World Food Programme (WFP)

Special Assistant to Deputy Regional Director (Programme)

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description



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.




The UN 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.  WFP assists almost 100 million people in around 83 countries each year.  WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations. Two-thirds of our work is in conflict-affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries without conflict.  
In emergencies, WFP is often first on the scene, providing food assistance to the victims of war, civil conflict, drought, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, crop failures and natural disasters. When the emergency subsides, WFP helps communities rebuild shattered lives and livelihoods. We also work to strengthen the resilience of people and communities affected by protracted crises by applying a development lens in our humanitarian response.
WFP is governed by a 36-member Executive Board. It works closely with its two Rome-based sister organizations, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. WFP partners with more than 1,000 national and international NGOs to provide food assistance and tackle the underlying causes of hunger.
This full-time position will be based in the Regional Bureau (RBC) which covers WFP hunger-relief operations in 17 countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.  The post-holder will report to the Deputy Regional Director (DRD) in charge of Programme Strategy and Performance.  



Advanced university degree in International Affairs, Economics, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance. 


At least 3 years of relevant work experience. 
Knowledge & Skills:

Understanding of the UN system, strong political Analysis skills and excellent English writing skills. Experience supporting senior management. 


 Fluency (Level C) in English language 


1.    Clear analysis and succinct, well-written reports on a range of issues, drafted from a range of sources
2.    Assurance of fact-checked and comprehensive briefs for the DRD’s clearance
3.    Ability to work independently or in an international team 
4.    Ability to help prioritise and manage the overall DRD portfolio – to ensure that adequate support is provided up and down the office for overall effectiveness of the DRD Office

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1.    Support the DRD in the implementation of outreach strategies to WFP partners in the region including host governments, donors, UN and development partners, and organizations and other organizations of strategic importance to WFP; 
2.    Monitor the main success indicators for WFP operations in the region, particularly major emergencies, including the impact of Covid-19, (through situation reports, dashboards, pipeline reports, etc) and highlight issues for the DRD’s attention and resolution;
3.    Accompany DRD on duty travel within the region or beyond when required and coordinate the organization of the DRD’s missions with designated focal points in WFP

Country Offices
4.    Coordinate and manage preparations for RBC-hosted meetings, when required, such as RBC Country Directors Meeting;
5.    Accompany DRD to meetings within and outside the organization, ensuring that DRD has necessary briefing material, talking points, and updated and relevant agenda;
6.    Stay abreast of WFP operations, public policy trends and issues which impact hunger and food assistance in the region, conducting research where necessary, to contribute to horizon scanning of important developments socio-economic, environmental or political developments
Knowledge management 
7.    Contribute to the organizational management of the RBC Programme Division, including ensuring that essential data and information is protected, archived and updated
8.    Developing and maintain standard operating procedures (SOPs) and templates – as required

Reporting and briefing
9.    Review and ensure a high quality of corporate and donor reports, correspondence, briefings for WFP Executive Management and other documents, prior to DRD’s clearance and approval;
10.    Assure the quality of briefing notes that are provided to the DRD; 
11.    Support the DRD in meetings, workshops and conferences and note for the record as required; 
12.    Draft talking points, briefings, speeches, PowerPoint presentations, and outcome reports for the DRD for meetings, conferences, Executive Board, and other high-level events;

13.    Help to manage the DRD’s time, calendar and daily action follow-up required to the DRD
14.    Ensure that Teams is up to date and utilized effectively across the Programme Division
Perform other duties as required
15.    Work closely with staff from other divisions across RBC and undertake other duties not listed here as required.  


Job Title: Special Assistant to Deputy Regional Director (Programme)
Type & Level of Contract: Consultancy Agreement
Duration & Start Date: 11 months with possible extension
Unit/Division: Management - Programme 
Duty Station(City, Country): Regional Bureau in Cairo (RBC), Egypt
Reports To: Deputy Regional Director 


Interested candidates are invited to submit their application no later than Saturday 27 June 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.

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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