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Global Occupational Safety Specialist (Engineer) - Consultant

Italy (Italy)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Italy (Italy)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: 2020-12-13

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Regular Consultancy



DUTY STATION (City, Country):

Home-based with travel to field locations and HQ as required


6-months, with the option of extension

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.


WFP’s Administration function is transitioning from a transactional, back-office department, to a highly complex, strategic business partner, providing expertise on improved efficiencies and cost-effectiveness through its delivery of multiple services.


WFP has the opportunity and the obligation to leverage data and technology to better ensure the environments where team members live, and work are adhering to Occupational Safety and Health standards. In March 2015 the High-Level Committee on Management (HLCM) approved the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Framework – United Nations Common System. This Framework gives effect to the request of the HLCM for developing OSH Policy in the UN System while describing common principles for an Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) management system and facilitating the adoption of an OSH system across the UN Organizations.


WFP is committed to developing and implementing a Global OSH Risk Management System with the main objectives of:


  • reducing the incidence of work-related injuries and ill-health and to limit their severity and impact;
  • improving the physical and mental well-being of staff members;
  • establishing defined workplace safety and health rights, responsibilities and duties;
  • establishing and updating, when necessary, occupational safety and health standards and guidance;
  • providing an accurate representation of workplace incidents, injuries and illnesses;
  • integrating safety, health and well-being considerations into organizational processes and decision-making;
  • ensuring that staff receive training and support related to workplace safety, health and well-being.


The Global Occupational Safety Specialist will have a key role during the OSH MS Development and Implementation Phases regarding OSH Risk Mapping and Incident Investigation processes to be implemented at WFP worldwide.


This position will report directly to the OSH Programme Manager and will be responsible for the following:




  • Work in close collaboration with OSH Cority Specialist to develop and configure the OSH Incident Investigation and Risk Assessment functionalities within the OSH global platform.
  • Develop and provide trainings on OSH related matters and technical assistance to all employees using the OSH platform worldwide.
  • Develop OSH guidelines, procedures, forms, flowcharts and instructions as required, mainly oriented to Incident Investigation, Risk Assessments and OSH compliance.
  • Develop and set up OSH Risk Register. An organizational OSH risk mapping, rating and prioritizing OSH risks, and a risk management plans for the highest risks should be implemented.
  • Monitor and collaborate with HQ and Field staff during the reporting and investigation processes, providing required assistance to reduce unnecessary deviations and delays.
  • Ensure that incidents/accident reports are accurate and appropriately uploaded into the OSH platform.
  • As part of incident investigation team, conduct OSH serious incident/accident investigations, helping/guiding the work of the OSH incident investigation committee. Assisting with the implementation of effective corrective/preventive actions in field locations. Guiding OSH Focal Points through the OSH reporting and investigation processes with regard of OSH minor events.
  • Manage OSH alerts, “lessons learned” database, risk register, incident/accident database, assessments, audits and inspections programmes, and CA/PA/OI database (Corrective Actions/Preventive Actions/Opportunities for Improvements), ensuring OSH databases are up-to-date.
  • CA/PA/OI Action Plan follow-up, registering deviations and implementing corrective measures.
  • Develop and maintain up-to-date OSH incidents/accidents indicators and KPI’s – OSH dashboard.
  • Develop and keep up-to-date OSH database, records and archiving of WFP OSH related documents, register, information and data.
  • Liaise closely with all OSH Field Focal Points in order to gather and collate accurate data about OSH activities and incidents.
  • Consolidate and analyse data on programme implementation and indicators (e.g. health, safety, reporting incidents accurately) in order to facilitate the preparation of periodic reports, activity-specific reports, as required.
  • Prepare information as required for engaged stakeholders
  • Draft and/or check reports
  • Other, as required


This position will require to travel to the field and offices to conduct safety visits, surveys, assessments to field locations to provide and/or assist in trainings and help staff with regard of OSH Management System implementation.





  • Full implementation of a OSH Management System within all WFP project locations.
  • Identified Focal Points and relevant stakeholders fully trained in OSH incident/accident reporting analysis and OSH risk management.
  • Fully functional OSH database in place.
  • OSH SOPs, technical guidelines and OSH training material fully developed.




BS or MS in engineering, occupational health & safety or equivalent work experience in Engineering, or other, related field.



  • Minimum 10+ years’ experience in EHS/OSH operations or supporting EHS/OSH in, or for, large, international companies.
  • At least 5-10 years of experience in Occupational Safety and Health, with hands-on as well as management skills across the full application and systems lifecycle.
  • Technical knowledge of project management techniques and methodologies (i.e. PRINCE2, Agile) and applying them for delivering successful organizational change.
  • At least 3-5 years’ experience in incident investigation according to international standards. Deep knowledge of different methods is required (Loss Causation Model, SCAT, ICAM).
  • Ability to lead actions during specification, development and implementation of a system targeting Occupational Safety and Health
  • Experience working in and directing global teams working across multiple countries and time zones.
  • Experience in developing and providing topic-relevant trainings to a variety of audiences
  • Experience in working in a fast-paced and demanding team



Knowledge & Skills:

  • Proven ability to adapt to changing priorities, maintaining consistent project quality and delivering it within budget and deadlines.
  • Results Driven. Ability to meet OSH goals and stakeholder expectations. Inherent to this is the ability to make decisions that lead to high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analysing problems
  • Attention to details.
  • Self-motivated person.
  • Comfortable in an international environment with a very diverse workforce.
  • Ability to work independently and under pressure with a high-level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • High ethical standards with proven ability to handle highly confidential and sensitive information; excellent judgment, discretion and diplomacy.
  • Experience and knowledge with use of CORITY platform is strongly desirable



  • Fluency in written, spoken, and oral comprehension in English,
  • Working knowledge of another UN language is a strong asset.



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