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Environmental and Social Sustainability Officer

Italy (Italy)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Italy (Italy)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-31

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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: Environmental and Social Sustainability  Consultant




UNIT/DIVISION: Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes (PRO-C) / Programme – Humanitarian and Development Division (PRO)


DUTY STATION (City, Country): WFP Headquarters, Rome / Italy


DURATION: 11 months




The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. We are currently seeking an international consultant to fill the position of an Environmental and Social Sustainability Officer with the PRO-C unit at WFP headquarters in Rome, Italy.

WFP strives to be a leader in environmental sustainability within the UN system. In pursuit of this goal, WFP adopted an Environmental Policy in February 2017, which commits the organization to avoiding unintended harm to the environment, its beneficiaries, or any other affected populations as a result of our operations and programmes, and to maximize environmental benefits.

The WFP Environmental and Social Sustainability Framework (ESSF) has been developed to fulfil the commitment made in the 2017 Environmental Policy to establish and maintain: a set of core environmental standards; a process for screening and categorizing environmental risk; and an environmental management system (EMS). In line with UN-wide practice, the scope of the standards and tools envisaged by the 2017 Environmental Policy has been expanded to cover also social sustainability.




Under the direct supervision of the Deputy Chief of PRO-C, the consultant will have the following responsibilities:

  1. mainstream environmental and social sustainability in corporate processes and activities of WFP country strategic plans (planning, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, evaluations, audit, risk management, and oversight);
  2. coordinate the integration of responsibilities and processes for environmental and

social sustainability in the programme cycle;

  1. provide guidance and technical support to the regional bureaux and country offices on environmental and social risk screening, impact assessments (ESIA), management plans (ESMP), management measures and community feedback mechanisms;
  2. develop specific guidance on safeguards in collaboration with other programme areas and integrate these into existing programmatic guidance;
  3. ensure the inclusion of environmental and social safeguards in agreements with partners (donors, governments, cooperating partners, contractors) and secure awareness of and compliance with donor requirements and national regulations;
  4. coordinate the development of capacity development initiatives and learning resources on environmental and social sustainability and train regional ESSF advisors;
  5. coordinate reporting on environment in corporate processes and related to UN-wide indicators/targets (e.g. Sustainability Strategy 2020-2030); Report on the implementation of the 2017 Environmental Policy to the Executive Board; and
  6. maintain relations with donors and other UN agencies on environmental and social sustainability of programmes; mobilize resources to increase the environmental and social sustainability of WFP activities.



  • The ESSF is well embedded into all corporate and country office processes and responsibilities;
  • regional bureaux are enabled to autonomously provide guidance and techncial support on ESSF to countries in their region; and
  • donor and partner agreements properly reference WFP ESSF in addition to donor requrirements and national regulations; country offices are aware of the implications and have taken adequate action to incorporate safeguards into their planning, budgeting, activity implementation, monitoring and reporting.




  • Advanced university degree with experience in environmental sciences: Environmental

Studies, Engineering, Environmental Management, Natural Resources Management or

other related fields; and

  • additional experience and training in one or more of the following disciplines: social

sciences, human rights, agriculture, food security, gender, and economics.



  • Experience with guidance development and field level implementation of humanitarian and development projects is essential.
  • At least six (6) years of postgraduate (post-Masters) experience in public sector management, development cooperation, or the policy or operational aspects of national, bilateral or multilateral food aid.
  • Experience in the design and/or application of environmental and social sustainability safeguards and screening, in conducting Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) or Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA)


Knowledge & Skills:

  • In-depth understanding of environmental sustainability and how it links with food


  • Excellent ability to coordinate across multiple units and organizations;
  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures;
  • Knowledge of WFP institutional structure and processes;
  • Excellent written and spoken English, with the ability to facilitate workshops and write publishable reports.


Languages: -Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) and intermediate knowledge

(intermediate/level B) of another UN language, preferably French




Deadline: 31 July 2021


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.


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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