National Consultant

World Food Programme, Kabul, Afghanistan

Skill Required:, HR and Admin
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th December, 2019

Job Description


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is well known for its ability to deliver food assistance rapidly to people in need. To continue responding effectively to challenging contexts while also contributing to longer-term efforts to end hunger, WFP’s Strategic Plan focuses on better understanding of national food and nutrition security challenges and reshaping its engagement through support to national safety nets and social protection systems, to help host governments with their hunger-fighting strategies.

In emergencies, WFP is often first on the scene, providing food assistance to the victims of war, civil conflict, drought, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, crop failures and natural disasters. When the emergency subsides, WFP helps communities rebuild shattered lives and livelihoods. WFP also works to strengthen the resilience of people and communities affected by protracted crises by applying a development lens in our humanitarian response. WFP development projects focus on nutrition, especially for mothers and children, addressing malnutrition from the earliest stages through programmes targeting the first 1,000 days from conception to a child’s second birthday, and later through school meals.


  • With a committed government, rich natural resources, and a young and diverse population, Afghanistan has the potential to make significant progress on the 2030 Agenda. However, a complex and protracted conflict, combined with challenges related to climate change, demographics, gender inequalities, underemployment, and transparency issues, has dramatically impeded its efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 2 on Zero Hunger. The 2017 Afghanistan Zero Hunger Strategic Review (ZHSR) found that the country suffers from high, and in some cases rapidly rising, levels of food insecurity and undernutrition, and outlines a series of recommendations to address the problem.
  • WFP is well placed to help Afghanistan implement several of the key recommendations through their new Country Strategic Plan (2018-2022). The overarching goal of the WFP Afghanistan Country Strategic Plan (CSP) is to support the country to achieve Zero Hunger by 2030 in a manner that also contributes, wherever possible, to the broader, longer-term transition to peace and development. With the CSP, WFP in Afghanistan clearly positions itself to work at the humanitarian-development-peace nexus. WFP, through the CSP, will move toward a more comprehensive, national-led framing of all strategic result areas. Mainstreaming the crosscutting issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment, protection, and accountability to affected populations, the CSP focuses on six, highly interrelated outcomes that span both SDG 2 and 17 (partnering for the goals).
  • In 2018, WFP in Afghanistan assisted 5,252,338 beneficiaries in 222 districts, through its programmes.
  • WFP is an accredited agency to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and is supporting the Government of Afghanistan to access climate finance through this fund. The process of designing a climate change adaptation project, drafting the proposal and related documentation, reviewing the proposals with the GCF Secretariat and subsequent submission to the GCF Board requires a dedicated team.
  • In support of this, WFP will be recruiting a national consultant who will support with the GCF proposal appraisal and development process, complemented with capacity strengthening activities to ensure, among other objectives, the Government’s full engagement and buy-in.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • As part of a small but dedicated team, and in close collaboration with an international GCF consultant, the national consultant will take up a supporting role to achieve the following timebound tasks, in line with formal GCF policies and guidelines:
  • Conduct a (Pre-)feasibility assessment in a format and template previously agreed with WFP and in line with GCF requirements, which should include: 1) a context-analysis; 2) an overview project structure, components, outcomes and outputs and; 3) a project justification. The content summary of points 1 – 3 will subsequently be included in the full proposal.
  • Facilitate stakeholder consultations at the national/sub-national/local level to gather the necessary information needed for the project design and drafting of the full proposal.
  • Facilitate community consultations [at concept note stage] to assess vulnerability, capacity and needs in terms of climate change adaptation, collect information on gender roles and needs, and environmental and social risks.
  • Facilitate community consultations [at full proposal stage] to receive feedback from communities and finalize project activities.
  • Provide inputs for the concept note and full proposal based on the results from the (pre-) feasibility assessment, stakeholder and community consultations, and inputs from internal and external experts.
  • Provide inputs for the annexes to the full proposal, with inputs from WFP staff (Country Office, Regional Bureau and Headquarters) including: 1) risk assessment and management and; 2) operations and maintenance plan.
  • Together with key stakeholders, and with support from WFP staff (Country Office, Regional Bureau and Headquarters), agree on project implementation and management structure and mechanisms.
  • Facilitate a final validation workshop with key stakeholders before formal submission to the GCF.
  • Provide inputs in response to comments and questions from the GCF Secretariat and amend the concept and full proposal including its annexes accordingly, in close coordination with WFP.


  • High quality inputs and support to the GCF concept note and full proposal in line with GCF templates – including annexes – ready to be submitted to the GCF Secretariat in a timely manner. The exact timing of the tasks outlined above will be discussed and agreed upon at a later stage.
  • The national consultant will work in close collaboration with an international GCF consultant, relevant technical teams in the Country Office as well as the WFP Regional Bureau in Bangkok and report directly to the Strategic Outcome 2 (resilient livelihoods) Manager in the WFP Afghanistan Country Office.



Master’s degree in any discipline related to humanitarian aid, emergecy preparedness, disaster management, environmental sciences, climate change or other relevant field.

Experience, knowledge and skills

  • 5 years in the area of humanitarian and resilience building programmes, including engagement with and/or capacity building and training of Government counterparts in the area of emergency preparedness, climate change, or other relevant area.
  • Proven experience and ability to provide high quality inputs for donor proposals and/or project documents. Experience with global funding mechanisms, WFP and the United Nations system will be an asset.
  • Good understanding of the humanitarian and/or development context in Afghanistan.
  • Ability to plan own workload and meet set deadlines.
  • Ability to coordinate across multiple stakeholders and communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Good written and spoken English and fluency in Dari and Pashto.
  • Proficiency in Windows and MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook).

Language: Fluency (Level C) in both oral and written communication in English, Dari and/or Pashto


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