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  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Tokyo
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-05

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Programme Policy Officer, Gender, Japanese JPO Programme (Based in Sri Lanka)

Tokyo (Japan)

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.


About WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is saving lives, changing lives, to end global hunger.  Every day, WFP works in partnerships 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.  In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters.  After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their shattered lives.  Present in nearly 80 countries, the organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to nutritious food and contribute to the lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas. 

Junior Professional Officers (JPOs) are sponsored by their respective governments.  The JPO programme offers young professionals the unique opportunity to obtain training and exposure to WFP`s humanitarian work, either in a Country Office, Regional Bureau or at Headquarters.  Under the supervision of international professional staff, JPOs are assigned to different functional areas.   JPOs are offered a two year fixed term contract, subject to satisfactory performance, with the possibility of further extension according to the donor agreement.

Within WFP, gender equity is identified as one of the priority, cross cutting issues to be integrated in all stages of development and humanitarian action in the interest of helping to ensure quality and accountability of humanitarian and development assistance, and for the achievement of SDG2 amongst other SDGs. At the country level, the WFP Country Office (CO) team is responsible for gender-sensitive programming and the promotion of gender equality through all its programmatic initiatives.
The objective of this position is to strengthen gender aspects of the implementation of WFP’s Sri Lanka Country Strategic Plan1 in order to ensure effective and resource efficient gender-responsive programming, with the ultimate goal of contributing to better development results, especially for women, men, girls and boys in the country.

The Program Policy Officer will be primarily responsible for managing a joint WFP-UNFPA project, which aims at achieving gender equality and empowerment of women and girls through improved access to Sexual and Reproductive Health. The incumbent will work directly and be supervised on day to day basis by Nutrition Officer to ensure alignment with WFP’s objective to promote nutrition and food security in post conflict Sri Lanka. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for providing strategic and technical support for the mainstreaming of gender equality and women’s empowerment across WFP programming and projects.

Core Responsibilities:

• As the CO Policy, Programme Gender Officer, advise, support and catalyse the implementation of the WFP Gender Policy and country gender workplan to mainstream gender into WFP strategic outcomes and activities as per the WFP Sri Lanka Country Strategic Plan (2018-2022), taking a clear leadership role in this regard and representing WFP in relevant fora;
• Manage the effective application and reporting on the Gender Marker (GM) as planned for all activities of the CSP 2018-2022.
• In particular, ensure robust mainstreaming of gender elements into the WFP-UNFPA joint project for women’s empowerment, improved nutrition and enhanced access to sexual and reproductive health, contributing to scalable models supported by robust M&E;
• Liaise closely with WFP’s partners especially UNFPA and government counterparts, to ensure proper monitoring and evaluation, reporting, and policy advice on specific gender issues of the WFP-UNFPA joint project.

Specific Tasks (50% of workload):

• Manage and supervise the implementation of the WFP-UNFPA joint project, including management of resources and development of appropriate linkages with other actors involved in supporting good practices across the full spectrum of activities;
• Preparation of project implementation activities and manage the day to day administrative matters for the project under the direction of the Deputy Country Director, with support of Nutrition Officer and other relevant CO staff (eg M&E).
• Coordinate with UNFPA to ensure appropriate collaboration of the Project.
• Develop and follow up on monitoring and reporting plan in close collaboration with M&E team.
• Closely work with the Communications Associate to develop and disseminate regular updates and/or briefing materials on gender activities to WFP partners and relevant stakeholders.

Additional Tasks:

• Support the planning and coordination of the CO Gender Results Network (GRN) team and act as the CO Gender focal point, coordinating with the RBB gender focal point for support.
• In coordination with the GRN, develop and implement trainings on gender mainstreaming and analysis, gender marker, women’s empowerment, Gender Based Violence (GBV), and other related subjects for WFP staff and partners.
• Take the lead role in context/gender analysis to enable the CO team to identify strategic and concrete response to address gender inequalities in WFP-supported interventions.
• Work with the CO team in setting up or adapting the existing monitoring system to measure progress in gender mainstreaming results, ensuring integration of gender indicators into the result framework.
• Participate and represent WFP in relevant fora, gender working groups, conferences and trainings aimed at enhancing public awareness and advocacy on the importance of gender in food security and nutrition.
• Manage the effective application and reporting on the Gender Marker (GM) as planned for all activities of the CSP 2018-2022.
• Strengthen strategic partnerships on gender and support the mobilization of resources (donor relations, funding proposals) required to effectively implement the CSP in line with the WFP global gender policy;
• Advise and support HR related matters to ensure gender balance within the workplace.

Education and experience:

• Master’s degree in social science, health, nutrition, agriculture or relevant field or First University degree in the same subject(s) with additional years of related work experience. Specialization in Gender or a related discipline is desirable.
• Minimum three years of professional work experience, as technical expert and advisor in gender equality in development programs and projects;
• Demonstrated skills in training management and experience in capacity building relating to Gender Equality and Social Inclusion.
• In-depth knowledge in gender and social inclusion and demonstrated experience and proficiency in managing programmes that mainstream gender.
• Experience in nutrition and health issues preferable, including at community level
• Proficiency in Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
• Competencies: Cognitive Capacity, Teamwork, Action Management, Innovation, Partnering, Client Orientation.
• Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
• Fluency in English and Intermediate level of one, or more, of the following official languages: French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Portuguese.
• Proficiency in one of the local languages (Sinhalese or Tamil) beneficial.

Age eligibility: Persons of the age 35 or below as of application

Methodology and Approach to Work

The Gender Officer will work under the direct supervision of the Nutrition Officer to ensure the implementation of WFP-UNFPA project with strategic and other programmatic direction on overall responsibilities by the Deputy Country Director.

Application details

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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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