World Food Programme (WFP)

Programme Associate Gender

World Food Programme (WFP)

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.


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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’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) assume a substantial role for public sector business and its ability to make a major contribution towards their achievement.  The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development gives business a significant role to play in efforts to achieve the SDGs, based on their ability to invest and innovate in a sustainable way. Achieving the SDGs requires Collective Action, shared responsibility and financing from multiple sources, especially of the public sector Financial Institutions.

To achieve the ambitious plan of sustaining all the strategic interventions of Egypt’s WFP CO, the public-sector contribution should improve and strengthens long-term partnerships with financial institutions, companies, foundations and high-net worth individuals. This includes leveraging the capacities of this segment to build long lasting partnerships that goes beyond resources but expands to leaving a mark to future development visions of the country.


Experience: Profound experience working in programme with technical knowledge of Gender Equality and Women’s empowerment.  Has contributed to mainstreaming gender in the programme cycle and has provided input to reporting, monitoring and planning for gender.

Education: University degree in Gender Studies, International Affairs, Economics, and Social Sciences or other field relevant to international Development Assistance, Advanced University Degree and/or trainings/courses are an asset Language: International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge (level B) of a second official UN language.

Required years of experience:  From five to six years of postgraduate professional experience in international development or other related fields, advanced university degree will be an advantage


These jobs are found in Regional Bureaux (RBs), Country Offices (COs), Area/Field Offices (AOs/FOs). Job holders typically report to a Programme Policy Officer or Head of Field Office.

At this level, job holders are expected to demonstrate responsibility and initiative to respond independently to various queries with only general guidance. There is a requirement to use judgment in dealing with unforeseen operational problems on a daily basis. Job holders are expected to manage resources and coach and coordinate support staff.


To provide specialized expertise and effective Coordination to a full range of policy and programme activities that effectively contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment in relation to Food Security.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide specialized expertise towards the development of project activities, plans and processes to ensure alignment with wider corporate policies and guidelines on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Provide efficient coordination and specialized management support to ensure that the programme activities mainstream gender equality and women’s empowerment, following WFP’s policies and procedures.
  • Prepare a variety of reports and substantial data and make recommendations to supervisors, ensuring deliverables adhere to corporate standards and quality control.
  • Foster relationships, support partnership building with local partners, agencies, NGOs and government institutions, and participate in gender working groups and other fora to represent WFP.
  • Support the Capacity Building of WFP staff, cooperating partners and national government within the area of mainstreaming gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Additional Accountabilities

  • Coordinate and liaise with different CO units on the implementation of the activities stipulated in the CO Gender Action Plan and ensure objectives are delivered to agreed standards and deadlines.
  • Act as a resource person for different CO units on all complex matters within the area of gender equality to enable effective collaboration, implementation and monitoring of ongoing gender activities.
  • Follow up with the different units on the implementation of the activities stipulated in the Country Office Gender Action Plan 2017-2020 and subsequent updated action plans.
  • Organize meetings of the CO Gender Result Network, prepare agendas, keep documentation thereof, and follow up on agreed actions.
  • Keep CO staff informed of gender related events, training opportunities, and any information on gender communicated by the RBC or HQ Gender Offices.
  • Support Programme staff in mainstreaming gender by formulating gender equality outcomes, incorporating gender indicators in log frames, proposals and corporate and donor reports
  • Support the processes of reporting on gender equality and women’s empowerment indicators at CO level, including country level reports and Programme reports.
  • Support CO’s participation in national and international events, such as the 16 days of activism, international women’s day and orange days.
  • Perform other duties assigned by the supervisor and Head of Programme



  • 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 fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.


This section is optional to describe additional responsibilities & knowledge required for the specific job.


·  Has worked with technical teams (i.e. Gender, Nutrition, School Feeding, Livelihoods support, VAM, M&E…etc.).

· Has contributed to implementation of programmes, especially with focus on Gender Mainstreaming or women’s economic empowerment.

· Has observed or assisted with policy or programme discussions.


This is a one year contract and extension will be based on satisfactory performance and fnd availbilty


Deadline for submitting online applications will be on the 22nd of March 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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