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Backend Engineer

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Software Engineering
Posted on Friday, May 12, 2023

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


Backend Engineer - Consultant


CST (Level I)



DUTY STATION (City, Country):

Berlin, Germany



11 months

Lead Backend Engineer for the ShareTheMeal

Terms and Conditions

Short-listed candidates can be subject to written assessment.

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by role’s responsibilities and deliverables, please acknowledge the level of this consultancy offer and be aware that as per UN policy any negotiation based merely on personal cv is not allowed.

This consultancy assignment is renewable upon funding.

Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.

WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the Organisation. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection & recruitment process, and for work-related needs upon joining the Programme.

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. 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.

We greatly appreciate your interest in WFP and joining our mission to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030

Saving Lives, Changing Lives!


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. WFP is the world's largest humanitarian organization, saving lives in emergencies and using food assistance to build a pathway to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change. Around 20,000 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor.

To reach a world with zero hunger, WFP is investing in and growing private sector fundraising and partnerships. Serving as a broker between WFP and the private sector, WFP's Private Partnerships and Fundraising Division (PPF) strives to mobilize funding, technical assistance, innovative solutions and visibility and awareness to help WFP fulfil its mission, while offering companies and the wider public the opportunity to contribute to a world with zero hunger.

ShareTheMeal is WFP's fundraising and awareness-raising app. Free to download, the award-winning app is a pioneering way for people to join our efforts in creating a world with zero hunger.

ShareTheMeal currently has more than 9.3 million users worldwide, who have shared more than 165 million meals (US$ 130 million). WFP is pursuing an ambitious growth strategy for individual giving, and ShareTheMeal is a key driver for this strategy going forward. The team, located in Berlin and also remotely, is focused on increasing the funds raised to help get to zero hunger by further developing the app and web to include new and innovative features, increasing the engagement of existing users and growing the userbase through marketing and communication initiatives. As the user base has grown, there is a significant opportunity to increase funds raised from existing users and deliver an exceptional experience to build a long-term relationship with each supporter.


The Consultant, reporting to the Lead Backend Engineer for the ShareTheMeal initiative, is expected to:

  1. Develop features and make improvements to the ShareTheMeal node.js based platform.
  2. Collaborate with the Backend team and drive the implementation of best practices across all systems.
  3. Collaborate with Product Management and other stakeholders within Engineering to maintain a high bar for quality in an iterative and agile environment.
  4. Help to define and improve our internal standards for style, maintainability, and best practices for a high-scale environment. Maintain and advocate for these standards through code reviews.
  5. Ship features and improvements with guidance and support from other team members.
  6. Other activities
    1. Act as facilitator to staff on developing the organization
    2. Assist the management of the ShareTheMeal initiative with other activities as required


  • Completed contributions to application architecture and software development as agreed with the Lead Backend Engineer
  • Stable operations of the backend in the area of responsibility
  • Documentation and handover to the Lead Backend Engineer for ShareTheMeal



Bachelor’s Degree


4 years of experience in developing and designing node.js based backends

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of Javascript and Typescript
  • Expertise working with relational databases
  • Experience using EKS and AWS is a plus
  • Knowledge of API and system design
  • Embrace principles of Clean Code, TDD and Agile
  • User-centred approach to software development
  • Strong analytical abilities, both quantitative and qualitative
  • Collaborative spirit able to liaise with a wide range of people at all levels and across different cultures and to act with credibility and diplomacy
  • Time management skills with an ability to plan, anticipate requirements, problems and obstacles, and an ability to juggle competing priorities successfully, and to work to tight deadlines
  • Self-motivated and able to work with a high degree of autonomy
  • Fully committed and motivated to achieve the aims of the World Food Programme


High proficiency in written and spoken English.