Strategic Advisor CST II (to the Country Director)

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Programul Alimentar Mondial (WFP) este o organizație umanitară a ONU care oferă ajutor alimentar sub formă de numerar, certificate sau alimente comunităților afectate de război. În activitățile sale, PAM este ghidat de principiile umanitare ale neutralității, imparțialității, umanității și independenței. Bazându-se pe pasiunea, angajamentul și profesionalismul a celor 24.000 de angajați din întreaga lume, Programul Alimentar Mondial (WFP) lucrează în peste 123 de țări și teritorii pentru a livra alimente persoanelor strămutate de conflict sau afectate în urma dezastrelor. În plus, WFP ajută comunitățile afectate să găsească soluții radicale la numeroase provocări cu care se confruntă în timp ce își construiesc un viitor mai bun.

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

🚩 Vacancy Announcement №:831785

📢 Job Title: Strategic Advisor (to the Country Director) CST II

📌Type of Contract: International Consultant (CST) II

➡️ Unit / Division: Management

📍 Duty Station: Chisinau, Moldova

➡️ Duration: 11 months (renewable)

⏰ Closing date: March 7 2024, midnight (Central European Time)

❗❗ This is an international position, open to applicants around the world. Moldovan citizens are not eligible to apply.

🔄 Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and rostered applicants may be contacted in the upcoming 12 months on an as-needed basis, for immediate opportunities.


The World Food Programme 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.

At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do, and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP’s values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.

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What will you do in this position?

In this unique context, WFP is seeking a qualified individual to fulfil the role of Strategic Advisor to the WFP Moldova Representative & Country Director to assist in WFP’s ability to achieve strategic goals, objectives and plans in Moldova.

Why work with us?

Since the beginning of the Ukraine refugee crisis in February 2022, WFP set up operations in Moldova to assist in the refugee response. To respond to the deepening vulnerabilities of the crisis-affected populations and to strengthen the government’s shock-responsive capacity, WFP has drafted a Transitional Interim Country Strategic Plan (T-ICSP), which outlines the activities in the country until August 2023. The TiCSP is likely to be followed by an Interim Country Strategic Plan (iCSP), with an anticipated duration of up to 2 years (end 2025.)

➡️ 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 trainings, 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 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.

➡️ WFP offers a competitive benefits package including salary, leave plus a medical insurance.

How can you make a difference?

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive, within delegated authority):

1. Strategic policy advice and engagement
– Monitor global and regional conflicts, specific themes (e.g. non-renewal of Black Sea Grain Initiative) and their impact on Moldova.
– Monitor policy engagement and political decisions regarding Moldova, including those made in the context of sanctions against the Russian Federation, EU and EU-integration.
– Horizon scanning on national and international events, global/regional fora, decisions, meetings, and visits that possibly impact on international engagement on/with Moldova, with special focus on topics related to WFP’s mandate and work in Moldova.
– Advise Country Director in strategic opportunities for engagement with new stakeholders and options for (re)orientation and programme and operational alignment.

2. Strategic positioning and advocacy
– Advise on navigating the national, bilateral- and multilateral processes and cooperation frameworks, and engaging and influencing government, stakeholders, and other key actors on advancing WFP’s agenda.
– Design and support execution of external relations strategy and lead implementation (including lobby plans, message development, stakeholder analysis/engagement and political analysis and strategy) to influence donor policy and secure budgetary commitments for WFP, in close collaboration with relevant CO units and colleagues.

3. Strategic risk management and advice
– Advise senior management and the country office in identifying and addressing strategic risks, including through prospective modelling and scenario analysis.
– Shape WFP Moldova’s contribution to corporate learning and innovation on optimizing WFP’s business model in ‘existing responsibly’ in context of transitioning from responding to needs, to shifting the needs to national systems while strengthening the system.

4. Strategic management and advice
– Prepare strategic documents, analytical policy research/briefs, grey literature, white paper, options, and guidance notes to support and document strategic management of WFP operations and presence in Moldova.

5. Any other duty in line with this consultation

To join us in saving and changing lives, you have:

Education: Master’s degree in political science, International Development, Development Economics, International Relations, Law, Marketing, Communications or other relevant field, or a bachelor’s degree in the same fields with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.

Experience: With a master’s degree, at least 08 years of postgraduate experience advising on humanitarian and development policy and advocacy, government engagement in different types of operations, or in a related functional role. At least five years of this experience should have been acquired at a Country or Regional Office level.

Language: Fluency in English is required (read, write, speak).

Before you apply…

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. 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.

We aim to achieve parity in our teams in Moldova. Qualified women applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

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

How do you apply…

To be considered, you are invited to apply via WFP’s recruitment portal. CV and cover letter must be submitted in English language.

Only those who are short-listed candidates will be contacted for the next steps of our recruitment process.

We also encourage you to create your candidate profile and set up WFP job alerts to learn more about all the opportunities available to join us and make a difference in the lives of the people we serve.

WFP Leadership Framework

These are the shared standards of behavior that guide how we work together to accomplish our mission.

Lead by example with integrity Obtain results and respect your commitments Foster inclusive and collaborative teamwork Apply strategic thinking Establish and maintain lasting partnerships
Lives the values of WFP and demonstrates humanity and integrity by setting an example of caring for others. Respect your commitments and adapt easily to change. Is open to all and collaborative and contributes to a culture of learning and personal development. Demonstrate commitment to gathering perspectives, analyzing options and risks, and proposing new ways of doing things. Establish and maintain external partnerships and collaborate with partners to achieve common goals.

Behavioral expectations vary depending on your rank and role/responsibility within WFP.


WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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