World Food Programme (WFP)

Humanitarian Access Adviser

World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Description

  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 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.


A drastic and rapidly deteriorating security context is driving a humanitarian Emergency in Burkina Faso. 1/3 of provinces are in a State of Emergency, and insecurity is projected to continue to expand southward – towards the coast. The situation is directly impacting the UN and NGO partners’ ability to provide assistance: especially in the North Sahel and East regions where markets, social and financial services are disrupted beyond main towns. There are important concerns that road access could soon be cut off to some areas.

Nearly 150,000 people are displaced – more than tripling since December; before end 2019 OCHA estimates could reach 200,000. The security crisis is playing out in the same regions most affected by recent recurrent droughts: 668,000 people require urgent food and nutrition support in the 2019 lean season. Needs are expected to persist beyond the lean season as normal livelihoods activities are increasingly disrupted. Ongoing nutrition screening confirms a deteriorating situation for IDP children, and the nutrition situation globally is likely to worsen as the lean and rainy seasons begin and security-induced health center closures disrupt access to care for more than 160,000 people. Security risks to schools have led to closures affecting 146,000 children; this number could double (to 300,000) before end of 2019.


Humanitarian access in WFP's areas of operation is deteriorating. The Sahel is the most difficult area to access where several roads are impassable due to the presence of mines and IED. As a result, WFP staff can no longer visit several localities. The regions of the East, North and North Center are also increasingly affected.

Given the situation, the development and implementation of a strong access strategy, constant monitoring of the security situation and the constant adaptation of activities is urgently required.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Within delegated authority, the Humanitarian Access Adviser will be responsible for the following duties: o Establish and maintain close working relationships with main players who can influence beneficiaries access to humanitarian assistance. These actors include key formal or informal community leaders, other humanitarian organizations or local partner organizations, civil society groups and various state and non-state armed actors; o Monitors, analyses and reports on humanitarian developments, Disaster Relief/management or emergency situations in assigned area, particularly related to MCCord, Protection, and Humanitarian Access; o Conducts an assessment and Analysis of the civil-military operating environment in order to formulate and implement an UN-MCCord strategy and action plan. Continually evaluates the implementation and effect of the plan and revises it as appropriate; o Facilitate the establishment and maintenance of lines of communication with formal and informal armed groups through the most appropriate liaison approach. Establish mechanisms for information sharing to promote common situational awareness on mutually relevant operational issues.

o Work with Humanitarian access team to build local community acceptance; o Advise Humanitarian team in general, and WFP in particular on strategies and approaches for improved access to high-risk or remote areas; o Provide an analysis on the appropriateness of the use of military assets to support humanitarian activity, including an analysis of alternatives.

o Advise WFP operation management team on risk mitigation measures for beneficiaries o Identify and report information and events that may have an impact on WFP operation o Train WFP and other humanitarian organization staff on access related issues o Support Capacity Building activities for CONASUR, Burkina Faso emergency response council



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives : Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  • Be a force for positive change : Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team : Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions : Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.

  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills : Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  • Create an inclusive culture : Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit : Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions : Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.
  • Focus on getting results : Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments : Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  • Be Decisive : Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.

  • Connect and share across WFP units : Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  • Build strong external partnerships : Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships
  • Be politically agile & adaptable : Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships : Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.



  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in political science, law, international studies, or a related field.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Fluency in French is required.
  • Working knowledge of English is also required.
  • Fluency in languages commonly spoken in the area of operation is beneficial.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional field in humanitarian or military affairs, of which at least three (3) years should have been in the field and/or crisis/Emergency Relief management in high risk areas.


Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to Design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.

Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.

Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.

Emergency Programming Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government Counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.



• Experience of direct engagement with affected populations and authorities required.

• Experience of negotiating with state and no state army group • Experience in build local community acceptance • Experience in analyzing of humanitarian access constraints in a complex and volatile environment



Date limite d'application le 07 février 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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