United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

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JOB TITLE: Quality Assurance & Policy Officer (Homebased Consultant)

TYPE OF CONTRACT: Consultancy

UNIT/DIVISION: Office of Inspections and Investigations (OIGI)

DUTY STATION (City, Country): Home-based

DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT: 6-11 months

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

Are you a Quality Assurance & Policy Officer interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Would you like to join WFP, a highly reputable organisation bringing positive change to lives of people affected by hardships? Would you like to join a global organisation investing in its people? If your answer is yes, then this is a great opportunity for you to become an integral member of a diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to beneficiary assistance.

WHO WE ARE The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, operating in more than 120 countries and territories, bringing life-saving assistance in emergencies, building pathways to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change and supporting sustainable and resilient livelihoods for a world with zero hunger. At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP’s values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.

WHY JOIN US?

  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse, and multicultural working environment
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, coaching, mentorship, and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities
  • A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across the various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe
  • We offer an attractive compensation package

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT This role is the Office of Inspections and Investigations (OIGI) located in Headquarters, Rome, Italy and will report to the Chief of Quality Assurance and Policy (QA&P).

THE ROLE Act as an OIGI advisor and focal point for policy and quality assurance matters with internal and external stakeholders. The position will contribute to and support the development and management of OIGI policies and standard operating procedures.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive) QUALITY ASSURANCE

  • Review and advise on OIGI reports and other OIGI work products to help ensure professional standards, effective use of language and conformity with OIGI SOPs.
  • Analyse and provide substantive, technical and constructive advice on the evidence cited within OIGI reports, ensuring OIGI reports are relying on relevant regulations, rules and policy and that these are aligned with UN system-wide policy developments.
  • Provide training on effective written communication and report writing.
  • Where needed provide advice and guidance to OIGI investigation teams on best practices regarding the preparation of OIGI reports.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Conduct critical review of citations to WFP and/or UN policy violations in investigation reports to ensure accuracy and legal basis.
  • Conduct effective liaison with Human Resources Management (HRM) and coordinate feedback from HRSR to OIGI regularly regarding HRM reviews of OIGI work products.
  • Support and mentor OIGI team members to improve OIGI written products.

POLICY

  • Actively contribute to the development and update of all OIGI Policy and Procedures documentation (policies, standard operating procedures (SOPs), guidelines, and templates) and serve as an advisor and instructor/advocate of these policies.
  • Keep abreast of relevant policies, Executive Director Directives, and decisions of the International Labour Organization’s Administrative Tribunal (ILOAT) and inform OIGI employees when these have a direct impact on the work of the group (including, but not limited to: Anti-Fraud and Anti-Corruption, Abusive Conduct, Protection of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Protection from Retaliation, Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Staff Rules, Human Resources (HR) Manual, Code of Conduct, Asset Use and IT Security Policies and Standards).
  • Serve as an advisor to peers and stakeholders and advocate for the development of OIGI objectives and the achievement of goals.
  • Ensuring that all OIGI Policy and Procedures documentation is updated (policies, standard operating procedures (SOPs), guidelines, and templates).
  • Provide advice and support to the Chief of QA&P regarding policy and policy developments within WFP and the broader UN system.

QUALIFICATIONS AND KEY REQUIREMENTS EDUCATION: Master’s degree in Law / Criminology or other related fields or a Bachelor’s degree in the same disciplines with additional relevant years of experience and/or relevant certificate.

EXPERIENCE: Typically, five years or more of relevant progressively responsible professional experience in planning, leading and/or executing complex criminal or administrative investigations. Previous experience in the conduct of investigations with a UN organization or international financing institution is an asset. Experience in providing legal advice and guidance on investigative matters.

LANGUAGE: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese.

MORE ABOUT YOU You have:

  • Demonstrated expertise in reviewing and providing advice on investigative outputs.
  • Strong coordination, planning and leadership skills including the ability to influence Senior Managers by consistent and clear communication.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, able to clearly articulate insights to senior stakeholders in and outside of WFP.

Deadline for Applications

7 October 2022

Terms and conditions The selected candidates will be offered an initial contract for 6 months with possibility for extension. We offer an attractive monthly honorarium, medical insurance and 10 national holidays per calendar year. All applicants who meet the selection criteria will be contacted for further assessments and to confirm their continued interest and availability.

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.