Government Liaison Officer - World Food Programme (WFP)

Government Liaison Officer - SC8 (159153)



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.


Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance, or First University Degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.
Language: Fluency in English language. knowledge in Portugues and Tetum is an advantage 

Experience: Three to five years of relevant professional experience related to government liaison area. 


The purpose of this job function is to provide project management support and to facilitate liaison with government officials.

Working with line ministries, both in Dili and in the municipalities, and Konssantil to further understanding and implementation of the Country Strategic Plan (CSP).  In addition to provide advice and information to the Directorate on national political and civil society developments.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Provide advice and support to the CD and CO staff on moderately complex issues including political, socio-economic, cultural local specificities to ensure the effective and efficient advocacy and implementation of the Country strategic Plan.
  2. Build and maintain effective relationships with the Government, UN agencies, NGOs, and other partners, in order to keep them informed on important, strategic operational WFP issues through appropriate channels, and participate in regular donor meetings.
  3. Prepare briefing documents for the CD and senior level management meetings with Government, partners and donors.
  4. Coordinate events between WFP and various Ministries, including arranging and attending project coordination meetings at national and municipality level, and facilitating joint activities with the government and other stakeholders.
  5. Support the mapping of partnership needs for the CSP#2 and the identification and selection of potential local partnerships.
  6. Support the partnerships established with national & international NGOs for the implementation), coordination and information sharing on joint activities as established through Field-Level Agreements/MoUs.
  7. Support WFP Country Office in the coordination between the national level authorities and municipality level authorities for effective program planning and management, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that comply with WFP standards and procedures.
  8. Support the WFP Nutrition, SBCC, M&E, and Logistics teams at Country Office and Programme Assistants at municipality level to coordinate data gathering and monitoring, ensuring that quality standards are maintained.
  9. Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in development of programmes, activities and policies.
  10. Supervise and coordinate RAM and M&E functions within the CO.
  11. Perform other related duties as required.


JOB TITLE : Government Liaison Officer 
TYPE OF CONTRACT : Service Contract - SC8
DUTY STATION : Dili, Timor Leste
DURATION : 1 year with possible extension

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

  • Other benefits:

  • Annual leave 1.5 working days per month.
  • Sick leave up to 12 working days per year.
  • Maternity and Paternity leave as applicable.
  • Medical insurance cover for you and your recognized dependents. Your dependent children will be covered until the age of 21 or until the age of 25 when they continue their studies.
  • Death and Disability insurance coverage.
  • Social security - eligible to a lump sum of 8.33% of the base monthly remuneration in lieu of pension added to your basic salary. Click on: “Our work” and “Countries” to learn more about WFP’s operations.


22 March 2022

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, 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.

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