P3 Emergency Preparedness and Response Officer – Conflict Sensitivity – Dakar, Senegal – Senegal


Based in the Dakar Regional Office, the Emergency Preparedness and Response Officer – Conflict Sensitivity is to support the organization (WFP) to build its capacity to integrate conflict sensitivity into its programs, in a context insecurity and growing needs, and to provide advisory support on the design and implementation of programs in a Nexus approach. S/he will also advise on conceptual thinking and strategies relating to Nexus in the region, anticipating areas that may become at risk due to the expansion of violent conflict.

Efforts to integrate conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding, and to promote a Nexus approach in WFP programs are guided by: WFP’s Humanitarian Protection Policy (2012), WFP’s policy on its role in Peacebuilding in Transitional Situations (2013), WFP Policies on Humanitarian Principles (2004) and Access in Humanitarian Contexts and WFP Guidelines on Data Protection and Confidentiality (2017) , and the Nexus Guidelines developed on the basis of resolutions on peacekeeping in the Security Council and the United Nations General Assembly and the inaugural address of the Secretary-General in 2016, highlighting the importance of insecurity in vulnerability and calling on the pillars of development, peace and security and human rights to work together to prioritize prevention, address root causes s and support institutions for sustainable peace and development.

The Emergency Preparedness and Response – Conflict Sensitivity Officer will report to the Senior Regional Emergency Preparedness and Response Advisor / EPR Team Leader and will work closely with other team members, in particular the Humanitarian Policy Adviser and the Access Adviser, as well as the Program team.


The primary objective of this position is to provide remote and hands-on in-country support to the integrated scale-up of emergency preparedness and response at the Country Office (CO) level, planning and support emergency response operations on the ground to ensure an effective response in terms of food aid, and provide technical expertise and support to CO on conflict sensitivity and peace.

In order to improve peace and conflict sensitivity in WFP programmes, a network of peace and conflict focal points is envisaged, anchored in the regional offices. This role is therefore part of a broader strategy to strengthen the contributions to peace of food security programs and increase the application of conflict sensitivity across WFP in a structured and progressive manner.

Specifically, under the supervision of the Senior Regional Emergency Adviser/Head of ERP, you will support the development of new initiatives to support country office efforts to bridge the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, as well as to ensure the integration of conflict sensitivity into programming. and strategy within FBOs, particularly those in the Sahel and Lake Chad Basin regions.


Provide operational support and advice to WFP emergencies in the region:

  • Deployments to sub-offices in crisis-affected areas;
  • Ensure the effective design, development and/or revision of WFP’s concept of operations and provide first-level approval of project documents/revisions directly related to the emergency;
  • Ensure that the emergency operation complies with WFP emergency rules, regulations and policies;
  • Coordinate as required with government counterparts, UN agencies, donors, Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, NGOs and regional organizations;
  • Ensure business operational information management requirements, OTF, STF, etc. ;
  • Ensure cross-functional alignment and integration in support of effective emergency response and constant operational oversight.
  • Build conflict sensitivity into these processes and entry points.

Provide technical advice and program support to the RB/CO to promote conflict-sensitive approaches:

  • Perform conflict analysis, conflict sensitivity assessments and actor mapping in collaboration with security analysts and access staff at CO, RB and HQ levels, to identify threats and opportunities to mitigate and prevent risks related to conflict dynamics;
  • Advise the regional bureau, respective country offices and cooperating partners on the implementation of mitigation measures in operations and appropriate adjustments to ensure that WFP crisis response operations are conflict sensitive;
  • Support principled humanitarian action and act as a conflict-sensitive focal point – as needed/requested by the Regional Office and respective Country Offices;
  • Provide strategic and technical support for the integration of conflict-sensitive practices into WFP operations in the region.

Provide technical advice and program support to the RB/CO:

  • Under the supervision of the Senior Regional Emergency Preparedness and Response Advisor/Head of ERP, provide direction, conceptual and operational advice to the RBD and COs on the development of Nexus approaches;
  • Provide direct support in the development of concept notes and project proposals to ensure that program design supports the coordination of humanitarian, development and peace objectives and responds to collective results defined at country level;
  • Regularly reassess the implementation of Nexus approaches and strategies and make recommendations for appropriate changes;



You have:

  • Advanced university degree in humanitarian affairs, international development, conflict studies, emergency relief or disaster management, or other relevant fields. Or first university degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.


You have:

  • At least five (5) years of technical assistance in integrating conflict sensitivity and peacebuilding best practices into relevant work experience programs, including five (3) years in emergency response management in complex humanitarian environments;
  • Solid experience working with humanitarian actors, UN agencies and NGOs, peacekeeping missions, as well as with inter-agency mechanisms and the IASC.


You have:

  • Proficiency (level C) in the English language.
  • Mastery (level C) of the French language.


You have:

  • Solid knowledge of the overlaps and dilemmas between humanitarian and peacebuilding
  • Knowledge of key humanitarian policies, strategies and coordination mechanisms for complex conflict situations;
  • Knowledge of the UN system, its working mechanisms, value base and processes;
  • Knowledge of the Triple Nexus;
  • Practical knowledge in the following areas: protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA), gender-responsive programming and gender mainstreaming, etc.
  • Analytical skills and critical thinking attitude combined with the ability to think outside the box;
  • Experience working in cross-cultural teams, building effective working relationships;
  • Demonstrated ability in strategic planning and performance monitoring;
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability to simultaneously and efficiently process multiple files;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Computer skill.


Mobility is and continues to be a key contractual requirement at WFP. The successful candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract as well as on a work-study contract with a trial period of one year.

WFP offers attractive compensation and benefits in line with ICSC standards (http://icsc.un.org) consisting of base salary, post allowance, relocation allowance, visa, travel and expedition allowances, 30 days annual leave, home leave, education grant for dependent children, a pension plan and medical insurance.

The selected candidate will have to move to Dakar, Senegal to take on this mission.


  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN grade (if applicable)
  • Once your profile is complete, please apply and submit your application
  • Be sure to upload your professional CV in English
  • Please note that the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and cover letter.
  • Additional documents such as passport, letters of recommendation, academic certificates, etc. may be requested later
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