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Junior Financial Assessment Specialist Consultant

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Banking and Finance
  • Closing Date:

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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

Job Title: Junior Financial Assessment Specialist

Type of Contract: WAE Consultant

Division: FINB – Business Development Cash-Based Transfers (CBT) Branch

Duty Station (City, Country): Remote from Permanent Place of Residence  

Duration: 11 months

Cash-based transfers (CBT) represent an increasing share of WFP’s total humanitarian assistance (35 percent in 2018), and include assistance distributed as physical banknotes, e-money, mobile money, vouchers or debit cards. In 2018, WFP transferred US$1.76 billion to 24.5 million people in 62 countries, empowering them to meet their essential needs.

In support of WFP’s global scale up of cash-based transfers, the Finance function through the Business Development and Cash Based Transfers Branch (FINB) is developing corporate tools and guidance, providing day-to-day technical advice and assistance to Country Offices while also undertaking a range of other strategic activities and engagements internally as well as with external service providers. The Consultant will be supporting Country Offices and Regional Bureaux with the completion of the mandatory Financial Assessments for CBT under the Market Engagement team within FINB.


The Consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  • Assist Country Offices with the completion of MacroFinancial Assessments (MaFA)
    1. Review need for updating MaFA
    2. Provide MaFA guidance and timelines for assigned Country Offices (CO)
    3. Guide COs through the process of conducting and reviewing MAFAs
    4. Complete MaFAs individually if required and/or add missing data to support completion of MaFA for the CO
    5. Review MaFAs and conduct coaching and review sessions
    6. Collect lessons learned
  • Collect and regularly update data on country and Financial Service Provider (FSP) level to further improve automation and benchmarking
    1. Collect FSP related information for the roll-out of FSP Capability Assessments both in the preparatory and emergency context
    2. Conduct updates of the benchmarking data file
    3. Conduct data collection and analysis in preparation of the roll-out of new Market Engagement tools
    4. Support creation of local and regional FSP rosters and
  • Adjust templates according to lessons learned
  • Regularly update CBT databases with details of FSPs, MAFAs and contract status
  • Provide overall support to the Market Engagement team in its various activities
  • Provide CO with support during the various stages of CBT implementation
  • All other duties as required 



  • Reviewed and cleared MaFAs as agreed within the Market Engagement team
  • Up-to-date benchmarking data file
  • FSP data for local and regional rostering
  • Collection of lessons learned into various types of communication material




University Degree in Economics or Finance, Business Administration or related fields


3 years of related work experience, preferably in one or more of the following

  • Financial sector assessment or consulting
  • Solution or market development for financial institutions
  • Macro Economic/regulatory/humanitarian setting

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Knowledge of global financial markets, sub-sectors and its institutions and stakeholders
  • Overview of payment instruments, respective features and functionalities in developing markets
  • Understanding of the regulatory setting for payment instruments in the context of humanitarian interventions
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a diverse team


Good oral and written communication in English; knowledge of French and/or another additional UN language is a plus


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: 10 September 2020

Ref.: VA No. 123725

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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