Assistant Executive Director Operations Services

WFP - World Food Programme

Rome, Italy


Under the guidance of the Executive Director, the principal function of the Assistant Executive Director is to bring together and oversee essential elements of global operations including smart food security programmes, effective organizational tools to support emergency response, efficient supply chains including effective provision of mandated common services, coordinated emergency response and expertise in the delivery of humanitarian assistance.

The functions of the Assistant Executive Director include the following duties:

  • Integrate the work of different departments and offices to ensure a corporate approach to operational and programmatic design, implementation, guidance and support;
  • Oversee the four divisions currently within the department, namely Emergency Preparedness and Response, Nutrition, Policy and Programme and Supply Chain;
  • In close consultation with the Leadership Group, lead the organization’s strategic planning process;
  • Support the formulation, integration and implementation of relevant policies, strategies and plans relating to Programmes, Emergency Preparedness, Nutrition and Supply Chain, and support the enhancement of WFP’s work in the field of nutrition both at a policy and implementation level;
  • Lead the development of policy, innovative corporate initiatives, programmes and tools to support the operations at the regional and country office levels;
  • Establish and maintain strategic operational partnerships with key actors to facilitate common operational understanding and approaches, particularly in the field of humanitarian work (ensuring knowledge and respect for humanitarian principles) and provide executive guidance, leadership and support to WFP’s global programmes and operations;
  • Represent the Organization at leadership level and contribute to its global positioning;
  • Perform other related duties as requested.


The Organization is seeking an individual with:

  • Minimum of twenty years of experience in the field of humanitarian and development assistance with extensive and demonstrated experience in providing direction and leading large, multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams in large international organizations; Proven leadership and expertise in large-scale emergency response and humanitarian action;
  • Demonstrated management, strong communication, negotiation, team-building, partnership and strategic visioning skills;
  • Outstanding leadership experience with strategic vision;
  • Deep knowledge of global food security and nutrition issues as well as broader sustainable development issues and ability to build consensus amongst stakeholders;
  • Firm commitment to the work, objectives, values and guiding principles of WFP and the United Nations system;
  • Impeccable personal and professional integrity;
  • Advanced university degree or university degree, preferably in disciplines such as economics, social sciences, engineering, agriculture, business administration, development studies and/or management.


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

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