World Food Programme (WFP)

Risk and Compliance Officer

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description


Are you passionate about risk management? Are you ready to change and save the lives of the world's most vulnerable people? 
If yes, this opportunity is for you.

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.


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 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.
We are looking for a talented Risk and Compliance Officer at a P2 level that will be part of a dynamic team that guides the rollout and implementation of Enterprise Risk Management across the organization.
In this role, you will provide effective support in the establishment of effective Risk Assessment and risk management activities; application of controls and compliance with policies and procedures; and contribution to the overall effectiveness of operations and optimization of WFP resources by championing the mainstreaming of WFP’s risk and compliance framework. 
You should be a creative problem-solver that works well with clients from across the organization.  Your combination of strong conceptual, writing and analytical skills complements your aptitude for collaboration, communication and presentation.  You have been involved in training initiatives and have operational field-based experience that includes risk management practices.


The Future International Talent Pool (FIT Pool) is an excellent opportunity for an international professional career within WFP.  WFP is looking to build a pool of highly qualified and dynamic talents interested in serving in any of the +80 countries where WFP operates.  Qualifying for the Risk and Compliance FIT Pool gives you priority to be considered for vacant Fixed Term positions anywhere in the world and consequently to commence your global journey in the humanitarian world, often at the forefront of world affairs. For more information visit:  


As a Risk and Compliance Officer, you will:

  • Contribute to embedding risk assessment in planning and decision making through developing and/or monitoring of key risk appetite metrics and risk indicators, and regular updating of risk registers, including progress towards implementing the risk mitigation actions.

  • Provide support to managers in analysing and strengthening existing processes on risk & compliance issues and on maintaining an effective internal control environment to support operational efficiency. 

  • Provide assistance in ensuring that the use of all WFP resources is in conformity with approved Country Office (CO) strategic plans/project plans, WFP rules and procedures, and donor funding agreements. 

  • Contribute to ideas on enhancement of adequate internal control systems with clear accountabilities, including performance and risk Management Systems, monitoring and oversight processes and techniques, tools, processes to support their implementation.

  • Contribute to the development of compliance Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) by 1st Line of Defense colleagues for managing the risk and compliance process, including criteria for conducting risk and compliance missions, training materials and modules, etc.

  • Support relevant managers in their regular and ad hoc risk assessments in regional, country and field offices risk assessments to: identify and evaluate risks, assess effectiveness of the internal controls, and assess the potential for fraud and corruption in Operational Activities.

  • Contribute to risk management effectiveness across the office and all aspects of WFP’s operations.

  • Support managers in their fact finding reviews and fraud risk assessments. Collect and analyse data on fraud incidents, fraud risk metrics, and fraud risk appetite, support training in Anti-Fraud Anti-Corruption (AFAC) standards.

  • Contribute to accountability across functional units, prepare comprehensive reports summarising the status of compliance of internal controls, key oversight themes, and using risk information (e.g. risk indicators, incidents) to highlight areas out of risk appetite and contribute ideas on required actions in areas of risk & compliance vulnerability.

  • Support managers in the preparation of risk information for management to share with external stakeholders such as UN system-wide engagement, donors, and partners. 

  • Assess information/training needs and prepare and deliver training programmes or information sessions for colleagues and partners in Regional Bureau (RB) or CO to enhance understanding of risk management and compliance with WFP policies, rules, regulations and procedures.

  • Support risk management focal points in region/country offices.

  • Other duties, as required.



  • You have an advanced university degree, or first university degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses from a recognized University (


  • You have at least three (3) years of relevant progressively responsible experience in undertaking and/or contributing to risk management and or control activities.


  • You have Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP's working languages).


  • You are able and motivated to work in any of WFP’s Offices throughout the world, including hardship locations.

  • You have international working experience (e.g. you worked outside of your home country and/or in international organizations/firms).

  • You have experience in assessing and recommending effective internal controls and mitigation actions. 

  • You have conducted Monitoring and Reporting activities, demonstrating knowledge of results hierarchy, performance metrics and measurement.

  • You have been involved in training initiatives.


Building the pool is a comprehensive process and it will take approximately 8 months. The recruitment steps are an Online Test > Video Interview > Language Test > Panel Interview > Background Verification.

If you are selected, you will be placed in the FIT Pool for a period of up to 2 years. You may be contacted as the needs arise for fixed-term international positions with a probationary period of one year in any of the countries in which WFP operates, including hardship Duty Stations.

Mobility is the essence of WFP and continues to be a core contractual requirement. These positions are rotational which means that you shall be subject to the regular reassignment process to any other location on a period of 2 to 4 years unless the position is reclassified as non-rotational.

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. For more information, visit 


CV must be in English.

05 July (Midnight Rome time)

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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