UN World Food Programme Policy Officer Kenya Jobs

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.

The World Food Programme Somalia activities include food assistance for relief, emergency school feeding, nutrition and food assistance for assets creation through provision of in-kind and cash-based transfers.

This position is open to qualified Kenyan candidates. Female candidates in particular, are encouraged to apply.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical support to the Country Office

  • Provide strategic and technical support for the mainstreaming of humanitarian protection, gender equality and women’s empowerment across WFP operations in the country;
  • Gather and analyse primary information from stakeholders (affected populations, INGOs, UN agencies and others) on the situation and experience of crisis affected populations and provide advice and support for principled humanitarian interventions;
  • Lead the implementation of the Country Office Gender Action Plan (2017 – 2020) and ensure that project goals, objectives, processes and activities are gender sensitive and meet the needs and priorities of women, men, girls and boys;
  • Support WFP and partner staff in implementing the Humanitarian Protection Policy and Accountability to Affect Population commitments to ensure WFP operations and programme activities take beneficiaries’ protection concerns into account and facilitate safe, dignified, and accountable food assistance;

    Monitoring and Reporting on protection and gender issues

  • Ensure systematic protection and gender analysis, and provide policy advice on specific protection / gender issues that impact on WFP humanitarian operations;
  • Monitor and report on programme, activity and implementation related protection and gender issues;
  • Support the country office to undertake context and protection risk analysis and formulating appropriate protection risk mitigation and response activities;
  • Ensure that protection and gender considerations are integrated into all monitoring, evaluation and analysis frameworks, activities and outputs;
  • Provide assistance in data collection, compiling lessons learned, establishing indicators to support knowledge sharing on protection and gender;
  • Ensure protection and gender issues can be captured through the Beneficiary Feedback Mechanisms and responded to appropriately.
  • Provide advice, guidance and follow-up in relation to protection and gender aspects of the Beneficiary Feedback Mechanism.

    Networking and Coordination

  • Establish working relationships with relevant local and regional non-state actors, key domestic political and civil state actors,
    think tanks, academic institutions, human rights organizations, UN, development and donor partners to coordinate and enhance principled humanitarian protection and gender impact;
  • Support the development of relationships with protection mandated agencies and inter-agency fora to strengthen coordination and advancement of protection, Accountability to Affected Populations and gender as related to food and nutrition security;
  • Represent WFP in interagency working groups, conferences and seminars as necessary;

    Training and capacity growth

  • Develop and implement protection and gender training including on gender analysis, protection assessments, Gender Based Violence, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Accountability to Affected Populations and other related subjects;
  • Strengthen WFP workforce and partners’ protection and gender analysis capacities and improve their ability for protection and gender mainstreaming in project design and throughout the cycle.

    Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Advanced University Degree in one of the following disciplines: Social Sciences, International Development, Gender Studies, Law, Human Rights, Political Science or related field; must have specialization in gender- and/or protection-related fields
  • Knowledge: In-depth knowledge of gender-transformative approaches to humanitarian assistance, application of humanitarian protection principles; understanding of PSEA and other forms of gender-based violence in emergency and other humanitarian settings; understanding of gender and protection components of civil-military relations; and other humanitarian policy issues and its linkages with humanitarian assistance.
  • Work Experience: Must have 2-3 years of professional experience focusing specifically on (both or either) gender and protection in humanitarian contexts.

    Application Instructions

    Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit online applications through E-Recruitment by 21st June, 2018.

    Applications that do not meet the above requirements will be disregarded. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

    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.

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

    For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Policy Officer Kenya Jobs

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