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Programme Policy Officer ( Gender ) FT , NOB 1

Juba (South Sudan)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Juba (South Sudan)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-26

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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 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 position will be based in Juba with frequent travel across South Sudan


Gender equality and women’s empowerment are fundamental human rights issues and cornerstones of inclusive, equitable and sustainable development. The United Nations – including WFP – is founded on the basis of upholding the internationally-agreed human rights that apply to all women, men, girls and boys without distinction.

The underlying reason by gender equality matters to WFP is because, - as stated at the very beginning of the Gender Policy (2015 – 2020) – “WFP’s ability to achieve its Strategic Objectives depends on its capacity to deliver food that addresses the different needs and priorities of the women, men, girls and boys whom it serves. 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.” As such, gender equality is at the core of WFP’s work with WFP committed to being gender transformative. Whether a programme involves mainstreaming gender or targeting gender equality, it must address the strategic interests of women and men, girls and boys, not solely their practical needs.

WFP is seeking candidates of the highest integrity and professional who share our humanitarian and gender transformative principles to join the South Sudan Country Office as Programme Policy Officer (Gender). WFP is committed to diversity, inclusion and gender equity within its workforce. Qualified women and persons with other diversities are encouraged to apply to the vacancy.


Education: Advanced University degree in one of the following disciplines ; gender , social sciences , international development , human rights , development economics or related field.
Language: International Professional: 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.

National Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language and the duty station’s language, if different.

Experience : At least 5 years of relevant work experience in gender or related field , such as human rights

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Core technical responsibilities

  • Support the Country Office on the development and implementation of the Country Office Gender Action Plan.
  • Support implementation of related Regional and Global gender action plans, strategies and policies in the Country Office.
  • Ensure robust mainstreaming of gender into WFP programming and operations, including systematic gender analysis.
  • Provide policy and Programme advice on specific gender issues that impact on WFP operations.
  • Maintain current and analytical knowledge of gender dynamics and priorities in South Sudan including through sourcing, undertaking and analyzing secondary and primary data (both qualitative and quantitative) with the intention of strengthening food and nutrition security in South Sudan.
  • Work with senior management in the Country and Field-Offices to ensure strong institutional commitment to leadership for gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) across programming and operations.
  • Update the assessment of GEWE in South Sudan and in WFP operations
  • Ensure systematic collection, analysis and use of quantitative and qualitative sex- and age- disaggregated data
  • Support with the application of the Gender and Age Marker
  • Develop staff capacities to integrate GEWE into their work, employing diverse learning methods.
  • Strengthen WFP partner’s gender awareness, gender analysis capacities and ability to mainstream gender in programming and operations.
  • Coordinate the work and strengthen the capacities of the Country Office Gender Results Network members.
  • Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships for GEWE.
  • Support Head of Section with mobilizing resources to support implementation of the Country Office Gender Action Plan and related GEWE initiatives.

General duties of a NOB

  • Contribute towards the development of a wide variety of projects, plans and processes ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance
  • Provide project management support to specific and defined programmes and projects of considerable size/complexity, ensuring a coordinated approach with wider programmes that complies with WFP standards and procedures
  • Develop and coordinate data gathering and monitoring systems ensuring that rigorous quality standards are maintained
  • Research and analyse a range of policy and operational issues to inform the development of policies, programmes and activities
  • Contribute to the preparation of accurate and timely reporting on programmes and activities that enable informed decision making and consistency of information presented to stakeholders
  • Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitoring ongoing projects and highlight potential risks to project delivery
  • Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships to collaborative working leading to improved food assistance
  • Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to food assistance needs, e.g. through providing inputs into training materials
  • Guide and supervise more junior staff, acting as a point of referral and supporting them with analysis and queries.
  • Other as required.



Apply by 24th September 2019


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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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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