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Budget Advisor Consultant

Italy (Italy)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Italy (Italy)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-20

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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.



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 found in Headquarters (HQ) in the Office of the Executive Director (OED), and reports to the BUSBE Project Manager.

WFP has a critical role in ensuring the progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is therefore important that the organization has the required resources from the most appropriate funding sources to support its growing operational activities; the allocation of these resources should reflect the organisation’s priorities, be right sized and efficiently deployed.


In light of this, Member States support WFP in undertaking a Bottom Up Strategic Budgeting Exercise (BUSBE), to support greater alignment between funding sources and the various types of activities undertaken in regional bureaux and headquarters. The exercise will consist of in-depth analysis of the recurring programme support and business operations requirements as well as a review of the attendant funding sources (e.g. PSA, uplift, cost recovery, extra budgetary).


The objective of the BUSBE is to ensure that all funding sources (including but not limited to the PSA) for the period 2022-2024 are efficiently aligned to the various types of activities undertaken in all locations.  A detailed review of the required resources will allow WFP to transparently allocate funding between RBx and HQ. The BUSBE will also enable a more efficient use of funding, in line with the organisation’s operational and management priorities over the same period. 

The job holder will use technical knowledge and experience of WFP budgeting processes to analyse data, prepare reports, provide advice and solutions to problems, and identify opportunities for improvements.




To lead budget and resource analysis and programming activities and/or provide technical support in HQ/RBs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


Budget Planning 
1.    Participate in the development, revision and review of HQ divisional and Regional Bureaux budget plans by coordinating the budgeting processes, ensuring accurate documentation is recorded in internal systems for reference and assuring compliance with WFP standards, budget and programming policies and procedures.
2.    Support the review and approval of budget submissions.
3.    Contribute to the preparation, review and submission for approval of the Management Plan, coordinating inputs from various units as required.
4.    Provide advice on budgetary adjustments as necessary to budget owners for optimal resource 
utilisation and in adherence to available guidance and policies.
5.    Coordinate, prepare and disseminate timely and accurate analytical and critical reports, publications, and a variety of information products in accordance with WFP standards and procedures for internal or external use to present a consistent picture to internal and external stakeholders and enable informed decision making.
6.    Support the preparation of interim, progress and final reports.
7.    Collaborate cross-functionally supporting the performance of activities and ensuring an aligned, consistent and standardised approach to planning, budget and funds analysis.
8.    Contribute towards the development and improvement of systems, techniques, tools, processes and procedures to better monitor and manage WFP budgets and resources.

9.    Develop the capacity of WFP staff in budgeting, fund management and operational planning through coaching as well as developing, updating and delivering training using available materials, manuals and guidelines. 
10.    Document internal business processes, develop Standard Office Procedures (SOPs), and design and deliver training packages on resource management matters.
11.    Perform other relevant duties as required



•    Education: University degree in Business Administration, Statistics, Finance, Economics or other relevant field, with additional years of related work experience. 

•    Language: Fluency (level C) in English language. 



•    At least 5 years of postgraduate professional experience in budget planning, and project and/or resource management, 7 years of experience preferable
•    Experience in working across functions to address identified resource management issues and gaps and proven ability to proactively approach problem solving
•    Understanding of WFP operations and business processes, rules and procedures are highly desirable
•    Ability to consolidate and share data in a way that emphasizes accuracy and consistency in numbers across teams, making relevant conclusions and recommendations to drive management decisions, including presenting to senior stakeholders
•    Experience designing and delivering training, preferably related to Budgeting and/or Finance 


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.



Wednesday, 20 January 2021


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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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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