UN World Food Programme Programme Officer (Gender) Jobs in Ethiopia

UN World Food Programme Programme Officer (Gender) Jobs in Ethiopia

About WFP

  • 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.

    Organizational Context

  • The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. In Ethiopia, WFP provides food assistance to 4 million people, through life-saving food secururity and nutrition assistance, school feeding, as well as resilience building activities, in partnership with 47 partners, including both NGOs and government partners.

  • WFP seeks to recruit a Programme Policy Officer- Gender who will work on integrating and mainstreaming gender at the strategic, programmatic and operational levels across Ethiopia. The incumbent will provide expert advice to management and support staff with program and implementation that is consistent with WFP’s Gender policy and Humanitarian commitments

    Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)

    Provide technical support to the Country Office

  • Provide strategic and technical support for the mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment across WFP operations in the country;

  • Analyse primary information from stakeholders (affected populations, INGOs, UN agencies and others) on the situation and experience of crisis affected populations and apply Gender lens in the interventions;

  • Lead the implementation of WFP Gender Policy and ensure that project goals, objectives, processes and activities are gender sensitive and meet the needs and priorities of women, men, girls and boys.

    Monitoring and Reporting on Gender issues

  • Ensure systematic gender analysis, provide policy advice on specific gender issues that impact on WFP humanitarian operations;

  • Monitor and report on programme activity and implementation of gender issues;

  • Ensure that Gender considerations are integrated into all monitoring, evaluation and analysis frameworks, activities and outputs;

  • Provide assistance in data collection, compiling lessons learnt and establishing indicators to support knowledge sharing on Gender;

  • Ensure gender issues can be captured through the Beneficiary Feedback Mechanisms and responded to appropriately. Provide advice, guidance and follow-up on 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 Gender, Protection and Accountability to Affected Populations 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 gender training including gender analysis, Gender Based Violence, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse.

  • Strengthen WFP workforce and partners’ gender analysis capacities and improve their ability gender mainstreaming in throughout project cycle.

    Desired Experiences for Entry Into the Role

  • Strong analytical, writing and communication skills

  • Sound knowledge and skills in training and facilitation

  • Knowledge of UN system policies and functions pertaining to promotion of women’s and girls’ empowerment and gender equality

    Standard Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Advanced University Degree in one of the following disciplines: Social Sciences, International Development, Gender Studies, Political Science, Law or related field; must have specialization in Gender-related fields

  • Experience - 5
    years and more of professional experience focusing specifically on Gender in humanitarian contexts

  • Language: Fluency in the English language.

    Knowledge and Skill

  • 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 components of civil-military relations; and other humanitarian policy issues and its linkages with humanitarian assistance.

  • Ability to work in a team, and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds;

  • Flexibility in accepting work assignments.

    4Ps Core Organisational Capabilities


  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.

  • Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.

  • Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.

  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.

  • Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.

  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.

  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.

  • Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.

  • Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.

  • Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.

  • Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.

  • Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.

  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfill the needs of internal and external partners.

    How to Apply:

  • For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Programme Officer (Gender) Jobs in Ethiopia

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