Member of the UN’s World Food Programme Audit Committee

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About WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. In its mission to help the world achieve Zero Hunger, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that people affected by crises, the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can safely access the nutritious food they need.


Organizational Context

The Audit Committee serves in an expert advisory capacity and provides independent, expert advice to the Executive Board and the Executive Director in fulfilling their governance responsibilities, including ensuring the effectiveness of WFP’s internal control systems, risk management, audit and oversight functions, and governance processes. The Audit Committee aims to add value by strengthening accountability and governance within WFP.



The specific responsibilities of the Audit Committee include advising the Executive Board and the Executive Director on the following:

  • Internal Audit:  the staffing, resources and performance of the internal audit function and the appropriateness of the independence of the internal audit function, including advice on the selection of the Inspector General and Director, Oversight Office;
  • Risk Management and Internal Controls:  the effectiveness of WFP’s internal control systems, including risk management and internal governance practices;
  • Financial Statements:  issues arising from the audited financial statements of WFP, and reports to WFP management and the Executive Board produced by the External Auditor;
  • Accounting:  the appropriateness of accounting policies, standards and disclosure practices and any changes and risks in those policies;
  • External Audit:  the External Auditor’s work plan and reports; the Audit Committee may provide, upon request of the Executive Board, advice on the selection of the External Auditor, including the costs and scope of the services to be provided, and to the Executive Board regarding the fees charged by the External Auditor and on extensions of the audit work or additional work required of the External Auditor;
  • Values and Ethics:  the systems established by WFP to maintain and promote international civil service values, and to ensure compliance with applicable norms and policies, and high standards of integrity and ethical conduct, to prevent conflicts of interest and misconduct; and
  • Allegations of Inappropriate Activity:  the process for handling and investigating significant allegations.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • At least 15 years of progressively responsible Senior Management experience in Finance and Audit
  • Proven experience in organizational governance and accountability structures, including risk management
  • Demonstrated knowledge of large, international and complex organizations
  • Understanding of general legal concepts
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver recommendations across different levels of a multicultural organization
  • A track record of providing expertise in an advisory capacity to Executive level stakeholders
  • Previous Audit Committee experience preferred


To undertake the role effectively, members of the Audit Committee should possess integrity, independent judgement, dedication and commitment to WFP’s global goal of reaching zero hunger.


Terms and Conditions

WFP is looking to fill multiple positions, to meet Audit Committee equitable geographical representation requirements, preference will be given to nationals from the regions of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.


Members of the Audit Committee shall be independent of the WFP Secretariat and the Executive Board. The appointment is for a three year term, which may be renewed for a further three years. This position is without compensation, but travel and subsistence costs are paid by WFP. Audit Committee members are expected to attend at least four meetings each year in Rome, Italy. For more details please visit

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