Emergency Preparedness & Response Associate, SC6, Cox’s Bazar

Vacancy for the Post: Emergency Preparedness & Response Associate, SC6, Cox’s Bazar

Company Name: World Food Programme

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

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.


Bangladesh is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries, due to its geographical location and its population density. Tropical cyclones from the Bay of Bengal accompanied by storm surges are one of the major disasters affecting the country. Storm surge heights of more than 9 meters are not unusual in this region, explaining the high number of related casualties and damage. In addition, heavy rains occurring mainly during spring low pressures and the Monsoon season. Cox’s Bazar is hilly and prone to landslides, which are also triggered by heavy rainfall. Recently, fires in the camps and the COVID-19 global pandemic have also been high risks in the area and to WFP’s operations.

In this light, the Cox’s Bazar EPR unit was created in 2019 to have a more coordinated approach to preparedness and readiness work across the office. Building on successes and past initiatives, the office is looking to expand the scope of EPR work and institutionalize it across five core areas, as well as establishing a clear linkage with the Country Office (CO) Plan and projects. These 5 core areas are- * Business Continuity Planning and Emergency Preparedness and Response Package (EPRP)

  • Holistic EPR approach across Programme, Supply Chain, support functions (Admin, Finance, HR, IT), Sectors, and soft preparedness (data infrastructure, assessment ready)
  • Capacity strengthening of WFP Cooperating Partners and Retailers in relation to emergency preparedness and readiness
  • Contingency planning for WFP operation and government preparedness exercises at the subnational levels, in collaboration with the DRR team
  • Rolling out of Forecast-Based Financing, linking meteorological early warning to impact forecast.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Reporting to the Head of EPR, the EPR Associate will provide support with the overall implementation of the EPR 2020 strategy. Specific tasks include: * Support the EPR Officer with the implementation of the EPRP package, including handling Minimum Preparedness Actions (MPAs) across functional units, drafting and reviewing Advanced Preparedness Actions (APAs), risk mapping, drafting CONOPs, other key EPR documents, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), and ensuring key documents are stored in the Emergency Folder;

  • Frequently monitor the ongoing programmes and proactively work closely with Units and Sectors to assess preparedness needs and gaps, and follow-up on key actions and recommendations;
  • Handle the procurement and dispatch of COVID-19 PPE and masks across all requesting units;
  • Maintain and update key information in the Business Continuity Plan and supervise changes in staff to ensure they are reflected in the plan. This includes updating the Critical Staff List once a week;
  • Provide writing and logistical support to the organization of capacity-building exercises (SIMEX, table-tops, etc.), including the writing of injects, scenarios, and reports, as well as setting up the venue, collaborating closely with participants, and external partners;
  • Facilitate training and capacity-building exercises for WFP Cooperating Partners and Retailers and translate EPR-related documents into Bangla when required;
  • Draft PPT slides, diagrams/tables, and one-pagers upon request for presentations and awareness of key projects;
  • Develop and/or augment core procedures associated with information management and data readiness during emergencies;
  • Assist consolidate the mapping and data expertise across SMEP, Logs Sector, and VAM in one space and shared vision;
  • Map the government’s preparedness and response mechanisms across departments and institutions (DC Office, MoDMR, etc.), including focal points, and establish and/or maintain relations with relevant partners where required;
  • Participate in different events and workshops as EPR representative and the act of OIC for the EPR team when required;
  • Perform ad-hoc tasks as requested by the EPR Officer.


Education: University degree in one of the following subject areas: social sciences, international affairs, development economics, risk management, English, International Relations, or another related field.

Experience: At least five years of progressive responsible work experience, including at least three years of experience in UN organizations, international and/or national non-governmental organizations, with a focus on humanitarian policy, emergency preparedness and response, risk management, human rights, protection, international law, or any other humanitarian-related field, are required.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal relations and professional communication skills
  • Excellent written and spoken skills both in English and Bengali (this includes experience in drafting SOPs, concept notes, one-pagers, and other key documents in English)
  • Ability to work and meet goals within tight deadlines and balance multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative and show proactivity are needed
  • Strong analytical and reporting skills, and ability to think critically
  • Proficiency in MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Publisher to prepare presentations, documents, communications/awareness materials, tables, diagrams, basic visuals of statistics
  • Experience in facilitating training and leading group discussions
  • Professional familiarity with the Cluster Approach and the international humanitarian response architecture, including coordination mechanisms, humanitarian reform, and funding mechanisms
  • Knowledge of humanitarian assistance, emergency preparedness, risk management, civil-military relations, protection, human rights, international law, and other humanitarian policy issues is desirable
  • Knowledge of UN system policies and functions of humanitarian assistance-mandated agencies.


  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English and solid understanding of Bangla;
  • Any other WFP language is an asset but not required;
  • The ability to speak and understand the Rohingya language will add an advantage.


Contract Type : Service Contract

Contract Duration : 6 Months (with possibility of extension)

Duty Station : Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

Nationality : Bangladeshi only

Monthly Salary : BDT 114,638

No of post : One (1)


Sunday, 5 July 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:


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.

Expected salary:

Location: Cox’s Bazar, Chittagong

Job date: Wed, 23 Jun 2021 23:49:58 GMT

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