World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme Officer

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

In 2021, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.  The Summit will serve as a pivotal moment in a decade-long effort to unleash ambitious new actions, innovative solutions, and plans to transform our food systems and leverage these shifts to deliver progress across all of the SDGs. It’s vision, objectives, work streams, and outcomes continued to be refined and advanced in strategic collaboration with member states and other stakeholders. The Secretary-General has appointed a Special Envoy for the Food Systems Summit, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, who will provide leadership, guidance and strategic direction towards the Summit. The Special Envoy will be responsible for cooperation with key leaders, including governments, the RBAs and entire UN system, and other strategic stakeholder groups, to galvanize action and leadership for the Summit. The Special Envoy will also assist with outreach and represent the Secretary-General in many global and regional consultative events related to food systems during 2020 and 2021. A Summit Secretariat will be responsible for supporting the efforts of the Special Envoy and all governance mechanisms of the Summit. The Secretariat headquarters is in Nairobi where the Special Envoy is based, but it also includes satellite offices in Rome and New York to facilitate key connections with the UN, Rome-based agencies, permanent representatives, and other stakeholders. WFP has been appointed as the administrative agency for the Summit on behalf of the UN system. It is hosting and managing a multi-donor trust fund on behalf of the Summit and in alignment with international best practices for full accountability and transparency to stakeholders. WFP is also supporting all operations of the Secretariat in terms of finance, budget, HR, recruiting, IT and beyond. RECRUITMENT CONTEXT In partnership with the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Summit, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, a first wave of recruitment was completed between February and May of 2020. The first wave focused on filling the leadership positions of the Secretariat, including a Deputy, a Chief of Staff, and all initially-envisioned unit leads across the Organizational Structure. Targeted recruitment was completed between the Special Envoy and RBAs in order to quickly identify and onboard individuals with essential capabilities and networks. The Secretariat and WFP also worked closely across the RBAs to draw on the opportunity for seconded positions from FAO, IFAD, and WFP as agreed between the Special Envoy and RBA Principals in the initiation of the Summit. As of the end of the start of June, 2020, the Secretariat has in place 10 individuals, inclusive of the Special Envoy. The Secretariat has now prioritized a next wave of roles as the Summit work will quickly begin scaling up following the first meetings of the Advisory Committee and other support structures this month. The Secretariat and RBAs are mobilizing funds to the Trust Fund in parallel to these efforts, and so this next wave of roles would be expected to be brought onboard around September following the summer holidays as more funds are received and available. This Programme Officer, P3 based in Rome is part of this second wave of recruitments and is an essential position to insure the success of the Food Systems Summit. JOB PURPOSE & RESPONSIBILITIES Based in Rome, as the Programme Officer,
  • You will support the work of the Deputy across the full range of their work to best enable their efficient and effective leadership.

  • You will provide key support in managing relationships, scoping opportunities, drafting documents, correspondence, and notes to come through on their action items and follow up to deliver on Summit priorities, as well as support the administrative and operational needs of the Deputy as required.

  • You will also provide support to enable meetings and follow up across the Summit Secretariat on cross-team priorities like weekly team meetings and occasional retreats.

  • Generally speaking, you will be supporting Programme Management, Partnership Management, Financial Management, Administrative, Resource Mobilization and Knowledge Building and Knowledge Sharing.

  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the areas of sustainable development, food systems, Climate Change, or related areas;

  • Experience working with MS Office package, proficiency with social media

  • Work experience in supporting of development programmes/projects on a content and administrative level

  • Work experience within the UN system is an asset.

  • Completion of secondary education is required. Master’s degree (or equivalent) in sustainable development, political science, or a related field is an asset.

  • A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

  • International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of at least one second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, and/or Spanish.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS Locked Contract:  Mobility is and continues to be a core contractual requirement in WFP, but please note this is a Locked Contract and is locked specifically to the position and the Security" id="link" class="link">Food Security Summit project. You shall not be subject to the regular reassignment process. WFP’s policies regarding mobility, Inter Agency movements, promotion, and conversion will not apply to this appointment. Extension or renewal of this appointment will be conditioned upon the availability of continued funding for the post.  In addition to the reasons for termination specified in the FAO Staff Regulations and Rules, the appointment may be terminated if the post ceases to be funded. WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with  Click on: “Where we work” and “Our work” to learn more about WFP’s operations. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS 11 August, 2020 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. 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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