Regional Emergencies Programme Officer - Asia& The Pacific (Intl Consultant Level II)

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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.

Are you interested in supporting *implementation of Asia-Pacific emergency preparedness activities**?* *Are you ready to change and save the lives of the world's most vulnerable people? If yes, this opportunity is for you!*

JOB TITLE: Regional Emergencies Programme Officer - Asia and the Pacific
TYPE OF CONTRACT: Regular Consultancy Contract (International Consultant, Level II)
UNIT: Programme (Emergency Preparedness & Response)
DUTY STATION: Bangkok, Thailand
DURATION: 11 months (Extendable)


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 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.


As the Asia-Pacific region continues its dynamic transformation, WFP is assessing its relevance and positioning its role in the region. This is imperative not only due to the transition of many countries to Lower Middle/Middle Income status, but because of the recurring and increasing ferocity of natural disasters. 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 and create unique challenges for timely delivery of international humanitarian assistance.

To meet these challenges, the WFP Regional Bureau for Asia-Pacific has strengthened its Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) capacity with the objective of improving the timeliness, efficacy and efficiency of national and regional humanitarian response. The Regional Bureau Bangkok Programme unit (EPR team) applies WFP’s humanitarian expertise and global mandate to a programme of response planning, gap identification, project design, sustainability planning and technical assistance to the implementation of emergency preparedness initiatives at national and regional levels throughout Asia-Pacific.

WFP Regional Bureau Bangkok provides strategic guidance and technical support to WFP country operations in the region and in line with the strategic shift to national capacity building to achieve zero hunger, provides technical assistance to staff and managers in the region to test and apply innovative programmatic approaches. The regional approach also supports WFP’s 2017-2021 Strategic Plan Goals 1 (Supporting Countries to Achieve Zero Hunger) and 2 (Partnering to Support Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals), aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and acts on WFP’s World Humanitarian Summit Grand Bargain commitments in support of localisation, needs assessments, increased use of cash-based programming, and multi-year planning and funding.

A Regional Emergencies Programme Officer is required in order to support implementation of Asia-Pacific emergency preparedness activities, provide support to Regional Bureau Bangkok technical units and Country Offices implementing EPR-related activities, to contribute to programme formulation and/or provide technical advice and oversight of the programme. The incumbent will also support the continued development of communications, coordination, information management and reporting to facilitate informed and timely decision-making at all levels throughout the region.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all inclusive)

Reporting to the Regional Programme Adviser (Emergencies) and the Head of Programme, the Regional Emergencies Programme Officer will be responsible for the following activities:

1. Contribute and support development, and implementation of, emergency preparedness and response initiatives in the region

  • Support EPR Programme implementation at regional/country-levels, EPR Working Group coordination, including liaison, planning, project development, implementation and financial oversight;
  • Coordination with WFP HQ-led global emergency preparedness initiatives implemented in the region;
  • Assist in identifying and assessing opportunities to address practical issues in operational emergency preparedness within Regional Bureau Bangkok and Asia-Pacific Country Offices;

2. Provide advice, technical support and mission travel to WFP Asia-Pacific Country Offices, as needed, and to ensure regional emergency preparedness programmes are consistent with WFP policies and regional strategic approaches

  • Provide support to Country Offices on integration of emergency preparedness in country portfolios and strategies, including strategic development of EPR-related areas in Country Strategy Plans;
  • Provide technical support and coordination on connectivity of country-level EPR activities to other relevant technical areas including; Resilience, Data preparedness, Country Capacity Strengthening, Climate Change and emergency nutrition, among others;
  • Support country offices in government and inter-agency liaison, and coordination of national emergency preparedness capacity enhancement initiatives, eg. Supporting National Disaster Management Agencies;
  • Follow up and support on the implementation of internal WFP emergency preparedness actions at the Country Office and Regional Bureau level;

3. Prepare, develop, and review high quality documentation for regional and country-level EPR initiatives, including contributing to joint resource mobilisation efforts

  • Develop, share and/or review timely and high-quality analytical reports, publications, information products, protocols, concept notes and proposals for internal and external use;
  • Contribute to resource mobilization efforts for WFP EPR projects, including the development and drafting of documentation clearly articulating strategic and project-level requirements, goals and outcomes, project design and implementation;

4. Support the strengthening of EPR Coordination, Communications and Information Management within the region

  • Support implementation of hazard monitoring and alerting services to ensure situational awareness and ‘no regrets’ mobilization following sudden-onset events of humanitarian and/or operational impact to WFP based on risk;
  • Provide secretariat support for internal and regional coordination fora including Regional Bureau Bangkok’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Working Group;
  • Liaise and communicate with HQ counterparts, relevant regional organizations and bodies, to establish/maintain operational partnerships and to identify opportunities for collaborative approaches and initiatives that improve emergency preparedness;
  • Representation of WFP at inter-agency fora, simulations and exercises as necessary;
  • Facilitate dissemination of EPR lessons learned and best practices within the region, ensuring the maintenance of a Regional Bureau Bangkok EPR community of practice with regular information/knowledge sharing;
  • Plan, coordinate and facilitate EPR regional workshops, events or trainings, as needed;

5. Emergency surge deployment and mission travel (as needed)

  • Provide surge capacity to sudden and slow-onset humanitarian emergencies on short notice in support of WFP country offices or establishment of WFP presence in oversight countries, as required;
  • Any other travel or activities as required by the Regional Programme Adviser (Emergencies) and Head of Programme.



  • Minimum Bachelor's degree in a field relevant to international development assistance.


  • At least 6 (six) years or more of professional experience in humanitarian response, including relevant experience in humanitarian operations;
  • Has experience working across multiple areas of the food assistance programming portfolio including Vulnerability Assessment Mapping/Nutrition/Resilience/Climate Change, in humanitarian emergency settings.
  • Experience in drafting and developing humanitarian project proposals, donor proposals and drafting of donor/end of project reports;
  • Experience in country-level humanitarian operations in large-scale emergencies is an advantage;
  • Experience supporting emergency food assistance (in-kind and/or cash-based transfers) programming and distribution is an advantage;
  • Experience working in collaboration with a diverse array of humanitarian actors, including governments, NGOs, U.N. agencies, civil society, etc.;
  • Experience of coordination and facilitation of meetings, conducting trainings and facilitating workshops;
  • Demonstrated skills in collaborative problem-solving, lateral thinking and systems development are an advantage;
  • Experience working in the Asia-Pacific Region is desirable, but not required.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Has led a Sub Office or a small country/area office programme team or a component of a country office programme portfolio;
  • Has engaged in policy discussions and provided input into policy decisions;
  • Professional familiarity with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee and the Cluster Approach and the international humanitarian response architecture, including coordination mechanisms, humanitarian reform, and funding mechanisms;
  • Familiarity with standard Microsoft Office and project management applications including advanced competencies with Microsoft Excel and Publisher and similar type of software are an advantage;


  • Excellent English communications skills, especially written/drafting, with strong attention to detail.


Monday 15 March 2021, Midnight, Bangkok Time.

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

WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, 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 selection & 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, please apply directly through this link.