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Senior Resilience Programming Specialist


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Italy
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2022-07-07


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gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, physical or mental disability.




Job Title: Senior Resilience Programming Specialist


Type of Contract: Consultant

Division: PRO – Livelihoods, Asset Creation and Resilience Unit


Duty Station (City, Country): HQ Rome, Italy and/or Remote Working Arrangements  


Duration: An initial 6 months, extendable






Responding to the findings and recommendations of the 2019 Strategic Evaluation of WFP’s Support for Enhanced Resilience, the Resilience Building Blocks Initiative (Res-BB) was formed in March 2020 to:


1.       Develop an internal common vision of WFP’s contribution to enhance resilience capacities;


2.       Develop a consistent approach to designing integrated resilience programmes and monitoring its contribution to building resilience capacities of individuals, households, communities, governments and systems in second generation country strategic plans (2G CSPs) and beyond; and


3.       Scale up the resilience approach at regional and country levels.

Led by the Asset Creation, Livelihoods and Resilience Unit (PROR-L) and the Research, Assessment and Monitoring Division (RAM), the Res-BB is a multi-stakeholder initiative of headquarters (HQ) thematic areas, HQ technical teams, regional bureaux (RBx), and country offices (COs) and international experts.

In July 2021, Res-BB launched the testing version of the Resilience Toolkit comprising five modules:

•  Module A: Resilience concepts and context analysis

•  Module B: Resilience design principles and how to use the resilience design support tool

•  Module C: Programming with a resilience lens - Leveraging individual programme activities and cros-cutting themes to enhance resilience outcomes

•  Module D: Key models for integrated resilience programmes and developing resilience theories of change.

•  Module E: Resilience monitoring and measurement

The Resilience Toolkit supports the roll out of WFP's 2022 to 2026 strategic plan and operationalises the UN Common Guidance on Helping Build Resilient Societies. Following six months of testing in seven contexts, the Resilience Toolkit has been updated for roll out more broadly within WFP and with partners. This role plays a leadership role in guiding regional bureaux and country office colleagues to roll out the Resilience Toolkit as part of an enhanced resilience building approach.

The Senior Resilience Programming Specialist will form part of a team within the Asset Creation, Livelihoods and Resilience Unit of WFP Headquarters.  Working closely with colleagues from regional bureaux, country offices, and HQ technical units, the Specialist provides high-level resilience technical expertise to enhance resilience programme design, implementation and monitoring across priority COs.

This role is a senior-level programme designer, technical advisor and capacity builder with a proven track record in resilience programming. Candidates may be based in Rome or work remotely. Remote-based colleagues will be expected to have a significant overlap in working hours with Rome and other countries of WFP operations.





  1. Lead, motivate and develop professionals to enable high quality resilience programming that reflects resilience principles, good practice and is fit-for-purpose. Provide high-level resilience technical expertise in peer-to-peer learning for CO (e.g. for Heads of Programme and Heads of Monitoring), RB and HQ colleagues. This includes providing high-level input to guide, adapt or co-develop country strategic plans, programme designs, theories of change and monitoring approaches.
  2. Develop workplans with three regional bureaux on enhancing resilience programming. This would include the selection of priority countries to collaborate on to influence the 2G CSPs or to design integrated resilience programmes.
  3. In collaboration to RB and HQ colleagues, design large and complex integrated resilience programmes to foster synergies between activities supporting people, communities, systems, to become more resilient to shocks and stressors.
  4. As a senior resilience specialist, coach regional bureau teams to train and use the Resilience Toolkit modules. Provide mentoring and troubleshooting support for RB teams to scale up and roll out an enhanced resilience approach to country offices.
  5. Contribute to the ongoing improvement of the Resilience Toolkit and its corresponding training package, ensuring it reflects international best practice and is fit-for-purpose. These may also include refining existing example theories of change, resilience technical briefs and design support tool.
  6. Along with international resilience experts, contributing to a resilience working paper series to contribute to sector-wide global learning. As agreed with stakeholders, this may include co-authoring or reviewing papers on:

•   Application of resilience context analyses;
•   Lessons learned from good practice in programming with a resilience lens or integrated resilience programming; and
•   Resilience thematic papers, such as: resilient food systems; social protection and resilience; nutrition and resilience; and/or transitioning from humanitarian crises to resilience building.

  1. Incorporate gender perspectives in all areas of this work to ensure meaningful participation of women and men and the empowerment of women and youth and other marginalized groups. This may include actions at multiple levels from individual, household, community, institutions and systems.
  2. Other accountabilities as required.





Over a duration of six months, the Senior Resilience Programming Officer is expected to deliver the following outputs:


1. Agreed workplans with three regional bureaux on the roll out of the Resilience Toolkit, particularly with priority countries.

2. Intensive inputs to 2G CSPs for the priority countries within the three regional bureaux

3. High-quality inputs to the resilience programme designs in agreed priority countries

4. One resilience working paper to an agreed workplan and quality

5. Documented recommendations for improvements to the Resilience Toolkit and its training package








An advanced university degree in a field relevant to resilience or food security.




At least 10 years of international experience on similar initiatives on resilience or food security.


Knowledge and Skills:


Extensive senior level technical experience in resilience and/or Zero Hunger. This may include experience in food security, food systems, agriculture, social protection, cash-based transfer or nutrition programmes. A strong understanding of - and experience in addressing - structural vulnerabilities such as gender inequality and social exclusion.

Ability to be strategic, pro-active and self-directed. This includes leading and driving a body of work.

Experience as a senior level technical expert. Skills and experience in designing integrated programmes, developing theories of change, and programme tools that are fit for purpose.

Strong understanding of resilience monitoring and measurement, including demonstrated expertise in using the findings of analyses.

Skills and experience in training and staff capacity building. E.g. developing training plans, developing training materials and conducting training, including remotely.

Ability to form strong working relationships and to foster a collaborative and empowering peer-to-peer learning culture while working remotely with colleagues.

Extensive experience working in development, humanitarian or nexus contexts and working across cultures.

Excellent writing and communication skills. Experience in preparing high quality peer reviewed report or papers is highly desirable.

Ability to work effectively remotely. Openness to working on online collaborative work spaces, e.g. Microsoft Teams, Sharepoint, etc.




Fluency in English


Working knowledge of other UN language (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese) would be an advantage.



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: 22 February 2022


Ref.: VA No. 157681





All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an


inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority.


Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.





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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