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The World Food Programme (WFP)'s Future International Talent (FIT) Pool seeks to build a pool of highly qualified, dynamic professionals

Future International Talent (FIT) Pool

The World Food Programme (WFP)’s Future International Talent (FIT) Pool seeks to build a pool of highly qualified, dynamic professionals of all levels who wish to work in any of WFP’s countries of operation, including emergency duty stations.

Professionals, at any point in their career, who are looking for new challenges serving a humanitarian purpose are welcome to join the WFP family and give their contribution to the achievement of Zero Hunger.

WFP offers the kind of life-changing experiences you’re unlikely to find in many other organizations. Every emergency, disaster and crisis is different and requires a unique response. This entails creativity, deep respect for personal differences and close collaboration between every member of our global team to unlock solutions to the most complex challenges.Volume 90% 

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Currently open pools

  • AdministrationThe Administration functional area delivers high-quality, people-focused support to WFP field operations in the areas of oversight and risk management, facilities, asset, contract, and fleet management, and travel and protocol services. If you’re interested in joining this community, apply here: P2P3P4
  • Communications, Advocacy and Marketing (CAM)
  • Enterprise Risk Management
  • Budget and Programming
  • Partnerships
  • HR
  • Security

Minimum requirements to apply

  • EducationUniversity degree from a UN-recognized academic institution. Find out more here.
  • Experience
  • Languages
  • Mobility

How the selection process works

Candidates may apply to one or more opportunities for which they qualify. Applicants will undergo a rigorous process consisting of four steps:

  1. computer iconTechnical assessment
  2. computer iconVideo interview
  3. computer iconLanguage test
  4. computer iconPanel interview

The process of establishing a FIT Pool takes an average of seven months. Successful applicants will be notified and placed in the FIT Pool for a two-year period. Within this time frame, if and when there are suitable job opportunities, candidates included in the FIT Pool will be contacted.

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

“We will never achieve all we can achieve at the World Food Programme without a first-in-class workplace culture, and a key part of creating that culture is making sure we have a better balance of women and men working at WFP. I’m holding managers accountable for achieving gender parity and we are also working hard to promote women in our ranks. Come join us and help create that great workplace culture as we help the world get to Zero Hunger.” 

– David Beasley, WFP Executive Director

WFP Executive Director and field staff

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Learn more about the FIT Pool

World Food Programme Future International Talent Pool — Frequently Asked Questions

Things you need to know when you consider applying for the World Food Programme (WFP)’s FIT Pool22 February 2019, World Food Programme

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Can I apply for more than one FIT Pool announcement?

Interested professionals may apply for any and all FIT Pool announcements for which they qualify. We recommend reading carefully the requirements needed for the role you are interested in before applying.

How do I apply for the FIT pool?

You can easily apply through the WFP FIT Pool page by clicking on the opportunity you are interested in under the”Currently Open Pools” heading.

Should you see nothing on this page, it may mean that we currently do not have an opening. We recommend you monitor the website to avoid missing the right opportunity. You can also sign up for job alerts after registering your profile in E-recruitment.

What are the steps of the FIT Pool application process?

Applications will be screened through a technical assessment, a video interview, a second UN language test, a panel interview and background check. Kindly note that candidates move to the next step only if they successfully passed the previous one.

What are differences between P2, P3 and P4 level?

The main difference lies in the progressively higher number of years of relevant experience. P2 level requires a minimum of 3 years, P3 a minimum of 5 years and P4 a minimum of 8 years. Overall requirements may differ, so we recommend reading carefully the minimum requirements needed for the role you are interested in before applying.

When are FIT Pool vacancy announcements advertised?

FIT Pool announcements are advertised regularly, based on organizational needs. We recommend you monitor the website to avoid missing the right opportunity. You can also sign up for job alerts after registering your profile in E-recruitment.

Does being a member of the FIT Pool guarantee a job for me at WFP?

When we receive a request for recruitment, FIT Pool members that best meet the specific requirements of the post (e.g. language, special skills) will be put forward to the Hiring Manager. In this case, the Hiring Manager may opt to have an informal discussion with you. If you are selected, you will receive an offer of employment on a Fixed-Term International Professional contract.
Kindly note that, while inclusion in the FIT Pool gives its members priority consideration for certain vacancies, it does not guarantee that they will automatically be recruited.

If I applied but was not accepted to the FIT Pool, can I re-apply in the future?

If you applied previously and were not included in the FIT Pool, you are welcome to re-apply when new FIT Pool announcements are advertised. Note that FIT Pool announcements are advertised according to organizational needs.

Does being an internal or external candidate make a difference?

Internal and external candidates are considered equally. Once there is a request to fill in a position through FIT Pool, all candidates that meet the profile for the specific role and duty station will be proposed to the Hiring Manager.

However, we recommend that internal candidates apply through their internal profile.

What would the benefits package be?

For more information please visit UN salary calculation and UN salary and benefits.

Who can I contact in case of technical difficulties during the application process?

Please contact HQ.FitPool@wfp.org

Tips to increase your chances to join the Future International Talent Pool (FIT Pool) at the World Food Programme

The World Food Programme (WFP) is looking for the best talents with the Future International Talent (FIT) Pool! Here are some tips to better prepare your application.

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World Food ProgrammeFollowFeb 6, 2019 · 4 min read

1 — WFP is looking for talents dedicated to its mission and vision. Take time to make an impressive application pitch and carefully prepare your application

First, find out more about WFP as a humanitarian organization, our values and where we are operating. For more information, you can take a look at our website.

The E-recruitment system allows you to save your application, this way you can take the time you need to ensure your answers are clear and to the point.

Prepare carefully your application, your cover letter and CV. Does your cover letter show that you share our values? Does your CV clearly demonstrate that you have the experience required for this position? The requirements are clearly stated in the vacancy announcements to help you!

Adding a cover letter with your motivation emphasizes your commitment. Keep in mind that WFP is looking for candidates who are highly motivated by the mission of eradicating hunger and who are mobile and willing to work also in emergency contexts.

2 — WFP is looking for exceptional candidates. Make sure you fulfill minimum requirements before applying

Start by reading the requirements in the announcement and make sure that you are qualified.

Any professional at any point in their career can apply, but be honest with yourself and be realistic about your interest! if you don’t meet all the requirements, there’s no need to consider submitting an application.

What is quite unique with the FIT Pool at WFP is that any field of work is advertised at a number of levels (P2; P3; P4). So, make sure you understand where your seniority level falls into. In doing so, keep in mind that recruiters will mostly take into consideration the work experience relevant to the announcement that you are applying for.

Below are the requirements per level:

◦ With a minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience, a candidate should apply for P-2 level positions.

◦ With a minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience, a candidate should apply for P-3 level positions.

◦ With a minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience, a candidate should apply for P-4 level positions.

You may apply for more positions at different levels depending on your relevant experience, but first read all requirements!

After understanding your seniority level, it is important that you meet WFP’s mandatory language requirements. To be eligible to apply you need to be fluent in English and have an intermediate level of at least one UN-recognized language (i.e. French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese), or working knowledge of Portuguese.

This is extremely important as you will be tested on the level of the language you state in your application. Start your revisions!

Last but not least, to be eligible to apply, you need to have an advanced university degree and/or a first level university degree with additional years of work experience from an UN-recognized academic institution. Y

3 — Make sure you answer all the screening questions to the best of your knowledge

When applying for a WFP FIT Pool announcement, you will have to answer a number of screening questions. Since they represent the first screening stage in the process, make sure you answer thoroughly and to the best of your knowledge.

E-recruitment allows you to save your application, so you can come back to it later.

4 — An effective pool consists of mobile talents. Show proof of mobility — that you are flexible when it comes to changing locations!

When applying for the FIT Pool, you are agreeing to commit yourself to being mobile. Since WFP is mainly a field-based organization, most positions are in the field and require a certain amount of adaptability and resilience. In addition, most positions are rotational, which means that every four years (or two years for hardship/emergency duty stations) staff members are subject to relocation.

One way to show commitment and readiness is to list any type of international experience in regional and sub-regional locations, including any humanitarian work experience.

5 — WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Highlight the relevant experiences that show you have what WFP is looking for

Make sure your CV clearly reflects your relevant experience and show passion for WFP’s mandate to eradicate world hunger!

Recruiters receive many CVs and have limited time to go through your CV and cover letter to seek indications of strong professionalism and commitment to WFP’s mission.

As past performance is a good predictor of future performance, recruiters will be looking at your past work experience to find skills that are in line with the requirements of the FIT Pool announcement. Therefore, make sure you highlight all your relevant past experience and achievements (including hobbies, volunteering experience etc.).

Other tips before submitting your application:

– Read again your cover letter and CV

– Make sure there are no spelling mistakes

– Make sure your application is clear and understandable

– Use keywords

And then…Best of luck!

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