World Food ProgrammeClosing Date : 2019-05-24
Duty Station : Rome, Italy
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Organization: World Food Programme
Country: Italy
Closing date: 24 May 2019

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance

About WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. We are seeking to fill Agile Coachposition based at our Headquarters in Rome, Italy.

Reporting to the Head of Corporate Solutions Development of the Technology Division, the Agile Coachhelps build and support agile teams through continuous mentoring, coaching, training and education, by adhering to Agile/Scrum best practices and standards and leveraging metrics and analytics for continuous improvement opportunities.

The Agile Coach is capable of coaching teams at varying levels of maturity; from teams just starting initial adoption to experienced teams. The Agile Coach helps WFP embrace agile as a culture shift facilitating the organizational culture change necessary for sustained agile success and encouraging buy-in from team members, stakeholders, and senior management.

The incumbent will be responsible for the following functions:

Partner with teams to provide hands-on coaching, support and guidance on all aspects of Agile/Scrum practices, ceremonies, and tools by drawing from personal experience as Product Owner or/or Scrum Master.Use coaching techniques that increase collaboration, predictability, transparency and promotes a culture that embraces change and values experimentation and innovation.Lead Agile training sessions and provide ongoing education and support needed for successful Agile adoption.Evaluate a Product Team s operational health (e.g. team dynamics, agile delivery, product awareness) in order to identify opportunity for improvements, and help these teams mature their practices and more effectively embrace an agile and product mindset.Capture feedback and continuously improve Agile guidance, training materials, and content;Serve as a change agent and servant thought leader by leveraging Agile skills and leadership experience to influence change across the organization;Adhere to Agile best practices and standards by participating in Agile communities of practices and forums to stay abreast on the latest trends and practices;Demonstrate a strong Agile mentality: be collaborative and demonstrate all of the necessary agile behaviours (trust, honesty, integrity, transparency, supportive etc.) when undertaking the role;Other related duties, as required.

Qualifications & Experience Required


At least five years of experience in the use of Agile/Scrum methodologies and supporting tools, including acting as Scrum Master or Product Owner.At least three years experience in developing and delivering classroom-based training/workshops and hands-on team coaching in Agile and Scrum.


University degree or equivalent working experience, preferably at advanced level.Agile Coach certifications (e.g. CTC, CEC, CST)

Knowledge & Skills:

Strong understanding of Agile and ScrumExperience as an Agile Coach, coaching at least 10 teams with a distributed composition (some team members on-site, others off-site)Experience working in organizations that apply: DevOps, Continuous Integration & Continuous Deployment (CI/CD), and Human-Centred Design (HCD)Knowledge of testing best practices such as behaviour-driven development (BDD) and test-driven development (TDD)Experience as a Scrum Master and/or Product OwnerKnowledge of Agile software development and related tools (e.g. Jira, Azure DevOps)Excellent communication and problem-solving skillsInterpersonal skills and patienceLead, or facilitate discussions on Agile best practices, workflows, and tool usage.


Well organized and detail oriented;Ability to plan and organize work and communicate effectively;Excellent communication, presentation skills;Ability to deal tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Language:Fluency in oral and written English is essential. Intermediate knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) or Portuguese (one of WFP s working languages) is 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 visit the following websites for detailed information on working with WFP.

http://www.wfp.orgClick on: Our work and Countries to learn more about WFP s operations.

Deadline for applications: 24 May 2019

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

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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