WFP Training Specialist

Training Specialist
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill a consultancy position of Training Specialist, based at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy for an initial 11 months.


The Function and Support Training for Emergency Response (FASTER) is WFP’s emergency flagship training, aiming to develop a comprehensive and integrative approach to emergency response among WFP’s functional areas. The goal is to improve WFP’s emergency response during sudden onset emergencies.

FASTER has been developed in 2013 by the Logistics Development Unit, under the guidance of OSE building on pre-existing simulation trainings (Emergency Response Training, TFOT, etc.). Since 2015, FASTER has been housed and implemented by OSE directly.

With the contextual changes and in view of maintaining a high-quality standard of training there is an ongoing need to revise the training package to:

(i) Integrate recent elements of the changing humanitarian environment

(ii) Ensure the most recent internal and external tools and procedures are tested/practiced

(iii) Ensure activities are linked to key deliverables and learning outcomes pre-defined by each functional area

(iv) Ensure the link between pre-simulation and simulation phases

(v) Redefine a clear strategy between the training and subsequent deployments

(vi) Ensure cost-effectiveness of the training (including possible revision of venue and format)

Under the general supervision and guidance of the Head of Capacity Building Unit, the Training Specialist will be responsible for the following key duties:
  • Review of the FASTER materials (concept note, scenario overview, etc.);
  • Update as needed the FASTER learning objectives by day and functional area (FA);
  • Liaise with each FA to review specific learning objectives and design the injects and deliverables to achieve them;
  • Design and structure the training around specific learning objectives and include recommendations from previous editions;
  • Review the learning components to ensure learning and coaching are better integrated, as well as feedback and debriefing modalities;
  • Ensure more integration of the role of external partners (UN agencies, NGOs and government) and of the clusters;
  • Review the training delivery modalities and location to ensure cost-efficiency while maintaining high quality;
  • Develop/revise the training content (pre-simulation and simulation) ensuring alignment with learning objectives and that the participants are provided with relevant theory and tools beforehand to succeed during the simulation exercise;
  • Organize the roll-outs of the trainings in May and July and the first inter-agency pilot with UNICEF in October 2016;
  • Develop a methodology for measuring the impact of FASTER on staff deployment;
  • Revised FASTER training package and roll-out of the training;
  • Methodology developed to measure impact of FASTER on staff deployment, linked to Emergency Response Roster;
  • Site review for cost-efficiency;
  • Perform any other tasks as required.
Qualifications & Experience Required

  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Emergency Management, Human Resource Management or related field. An appropriate mix of vocational training and professional experience may be an acceptable alternative.
  • At least six years of professional work experience in a development, emergency, training, teaching and/or coordination setting;
  • Experience in UN emergency response, ideally with WFP;
  • Experience in assessing and analyzing training needs;
  • Extensive experience in developing and implementing training products;
  • Experience in developing, leading and delivering simulations and simulation trainings;
  • Familiarity with the international humanitarian system and emergency response.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Fluency in oral and written English with an intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working languages) is desirable.
Terms and Conditions:

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations. Learn more about countries where the UN operates.

Application Procedures:

Go to:
Step 1: Register and create your online CV.
Step 2: Click on “Description” to read the position requirements and “Apply” to submit your application.

NOTE: You must complete Step 1 and 2 in order for your application to be considered for this vacancy.

Deadline for applications: 4 February 2016

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

Crossposted from PCDN
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