Thailand: Humanitarian Policy Advisor (International Consultant), Bangkok, Thailand

Organization: World Food Programme
Country: Thailand
Closing date: 30 Jul 2018


Organization Name: The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station: WFP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific (RBB), Bangkok, Thailand

Type of Contract: International Consultant

Position Title: Humanitarian Policy Advisor

Duration of Assignment: To start as soon as possible unit 31 December 2018 with a possible extension, subject to performance and funding


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.


WFP is known for its ability to deliver food assistance rapidly to people in need, especially in humanitarian crises caused by conflict, violence and natural hazards. In the Asia-Pacific region, however, WFP is increasingly shifting its focus to better support host governments and strengthen their capacities to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, and Goal 2 (zero hunger) in particular. As it delivers on its humanitarian and development mandate, WFP is committed to addressing disparities in food security and nutrition, across geographic areas, between groups and within households to ensure that no one is left behind in line with the Agenda 2030, Sustaining Peace and Agenda for Humanity. To implement its commitments, WFP is concerned to ensure that the specific needs and capacities of individuals and groups are considered in program design and that barriers to access food assistance, including unintentional discrimination, as well as impediments to food security and an adequate diet, more broadly, as a result of violence, discrimination or other protection threats are identified and addressed. This requires in-depth contextual analysis across the range of settings where WFP operates in the Asia-Pacific region (e.g. in protracted crises, areas prone to natural disasters and stable but chronically food insecure and underserved areas) and consideration to the specific needs and capacities of individuals and groups in program design . In turn, this requires WFP staff to have a sound knowledge in their respective technical areas in relation to food security and nutrition, emergency preparedness and supply chain, for example as well as knowledge, skills and capacity in several cross cutting and specialized areas including protection mainstreaming, AAP, human rights, conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding, and principled humanitarian principled access.

In 2017, WFP carried out corporate evaluations of its Policies on Humanitarian Protection, and Humanitarian Principles and Access. The WFP Regional Protection and Inclusion Strategy is informed by the recommendations from these evaluations, as a well IASC commitments and related policy developments on the centrality of protection, ongoing UN system reform and commitments from the World Humanitarian Summit.[1] The Regional strategy aims to operationalize these recommendations and commitments and help inform the development of the new WFP policy as well as corporate agendas on principled humanitarian access, the triple nexus and commitments on AAP, data protection and disability inclusion.

The Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific provides strategic guidance, technical support and direction to WFP operations in 14 countries and emergency preparedness and response work in another 6 countries. The Regional Humanitarian Advisor will ensure access to dedicated expertise in the Regional Bureau on a range of cross-cutting and specialized issues with prominent focus on protection as well as AAP, humanitarian access, conflict-sensitivity and the humanitarian development peace (triple) Nexus, and some knowledge in data protection and disability inclusion. Significant travel to country offices, including regular field missions to emergency and hardship duty stations is to be expected.

–[1] 2016 World Humanitarian Summit conclusions confirmed the importance of protection as one of five “core responsibilities”. The 2013 IASC statement on the centrality of protection affirmed IASC’s commitment to make protection a core element of humanitarian action. The Secretary General’s Vision for Prevention lays out four pathways to prevent human suffering and acting to avoid cries and build resilience societies.–

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Efforts to integrate protection, AAP, conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding, and humanitarian principles in WFP programmes are informed by: WFP’s Humanitarian Protection Policy (2012), WFP’s commitments to Accountability to Affected Populations (2012)[2] and the Charter on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Humanitarian Action (2016), WFP’s Policy on its Role in Peacebuilding in Transition Settings (2013) and Update, and WFP’s Policy on Humanitarian Principles (2004). All efforts must ensure coherence with the implementation of WFP’s Gender Policy (2015), and on Sexual and Gender Based Violence risk identification and prevention in particular.

Under the supervision of the Programme Policy Advisor and overall supervision of the Head of Programme the selected candidate will be responsible for coordinating the Regional Bureaus’ efforts to provide technical advice and support to country offices and relevant technical units in the Regional Bureau. The Access to Food Service in WFP’s Programme and Policy Division in HQ will provide technical support and additional guidance.

The primary responsibilities include the following:

  • Disseminate, manage and monitor implementation of the Regional Strategy on Protection and Inclusion across the range of humanitarian and development programs WFP delivers and supports in the region. The strategy outlines minimum commitments for compliance and prioritizes strengthening WFP capacity in newer issues, including data protection, disability inclusion and the triple Nexus as well as the integration of protection, inclusion and AAP in efforts to strengthen country capacities in disaster preparedness and response;

  • Contribute to case studies, collection of good practices and challenges related to the inclusion of persons with disabilities, principled humanitarian access, the triple Nexus, preventing SEA activities in AAP and related protection and AAP issues across WFP programmes in coordination with HQ divisions and partners (e.g. Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiations). Facilitate the dissemination of lessons, and good practices from case studies and missions between countries in the region and with WFP Regional Humanitarian Advisers in other regions;

  • Provide regular briefings (written and oral) and key messages for senior management in the Regional Bureau on priority technical issues and crises in the region;

  • Provide technical guidance and advice to Country Offices and their partners in the region through remote support and in-country missions as appropriate;

  • Provide technical advice and support to relevant units in the Regional Bureau to ensure integration of the areas covered in this TOR (Terms of Reference) in strategies, tools, and reporting as relevant at the regional level.

Other responsibilities include:

  • Facilitate the regional protection and inclusion network comprised of country level advisers and focal points through bi-monthly calls, email updates and training opportunities that facilitate policy updates, capacity development, information sharing and peer to peer exchanges on the range of humanitarian policy issues under the Advisor’s portfolio;

  • Initiate the development of Protection and Inclusion Country Profiles for priority countries in the region (Bangladesh, Myanmar, Philippines and Pakistan);

  • Continue to nurture and develop partnerships relevant for the areas covered by this TOR and identify opportunities for collaboration with partner agencies including UNHCR-WFP Joint Principles on Targeting Assistance to meet food and other basic needs;

  • Participate and represent WFP in regional inter-agency forums and meetings on the thematic issues covered under the Advisor’s TOR (e.g. regional human rights network, gender in humanitarian action network).

–[2] As a member of the IASC, WFP has endorsed five Commitments to Accountability to Affected Populations: (i) leadership/governance, (ii) transparency, (iii) feedback and complaints, (iv) participation, and (v) design, monitoring and evaluation.–



  • Advanced academic degree in one or more of the following disciplines: international law, development studies, international relations, sociology or other relevant field.


  • At least 8 years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in development projects or humanitarian assistance, of which at least 4 years international field experience. This should include experience working in crisis or post-crisis contexts. Experience in Asia and the Pacific regions is highly desirable.

  • Demonstrated field and policy experience working on protection mainstreaming/human rights programming is required. Experience designing and establishing accountability mechanisms within programmes, conflict-sensitive or peacebuilding programs, and in access negotiations. Knowledge and/or experience in data protection and integrating disability consideration in humanitarian and development programming are desirable.

  • Experience in delivering training and conducting capacity-building for field operations and supporting senior managers in implementing new concepts.

  • Experience in operational research and programme design in the areas covered under this TOR is desirable.

  • Understanding of food security programming with previous experience from WFP or any of its cooperating partners is highly desirable


  • Strong analytical, written and oral communication skills, as well as conceptual thinking.

  • Client orientation with excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Proven ability to produce outputs independently, while at the same time seeking innovative ways to integrate areas covered by this TOR in the work of other relevant units.

  • Flexibility to travel frequently and on short notice, when necessary.


  • Excellent command of English (written and spoken) is essential for this job.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.

  • Be a force for positive change: Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.

  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.

  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.

  • Create an inclusive culture: Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.

  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.

  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries.

  • Focus on getting results: Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.

  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.

  • Be Decisive: Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning

  • Build strong external partnerships: Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships

  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations

  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.


Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance:

Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.

Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher):

Demonstrates the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.

Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.):

Demonstrates the ability to incorporate technical information into programme design and implementation and appropriately communicate it internally and externally.

Emergency Programming:

Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.

Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government:

Demonstrates the ability to engage key stakeholders (e.g., WFP units, external partners) in policy dialogue to strengthen national government food and nutrition security strategies and programmes.


Monday, 30 July 2018 (Midnight Thailand time)

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted

How to apply:

To apply, click on the following link;

Internal WFP candidates:

External candidates:

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.

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.