Learning and Development Specialist Consultant

Job Type

Full Time Contract



Start Date:


Application Deadline:



Europe, Western


Company Description:

The World Food Programme is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide.In emergencies, we get food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After the cause of an emergency has passed, we use food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.WFP is part of the United Nations system and is voluntarily funded. To learn more about WFP's operations, please visit our website at: http://www.wfp.org

Job Description:

The mission of WFP is to end global hunger. 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. In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives. Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.


Key Responsibilities include:

Partner with Functional areas and Country Offices to deliver world class learning solutions in line with Organisational and Functional learning strategies to meet a range of business needs – new strategic direction, developing curricula (incorporating Functional learning paths), performance gaps, new skill and capability requirements, change initiatives.

Advise and guide Functional partners in the development and/or review of their learning strategy.

Provide guidance and expertise to Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) and Functional/Regional learning focal points on the development of learning solutions (e.g., learning needs analyses, formulation of learning objectives and KPIs, identification and development of appropriate design and delivery mechanism to meet needs of target audience, guidance in development of programmes, evaluation of learning outcomes and business impact.

 Advise Functional subject-matter experts on effectively and efficiently creating blended learning solutions.

Assist Functional partners and stakeholders in procuring the services of external learning design and development vendors to do the detailed design and build of learning programmes, performance support tools and other learning solutions.

Directly apply experience and contemporary theory of adult learning methodologies to guide the development process.

Develop on-the-job knowledge and experience in WFP’s global learning platform and functionality. Utilise this knowledge to leverage the technology to best effect in developing blended learning solutions.

 Contribute to the development of learning standards, frameworks and toolkits that can be used across the organisation by SMEs and learning focal points


Qualifications & Experience Required


University degree in Learning and Development, Adult Education, Human Resources, Instructional Design, or related field;

Advanced degree and postgraduate studies in the above fields an advantage



Minimum of 5 years learning and development experience, including demonstrated design and delivery of blended and online learning solutions.

Demonstrated experience in working across all phases of learning design and delivery.

Demonstrated experience in working with subject matter experts to build learning programmes and performance support tools, preferably across a range of different business areas.

Experience in developing technical/Functional-level curricula (and/or learning paths) is considered a distinct advantage.

Experience in leveraging learning technology and learning management systems in the design and delivery of learning programmes.

Experience in working with and managing relationships with external vendors who provide a range of learning design and delivery services.

Work experience in the UN System is desirable.


Technical Skills & Competencies:

In-depth expertise and application of models of learning design / adult learning theory; learning needs analysis methodologies, learning evaluation methods.

Strong stakeholder and client relationship skills. Ability to quickly build knowledge and understanding of stakeholder’s functional/organisational strategy and translate to learning requirements of employees.

Strong project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects at the same time and accomplish tasks with follow-through to completion;

Up to date knowledge of the latest trends in learning design, delivery and learning technology.

Awareness of online authoring tools (ex. Captivate, Articulate Storyline, Camtasia, etc.) and other learning technology tools.

Excellent interpersonal skills to collaborate and influence internally with various stakeholders and subject matter experts across business functions, levels and geographical areas.

Strong creative problems solving skills; agile, flexible and patient; ability to work with ambiguity, constructive approach to overcoming challenges and build consensus across diverse and global teams.




Fluency in oral and written English is required;

Proficiency in another official UN language (Arabic, French, Russian, Chinese or Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working language) would be desirable.


 Terms and Conditions

WFP offers a competitive compensation package which will be determined by the contract type and selected candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Please ensure that you submit a cover letter together with your CV in your application.


Please visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP.

http://www.wfp.org Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.

http://www.unstaffmobility.org Learn more about countries where the UN operates.


Deadline for applications: 8 February 2018

Ref.: VA 74963



Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply.


WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status. Qualified female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are encouraged to apply.

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.



Fighting Hunger Worldwide



About the HR Capability Development Branch (HRMTC)

WFP’s greatest strength is its dedicated people working tirelessly around the world to reduce hunger. The global context in which WFP operates is rapidly changing which means that the need for equipping our people with the relevant, required capabilities to enable WFP to meet its vision of zero hunger has never been so crucial.

Our team, the Capability Development branch within the Human Resources Division, is currently recruiting for a Learning and Development specialist (for an initial eleven [11] months, but subject to possible extension) to contribute to WFP’s Learning transformation. The branch has embarked on an ambitious agenda, including the creation of a comprehensive set of Functional learning paths and curricula to continue to build a wide range of technical skills e.g. Nutrition, Supply Chain, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Programme, Monitoring and Evaluation etc. The team has also recently launched an enhanced global learning platform with extensive functionality including social learning, blended learning, facilitator dashboard, mobile app, gamification, dedicated thematic learning “channels”.

This role

 This role will be responsible for developing and delivering world-class learning programmes to ensure WFP’s global workforce is equipped with the required skill and capabilities to achieve its strategic objectives. The role is part of the central capability development team servicing a range of internal clients and stakeholders across the organization with targeted and bespoke learning solutions.

Level of Language Proficiency

Fluency in oral and written English is required;

Proficiency in another official UN language (Arabic, French, Russian, Chinese or Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP’s working language) would be desirable.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

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