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Emergency Coordinator (Roster for International Consultant Level II)

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Job Title: Emergency Coordinator (Roster for International Consultant Level II)


JOB TITLE: Emergency Coordinator

TYPE OF CONTRACT: International Consultant (Level II)

UNIT/DIVISION: Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific (RBB)/ Programme Unit

DUTY STATION: various locations in WFP Country Offices in Asia and the Pacific, based on country needs

DURATION: 3 months minimum extendable to 11 months maximum (flexible)

VACANCY CLOSING DATE: 3rd of March 2021, Midnight, Bangkok Time

VACANCY CRITERIA: open to female candidates only.


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

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. Delivering on our mandate of Zero Hunger requires us to have a diverse, inclusive and and gender-balanced workforce.

The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to WFP is recognition that ending hunger is a critical first step towards global peace. WFP recognizes that one of the greatest contributions it can make to humanity is to provide a voice to the 690 million hungry people in the world. The Nobel Peace Prize gives us a platform to make their needs heard and to mobilize support for the assistance they need.


The Asia-Pacific is the most disaster affected region in the world, especially susceptible to sudden-onset disasters that can outstrip short-term national response capacities. It is also home to several conflicts, adding to the risks that the region faces. These, coupled with the challenges bought about by COVID-19, create unique challenges for the timely delivery of international humanitarian assistance.
WFP Country Offices in the Asia and Pacific region work in close collaboration with government and partners to strengthen national capacity, provide technical assistance and, where needed, direct food assistance to achieve zero hunger. Important to WFP’s approach is testing and applying innovative and gender transformative programmatic approaches – including the broadening of transfer modalities, increasing focus on resilience-building and national capacity-development. WFP’s ability to achieve its objectives depend on its capacity to deliver food assistance that addresses the different needs and priorities of the women, men, girls and boys whom it serves. A world with zero hunger can be achieved only when everyone has equal opportunities, equal access to resources, and equal voice in the decisions that shape their households, communities and societies. WFP in Asia and the Pacific is committed to achieving enhanced management effectiveness, operational oversight, and strategic coherence.


WFP is expanding its Roster for Emergency Coordinators in Asia and the Pacific! We are specifically seeking women who can bring their varied experience and knowledge of humanitarian operations – including with WFP – to contribute to more efficient and effective emergency responses. Deployed to the field following a natural disaster or increase in emergency needs, successful candidates will plan and lead emergency responses in a Country or Field Office, supporting Operations and Programme colleagues. Emergency Coordinators will guide emergency operations, support with implementation and overcome constraints to deliver WFP’s emergency response in the field.

Candidates who have previously applied, need not re-apply.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme and guidance from the Deputy Country Director for Programme and Operations Management, the incumbent shall ensure the successful completion of WFP mission objectives, including following duties:

  1. Assess requirements for (non-operational) coordination and/or technical support to government and partners in areas of WFP’s humanitarian mandate, including Food Security, Logistics and Telecommunications;
  2. Ensure the delivery of such (non-operational) coordination and/or technical support as is determined necessary and as agreed by the Country Director (CD)/Deputy Country Director (DCD);
  3. Assess emerging requirements in consultation with Programme, Operations and Heads of Field Offices and the feasibility of incorporating it in the emergency response, as determined by the humanitarian situation and needs, government and partner capacity, national government and donor support and considering risks to WFP;
  4. Ensure effective contingency planning as determined necessary and as agreed by the CD/DCD;
  5. Oversee effective operational mobilisation, coordination and management of risks to WFP, its staff and beneficiaries;
  6. Support the establishment of any field-level agreements (FLA) with partners in coordination with concerned Strategic Objective (SO) Managers, work plans and staffing plans for the emergency response as may be required for review and approval by the DCD/CD.
  7. Ensure WFP meets corporate Operational Information Management requirements at the country level in accordance with the endorsed information management flow; monitoring the national emergency security situation and support Programme and Operations Teams to develop appropriate responses;
  8. Where appropriate, build capacity of WFP, cooperating partner(s) and counterpart staff through field missions and online support;
  9. Ensure necessary preparedness actions such as early warning, risk analysis/management and contingency planning are undertaken, in coordination with Programme Unit, periodically monitored, updated and reported in a timely manner;
  10. Conduct field visits, assess gaps and assist in applying appropriate solutions;
  11. Participate in Inter-Agency Working Groups/Task Forces as assigned by CD/DCD;
  12. Any other tasks assigned.



Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.


  • At least 6 years of continuously progressive work experience in the field of international development or humanitarian assistance, in various field locations, with at least 4 years of direct relevant experience in Operations Management activities at Country Office/Field Offices;
  • Has in-country operational experience in fragile/emergency contexts;
  • Has worked with government and non-government agencies and gained policy experience;
  • Has led a country office programme team or a substantial component of a complex programme, with coordination and field support responsibilities;
  • Has gained direct experience of different programme approaches and food assistance modalities;

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Has led team in strategic discussions;
  • Proven experience in leading, motivating and developing high-performing teams;
  • Has participated in design and implementation of WFP programmes focusing in food security;
  • Ability to quickly develop and cultivate networks and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Driven to continuously improve processes, systems and products expected from the unit.


Fluency (Level C) in both written and spoken English.


Candidates should be willing to work in any of the countries in the Asia-Pacific region where WFP operates, such as Afghanistan & Pakistan in the west to the Philippines and Fiji in the east; from Kyrgyzstan in the north to Timor-Leste in the south. WFP offers a package including salary plus a living allowance, travel to and from the place of assignment, medical insurance and security coverage (R&R travel may be covered for certain duty stations).

Candidates will be shortlisted based on their ability to meet the criteria. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted to undertake a written test. Following the written test, successful candidates will be placed on the Roster for a period of two (2) years. Candidates on the Roster will be considered as needs arise and an interview conducted to assess ability to undertake the specific position and to discuss availability and requirements. Candidates will be required to provide a scanned copy of education documents as per the requirement of this roster vacancy.


Vacancy Closing Date : 3rd of March 2021, Midnight, Bangkok Time

WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all qualified candidates, irrespective of nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organisation. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, and for work-related needs upon joining the Programme. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. 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.

How to apply

To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply through the link below: