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Supply Chain Officer (Resilience and Biorisk) P4 - Rome, Italy

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Posted on Saturday, April 1, 2023


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 an experienced in health supply chain preparedness/coordination/analysis within a pandemic response and/or of an active role in biorisk coordination platforms? Are you an experienced in establish, maintain, and leverage functional relationships with both internal and external stakeholders? If yes, this opportunity is for you!



Applications must be submitted by Sunday, October 8, 2023 (11:59 PM CET).




  • 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 trainings, 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 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 (please refer to the Terms and Conditions section)




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.  


To learn more about WFP, visit our website: UN World Food Programme (WFP) and follow us on social media to keep up with our latest news: YouTubeLinkedInInstagramFacebookTwitter.




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. 

Under the Supply Chain Strategic Engagement (SCOE) branch, the Sustainable Supply Chain Unit (SSC) is mandated to provide substantive inputs and strategic direction (research, analyses, coordination of initiatives) to support the design of the future supply chain for WFP. The Unit works on a broader range of supply chain sustainability and resilience initiatives and will cover topics from greening to biohazards and crop patterns. 




The Supply Chain Officer will assume the role of deputy in the unit and will coordinate the resilience and biorisk portfolio, while being involved in the SSC’s overall activities as required.

As part of the resilience activities, the candidate will need to establish, maintain, and leverage functional relationships with both internal stakeholders (those divisions leading initiatives that will enhance – either directly or indirectly – WFP supply chain resilience) and external stakeholders (WHO and other organizations involved in the biorisk working group, FAO to collaborate on climate impact on crops, for example). 

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


1. Lead the analysis of WFP supply chain resilience vis-a-vis climate change (short-term events and long-term patterns) and other events (conflicts, pandemics), overlaying internal and external data to identify impact on, and changes needed to, WFP global supply chain.

  • Liaise with relevant external partners to identify existing analyses and solutions to support the resilience assessment, coordinate actions to maximize synergies and complement efforts.
  • Identify relevant internal partners to provide data and analysis capacity, and identify budget needs to fill the capacity gaps as needed.
  • Be aware of recent new developments in the field of food production and supply chain that could mitigate the identified impacts. Identify actors for collaboration on these developments and facilitate engagements with relevant technical units.
  • Analysis should result in concrete recommendations to build into WFP’s supply chain strategies for 2030 and 2050.


2. Be an active member of the interagency biorisk working group. 

  • Identify areas of interest for WFP to engage and follow up on possible implementation. 
  • Identify areas where internal (WFP divisions) engagement and coordination is required.
  • Liaise with relevant biorisk partners to establish joint initiatives in terms of capacity strengthening and knowledge dissemination. 


3. Support the Head of Supply Chain Sustainability in other areas of work, including but not limited to:

  • Act as a deputy for SSC and as OiC when required.
  • SSC work for HR, procurement and admin matters
  • Supply chain greening roadmap and initiatives.
  • Policy (including guidelines, manuals) review/upgrade.
  • Engagements for global events, board events, and with external/internal stakeholders.






  • Advanced University degree preferably in Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Economics, Business Administration, Logistics, or other related field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.



  • At least 8 years of progressively experience in a supply chain operations including coordination with internal and external stakeholders with a proven record on health supply chain preparedness/coordination within a pandemic response and/or of an active role in biorisk coordination platforms is required.




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



  • Experience in developing and managing relationships and national capacity building initiatives with UN agencies, NGOs, private sector and/or government organizations; 
  • Experience in implementing/setting-up supply chain improvement and optimization initiatives to achieve cost efficiency, improved agility, reliability, resilience and quality; 
  • Experience negotiating arrangements with multiple third parties respecting WFP’s best interests; 
  • Experience in monitoring operational success and suggesting areas of improvements; 
  • Experience supervising teams of professional staff. 




These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.


Leads by Example with Integrity Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork Applies Strategic Thinking Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships

Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and nurtures  external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives


Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.



Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Supply Chain Strategy Leads design and implementation of supply chain strategies within area of operations
managed. Maintains strategic coherence and alignment with corporate strategies.
Drives achievement of strategic objectives.
Supply Chain Planning Leads supply chain planning in the context of complex/multi-country operations.
Oversees and coordinates periodic planning across functions, corporate levels and
with partners. Ensures consensus-based regional/ global plans are in place and
aligned with strategies and priorities.
Supply Chain & Networks
Manages end-to-end supply chain within area of operations. Leads the design and
implementation of supply chain, retail and partnership networks. Oversees and
coordinates integrated delivery of supply chain services.
Supply Chain Capacity
Leads design and implementation of supply chain capacity strengthening initiatives
within area of operations managed. Leverages WFP’s supply chain capacities and
networks to strengthen national value chains and stakeholders.
Supply Chain Performance &
Leads continuous supply chain improvement and innovation initiatives within area of
operations managed. Defines operational performance targets, monitors
performance, anticipates and mitigates risks for timely corrective actions.




Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with ICSC standards ( including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, visa, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance.

The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Rome, Italy to take up this assignment.




  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable)
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
  • Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
  • Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time
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  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified



WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment


WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.