Environmental Management Consultant

World Food Programme (WFP)

Rome, , IT

About the UN World Food Programme


WFP is a leader in environmental sustainability within the UN system and is seeking a qualified and experienced consultant to support the implementation of its environmental policy. The selected consultant will be based within the Facilities Management Branch (RMMI), in the Management Services Division in Rome, Italy. Periodic missions to WFP field locations will also be required. She/he will report to the Environmental Sustainability Manager.

About the Environmental Sustainability Unit

WFP’s Environmental Sustainability Unit helps country offices and headquarters mainstream environmental management into day to day activities, primarily related to support operations. This avoids and reduces operating costs, manages environmental and reputational risks, improves resource management and helps protect beneficiaries where they live. Focus areas include reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, minimizing and properly managing waste, reducing water consumption, promoting sustainable procurement decisions, and increasing staff awareness around environmental management.

About this role

Co-sponsored by the Facilities Management Branch (RMMI) and the Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Programmes Unit (OSZIR), WFP’s environmental policy commits WFP to developing and implementing three tools: environmental standards, an environmental screening process, and an environmental management system (EMS). A multi-year timeframe is envisaged for this work, which will include the preparation of guidelines, checklists, and training. The primary focus of this consultancy will be to support implementation and tools development of the EMS component of the environmental policy.


The Environmental Management Consultant will specifically be involved the following responsibilities:

  • Support the development and implementation of environmental management systems (EMS) in WFP operations globally, including Rome HQ, delivering selected enabling elements necessary to embed EMS at the corporate level;
  • Contribute to the development of EMS supporting documentation for country offices, including environmental reviews, EMS objectives and action plans, EMS manuals, compliance obligations, and maintaining an EMS document management system;
  • Contribute to the development and delivery of training materials about the environmental policy and EMS for both internal and external audiences, including workshop agendas, presentations, work processes and standard operating procedures;
  • Support the communications and outreach strategy of the Environmental Sustainability Unit in relation to implementation of the environmental policy and of EMS by drafting and/or reviewing environmental campaign and awareness raising materials, case studies, briefing notes, news articles for in-house and external audiences, reviewing interagency reports for comment and contributing to other support materials as required;
  • Support the Environmental Sustainability Manager in donor/executive board liaison related to environmental policy and EMS implementation;
  • Contribute to preparing funding requests and business case opportunities for donor government/private sector consideration;
  • Other related ad-hoc requests.




  • University degree (Bachelor’s degree or higher) in Environmental Management, Environmental Engineering, Natural Resource Management, or related subject;
  • Formal training and/or accreditation in ISO14001 is highly regarded.


  • At least five-years of progressively responsible experience in environmental management, of which 3-years must be through the direct implementation of environmental management systems;
  • Professional experience must include implementing, or supporting implementation of EMS in developing country contexts in settings similar to WFP field operations;
  • Professional experience working within, or in connection with, the UN system is highly regarded.

Knowledge & Skills:  

  • Knowledge in applying principles of the ISO14001 environmental standard, including internal EMS auditing and development of supporting documentation;
  • In-depth knowledge of at least two of the following disciplines: waste management, energy/GHG management, water management, environmental compliance, environmental and social impact assessments, and sustainable procurement, preferably within a developing country and humanitarian context;
  • Proficiency in MS Office software, particularly Excel;
  • Ability to expertly write and translate complex concepts for a variety of audiences, with the ability to facilitate training workshops/meetings and write publishable reports.
  • Proven ability to coordinate and effectively communicate across multiple units and departments (including headquarters, regional, and country office levels);
  • Proven ability to function successfully within the different geographic and cultural contexts in which WFP operates.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Proficiency in a second UN official language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, or WFP’s working language, Portuguese) to at least intermediate standard is highly regarded

Closing date:           26 February 2018


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

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are encouraged to apply.

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.