Senior Gender Adviser, P5
World Food Programme (WFP)
Close on 1 Nov 2020
Location: Italy
Grade: P5, Chief and Senior Professional
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Job Description

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.


This job is located in Gender Office, HQ and reports to Director of the Gender Office.


To assist in the planning and implementation of the corportate gender policy and action plan, along with the integration of gender in the elaboration of the corporate strategic plan, corporate polices and other governance documents and provision of technical advice to country offices and regional bureau. S/he will contribute to strengthening partnership and knowledge networks within and outside the Organization, supporting country-level actions guided by corporate and national priorities as described in the Country Strategic Plans.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Provide policy and technical inputs for the formulation, implementation and monitoring of gender-sensitive national and regional food security, agriculture and rural development policies, strategies and programmes;
2. Actively engage with regional bureaux, country office counterparts to build skills and confidence in addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment issues in a strategic and sustainable way, foremost through the Gender Transformation Programme (GTP);
3. Ensure accountability and proper tracking mechanisms to conform to expected organizational standards and goals for gender mainstreaming; identify and implement solutions to problematic areas;
4. Provide written analysis of gender issues as they pertain to the work of WFP, both operationally and programmatically. Ensuring that all stakeholders (country stakeholders, Regional Office, Regional and national bodies, other decentralized offices and HQ) are actively involved;
5. Lead the development of innovative capacity development initiatives that ensure gender equality goal setting in programmes/projects for achieving food and nutrition security interventions;
6. Monitor capacity development initiatives providing technical inputs at regular intervals that reflect internal and global advances in food and nutrition security priorities;
7. Ensure that gender inequalities and women’s empowerment issues are taken into account, monitored and reported on for normative and field activities in all regions as part of WFP’s core business;
8. Manage the consolidation of a network of social and gender policy experts in the Regions capable of working with Member States as they integrate gender transformative approaches in their policies and programmes;
9. Work with gender advocate teams in CO and RBs to make sure that there are strong partnerships for gender equality programming established and maintained with development and humanitarian partners in the region;
10. Represent WFP at international meetings and conferences;
11. Reinforce strategic and operational partnerships with sister agencies, Governments and other partners on gender equality;
12. Establish and maintain strong partnerships with colleagues and external partners;
13. Other accountabilities, as required.


Education: Advanced degree or equivalent in Political/Social Science, International Development Studies, Gender/Women’s Studies, Economics or Sociology; and either academic or professional training in social research methods.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language: Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and/or WFP’s working language, Portuguese.

  • At least 11 years of progressively responsible professional experience, including at least 8 years working on gender equality issues, preferably within the UN system with focus on gender, emergencies, and food security and nutrition;
  • At least 8 years' experience of leading the development of strategies/policies, particularly focusing on gender equality;
  • Experience in delivering capacity development support to field and HQ based development and humanitarian actors;
  • Extensive experience of working with the United Nations system or with an international development or humanitarian agency, with proven experience of working in partnership with other development and humanitarian partners;
  • A deep understanding of the system-wide policies and tools that guide the work on gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment within the development and humanitarian sector; and
  • Knowledge of the most recent trends in thinking vis-à-vis Post 2015 and be in a position to strategically position the Organization.
  • Excellent understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment GEWE and gender mainstreaming in UN agencies and other international organizations;
  • Understanding of GEWE issues related in food security and nutrition, particularly humanitarian programmes and operations;
  • The ability to communicate key messages on the above in a simple but eloquent manner;
  • Research, analysis and synthesis skills;
  • Report writing;
  • Strategy development, action planning and capacity development, as it relates to translating policy into implementation measures and gender mainstreaming in operations and programmes;
  • Excellent understanding of strategic and managerial results framework and performance reporting, as these relate to gender mainstreaming.

The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed-term contract with a probationary period of one year. WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, pension plan and medical insurance. For more details please visit

This position has been classified as rotational, which means that the incumbent is expected to rotate every 2-4 years. The duration of an assignment is determined by the hardship classification of the duty station as established by the United Nations International Civil Service Commission (ICSC). Given this position is based in HQ (H duty station), the assignment cycle for this position is 4 years.


Deadline to receive applications is Sunday, 01 November 2020, 11.59pm (CET)


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.

About WFP

Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the 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.

As the international community has committed to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition by 2030, one in nine people worldwide still do not have enough to eat. Food and food-related assistance lie at the heart of the struggle to break the cycle of hunger and poverty.

On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships and 92 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. Every year, we distribute more than 15 billion rations at an estimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.31. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an emergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments.

WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid and special operations. Two-thirds of our work is in conflict-affected countries where people are three times more likely to be undernourished than those living in countries without conflict. 

At WFP, we are committed to providing a safe and respectful work environment for all our employees. We adopt a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment, harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination in the workplace. WFP has a clear and robust framework (HSHAPD Policy) to address and deter such behaviour. 

The World Food Programme created an Ethics Office in 2008 to ensure that all staff members observe and perform their functions with the highest standards of integrity, as required by the Charter of the United Nations, and in accordance with the Standards of Conduct for the International Civil Service.

At the same time, WFP adopted a Whistleblower Protection Policy to guard against retaliation for individuals who report misconduct, provide information in good faith on wrongdoing by one or more employees, or cooperate with a duly authorized audit or investigation.