Emergency Support Officer (Rapid Response Capacity), P3 Rome, Italy

Organization: WFP - World Food Programme




WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, physical or mental disability.



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 two dedicated Emergency Support 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 providing emergency surge deployments to Country Offices.


You will be expected to deploy to emergencies for about 6-8 months per year, depending on operational needs and with breaks between deployments.
During deployments, the Emergency Officer will operate under the overall direction of the Country Director and be deployable in a variety of contexts and emergency roles, to provide operational and technical support across all areas of an emergency response.


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


  •  Support the drafting of a Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for the emergency response and ensure that the draft is regularly revised and updated.
  • Support the rollout of the emergency response plan in coordination with relevant Country Office units.
  • Manage accurate and timely emergency information and reporting to enable informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to a wide range of stakeholders including briefings notes, talking points, and presentations.
  • Prepare, develop, and review information products to establish a standard common operating picture of WFP’s response to the emergency.
  • Support the regular development of NFRs and other documentation required for accountability purposes.
  • Provide field-level support for WFP operations, including activity design, implementation, monitoring as well as budget management. 
  • Support work on partnership cycle management (partner selection, oversight, reporting and assessment), building quality cooperating partnerships.
  • Support programme and policy issues including assessment and analysis, the choice of objectives, activities, transfer modalities.
  • Support coordination and development of response activities at inter-agency level, with government stakeholders, NGO partners and other stakeholders.
  • Provide guidance and support related to the emergency project cycle management (budget revisions, internal advance requests, others).
  • Step-in as the special assistant to the Emergency Coordinator or the Country Director if required.



  • 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 fields, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.


Experience: At least 5 years of relevant experience in humanitarian work, including at the field level. Experience in Cash-Based Transfers activities is an added advantage.


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



  • Experience in drafting and developing humanitarian project proposals, donor proposals and drafting of donor/end of project reports, consolidating information from different sources.
  • Experience in supporting coordination and relationship management with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills, as well as strong interpersonal and communication skills.



  • Limited Fixed-Term Appointment (LFT) position is an international professional category for a limited period of up to 4 years and is open to all nationalities. The position is based in Rome, Italy and the selected candidate will be expected to relocate.
  • 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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