Programme Officer (Gender), Fixed Term-NOB, Addis Ababa – WFP

  • Organization: WFP – World Food Programme
  • Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer – Locally recruited position – Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women’s Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2021-11-03

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.


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 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


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.
  • 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

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.

  • 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


  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.


03 November 2021


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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