Full Stack Developer Consultant
World Food Programme (WFP)
Close on 28 Jul 2020
Location: Italy
Grade: Consultant
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Job Description

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

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance

Job Title: Full Stack Developer Consultant

Type of Contract: When Actually Employed (WAE) Consultancy

Division: SCOO – Supply Chain Planning

Duty Station (City, Country): Rome, Italy (working remotely from PPR)

Duration: 6 months


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline humanitarian agency addressing hunger and malnutrition worldwide. WFP tackles poverty and hunger through a range of interventions: saving lives and protecting livelihoods in emergencies; investing in the prevention and mitigation of disasters; restoring and rebuilding lives and livelihoods in post-conflict or post-disaster situation; and other interventions to tackle hunger. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in over 80 countries.

With a strong focus on end-to-end planning, visibility, and optimization, the Supply Chain Planning & Optimization unit (SCOO) works intensively with colleagues in the field, regional bureaux, and HQ to make sure everyone has a holistic view of each operation, from Logistics to Resource Management and from Nutrition to Donor Relations. Once everyone agrees on what is going on, analytical tools are deployed to anticipate issues down the line, and support COs to develop Supply Chain plans and what-if scenarios to address them. Through this pro-active approach, COs can make more integrated, evidence-based decisions that improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of our operations.

WFP has been developing an optimization approach that considers the end-to-end supply chain, covering food basket design, transfer modality selection, and sourcing & delivery planning. The process brings together stakeholders from key functions to plan beneficiary needs and lay out supply chain options under various resource scenarios. The output is a sourcing & delivery plan that drives the implementation of WFP’s programmes. In order to facilitate this process, the Planning unit has been developing optimization tools. These advanced decision support tools assist WFP decision makers to maximize beneficiary outcomes while minimizing all costs related to delivering the food assistance through in-kind food or cash-based transfers. The Planning unit is now in the process of mainstreaming and automating several of these tools, and seeks the skills of a full stack developer to maintain and further improve the web application where they are hosted.


The developer will support existing optimization initiatives, in particular the award-winning Optimus tool, and support their global scale-up. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Support the overall development and application of optimization tools and methodologies;
  • Take the lead on the development (back-end and front-end) of Optimus, an optimization tool supporting operational design for WFP operations that is being rolled out globally.
    • Develop new front-end components (React.js);
    • Develop REST APIs to facilitate data exchange between front-end, back-end, and WFP’s data management platform (Palantir Foundry);
    • Maintain, upgrade and develop new features in the back-end (Django/Python);
    • Maintain and upgrade servers, databases and deployment procedures;
    • Support the migration of the application to Amazon Web Services;
    • Develop an automated testing suite to improve error handling and ensure a robust development environment;
    • Develop enhancements and fine-tune the tools/methodology to align with business needs;
    • Support end-users on potential unexpected behaviours of the application, by investigating, fixing, and upgrading the tool whenever needed;
  • Work closely with Subject Matter Experts in SCOO team to define new requirements and translating them into functionalities for the different optimization initiatives;
  • Work closely with WFP’s Technology department to ensure compliance with corporate standards around the development of software (e.g. UI design, hosting, authentication, etc.);
  • Support progress against project milestones to help ensure timely completion of project deliverables;
  • Recommend system and/or process enhancements to further improve the performance and/or scalability of planning tools;
  • Support conceptual and quantitative analyses of prioritized supply chain improvement projects;
  • Work closely with the various WFP business units at both headquarters and field level.



  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Computer Science


  • At least three years of working experience related to the development and maintenance of web applications is required;
  • Prior experience in UX and front-end design is required;
  • Prior experience in Supply Chain related industry including business analysis, process mapping, data extraction and analysis, and development of SC optimization tools within global organizations is strongly preferred;
  • Prior experience working with governments, UN agencies, and/or NGOs is preferred.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Strong and proven coding proficiency, covering at least the following languages and frameworks: Python, Django, REST-API, JS, HTML, CSS, React.js, Celery, Git, PostgreSQL, and AWS;
  • Fast learner who can quickly understand, master and improve the code of complex analytical tools;
  • Can handle multiple parallel requests from end-users and SMEs, manage their expectations and support them in their daily work with the tools;
  • Can easily translate functional needs into code and can think outside of the box to find creative solutions to solve complex problems;
  • Balance complexity and idealism with pragmatism;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to perform in a multi-functional and multi-cultural team;
  • Strong time management skills with the ability to plan ahead and anticipate requirements, problems, and obstacles;
  • Focus and commitment to generate content on short notice, while maintaining a healthy work-life balance;
  • Committed and motivated to achieve the objectives of WFP.


  • Verbal and written fluency in English is required.

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.

http://www.wfp.org Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

Deadline for applications: 28 July 2020

Ref.: VA No. 123064

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

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status

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.

About WFP

Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, 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.

On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. Every year, we distribute more than 15 billion rations at an estimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.31. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an emergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments.

WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations. Two-thirds of our work is in conflict-affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries without conflict. 

At WFP, we are committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment for all our employees. We adopt a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment, harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination in the workplace. WFP has a clear and robust framework (HSHAPD Policy) to address and deter such behaviour. 

The World Food Programme created an Ethics Office in 2008 to ensure that all staff members observe and perform their functions with the highest standards of integrity, as required by the Charter of the United Nations, and in accordance with the Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service.

At the same time, WFP adopted a Whistleblower Protection Policy to guard against retaliation for individuals who report misconduct, provide information in good faith on wrongdoing by one or more employees, or cooperate with a duly authorized audit or investigation.