Emergency Officer (Rapid Response Capacity), P4 Rome, Italy

Organization: WFP - World Food Programme





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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.



The ability to timely deploy surge staff with the required operational experience and technical skills remains a critical factor for effective emergency response. The Emergency Operations Division (EME) supports WFP’s Regional Bureaus (RBs), Country Offices (COs) and partners to prepare and respond to current and future emergencies in a rapidly changing humanitarian environment. The team provides a field focused, service oriented, steering and convening role focusing on forward looking preparedness and support to emergencies to ensure a swift, coordinated, and integrated response.

This is primarily done through a combination of activities, which are designed to:


  • Reinforce WFP’s ability to identify and monitor risks and conduct early warning and analysis
  • Steer and support the preparedness and operational readiness of the organization
  • Develop a common operational picture to inform decision making and field-focused support
  • Provide surge capacity by deploying in support of COs or RBs
  • Strengthen strategic partnerships.



WFP is looking for four dedicated Emergency Officers (Rapid Response Capacity) who will complement ongoing efforts within the Emergency Operations team. This is a unique and strategic leadership role that will support WFP’s Regional Bureaus (RBs), Country Offices (COs) and partners to prepare and respond to current and future emergencies in a rapidly changing humanitarian environment. The successful candidate will be part of a team fully dedicated to provide emergency surge deployments to Country Offices.


During deployments, the Emergency Officer will operate under the overall direction of the Country Director and will be expected to provide operational management, coordination, and advice across all areas of an emergency response.


You will be expected to deploy to emergencies for about 6-8 months per year, depending on operational needs and with breaks between deployments.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


  • Serve as a key advisor to the Country Director/Deputy Country Director/Emergency Coordinator and other CO managers on all matters related to the emergency response (programming, operations, funding, staffing gaps, security, partnership, etc.)
  • Oversee day to day implementation of all emergency response activities by providing support for WFP operations, including activity design, implementation, monitoring and budget management
  • Directly manage staff, resources and assets as required, including as Head of Area/Sub-Office.
  • Establish, support or facilitate coordination mechanisms between CO units to facilitate information sharing, inform timely decision-making, and improve operational coordination.
  • Provide technical support and expertise in the identification of the most appropriate transfer modality and in the formulation and implementation of CBT and in-kind programmes in complex operational environments.
  • Identify and call forward staffing needs, approving work plans and staffing plans for the emergency operations, and proactively monitoring and alerting when a change in profile is required.
  • Oversee the monitoring of ongoing alerts via the early warning system, coordinate field assessments and analyze the context in coordination with other stakeholders.
  • Lead the work on partnership cycle management (partner selection, oversight, reporting and assessment), building quality cooperating partnerships.
  • Provide technical advice on programme and policy issues including assessment and analysis, the choice of objectives, activities, and transfer modalities.
  • Manage accurate and timely emergency information and reporting to enable informed decision-making and consistency of information/messaging presented to a wide range of stakeholders including briefings notes, talking points and presentations.
  • Provide advice and support to ensure that the emergency operation complies with WFP rules, regulations and policies.
  • Provide guidance and support related to the emergency project cycle management (budget revisions, internal advance requests, others).
  • Represent WFP with local authorities and partners as delegated by the Country Director.




  • When not deployed, contribute to timebound projects, such as reviewing and advising on WFP’s emergency operational guidance; support EME to identify, recruit, and train the new generation of emergency officers (through recruitments, simulations, mentorships and other workforce development initiatives); and engage in dedicated personal learning opportunities as required.



Education:  Advanced University degree in Economics, International Development or Social Sciences or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Experience: At least 8 years of relevant experience, in humanitarian operations roles as a programme, project or operations manager, team leader, head of sub-office or equivalent. Experience in developing, leading and implementing Cash-Based Transfers activities is highly desired.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English and intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second UN language are required. Fluency in French, Spanish, Arabic or Portuguese is highly desirable.



  • Proven ability to establish constructive working relationships with colleagues and partners in a variety of settings, and in fluid, ambiguous and rapidly evolving environments.
  • People management, financial resource management and security management experience in field settings.
  • Proven ability to perform well in roles that require direct management of people and operations, as well as in support/coordination roles.
  • Experience identifying operational risks and maintaining documentation in emergency settings.
  • Experience in managing relationships with UN agencies, NGOs, private sector and/or government organizations.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills, as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Maturity, initiative, self-management and the ability to fit constructively into different teams in different contexts.



  • The selected candidate will be employed on a limited fixed-term (LFT) contract for two years with a probationary period of one year. He/she will be required to travel abroad, sometimes to remote and challenging locations for about 6-8 months per year.
  • An alternative duty station may be considered for this assignment according to operational and personal circumstances.
  • Incumbents of LFT positions are not eligible to apply for other mobile positions advertised internally through the Reassignment.
  • WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance.
  • Please visit our website for detailed information on working with WFP: http://www.wfp.org click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations. 




The deadline to receive applications is Sunday, 9 January 2022 (11.59 P.M. CET).


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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