Policy and Research Consultant, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Republic of Korea

City: Seoul

Office: WFP in Seoul, Republic of Korea

Closing date: Wednesday, 11 January 2023

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.


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.


WFP Seoul Global Office (SEO) is seeking to fill the position of Policy and Research Consultant who will provide value and facilitate the work of Government Parnterships team of SEO to effectively position WFP with government partners by providing policy support, resources, technical assistance and innovative solutions to advance the work of WFP in achieving the SDGs and Zero Hunger. The Consultant will report to Government Partnerships Officer and the second level supervisor is the Head of Partnerships.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Provide regular updates on MoFA and KOICA’s ODA and foreign policy priorities.

Conduct quality research in support of the efforts to enhance existing partnerships and develop new ones.

Draft and edit documents to improve readability as well as to ensure consistent language usage and proofread to detect and correct errors in spelling, grammar, syntax and playout.

Translate relevant documents into Korean to English or vice versa as necessary.

Conduct other related tasks, including but not limited to document filling management, internal meeting notes , etc.

Perform other tasks as required.


The consultant will be expected to show results in the form of a high-quality documentation/specialized research skills for ODA project development, funding proposals, brochures and publications that support awareness-raising of hunger issues and WFP’s work in the Republic of Korea. The research conducted by the consultant will be used to support the strategic planning of resource mobilization in the Republic of Korea. The consultant will also be expected to provide quality inputs for developing governmental donor database.



Advanced University degree in development studies, development economics, public administration, public policy, political science, international relations, international cooperation, or other relevant fields, or first university degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training courses.


Has gained more than 2 years of experience in relevant research or experience in national or international ODA-related policies.

Knowledge & Skills

Strong research skills and analytical abilities are required; ability to produce high-quality formal reports with strong English and Korean writing skills; effective command of cross-cutting and thematic issues supported by WFP; knowledge of ROK’s ODA and foreign policies and government institutions;
Concentration, accuracy and attention to detail; ability to plan and organize work, resourcefulness, initiative, maturity, tact, and advocacy skills.

Advanced ability to write formal document professionally in both Korean and English; good computer skills including MS Excel, Powerpoint, and Word; ability to work in a team setting that has direct contact with multinational counterparts.


Fluency (level C) in English language and in Korean (the duty station’s language)


by 31st December 2022 (KST)

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

Link to the organization’s job posting: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1672167822505