Environmental Consultant

World Food Programme (WFP)

Rome, , IT

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are currently seeking for a qualified Environmental expert to fill a position to support the work on implementation of the Environmental Policy and to provide guidance to country offices to ensure the consideration of environment in various Climate Risk management Initiatives. This position will be within WFP’s Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme Unit (OSZIR).

General Information

Unit: Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme Unit (OSZIR)

Position: Environmental Expert (Consultant)

Chief of Unit: Gernot Laganda

Start date: 23 October 2017

Duration: 6 months (with a possibility of extension)

Duty Station:  WFP HQ, Rome, Italy

Approximate travel required: up to 30 per cent

The Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programme (OSZIR) in WFP HQ – located under WFP’s Policy, Programme and Innovations Division – provides guidance and support to a range of activities from household-level micro-insurance programmes to carrying out climate analyses to better understand the impact of climate risk on food security and nutrition, helping governments implement adaptation projects on the ground to manage climate risks and build resilience, as well as developing innovative climate risk management tools – programmatic and financing mechanisms. The unit also provides support to climate resilience building programming, consideration of environmental risk in projects in programmes, carbon credits and fuel efficient cook stoves.

WFP’s Executive Board approved WFP’s new Environmental policy in February 2017. Co-sponsored by OSZIR and Environmental Sustainability Facilities Management (RMMI) units, the policy commits WFP to developing and implementing three tools: environmental standards, an environmental screening process and an environmental management system. A three year timeframe is envisaged for the development, mainstreaming and implementation of these tools, which will be supported by guidelines, checklists and training. This consultancy will support the implementation of the environmental policy.

Specific responsibilities and tasks

In collaboration with RMMI unit, coordinate the implementation of the environmental policy, as specified in the implementation concept note and action plan. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Lead and coordinate the finalization of environmental and social standards, the screening tool, and associated guidelines.
  • Organize and conduct consultations with relevant teams in HQ, Regional Bureaux (RBs) and Country offices (COs) on the policy implementation tools.
  • Liaise with external partners and inter-agency working groups on internationally recognized practice to support the environmental policy implementation as applicable.
  • Coordinate and support engagement with other WFP units to mainstream environmental considerations in all WFP’s activities.
  • Develop training material and, as required, train staff at HQ, RB and COs level for the application of these environmental screening tools.
  • Develop a methodology for collecting and reporting on the cross cutting environmental Corporate Results Framework indicator.
  • Support the hiring process of environmental regional teams for the roll out of the policy.
  • Provide regular guidance to country offices to test and apply the relevant environmental screening tools.
  • Provide support to countries in their Country Strategic Planning process to ensure Country Offices are considering environmental risk in their strategic level planning phase.
  • Other appropriate tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced university degree with experience in environmental sciences: : Environmental Studies, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Natural Resources Management or other related fields.
  • Additional experience and training in one or more of the following disciplines: social sciences, agriculture, food security, disaster risk management, and economics – would be beneficial.
  • Experience with policy development and implementation is essential.
  • At least six (6) years of postgraduate experience in public sector management, development projects, emergency assistance, policy and/or operational aspects of national, bilateral or multilateral food aid.
  • Experience in the design and application of environmental and social sustainability safeguards and screening processes, in conducting Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) or Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA), preferably for development projects – would be beneficial
  • In-depth understanding of environmental sustainability and how it links with food security.
  • Excellent ability to coordinate across multiple units and organizations.
  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration. Knowledge of WFP is preferred.
  • Excellent written and spoken English, with the ability to facilitate workshops and write publishable reports.

Working Languages:

  • Working knowledge of English (proficiency/level C) and intermediate knowledge (intermediate/level B) of another UN official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish).


  • The consultant will work under the overall supervision/guidance of the Chief, OSZIR, and will report directly to him. The consultant’s work plan will be aligned with the OSZIR unit annual work plan.

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. http://www.wfp.org Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

Deadline for Applications: 17 November 2017

Ref.: VA 69648