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Senior Gender Adviser, P5

Rome (Italy)

  • Organization: UN WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Rome (Italy)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2020-11-01

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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 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.

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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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