United Nations World Food Programme

Assisting 80 million people in around 80 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty. WFP has more than 14,000 staff worldwide of whom over 90 percent are based in the countries where the agency provides assistance.

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WFP has about 14,000 staff worldwide, out of which 93% work in the field.

Sought profiles

WFP has the following categories of employment:

  • International professionals: they apply their expertise in the field and in the duty station where they have the greatest impact.
  • National professionals: they are recruited locally and have detailed knowledge of the local language, culture, systems, networks and institutions.
  • General service staff: they provide administrative, secretarial and clerical support as well as serve technical functions such as those in IT, logistics, procurement, audit and security.
  • Short-term or consultancies: A large part of WP’s workforce is composed of short-term international professionals and functional consultants who provide crucial subject-matter expertise in their respective disciplines. These professionals work in the headquarters in Rome and in other duty stations throughout the world. Short-term international professionals are hired on a fixed contract of between 3 and 11 months, and consultants are hired on a limited, temporary basis to provide support to highly-specialized areas of the organisation and during field emergencies.
  • Volunteers: Volunteering with the World Food Programme (WFP) means helping millions of people around the world. Our volunteers make a difference every day, contributing their expertise and experience to add value to the organization in different functional areas. WFP offers the opportunity for volunteers to work in the areas they know best, while helping the organization achieve its goal of Zero Hunger. Information about the different UNVUN Volunteers modalities, the application procedure and other aspects of the volunteering programme can be here.

Opportunities for students and junior professionals

Junior professionals may participate in the Junior Professional Officer (JPOJunior Professional Officer ) Programme, provided that they are nationals of a donor country. Currently, there are 17 countries sponsoring JPO positions at WFP, including Switzerland.
Find out more about Swiss JPO positions

WFP offers internships for undergraduate and graduate students at their HQ and field offices on a regular basis.
Further information

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Rome, Italy

Fields of activity
Humanitarian aid, emergency relief, disaster risk reduction, health and nutrition, food security, climate change, procurement, logistics

Countries of operation
More than 80 country offices worldwide

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