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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-15

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Global Staff Association Research Consultant (Remotely)

Rome (Italy)

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.


This role is a When Actually Employed (WAE) consultancy to be carried out remotely, not to exceed 30 worked days. The Consultant will report to the President of WFP’s Professional Staff Association and to the Global Staff Association Working Group. The role may involve one trip to HQ.


To conduct a review of the structures of staff unions/associations of other United Nations agencies, make a comparative analysis, identify best practice, and assess the pros and cons of expanding the PSA mandate to create a single, global WFP staff association representing all staff categories and contract types.


  1. Provide specialized knowledge and experience to research the feasibility of expanding the PSA mandate to form a single, global staff association for all categories of staff and contract types at the World Food Programme.
  2. Contact and interview Heads/Presidents of other UN agency staff association bodies (those who are members of CCISUA, FICSA and UNISERV), including at minimum UNICEF, UNHCR, ILO, and UNDP, and others as well as the heads of the Staff Federations, CCISUA and FICSA to review organizational structure, representative structure, administrative and support structures, membership and member dues. Verify the number of joint staff/management committees at each agency, membership (roles) and frequency of meetings. Assess the functionality and effectiveness of each agency association structure vis-à-vis the needs of the PSA’s membership.
  3. Based on the above analysis, develop a comprehensive analysis of the pros and cons and any possible proposals for consideration by the PSA Staff Council.
  4. Outline a proposed staffing structure of a WFP Global Staff Association, including the resources required from the organization to maintain the same level of service and representation that the PSA currently provides to its members.
  5. Present proposals of how a WFP Global Staff Association would be linked and would interact with WFP national staff associations, including proposals to codify the role of local staff associations.
  6. Review the current PSA Statutes and Staff Council structure and identify potential amendments required to the Statutes, rules of procedure and the Recognition Agreement and possibly HR rules to implement a WFP Global Staff Association.
  7. Provide fortnightly updates on progress to the PSA Global Staff Association Working Group.


  1. Provide a final comprehensive written report to the PSA Global Staff Association Working Group, inclusive of supporting comparative analysis and background documentation.
  2. Present the results of research to the PSA Global Staff Association Working Group and PSA Staff Council.


Education: Advanced University degree in human resources, personnel management, change management, legal, social sciences or related field.

Experience & competencies:

  1. At least 10 years of experience working in the United Nations system or any other relevant international organization.
  2. Good knowledge of the United Nations system, categorization of staffing, UN personnel rules and regulations, and related issues.
  3. Familiarity with the organizational structure of UN staff representative bodies. Previous leadership role in a staff representative body is an asset.
  4. Knowledge of the World Food Programme Human Resources issues and WFP contracts would be desirable.
  5. Well organized and detail oriented.
  6. Ability to plan and organize work and communicate effectively.
  7. Good research skills and interview techniques.
  8. Good writing and presentation skills.

Knowledge & Skills: Good knowledge of Microsoft Office software, specifically Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

Language: Fluency in oral and written English (level C)

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.

Deadline for applications: 15 July 2019

Ref.: VA No. 105781

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.

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