Evaluation of the WFP People Strategy (2014-2017)



Approved in 2014, the WFP People Strategy (2014–2017) is now in its sixth year of implementation. This evaluation covers the period from 2014-2019 and is intended to promote accountability and learning on the WFP’s approach to managing people. It addresses three questions: How good is the strategy? What were the results of the strategy? Why has the strategy produced the results observed? The evaluation concluded that the strategy was of good quality when it was written in that it outlined a clear vision that was relevant to the priorities of the WFP strategic plan in force at the time, was forward-looking and was coherent with other WFP policies and good people management practices. The weaknesses of the strategy were an absence of comprehensive and clear expectations as to what “success” would look like and a degree of blindness regarding gender and diversity. As it currently stands, the People Strategy does not provide sufficient direction to enable WFP to address all of its human resource management challenges. There is an urgent need for WFP to attract, effectively use and consistently develop the skills of the best workforce possible and to do so in ways that reflect and model the United Nations system’s commitment to human rights, gender equality, diversity and inclusion. The evaluation made six recommendations: 1. WFP should develop a new policy, focusing on “people”, that sets out the organization’s vision of its future workforce and the core values that should shape WFP’s workplace culture. 2. WFP should implement a new people policy through an organizational change management process. 3. WFP should revise its human resource functional strategy to continue the professionalization of the human resources function at all levels and locations of the organization. 4. Human resources should develop a supervisors’ accountability framework for supervisors to achieve excellence in people management and present it to the leadership group for endorsement. 5. WFP should conduct a comprehensive review of existing contract modalities and their use. 6. Human resources should further strengthen its approach to proactively sharing relevant information with WFP employees.

Report Details


  • World Food Programme (WFP)

Report Type

  • Strategic/Policy


  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Burundi
  • Chad
  • Congo
  • India
  • Kenya
  • Nicaragua
  • Senegal
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania, United Republic of
  • Uganda

Completed Date

  • Jan 2020

Consultant Name

Agency Focal Person

  • Deborah McWhinney

Agency Focal Person Email

  • deborah.mcwhinney@wfp.org


  • 369

Joint Evaluation

  • No

Pooled Funding Evaluation

  • N/A


  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals