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Drivers, One Fixed Term-G2 & Four Service Contract, Duty Station: Gambella (5) – WFP


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:               Driver

Contract Type:      Fixed Term and Service Contract

Grade:                    GS-2 and SC-Level 2

No. of Positions:   Five positions (1 FT and 4 SC)

Duty station:         Gambella


Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarianorganization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities toimprove 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 anestimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.31. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as anemergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments. WFP’s efforts focus onemergency 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 mostvulnerable 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 keepchildren 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 position is located in WFP Ethiopia, Gambella Sub Office. Job holders report to the Administation Associate or the designate, and drive light vehicles, trucks, vans, motorcycles or any other type of land transport. They may also be assigned to operate speed boats or other types of water crafts. The job may involve basic administrative assistance in the office or stores.


To provide efficient and safe transportation of authorized personnel and/or commodities.

  • Provide transportation of authorized personnel including translation of basic conversations from/to the local language, and/or delivery of various items/commodities following authorized routing and UN safety and security rules and regulations to ensure safe and efficient services.
  • Meet official personnel and visitors at the airport or other entry points and provide basic assistance with visa and customs formalities to facilitate smooth and safe entry and arrival to the authorised destinations.
  • Responsible for accurate maintenance of the vehicle log books, and daily reporting to the supervisor on mechanical status, to ensure efficient vehicle use and fuel consumption supporting accurate accounting and cost-efficiency.
  • Responsible that the assigned vehicle is kept clean and in a good condition including all equipment, the maintenance is done on time, vehicle is fully equipped with required travel authorisations and supplies, and any mechanical issues are reported to the supervisor to ensure safe and efficient services.
  • Follow established rules and regulations for field deliveries and/or in cases of an accident, and report immediately to the supervisor on any apparent problems, to seek for instructions and facilitate informative decisions on the way forward.
  • Outside driving duties, perform basic office related tasks such as filing, photocopying and maintaining stores when required including delivery/collection of various items, mailing service and payment of office telephone and other bills to ensure administrative support to clients.
  • Shall strictly observe the traffic rules and regulations of the host country. WFP reserves the right to set its own speed limits however, lower speed limits set by host country will always take precedence.
  • Maintain that the assigned vehicle is always clean and in a good condition, washing and cleaning should be scheduled properly so as not to interfere with work schedule.
  • Make the Fleet Manager aware if the mileage on the vehicle is getting close to Preventative Maintenance inspection mileage, maintenance schedules will be arranged by the fleet manager.
  • Responsible for the pre-trip and post-trip inspections, to complete the documentation and report immediately any problems/issues with the vehicle.
  • Be aware of fuel efficient driving and will not idle the vehicle unnecessarily, over use air conditioning, and will switch off the vehicle when parked.
  • Drive the vehicle with due care at all times, maintaining the highest level of consideration towards passengers, other road users and pedestrians, and by obeying all national codes, driving regulations and speed limits.
  • Required to drive the vehicle safely, practice defensive driving. Reckless and careless driving could constitute sufficient grounds for termination.\
  • In the event he/she has to leave the vehicle unattended for any period, it must be locked and parked in a safe and secure location with the handbrake applied and 1st gear engaged (manual). When parked overnight it must be parked in its allotted WFP parking space.
  • It is the sole responsibility of the WFP Driver to ensure his/her driving licence is always valid and has not reached the expiry date.
  • Wear seatbelts and use all safety-related equipment in the proper and prescribed manner. Keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road.
  • Do not operate the vehicle under the influence of any substance that may impair your ability to operate the vehicle, including, alcohol, drugs, narcotics, and medicines.
  • Fuelling and maintenance of WFP vehicles is the responsibility of WFP, without authorisation the Driver should never pay for fuel and maintenance as this will be difficult to reimburse later.
  • Acquaint him/herself with all rules and regulations governing the use of WFP vehicles.
  • Do not operate the vehicle knowing that your ability to do so safely has been impaired, affected, or influenced by illness, fatigue, or injury.
  • Refrain from operating handheld radios, mobile cellular phones or other communication devices while the vehicle is in motion, except where necessary as a security requirement.
  • Strictly adhere to any local security instructions.

WFP Driver Response in the Event of a Road Traffic Accident:

1. Remain at the accident scene until directed otherwise by local authorities unless your personal safety, or the safety of the occupants, is endangered, or where local security protocols determine another course of action.

2. If there are any persons injured, call for medical aid and take all necessary action to render the accident site safe, including rendering first aid as he/she is qualified.

3. United Nations vehicles may be used to transport injured persons to medical assistance only under the direct request of medically-trained personnel.

4. Report the accident as soon as possible to the officer in charge of managing the vehicle fleet and the applicable security official.

5. WFP Security Officer and Local police authorities must be informed as soon as practically feasible. United Nations security officials are responsible for liaising with the police authorities handling the case.

6. Gather as much information as possible on the WFP Accident Report (Fleet Safety Tool E.4) as it will assist the United Nations investigation of the incident.

7. Do not admit any personal liability or any liability on the part of the United Nations.

8. Perform other duties when required.


Education: Completion of secondary school education. Formal drivers training with a valid driver’s license/certification to operate assigned vehicle following local rules and regulations.
Experience: Two or more years of work experience as a Driver, preferably in an international organization, embassy or UN system with a demonstrated safe driving record. Experience in driving a variety of makes and models of vehicles, including vans, trucks and other kinds of motorised vehicles. Experience in defensive driving is desirable.

Knowledge & Skills:

• Knowledge of driving rules and regulations, chauffeur protocol and courtesies, local roads/waterways and conditions, and security issues.
• Knowledge of the vehicle loading capacity and other parameters.
• Knowledge of driving/boat operating rules and regulations whichever applicable.
• Knowledge of safety standards and safety equipment (e.g. fire extinguishers, buoyant wearable safety devices, etc.).
• Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.
• Basic skills to assist in case of emergency, knowledge of first aid basic methods.
• Knowledge and ability to use radio, email, telephone and other applications.
• Ability to assess vehicles for mechanical fitness and skills in minor vehicle repairs.
• Ability to demonstrate a client-oriented approach, high sense of responsibility, courtesy and tact.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of the local language is an added advantage



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Builds an understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Approaches individual tasks and responsibilities with a positive attitude and demeanor.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Understands the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Connects individual tasks and responsibilities to unit’s goals and mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Seeks opportunities to build and enhance individual skills.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Demonstrates respect and understanding for diversity and cultural differences.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Identifies and approaches colleagues or supervisors to serve as coaches.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Sets clear goals and measurable targets for own tasks and responsibilities.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Assesses own tasks and responsibilities to find ways to be more efficient.
  •  Focus on getting results: Maintains accurate records of completion times and tasks in own areas of responsibility.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Understands responsibilities and the metrics associated with own tasks.
  •  Be Decisive: Notifies supervisors of dangerous situations or potential issues that may arise while in the field or office.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Understands WFP’s organizational structure, including the purpose and mission of each unit.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Supports team in working with colleagues and WFP’s partners in the field toward common goals.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Maintains a professional and courteous relationship with other WFP employees and partners in the field.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Understands own team’s contributions in its partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.


03 November 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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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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