UN World Food Programme National Consultant (Disaster Risk Management Policy Advisor) Jobs in Rwanda

UN World Food Programme National Consultant (Disaster Risk Management Policy Advisor) Jobs in Rwanda

About WFP

  • 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.

    4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities


  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.

  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).

  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.

  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.

  • Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.

  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.

  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.

  • Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.

  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.

  • Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.

  • Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.

  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.

  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.

    Background and Purpose of the Assignment

  • The Government of Rwanda through the Ministry in charge of Emergency Management (MINEMA) is responsible for coordinating Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) in Rwanda and is the central operational actor during all phases of disaster management in collaboration with other stakeholders.

  • WFP has established a partnership with MINEMA to contribute to strengthening of the national DRRM systems, humanitarian supply chain management and refugee food assistance. This partnership is guided by a multi-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in 2020.The joint activities with MINEMA in the area of DRRM systems-strengthening include analytical work and policy dialogue, support for key policies and preparedness documents (such as the national DRRM Policy and sectoral disaster preparedness plans), emergency simulations and training.

    Organizational Context

  • This position will be a WFP secondment based in MINEMA, with a dual reporting line to the Permanent Secretary of MINEMA and the WFP Strategic Outcome Manager, with Kigali duty station. The position sits 90% in MINEMA and 10% in WFP. The incumbent will also be expected to support partnership development with various Government entities and development partners in DRM.

    Key Accountabilities

  • The incumbent will carry out the following responsibilities:

    Strategy implementation, policy guidance and coordination

  • Support the Ministry to assess the national
    disaster management systems, identify gaps and propose possible solutions to assist in the review of Ministry’s and specific sectors tools and propose amendments, drawing upon the Emergency Preparedness Capacity Index (EPCI).

  • Elaborate a list of resource materials and tools required to ensure country’s preparedness to potentials hazards.

  • Provide technical advice and support towards the development of the DRRM Strategic Plan and Governance Strategy to enable the implementation of the DRRM Policy 2021.

  • Provide technical advice on the design and implementation of DRRM, emergency preparedness and response in the country based on the Preparedness and Response plans with partners.

  • Provide technical strategic steer and oversight for hazard analysis and support in escalation of issues to senior management in the ministry, and support in developing action plans.

  • Throughout consultative process with secondary cities, identify gaps, specific needs and demands in urban risk management.

  • Provide strategic inputs into planning and budgeting processes to ensure adequate consideration of disaster management across various sector plans and budgets.

  • Develop a comprehensive community based DRRM approach in Rwanda and advise the management on its implementation.

    Partnerships and Innovation

  • Act as MINEMA focal point for DRM mainstreaming into key sectoral plans and programmes, including representing MINEMA in the shock-responsive social protection technical working group. Ensure DRM technical considerations are well reflected in the national shock-responsive social protection strategy and guidelines.

  • Capture lessons learned in DRM mainstreaming process to enable mainstreaming in an increasing number of priority sectors.

  • Review and advise on synergy between climate change adaptation efforts and DRM.

  • Provide coordination support for strategic partnerships in DRM system-strengthening and support the National Platform for Disaster Management for effective partner engagement and communication.

  • Identify, follow up, advise on and develop partnership and potential funding proposals for DRM system strengthening with donors and development partners.

  • Foster programme innovations for DRM, shock-responsive social protection as well as resilience initiatives.

  • Provide advice on the Ministry’s engagement with external stakeholders, UN agencies, donors and development partners.

  • Regular follow up and active participation in annually reporting on implementation of Sendai framework for action.

    Deliverables at the End of the Contract:

  • Workplans and progress reports submitted to both supervisors in a timely manner.

  • A report on urban risk management plan.

  • Emergency Preparedness Capacity Index process finalised, and report validated.

  • Strategic Plan finalised and validated.

  • At least one project proposal finalised, submitted to a donor and funded.

  • Active engagement with the social protection sector on shock-responsive social protection, particularly the Shock-Responsive Social Protection Technical Working Group. Experiences in mainstreaming DRRM into the sector documented and cascaded to other sectors.

  • Regular biweekly meetings with WFP organised.

    Qualifications & Experience Required


  • A Master’s degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, humanitarian/disaster management, development studies, economics, public policy and management or other related fields, or a first university degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses.


  • At least six years of relevant professional experience in disaster risk management, humanitarian assistance, climate action, governance, policy development or related field.

  • Experience in policy and strategy formulation, preferably in the field of disaster risk management or climate action.

    Knowledge & Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people and to manage partnerships.

  • Ability to work independently in a timely and organised manner.

  • Understanding of key concepts, systems, and approaches in disaster management or climate adaptation or natural resource management is an added advantage.

  • Social sector/social protection understanding, and experience constitutes an added advantage.

  • Languages: Excellent written and spoken English and Kinyarwanda. Knowledge of French is an added advantage.

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

    • Has deepened technical knowledge through exposure to technical teams.

    • Has taken leadership of implementing programmes.

    • Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme National Consultant (Disaster Risk Management Policy Advisor) Jobs in Rwanda

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