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Project Coordinator


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill a consultancy position of Project Coordinator, based at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy for an initial 11 months.


The Emergency Preparedness and Support Response Division (OSE) is responsible for enhancing WFP’s preparedness and response capacity in emergencies, including early warning, preparedness planning, crisis support and information management. The Branch (OSEP) provides normative guidance, technical support and capacity building to field offices and regional bureaux, as well as inter-agency coordination.

“Strengthening Humanitarian Preparedness in High Risk Countries” is a joint WFP/UNICEF/UNHCR/OCHA project funded by the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID). The overall objective of the project is to use targeted investments to support preparedness in priority countries. In order to ensure an effective and efficient implementation of the project, a dedicated Project Coordinator is required.

Under the general supervision and guidance of the Chief of WFP Emergency Preparedness Branch, the Project Coordinator will be responsible for the following key duties:

· Support management of the strategic direction of the intervention;

· Conduct analysis, prepare work plans, budgets and reports;

· Advise/inform changes to the plan and the completion of different stages;

· Help ensure relations with key stakeholders;

· Coordinate with WFP Regional Bureaux and selected Country Offices to obtain feedback on progress;

· Convening regular meetings with WFP focal points in HQ and with other UN

agencies’ focal points;

· Support designate country level focal points for all countries of implementation;

· Given the joint nature of the project, ensure that focal points from WFP,UNICEF, UNHCR and OCHA collaborate on joint activities especially in relation to interagency preparedness and national/local capacity development;

· Perform other duties related to the Project as required.

Qualifications & Experience Required


· Advanced university degree or university degree with experience and advanced courses/training in one or more of the following disciplines: economics, international affairs, nutrition/health, agriculture, environmental sciences, social sciences or a field relevant to international development assistance.


· At least five years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in public sector management, development projects, operational analysis, crisis management or emergency assistance;

· At least two years of experience with the United Nations – in HQ or at field level – in an emergency preparedness and/or response position;

· Strong knowledge of UN interagency collaboration and tools, particularly related to preparedness and response.


· Capacity to establish and maintain productive relations with a range of actors from different national and cultural backgrounds, including Government officials, UN agencies, local organizations, NGOs and the private sector;

· Ability to plan and organize work and write clear and concise reports and communicate effectively orally;

· Sound analytical skills;

· Ability to handle a large volume of work and to meet strict deadlines;

· Ability to advise others;

· Ability top deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural background;

· Excellent communications skills.


  • Fluency in oral and written English with an intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is desirable.

Terms and Conditions

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations. Learn more about countries where the UN operates.

Qualified 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.

REF: 16-0020338

Fighting Hunger Worldwide

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Deadline for applications: 1 February 2016

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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  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Public Administration - Restructuring
  • Closing Date: 2016-02-01

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