Risk Officer

Website World Food Programme (WFP)


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The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.


These jobs are located in Regional Bureaux (RBs) or Country Offices (COs) covering both the risk and compliance responsibilities. In RBs, the job holders are part of a regional team and report to the Regional Risk and Compliance Advisor or Regional Risk focal point. In COs, the job holders report to the Country Director or the Deputy Country Director.

The position is based in Kathmandu, Nepal CO and reports to the Country Director. The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. We are currently seeking a Nepali National to fill the position of Risk Officer under the Country Director’s office based in Kathmandu, Nepal (Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific). Nepal is among the world’s poorest countries, with one quarter of Nepal’s population living below the national poverty line, on less than USD 0.50 per day. Approximately 36 percent of Nepali children under 5 are stunted, while 27 percent are underweight, and 10 percent suffer from wasting due to acute malnutrition. Challenging geography, civil unrest and a lack of infrastructure complicate efforts to improve livelihoods, establish functioning markets and transport food. WFP has been working in the country since 1963, supporting the Government to develop greater food security among vulnerable communities and build resilience to disasters. WFP’s work in Nepal primarily targets the most food insecure, those in the hard-to-reach districts of the Mid- and Far-Western Hills and Mountains.


The overall objective of the position is to provide support to the Country Office’s (CO) Senior Management Team (Country Director and Deputy Country Director) by strengthening risk management activities across the office. This will include support to the application of controls and ensuring compliance with relevant policies and procedures. The incumbent will lead the process to establish the CO’s Annual Performance Plan and Risk Register and lead the mid- and end-year reviews of the plan and register. The position will report directly to the WFP Nepal Country Director, and in close coordination with the CO’s Performance and Risk Champions (PARCs).


Position Title: Risk Officer

Contract Type: Fixed Term (FT)
Level: NOA
Contract Duration: 12 months (possible renewal)
Duty Station: Kathmandu, Nepal
Vacancy Number: 831771

WFP offers a competitive benefits package including salary plus a medical insurance (https://newgo.wfp.org/collection/medical-insurance-coverage-scheme-mics-cigna)

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direct supervision of the Country Director the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties;

  • Provide support to embedding risk management in planning and decision-making across the office and regular updating of risk registers, including progress towards implementing the risk mitigation actions.
  • Support the collection of feedback and data on risk performance and contribute potential new implementation approaches.
  • Support spot checks of cooperating partners in-line with the Standard Operating Procedures for the management of cooperating partners and field level agreements in coordination with other relevant units and field offices.
  • Assist relevant managers in their regular and ad hoc risk assessments in the CO to: identify and evaluate risks and assess compliance with WFP standards.
  • Utilize available risk management tools to link risk, oversight and evaluation information; review and analyze risk management activities, exposures and mitigation actions in CO Country Strategic Plan (CSP) including budget revisions. Using the Three Lines Model, participate in the development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) by First Line colleagues for managing the risk and accountability.
  • Provide support to management accountability across functional units, including through the preparation of comprehensive reports summarizing the status of compliance of internal controls, key oversight themes, and using risk information (e.g., risk indicators, incident reporting) to highlight areas out of risk appetite and contribute ideas on required actions in areas of risk and compliance vulnerability.
  • Support the completion of the annual Executive Director’s Assurance exercise survey through collecting and reviewing inputs and securing Senior Management clearance.
  • Lead the process to establish the CO’s Annual Performance Plan and Risk Register and lead the mid- and end-year reviews of the plan and register, including facilitating workshops and discussions among and between teams.
  • Assist managers to prepare and plan for Internal Audit and External Audit, collect essential documents, organize briefing meetings and follow-up on recommendations.
  • Support the promotion and dissemination of the 2021 Revised Anti-Fraud and Anti-Corruption (AFAC) Policy and WFP’s adherence to Zero Tolerance for Inaction including assisting managers in their fact-finding reviews and fraud risk assessments by collecting and analysing data on fraud incidents, fraud risk metrics, and fraud risk appetite, supporting training in AFAC standards.
  • Other duties as required including potentially serving as Business Continuity Management (BCM) and Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCI) focal point (e.g., supporting OCI avoidance plans and procedures).


  • Familiar with WFP’s results framework and planning processes.
  • Has conducted monitoring and reporting activities.
  • Has contributed to risk management activities, including risk analysis and risk mitigation strategies development and/or implementation, assessing and recommending effective internal controls and mitigation actions.
  • Experience in programme/project management.
  • Effective communication and writing skills.


Has participated in conversations with other units on impact, timing or planning initiatives, using analytical, evaluative and problem-solving skills as well as resourcefulness, initiative and proactiveness, good judgement, tact and diplomacy.


Education: Advanced University degree in business/public administration, finance, accounting, international development, audit or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses in audit, performance and risk management or other related fields.

Experience: At least one or more years of relevant, progressively responsible experience in leading, undertaking and/or contributing to planning activities, or other relevant fields.

Language: Excellent knowledge of both written and spoken English and Nepali languages.


  • Leads by example with Integrity
  • Drives results and Delivers on commitments
  • Fosters inclusive and collaborative teamwork.
  • Applies strategic thinking
  • Builds and maintains sustainable partnerships


To be considered, interested candidates are invited to apply via (https://www.wfp.org/careers/job-openings). Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Request for Disability related Reasonable Accommodations: 

It is important to WFP to create an accessible and inclusive workplace for everyone.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.  If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection and hiring process, please direct your request and inquiries to nepal.hr@wfp.org. A member of the HR team responsible for reasonable accommodation will contact you to confidentially discuss your needs. 

This email is only to be used for any disability related accessibility requirements and not for sending the application itself. Due to the volume of applications, any applications or CVs sent through this email address will not be considered a formal application and will not receive a reply from 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.

Deadline of Application: 06.03.2024

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