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Project Officer (Community Engagement)-ETS
World Food Programme (WFP)
Grade: Unspecified
Job Expired 28 Nov 2021
Added 2 weeks ago
Job Description


Are you ready to change lives and save the lives of the world's most vulnerable people?
If yes, this opportunity is for you!

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.


The United Nations World Food Programme is a leading organization delivering food assistance and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. We also
support governments of developing countries in their efforts to eliminate hunger and malnutrition by addressing the underlying causes and disparities in access to food and good nutrition to ensure that no one is left behind in line with the Agenda 2030, Sustaining Peace and Agenda for Humanity. WFP is particularly focused on Goal 2 (Zero Hunger) and Goal 17 (Partnerships). Delivering on our mandate of Zero Hunger requires us to have a diverse, inclusive and gender-balanced workforce.

The 2020 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to WFP is recognition that ending hunger is a critical first step towards global peace. WFP recognizes that one of the greatest contributions it can make to humanity is to provide a voice to the 690 million hungry people in the world. The Nobel Peace Prize gives us a platform to make their needs heard and to mobilize support for the assistance they need.



WFP supports over 1.4 million people in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh including over 860,000 Rohingya refugees and host community Bangladeshi under the L2 emergency operation. WFP provides food and nutrition assistance to the entire refugee population in the world’s largest refugee camp as well as school meals, nutrition service, and livelihood support to host communities in Cox’s Bazar.


The World Food Programme is looking for a Project Officer to join the Emergency Telecommunications Sector team in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, to support the Rohingya Refugee Response through the Services for Communities project. This position will focus on Community Engagement and developing appropriate solutions to community needs when it comes to communications, digital aid, technology solutions, and ensuring beneficiaries have the information and communications capacity they need to make informed decisions and are involved in the humanitarian response. This position will be responsible for leading a cross-sector programme aimed at engaging with communities and implementing the Service for Communities project in collaboration with the global ETC programme, by engaging with stakeholders to assess community needs, coordinate actors, advocate with key decision for the sector, developing and monitoring the project, and ensuring its provision of common inter-agency services includes those that directly benefit communities.


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Lead the project by providing the programmatic support and logistics management of the Services for Communities programme in the emergency response in Cox’s Bazar.
  2. Develop and recommend strategies and budgets, and write proposals
  3. Assess community information and communication needs as pertains to ICT and develop and implement innovative solutions through focus groups, interviews, and direct interactions and engagement with beneficiaries.
  4. Undertake strategic advocacy and donor outreach for funding for community projects (in collaboration with Head Quarter (Rome team).
  5. Manage and report on the Services for Community and Community Engagement projects, ensuring proper monitoring, donor reporting, and documentation of lessons learned.
  6. Work across units to collaborate on developing and managing other projects.
  7. Contribute to/provide community-focused content necessary for strategic planning documents (planning and budgeting for initial response plan; appeals).
  8. Actively participate (co-lead where agreed) in Community Engagement coordination structures in-country to ensure ETS has an active role in joint humanitarian Communications with Communities projects and advocacy.
  9. Attend and contribute to the local ETS Working Group meetings and the Global ETC teleconferences representing common interests of communities and opportunities to address needs and gaps for appropriate solutions.
  10. Ensure coordination with key stakeholders and encourage media, NGO, local innovation actors to attend and participate in local ETS Working Group meetings.
  11. In collaboration with the Communications and Information Management Team, maintain sector communications and provide materials/documents on community ICT needs and the impact of overall ETS response.
  12. Advise ETS coordinator on appropriate response projects and conduct project risk and feasibility assessments.


EDUCATION : Master’s/equivalent degree in Inernational Development, Community Development, Humanitarian Aid, Journalism, Media and Communications, or another related field or relevant experience is required.

EXPERIENCE: At least 8 years progressively responsible professional experience with minimum three years of managerial experience with humanitarian agencies (NGOs and/or the UN) in support of humanitarian services, and experience managing projects in community engagement – preferably in digital innovation, communications, or ICT projects.


  • Experience of research, conducting analyses, monitoring and evaluation of programmes

  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures in the area of field operations management

  • Willingness and ability to work in difficult environments, under stressful and time-ritical circumstances

  • Demonstrated openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

LANGUAGE: Fluency in English & Bengali (both oral and written) is required


Contract Type : SC 8

Contract Duration : 12 months

Duty Station : Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Nationality : Bangladeshi only

No. of post : 1 (One)

Salary : BDT 207,253


Sunday, 28 November 2021 23:59 GMT

This vacancy announcement is for Bangladeshi Nationals. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply through the WFP careers website: LINK


Female applicants and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all qualified candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organisation. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the selection & recruitment process, and for work-related needs upon joining the Programme. WFP has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, abuse of authority or discrimination. All selected candidates will, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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.

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