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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: New Delhi
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2018-06-19

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Programme Policy Officer (Gender and Inclusion)

New Delhi (India)



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 candidates and qualified professionals are especially encouraged to apply


Job Title: Programme Policy Officer (Gender and Inclusion)

Position Grade: NO-B

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Duty Station: New Delhi

Reporting Supervisor: Deputy Country Director

Contract: One Year (Renewable)

Job Title: Programme Policy Officer (Gender and Inclusion)

Position Grade: NO-B

Contract Type: Fixed Term

Duty Station: New Delhi

Reporting Supervisor: Deputy Country Director

Contract: One Year (Renewable)


To provide guidance, impetus, strategic expertise and technical support for the mainstreaming of gender equality and women's empowerment across WFP operations in India. India


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. A world with zero hunger can be achieved only when everyone has equal opportunities, equal access to resources, and equal voice in the decisions that shape their households, communities and societies.

The goal of WFP’s Gender Policy is to enable WFP to integrate Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) into all of its work and activities, to ensure that the different food security and nutrition needs of women, men, girls and boys are met.

Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment are everybody’s business. All WFP employees are responsible and accountable for implementing the gender policy, and work towards its objectives.  The India Country Office has undertaken a rigorous gender assessment of its work in India, and has evolved an action plan for mainstreaming GEWE in its Country Strategic Plan. This includes changes in human resources, capacity development, communications, knowledge and information, partnerships, evaluation and oversight throughout WFP. While GEWE is responsibility of all WFP staff, WFP India is currently seeking to recruit a Programme Policy Officer (Gender & Inclusion) who will spearhead the gender agenda within WFP India. S/he will capacitate and strengthen the effective implementation of gender mainstreaming, and action plan on GEWE within WFP India.


This job is in New Delhi and the job holder shall perform under the overall supervisor of the Country Director and under the direct supervisor of the Deputy Country Director. The job holder operates with a high degree of independence; s/he manages and ensures that WFP India’s strategic objectives under GEWE, are achieved in full. At this level, the job holder is are expected to contribute to performance improvement. The job holder may be required to travel to WFP field offices.


Under the direct supervision of the Country Director, and working closely with all Head of Units in the Country office, as well as with the field offices, the Programme Policy Officer (Gender & Inclusion) will be responsible for, and not limited to, the following duties:

  • Advise the Country Office on the mainstreaming of gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) across WFP operations in India, in accordance with its Country Strategic Plan and Outcomes.
  • Provide policy and programme advice on specific gender issues that impact on WFP operations.
  • Work with senior management in the Country and field offices to ensure strong institutional commitment and leadership for GEWE across programming and operations.
  • Develop staff capacities to integrate GEWE into their work, employing diverse learning methods.
  • Manage the application of the Gender and Age Marker.
  • Strengthen WFP partners’ gender awareness, gender analysis capacities and ability to mainstream gender in programming and operations.
  • Strengthen the capacities of the Gender Champions Team in the Country Office, and support its work.
  • Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships on GEWE.

Knowledge Management, Information and Analysis

  • Provide advice on the integration of gender in the formulation of country-level projects/programmes.
  • Facilitate systematic gender analyses, so that the Country Office staff identify strategic and practical responses to advancing gender equality in WFP operations and in India.
  • Ensure that gender considerations are integrated in all data collection initiatives; its use and analysis.
  • Mainstream gender into needs assessment frameworks, including adaptation of tools, collection, analysis and reporting processes to ensure that different beneficiary needs are identified and met.
  • Contribute to the WFP Gender Community of Practice, including contributing to the online Gender Community.
  • Actively participate in, and contribute to, the work of the UN inter-agency gender thematic group in the country.

Programme Support

  • Ensure the integration of GEWE across each of the strategic outcomes in the Country Strategic Plan so that a gender transformative approach is applied at all times.
  • Facilitate and support the integration of gender equality and women empowerment approaches in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Country Office programmes, projects and related initiatives.
  • Support application of the Gender and Age Marker to all programmes, at both the design and evaluation stages.
  • Support Country Office teams in establishing or revising monitoring frameworks to measure progress in integrating gender in programme/project processes and outcomes.
  •  Ensure integration of gender equality in inter-agency/cluster results frameworks.

Key Accountabilities and Reporting Contd.


Ensure the key communication material /products produced by WFP India is gender sensitive.

Support creation of gender transformative messages and communication strategies based on audience segmentation

Analyse communication needs of different stakeholders and support basing the messages to the effectivity communicate GEWE

Support addressing gender through Social Behaviour change theory

Capacity Strengthening

  • Devise and support the implementation of gender capacity development initiatives.
  • Advice and assist in the development of gender equality training materials
  • Provide (and/or facilitate) training on gender awareness, gender analysis, Gender and Age Marker, gender in the programme management cycle, gender-based violence, prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) and other related subjects.
  • Ensure inclusion of gender considerations and necessary precautionary measure for prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment in WFP’s Partnerships, Processes, Agreements, etc.


  • Support, advise and strengthen coordination mechanisms for gender mainstreaming in WFP’s programmes and operations.
  • Liaise with the regional gender adviser, Country Office Gender Champions Team, as well as gender staff of other UN entities, NGOs, community-based organisations and government bodies; including women’s rights organisations and the national women’s machinery.

Advocacy & Partnership

  • Provide technical support and identify opportunities for GEWE advocacy.
  • Bringing gender perspective to all existing and future partnerships
  • Creating tools for assessment of partner capacities on gender
  • Orientation and training of implementing partners on gender issues
  • Support the Country Office in producing regular updates and briefing materials to promote implementation of national, regional and international commitments to GEWE.
  • Work with management to ensure adequate allocation of human and financial resources for effective mainstreaming of gender, including targeted gender equality initiatives.
  • Build strategic alliances with other key actors, internal and external to WFP



  • 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.


Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency Programming Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.


Education: Masters/Advanced university degree in a relevant discipline: gender, development studies, social sciences, law, human rights, international development or related field.

Experience: At least 7 years of relevant work experience in gender or related field with at least 3 years of field experience

Language: Proficiency in English and working knowledge of Hindi


  • In-depth knowledge of gender in development/technical assistance settings
  • Sound analytical skills including policy and gender analysis, and gender transformative programming
  • Excellent writing and communication skills including ability to effectively communicate through multiple mediums
  • Team spirit and excellent interpersonal relations
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and deadlines


  • Basic knowledge of food security and nutrition situation in India
  • Knowledge of the UN system, including gender-related mandates
  • Experience working in a United Nations agency, and preferably with WFP.


  • Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
  • A written test will be used as a form of screening.
  • In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to WFP Staff Regulations,
  • This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications from Indian nationals will be accepted. Applicants who are not nationals of India will not be considered.


19 JUNE 2018


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

WFP is committed to promoting diversity and gender balance. WFP adheres to “zero tolerance policies” in the workplace.

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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