Back Emergency Preparedness and Response Access Advisor P4 - Dakar, Senegal


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Are you an Emergency Preparedness and Response 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.


Applications must be submitted by Friday, August 19, 2022 (10:59 PM CET)


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.

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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 (please refer to the Terms and Conditions section)


Based in Dakar Regional Office, the Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) – Access Advisor is expected to help the organization (WFP) enhance its capacity to maintain operational continuity in hard-to-reach areas, in a context of increasing insecurity and needs. She/he will also advise on the long-term Access strategies to promote in the region, anticipating on areas that could become at risk because of the expansion of violent conflict.

The Emergency Preparedness and Response – Access Advisor will report to the Senior Regional Emergency Preparedness and Response Advisor / Head of the EPR team and work closely with other units in the regional bureau.


This position core purpose is to provide remote and hands-on in-country support to integrated emergency preparedness and response scale up at Country Office (CO) level, with a focus on Access in hard-to-reach areas, plan and support field emergency response operations to ensure effective response in terms of food assistance.

Specifically, under supervision from the Senior Regional Emergency Adviser/Head of EPR, the Programme Policy Officer EPR Access is required to support the implementation of regional preparedness and response plans, at RBD and CO level. The main part of the role is the provision of technical and practical support to CO’s preparedness planning and response scale up in hard-to-reach areas, with a clear focus on Access and sustaining operational continuity for WFP in these, including in supporting implementation at CO level through regular field deployments.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Key duties are as follows:

Humanitarian Access support

In line with WFP Emergency Preparedness and Response policies and guidelines, assist Country Offices (COs) in the implementation of relevant, timely and adequate humanitarian access strategies and measures; Support Country teams in managing their emergency and response plans with all issues related to Access, and support the coordination of WFP’s activities with counterparts involved in the operations, such as Government counterparts, UN agencies, the donor community, Red Cross/Crescent Movement, NGOs and regional organizations, including representing WFP in Access task force or working groups; Provide operational and technical guidance to COs during the design and implementation of emergency operations in hard-to-reach areas ; Ensure, monitor and report on the level of implementation of humanitarian access measures against organisational standards and WFP access regional strategy; Lead, coordinate and facilitate the Access analysis conducted at Country Office level to ensure a regional harmonization of criteria assessing access constraints, including on the maintenance of the Access Monitoring Tool; Liaise with the other functional areas in RBD (Programme, Security, VAM, etc.) in view of support missions to COs; Work with the rest of the EPR team and HQ to conduct simulations for emergency preparedness, including through (but not limited to) desk reviews and remote exercises;

Emergency response support on Access

Provide direction and operational guidance to RBD and COs, and oversight for WFP’s emergency response with regards to humanitarian access in West and Central Africa; Provide timely updates and advice to regional management to facilitate rapid response and timely decision-making; With support of HQ’s early warning team, provide the Senior Regional Emergency Adviser/Head of EPR with critical analysis of the Access situation(s) throughout the region and emerging trends, patterns and recommendations on maintaining WFP operational continuity and mitigate risks; Regularly re-assess implementation of access approaches and strategies and make recommendations for appropriate shifts;

Emergency response coordination

Coordinate with WFP Regional and Country Programme, Logistics and Security Officers/Focal Points to identify (potential or actual) security-related challenges to access; Advise COs on how to design and implement proactive measures to enable, maintain and/or expand access to those in need; through an harmonized principled approach Assess Access training needs in the region and coordinate with HQ and Partners on training opportunities.



You have:

Advanced University degree in Humanitarian Affairs, International Development, Conflict Studies, Emergency Assistance or Disaster Management, or other relevant field. Or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.


You have:

At least eight (8) years of relevant work experience, of which five (5) in managing emergency responses in complex humanitarian environments; Head of Sub-Office or equivalent experience in insecure context and complex humanitarian crisis is a requirement, as well as experience in emergency response, and in conflict settings;


You have:

Fluency (level C) in English language. Fluency (Level C) in the French language.


You have:

Knowledge of the normative and legal frameworks, as well as policy and operational considerations, pertaining to humanitarian access and frontline negotiations; Knowledge of the UN system, its working mechanisms, value base and processes; Knowledge of the Triple Nexus; Working knowledge in the following areas: Protection against Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA), gender-sensitive programming and gender mainstreaming, etc. Top negotiations skills; Analytical skills and a critical thinking attitude combined with ability to think out of the box; Experience working in cross-cultural teams, building effective working relationships; Demonstrated ability with strategic planning and performance monitoring; Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines; Ability to simultaneously and effectively deal with multiple dossiers; Excellenct interpersonal skills; Computer literacy.


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.


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 Dakar, Senegal 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 Please contact us at in case you face any challenges with submitting your application Only shortlisted candidates will be notified


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.

This vacancy is archived.

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