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Supply Chain Planning & Optimization Consultant - roster - various locations


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Consultancy - International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Logistics
    • Supply Chain
  • Closing Date: Closed


Do you want to be part of the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide? This is your opportunity!

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


A Roster is a pool of potential candidates with the necessary mix of knowledge, experience, skills, and values that match with our priority hiring needs in WFP worldwide. Candidates who are recommended following the competitive selection process, will be placed in the Roster for a specific profile and level, for consultancy opportunities. This is a reposting - if you already applied to the Supply Chain Planning roster before, you don't need to reapply. 


The World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. This is your opportunity to be part of an organization with a humanitarian purpose "Saving Lives, Changing Lives", and to be part of a talent pool for future Supply Chain Planning Officer positions in various locations.

Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are particularly encouraged to apply.


With growing humanitarian needs far outpacing increases in funding, better planning is critical to improve WFP’s efficiency and ability to operate in an environment with frequent supply chain disruptions. Depending on your experience and expertise areas, you will be involved to a greater or lesser degree in work related, but not limited, to the following:

The Supply Chain Planning & Optimization Consultant (SPO) will apply best practices in supply chain management and advanced analytics to humanitarian operations, using their unique expertise to develop integrated sourcing and delivery plans, provide operational foresight in support of data-driven decision-making, and optimize operational design, both for WFP operations and those of its partners. SPOs share a cross-functional knowledge of operations, enabling end-to-end supply chain planning and increased coordination across functions. By automating complex data crunching and reconciliation across units and systems, SPOs allow key staff to better manage their time and focus on more value-added tasks, such as analyzing various planning scenarios, and alerting on issues and potential risks.

Based on the demonstrated impact of this approach to managing humanitarian operations, the SPO function is now being institutionalized across the organization, with new positions being created to support HQs and our field offices. These SPOs are part of a global planning network, equipped with a suite of analytical tools and processes that were created to support efficient supply chain management, and will be responsible for improving operations at global, regional, and country level, either for WFP or its partner agencies and governments (hereafter: “client”). We are now accepting applications for the SPO roster, allowing us to rapidly respond to new vacancies and requests for analytical support from WFP functions and partners.

The Supply Chain Planning & Optimization Consultant will be embedded in one of WFP’s offices, either its headquarters in Rome, one of six Regional Bureaus, or a Country Office. Independent of the office and client, the role will always revolve around supply chain planning, optimization and operational analytics, in support of data-driven decision-making for operations management. Specific responsibilities include but will not be limited to:

  1. Development of optimized sourcing and delivery plans, accounting for all physical and financial constraints.
  2. Creation of forward-looking projections and scenario analyses to maximize demand coverage, anticipate potential issues, and identify mitigating actions.
  3. Producing and leveraging performance metrics for improved supply chain planning.
  4. Evaluating the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of different operational designs.
  5. Enable the adoption of best practices and advanced analytics in operations management, and strengthen the capacity of the client’s staff in these areas.
  6. Engaging in discussions on replenishment of corporate inventories, ensuring adequate inventory levels to meet forecasted demand.
  7. Perform what-if scenario analyses to support the resolution of ad-hoc issues and emergencies affecting the client’s operations.
  8. Coordinate closely with relevant business functions to ensure end-to-end visibility and cross-functional buy-in.
  9. Support the development, testing, and implementation of analytical solutions that improve or optimize the client's operations.
  10. Other as required.

The SPO position is typically a Level I Consultancy, but may be at Level II in case higher levels of responsibility and accountability are requested by the client, for example when the role involves the supervision of other WFP employees, the management of complex projects, or regular interaction with government officials.




Advanced university degree in the area of Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Data Science, Operations Research, or Business Management or related fields.  

Years of relevant professional experience:

Level I Consultancy: Three to five years of relevant professional experience.

Level II Consultancy: Five to ten years of relevant professional experience.


Supply Chain Management, Planning and Organization, Problem solving, Negotiation, Effective Communication.


Professional experience is desired (but not necessarily required) in the following areas:

  • Experience in SC-related industry (e.g. supporting S&OP-type processes, material planning, distribution planning, procurement, shipping, etc.) is required.
  • Experience in using analytics to support operations management (e.g. planning, optimizing supply chain networks, development of KPIs and visualization dashboards, etc.) is required.
  • Experience with consultancy-type activities (e.g. business analysis, process mapping, data transformation and analysis, presenting conclusions to senior management, etc.) is required.
  • Experience working with government or humanitarian agencies (e.g. UN, NGOs, etc.) is desired, particularly in the areas of technical assistance and/or capacity strengthening
  • Experience with developing analytical solutions (e.g. dashboards, optimization models, data transformation pipelines) is desired.
  • Experience with software development adapted to data analytics (e.g., python, R, SQL, git version control) is desired.
  • Experience with optimization tools and methods (e.g., linear programming, graphs algorithms, heuristics) is desired.
  • Experience with forecasting and statistical models (e.g. regression analysis, clustering, random forest) is desired.
  • Highly numerate, able to rapidly analyze and interpret data.
  • Problem-solving attitude, able to structure ambiguous problems and solve them through a mix of quantitative and qualitative analyses.
  • Highly developed communication skills, able to use written and verbal mediums to communicate recommendations and influence outcomes.
  • Strong time management skills with an ability to plan ahead and anticipate requirements, problems, and obstacles.
  • Self-motivated and proactive, able to take initiative and work autonomously to achieve objectives.
  • Ability to juggle competing priorities successfully while working under (sometimes) tight deadlines.
  • Effective people skills, able to work both individually and in a team in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Ability to interact with senior leaders and a wide range of stakeholders with credibility and tact.
  • Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of the World Food Programme.


  • You are fluent in oral and written English and have technical writing skills;

  • Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, French, Chinese, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is desirable and required for some offices.


YOU ARE AT THE CENTER of our process, so we will maintain a fluid communication with you about the overall selection process.

WFP offers a competitive compensation package.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our values and humanitarian principles. Selection is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


  • After completing your application, you will receive a communication indicating that your profile has been successfully received.
  • All applications received will be reviewed and go through a selection process to assess relevant experience and qualification.
  • Applicants who meet the selection criteria may be contacted for further assessment or interviews and to confirm their continued interest and availability for the Roster.
  • Applicants who do not meet the selection criteria will be informed about the status of their application.
  • Successful candidates will be placed in the Roster for consultancy opportunities. Rostered applicants may be contacted in the next 24 months on a needs basis.


The United Nations World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian organization, saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies, and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. 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. For its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war and conflict, WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, colour, ethnic group, age, sexual orientation, other affiliation or 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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