Occupational Safety Specialist - Consultant

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Regular Consultant level II


Infrastructure and Facilities Management Branch (MSDI) / OSH

DUTY STATION (City, Country):

Contract issued by H.Q (Candidate expected to be on mission for the duration of assignment)


6 months with posibility extension


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.

The UN system recognizes that the safety and health of its staff are of utmost importance, not only as a fundamental component of the employer’s duty of care, but also to enable staff to accomplish their mandates and objectives. UN system organizations are therefore committed to protecting and promoting the safety and health of all staff, seeking to offer them a safe and healthy work environment where staff are protected from hazards and risks, work-related injuries and diseases.

As part of the UN system, the World Food Programme (WFP) prioritises the safety and health of its employees. In 2021 WFP officially launched its Integrated Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Management System and is currently growing the OSH Global Unit. To build on the established foundation and system in place, the organisation is currently seeking to fill 3 temporary positions of Occupational Safety Specialists, roving roles within the WFP globally, leading the first round of OSH risk assessments, OSH internal audits and inspections, in the various WFP locations throughout the countries in order to build WFP’s abilities to optimize staff safety and health, prevent staff harm, and to harmonize these efforts across the Organisation.

Reporting to the OSH Risk Manager (HQ), the Occupational Safety (OS) Specialists will be responsible for establishing the Occupational Safety assessment protocols well adapted to each of the regions, planning, preparing, and performing Occupational Safety Risk Assessments at WFP offices, warehouses and operational facilities and providing the Regional/Country Office’s leadership with a comprehensive risk assessment report, according to international standards (OHSAS 18001/ISO45001).

The Occupational Safety Specialists will have a key role relating to OSH Risk Mapping and CAPA (Corrective Actions/Preventive Actions/Opportunity for Improvement) processes to be implemented at WFP RBs and COs.

The work of this new Occupational Safety Specialist will be imperative to building the regional and country capacity and creating the necessary data, processes, and systems that are essential for operationalising the established OSH Management System by the end of 2022. Ultimately, this will support the prevention and response effectively to OSH serious incidents, accidents, and fatalities across all regions.

Guided by OSH Unit, the OS Specialist will work in close collaboration with regional/country OSH Focal Points, Field Security, Wellness and HR divisions.

This position will report directly to the OSH Risk Manager and, as roving role, will be traveling worldwide following a previously identified list of countries.


  • Work in close collaboration with OSH Risk Manager (HQ) to develop Risk Assessment protocols, following international standards.
  • Develop and provide trainings on OSH related matters and technical assistance to staff members involved in local occupational safety assessments.
  • Develop OSH Risk Assessments, Internal Audits and Inspections guidelines, procedures, forms, flowcharts and instructions as required, oriented to Risk Assessments and OSH compliance.
  • Develop and set up OSH Risk Register. OSH risk mapping, rating and prioritizing OSH risks, and a risk management plan for the highest risks should be implemented.
  • Plan, prepare and perform OSH Risk Assessments for the different WFP sites, located in the 6 Regional Bureaux and countries within the regions.
  • Guide OSH Country Focal Points through the OSH hazards/risks assessment processes.
  • Ensure that all produced reports are accurate and appropriate uploaded into the OSH Cority platform.
  • Prepare information as required for engaged stakeholders.
  • Other, as required.

This position will require to travel to previously identified field offices to conduct safety assessments, provide trainings and help staff with OSH assessment processes and CAPA implementation.


  • Full OSH risk assessments completed throughout identified WFP facilities within the respective regions.
  • Accurate reports including detailed OSH deviations and non-conformities for each of the main OSH hazards and risks identified.
  • Occupational Safety Cority Database updated according to assessments conducted and respective reports.
  • OSH Assessments/Internal Audits and Inspections SOPs, technical guidelines and relevant OSH training material fully developed.



Advanced degree in engineering, occupational health & safety or equivalent work experience in Engineering, or other, related field.


  • Minimum 6+ years’ experience in EHS/OSH operations or supporting EHS/OSH in, or for, large, international companies and/or humanitarian agencies.

    • At least 3+ years of experience in Occupational Safety and Health, with hands-on as well as auditing skills across the full application and programmes.
    • At least 3+ years’ experience in OSH Risk Assessments according to international standards. Good knowledge of OHSAS/ISO standards is required.
    • Ability to lead actions during specification, development and implementation of a system targeting Occupational Safety and Health.
    • Experience in working in global, multicultural, diverse teams.
    • Experience in developing and providing topic-relevant trainings to a variety of audiences.
    • Experience in working in a fast-paced and demanding team.

    Knowledge & Skills:

  • Proven ability to adapt to changing priorities, maintaining consistent project quality and delivering it within budget and deadlines.

    • Results Driven. Ability to meet goals and stakeholder expectations. Inherent to this is the ability to make decisions that lead to high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analysing problems.
    • Attention to details.
    • Self-motivated person.
    • Comfortable in an international environment with a very diverse workforce.
    • Ability to work independently and under pressure with a high-level of accuracy and attention to detail.
    • High ethical standards with proven ability to handle highly confidential and sensitive information, excellent judgment, discretion and diplomacy.
    • Experience and knowledge with use of CORITY platform is desirable.


  • Fluency in written, spoken, and oral comprehension in English.

    • Working knowledge of any other UN language is a strong asset.


Application deadline: 08 February 2023 (Midnight Rome)

Added 12 days ago - Updated 3 hours ago - Source: wfp.org