mechanisms (e.g. Humanitarian Programme Cycle – HPC, Central Emergency Response Fund and Flash Appeals, Pooled funds).
  • Ability to express and summarise ideas orally and in writing in a diplomatic and inclusive manner
  • Ability to organise workshops, meetings and to present outcomes in behalf of a group of stakeholders
  • Assessment, Survey, and Monitoring and Evaluation


Education :

  • University degree in food security, agriculture, economics, humanitarian affairs or related field .


  • 5 or more years of relevant work experience in the related field.
  • Willingness and ability to work in difficult environments, in often stressful time- critical situations
  • Formal training in cluster coordination or previous cluster experience is strongly desirable.
  • Experience of the country or region of deployment is desirable.


  • Fluency in oral and written communication in English and Amharic is required.


24 July 2022