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Risk Officer, P3

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-15

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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.


Are you passionate about partnering with different functional areas to identify and mitigate risks that can optimize the way we provide assistance to millions of beneficiaries? Are you ready to change and save the lives of the world's most vulnerable people? If yes, this opportunity is for you.


We are looking for a talented Risk Officer based in Rome, Italy at a P3 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 collaborate with colleagues in the field and HQ to identify risks that hamper our capacity to achieve our objectives; identify what’s controllable from what’s not, and manage the controllable risks while building preparedness and resilience for the uncontrollable.


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 should be important as well as your aptitude for collaboration, communication, and presentation.  You should be comfortable in developing and delivering training. You should have solid operational field-based experience and have developed guidance and learning materials.


Key Accountabilities


As a Risk Officer under the supervision and guidance of the Chief of WFP Enterprise Risk Management (ERM), you will:


  1. Provide your guidance and support to WFP’s Regional Bureaux, Country Offices, and HQ-based functions/risk leads on utilizing the ERM toolkit.
  2. Assist Regional Bureaux and Country Offices—through field missions and remote support—in understanding, launching, implementing and reporting on ERM including risk appetite metrics, risk reviews, mitigation actions, risk monitoring, and operational risk analyses as needed.
  3. Develop and deliver training materials to further the global understanding and adoption of ERM.
  4. Contribute to WFP’s global risk and compliance workforce development strategy through learning methodologies, training modules, and knowledge sharing approaches.
  5. Advise functional experts on approaches to embedding ERM across WFP’s normative guidance, policies, and procedures.
  6. Lead unit efforts to develop and maintain WFP’s ERM guidance and contribute to other risk guidance materials and tools as requested.
  7. Provide ERM inputs into WFP’s programme review and approval processes.


Qualifications & Experience Required


  • You have five years of professional experience in risk management or project management.
  • You have an advanced university degree, or first university degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses.
  • You have a diverse professional experience which gives you the ability to understand and engage in conversations in a variety of fields. 
  • You have demonstrated experience in assessing the needs and requests of other units and developing client-oriented solutions.
  • You are fluent in oral and written English.
  • You have an intermediate knowledge of another UN language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages).


Please note that this position is a rotational and the successful candidate will also be expected to serve in other duty stations when this assignment is completed.


Terms and Conditions


The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year.


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 details please visit


Closing Date


15 December 2019


Women and 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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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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