International Consultant Disaster Risk Management, CST WAE, Level II

World Food Programme (WFP)

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.

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Career Opportunities: International Consultant_Disaster Risk Management, CST WAE, Level II, Kigali, Rwanda (155864)

Requisition ID 155864 - Posted 12/01/2022 - Short Term Daily - Africa, Central & Eastern - Rwanda - Kigali - Working Job Language (2) - PROGRAMME & POLICY

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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.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Builds an understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Approaches individual tasks and responsibilities with a positive attitude and demeanor.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Understands the impact of WFP activities in beneficiary communities.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Connects individual tasks and responsibilities to unit’s goals and mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Seeks opportunities to build and enhance individual skills.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Demonstrates respect and understanding for diversity and cultural differences.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Identifies and approaches colleagues or supervisors to serve as coaches.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Sets clear goals and measurable targets for own tasks and responsibilities.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Assesses own tasks and responsibilities to find ways to be more efficient.
  •  Focus on getting results: Maintains accurate records of completion times and tasks in own areas of responsibility.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Understands responsibilities and the metrics associated with own tasks.
  •  Be Decisive: Notifies supervisors of dangerous situations or potential issues that may arise while in the field or office.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Understands WFP’s organizational structure, including the purpose and mission of each unit.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Supports team in working with colleagues and WFP’s partners in the field toward common goals.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Maintains a professional and courteous relationship with other WFP employees and partners in the field.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Understands own team’s contributions in its partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. WFP Rwanda works in partnership with the Government and other stakeholders through the direct implementation of integrated programmes targeting the most vulnerable people and will progressively shift towards building national capacity to formulate, manage and implement programmes for achieving zero hunger. In implementing its activities, WFP will bridge the humanitarian–development nexus and leverage its extensive experience and the contributions it has made in Rwanda over many decades in order to achieve four strategic outcomes outlined in the WFP Country Strategic Plan (CSP). Strategic Outcome 2 focuses on ensuring that vulnerable populations in food-insecure communities and areas have improved access to adequate and nutritious food all year. This Outcome encompasses capacity strengthening and direct programme implementation in the areas of social protection, disaster preparedness and response, food security and vulnerability analysis, school feeding and climate-resilient livelihoods programming.

Under Strategic Outcome 2, WFP implements a growing portfolio of activities that focus on enhanced capacity and synergies across disaster risk management (DRM), social protection and climate resilience. WFP activities have a particular focus on advancing national efforts at shock-responsive social protection by strengthening linkages between disaster risk management and the national social protection system to address the contribution of disasters to poverty and food insecurity. WFP has established a partnership with the Ministry in Charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA) to contribute to strengthening of the national disaster risk management systems, seeking synergies with social protection. This partnership is guided by a multi-year Memorandum of Understanding. The joint activities with MINEMA include analytical work and policy dialogue, support for key strategies and planning documents (such as the national disaster risk management policy and sectoral disaster preparedness plans currently being developed), emergency simulations and training and capacity strengthening. WFP and MINEMA also implement capacity strengthening and community-level activities in five of the most shock-prone districts, including supporting these districts with the development of more robust disaster management plans. In line with national policy priorities, a central technical focus in this work is how to mainstream disaster risk management into social protection sectors systems and programmes and move towards a more shock-responsive social protection system in Rwanda. This entails close technical coordination with the social protection ministries and agencies.


Under the direct supervision of the Strategic Outcome 2 Manager and in close technical collaboration with MINEMA Director of Response and Recovery, the incumbent will provide technical leadership for disaster management technical assistance activities. 

The position is home-based with at least two trips to Rwanda during the contract duration. 

The incumbent will carry out the following responsibilities:

  • Develop the design of, and co-facilitate jointly with other WFP experts and MINEMA, an emergency simulation exercise at a central level, with a particular aim of strengthening coordination between the disaster management and social protection sectors. 20 days
  • Review the existing practices for district disaster management plans and develop an enhanced methodology for facilitating the development of updated district-level disaster management plans. Support the piloting and application of this in five districts; document and disseminate the resulting good practices and lessons learnt. 20 days
  •  Provide technical review and quality assurance of sector-specific preparedness plans being developed by a local consultancy firm, to contribute to the technical quality of the documents; Support the development of a training and dissemination plan for the updated preparedness plans for MINEMA’s perusal. 7 days
  • Provide technical inputs into the development of the DRM policy implementation framework, particularly a DRM governance strategy, capacity gaps analysis and costed priority policy action plans. 10 days
  • Develop content for capacity strengthening activities (trainings) on shock-responsive social protection, with an aim to build mutual understanding and synergy between the social protection and disaster management sectors. 4 days 
  • Provide technical inputs into the national shock-responsive social protection strategy and guidelines, whose revision is supported by WFP, to promote synergies between social protection and disaster management.  2 days
  • Provide technical guidance to the WFP Kigali team on a disaster risk management, including inputs into project proposal development. 2 days 


  • Key disaster preparedness plans successfully reviewed, contributing to their eventual uptake and implementation
  • Simulation exercise organised, and outcomes documented and disseminated
  • Approach for district disaster management plans developed and piloted, and improved plans developed by 5 districts with appropriate technical support
  • Training content for capacity strengthening related to disaster risk management and shock-responsive social protection developed
  • Technical inputs provided into the national DRM policy framework and project proposals and documents provided in a timely and high-quality manner


  • Education: A first university degree in one of the fields with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses or a master’s degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, humanitarian/disaster management, development studies, economics, public policy and management or other related fields. 
  • Experience: At least six years of relevant professional experience in disaster risk management or humanitarian assistance.
  • Experience in technical assistance in the field of disaster risk management, including in engaging in development of plans and strategies for disaster preparedness and response
  • Knowledge & Skills: Excellent understanding of key disaster management concepts, systems, and processes, including preparedness and contingency planning and simulation exercises.
  • In-depth understanding of disaster risk management tools and approaches, such as emergency simulations and contingency and preparedness planning.
  • Ability to work independently in a timely and organised manner.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds and to manage external and government partnerships.
  • Knowledge of or experience in (shock-responsive) social protection an added advantage.
  • Language: Excellent written and spoken English


JOB TITLE: Disaster Risk Management Consultant

TYPE OF CONTRACT: International Consultant (WAE), Level 2

UNIT/DIVISION:Programme Unit/Strategic Outcome 2

DUTY STATION (City, Country): Home-based with travel to Kigali, Rwanda

DURATION: 65 days, over 5 months


The deadline for submitting the applications is on 25 January 2022 23:45 CAT.

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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