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Budget & Programming Officer P-2, World Food Programme

  • 1.  Budget & Programming Officer P-2, World Food Programme

    Posted 03-18-2020 03:31 PM

    World Food Programme (WFP) seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

    The selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

    Are you passionate about identifying trends and patterns to provide insightful recommendations? Are you passionate about improving the way WFP operates by optimizing resources management? Are you ready to change and save the lives of the most vulnerable people in the world? If yes, this opportunity is for you.

    Job Title: FIT Pool - Budget & Programming

    Officer P2 - Multiple Locations


    The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 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.

    We are looking for talented Budget and Programming Officers (BPOs) to join the Future International Talent Pool (FIT Pool) at a P2 Level to support the end to end planning and budgeting processes. BPOs ensure WFP makes the best use of available funding by enabling a consistent flow of budget information to support decision-making.

    At a P2 Level, you will provide analysis and advice on resource planning and management issues of medium complexity. You will work under the supervision of a more experienced staff member and may also guide and coach a small team of peers or junior professionals. You will deliver budget planning and management outputs, and participate in the collation, maintenance, analysis, and reporting of information to support effective resource management in partnership with relevant stakeholders.


    The Budget and Programming Division is responsible for managing WFP's resource allocations, budget plan preparation, monitoring and reporting, and providing guidelines and tools for effective resource management.

    As a Budget and Programming Officer, you will perform a range of tasks including demand planning and forecasting, data analysis and reporting while working in close collaboration with colleagues in Programme and Policy, Supply Chain and Partnerships functions to ensure that WFP attracts and manages resources effectively.

    To lead budget and resource analysis and programming activities and/or provide technical support in HQ/RBs, partnering with senior management to apply best practice approaches that support the efficient, effective and compliant utilisation of funds."


    The Future International Talent Pool (FIT Pool) is an excellent opportunity for an international professional career within WFP. WFP is looking to build a pool of highly qualified and dynamic talents interested in serving in any of the +80 countries where WFP operates. Qualifying for the Budget & Programming FIT Pool gives you priority to be considered for vacant Fixed Term positions anywhere in the world and consequently to commence your global journey in the humanitarian world, often at the forefront of world affairs. For more information visit: http://www1.wfp.org/fit-pool


    As Budget & Programming Officer at a P2 level, you will:

    • Contribute towards the development and revision of budget plans by coordinating the budgeting processes, ensuring compliance with WFP standards, budget and programming policies and procedures.

    • Review the local budgets for accuracy, appropriateness, cost containment/effectiveness, and completeness in line with available guidelines, flagging any shortcomings and providing comprehensive feedback as needed.

    • Monitor on-going performance against budget for WFP operations, through various financial analyses and provide expert advice on budgetary adjustments as necessary to budget owners for optimal resource utilisation and in adherence to available guidance and policies.

    • Support the preparation of funding proposals through donor trend analysis against operational shortfalls, proposing fund prioritisation options by activity and modality as necessary.

    • Coordinate project closure activities, ensuring that follow-on operations are available in a timely manner to receive potential resource transfers for their timely start, and bringing any potential issues to the supervisor's attention.

    • Support the local and regional team in monitoring the resource pipeline to maximise operational effectiveness, following standards and processes, and providing advice on resource allocations based on the severity of pipeline shortfalls using relevant pipeline management tools.

    • Prepare, review and clear monthly pipeline reports for accuracy, consistency and completeness, consolidating cleared reports to feed into various analyses for decision making at regional and global levels.

    • Convene and lead working groups that proactively discuss resource availability and upcoming shortfalls, recommending timely mitigation measures.

    • Programme received funds promptly, according to prioritised operational needs, submitted funding proposals, donor conditions and restrictions, and in close collaboration with the Partnerships teams.

    • Collate and analyse data and contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reports, to enable informed decision-making and consistency of information presented to senior management and external stakeholders.

    • Develop the capacity of WFP staff in budgeting, fund management, operational planning and performance reporting.

    • Take responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives in all areas of work, to ensure equal participation of women and men.

    • Other as required.



    You hold an advanced university degree in Project Management, Business Administration, Statistics, Finance, Economics or other relevant fields, or Bachelor's Degree with additional years of experience.


    • You have at least three years of postgraduate professional experience in a relevant field of work, such as multisource data analysis, performance reporting, budget planning, resource and/or project management.

    • You have experience performing analytics of medium to high complexity and presenting the information to meet various audience needs.

    • You have a thorough understanding of operational planning and business processes, rules and procedures and apply them consistently in the implementation and support of programme interventions.

    • You have experience coordinating operational planning and fostering discussions around resource projections and implications on a programme-wide level, integrating trend analyses and ongoing discussions to drive the way forward.

    • You are able to consolidate and share resource management information in a way that supports decision making and emphasizes accuracy and consistency in numbers across teams.

    • You are fluent in oral and written English.
    • You have Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP's working languages).


    You are able and motivated to work in any of WFP's Offices throughout the world, including hardship locations.


    • You have excellent written and verbal communication skills.

    • You have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to foster relationships and influence decision-makers.

    • You are able to work with multicultural teams of different backgrounds and expertise, to deliver as one toward common operational goals.

    • Professional training in project management, statistical analysis and/or operational planning and management is desirable.

    • Ability to coach, train, guide and mentor a team of staff is desirable.

    • Professional training in project management, statistical analysis and/or operational planning and management is desirable.


    If you are selected, you will be placed in the FIT Pool for a period of up to 2 years. You may be contacted as the needs arise for fixed-term international positions in any of the countries in which WFP operates, including hardship duty stations.

    Mobility is the essence of WFP and continues to be a core contractual requirement. These positions are rotational which means that you shall be subject to the regular reassignment process to any other location on a period of 2 to 4 years unless the position is reclassified as non-rotational.

    WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days' annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more information, visit https://icsc.un.org/

    DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 12 April 2020 (Midnight Rome time)

    Interested candidates can submit applications at this link: http://bit.ly/wfp-budgetprogramming-officer-p2

    CV must be in English.

    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.

    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.