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JPO Programme Policy Officer, Climate Change and Gender (Dutch Nationals only) Philippines, Manila

Philippines (Philippines)

  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Philippines (Philippines)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Climate Change
    • Legal - Broad
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Political Affairs
  • Closing Date: 2022-02-15

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WFP Junior Professional Officer Programme

Programme Policy Officer (Climate Change and Gender) Programme Unit

WFP Philippines, Manila


  1. General information

Title: Programme Policy Officer (Climate Change and Gender)

Sector of Assignment: Programme Unit

Country: Philippines

Location (City): Manila

Agency/Unit: World Food Programme | Philippines Country Office

Duration of Assignment: One year with the possibility to extend up to a max of 3 years

Grade: P2

Note: The position is advertised through WFP’s Junior Professional Officer (JPO) programme sponsored by the Government of the Netherlands and is for DUTCH NATIONALS ONLY.  For criteria see the website of Nedworc Foundation: Junior Professional Officer Programme - Nedworc Foundation. Please read the criteria and FAQ section carefully before considering applying.


  1. Duties and Responsibilities

In the framework of WFP’s Country Strategic Plan, the Country Office aims to strengthen its climate and gender focus. 

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme and in close coordination with the Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping Officer and the Programme Policy Officer (Activity 4 Manager), the JPO will be responsible for the following duties:




1. Engage in Climate Change and Vulnerability Programme and Policy Activities:

  • Provide technical advice to WFP Philippines (CO) on matters pertaining to Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction strategies and programmes, and in consideration of conflict sensitive issues, facilitate the timely and productive use of related outputs in a manner that complies with WFP standards and processes.
  • Support the CO to provide technical assistance for its capacity strengthening programming to the government around adaptation planning and may serve as the analytical foundation for joint interventions with climate change adaptation programming priorities, and in consideration of the Humanitarian Peace Development nexus (HPDN). 
  • Contribute to the development of systems and tools for the monitoring and assessment of food assistance needs to populations affected by hazards and natural disasters in line with innovative methodologies and best practice considering gender sensitivity and protection aspects.
  • Support the VAM and M&E teams in developing reports on the impact of climate change and hazards on food security and vulnerability, and in disseminating them to partners and donors.
  • Provide technical assistance Forecast-based Financing systems, including elements of gender mainstreaming.
  • Provide technical assistance on the strategy and design the implementation plan to build gender-sensitive institutional and technical capacities to implement the project Multi-Hazard Impact-based Forecasting Early Warning System (MH-IBF-EWS).
  • Provide inputs into the integration of gender dimensions to ALIA (Automated Livelihood Information Assistant) and early actions.
  • Undertake any other assigned work under the capacity development of counterparts on climate change and gender analysis.


2.  Lead on the Nexus of Gender/ Climate Vulnerability

  • Contribute to the development of Programme activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with Gender Policies and guidance.
  • Deepen the CO gender analysis to understand the impact of various hazards, including climate change on women and conflict sensitivity.
  • Support the CO with execution of the CO Gender Action Plan and Gender Results Network.
  • Support project and proposal preparation that advocates the significance of the climate and gender equality nexus. Assist in communications and advocacy initiatives that promote women’s empowerment in areas aligned with WFP’s CSP.
  • Help prepare and implement of the CO annual Gender Action Plan.
  • Support the capacity strengthening of WFP staff, partners and Government representatives by developing training materials and designing and overseeing the delivery of gender related training activities.
  • Develop and coordinate gender data gathering and analysis in coordination with M&E.
  • Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration around gender matters.
  • Perform other duties as required


Expected outcomes


At the end of his/her assignment, subject to successful performance, the JPO should have good understanding of a regular WFP international professional role as Programme Policy Officer as either: Programme Policy Officer for Climate Change with focus on gender aspects; or other similar areas.


  1. Training component: Learning elements and expectations


The JPO will be in a role in which s/he will be in regular contact with the Head of Programme, National Programme Policy Officer Activity 4, and the Programme Support Unit in Manila. Specific trainings will be offered either at the Regional Bureau in Bangkok or with Peace & Conflict Office at the Headquarters in Rome. Additional trainings relevant to WFP’s context of operations and possibly with a focus on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao will also be considered. Under the guidance of the Head of Programme and WFP Cotabato team, the JPO will learn and interact with local authorities, sister UN agencies, and partners regularly. Training will follow a 70/20/10 model where key learning is by doing (70%), most training will be through planned supervision and coaching (20%), whereas several staff will be assigned to support/coach in their area of expertise. Depending on the JPO’s previous experience, education, and training, selected formal training will be identified (10%). Particularly, formal training is expected in the areas of Conflict Sensitivity and Peacebuilding, some of which could be on-line/self-study, and if available, WFP in-person training in the Regional Bureau, at HQ, or if offered by our UN or other partners.

The direct supervisors will assist the JPO in identifying appropriate trainings in line with his/her career development goals, and the JPO may attend trainings in work-related fields depending on work commitments and availability.


  1. Supervision


Title of supervisor: Head of Programme


Content and methodology of supervision

Under the direct supervision of Head of Programme Unit, the incumbent will be provided with close mentoring and technical supervision. The JPO will work closely with Activity Managers, programme policy officers within programme support unit (VAM and M&E) as well as with the gender focal point. Performance planning and reviews, as well as learning and development discussions, will be a central part of the supervision. The Country Director will be the second-level supervisor. The CO clearly understands the initial investment required before the JPO will be able to work more independently. Gender and Climate Change team in Regional Bureau will also provide support and expert, issue-specific, training and coaching.


  1. Required Qualifications and Experience



Advanced University degree in Environmental studies, Geography, International Development Studies, Sociology, Gender Studies, Political Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences or other related field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses.


Essential Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years postgraduate, progressively responsible, job-related experience in development work, climate change or disaster risk reduction, gender specific analyses and assessments.
  • Demonstrated strong understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment issues.
  • Strong understanding of climate change and its impact on gender and demonstrated experience in applying gender analytical tools and conceptual frameworks to programming.
  • Strong influencing and networking skills, including a capacity to relate effectively to a variety of audiences.
  • Ability to support and advise non-specialist colleagues, communicate complex ideas clearly, and facilitate learning and reflection activities. Good experience with proposal/report writing an asset.


Technical Skills & Knowledge

  • Strong analytical, written, and oral communication skills, including the ability to write in an engaging and informative manner, and conceptualize and clearly synthesize information.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to plan and organize work with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines, while managing multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Initiative, enthusiasm, creativity and flexibility with excellent interpersonal skills and team spirit.



Fluency in English.


Key competencies

  • Strong analytical, written and oral communication skills, including the ability to write in an engaging and informative manner, and conceptualize and clearly synthesize information.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to plan and organize work with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines, while managing multiple priorities simultaneously.

Initiative, enthusiasm, creativity and flexibility with excellent interpersonal skills and team spirit.


  1. Background information on Agency/Department/Section


The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, working in more than 80 countries. WFP is well known for its ability to deliver food assistance rapidly to people in need. In order to respond effectively in the challenging contexts in which WFP operates, staff require sound knowledge of the fundamentals of emergency and transition programming, as well as skills in specialized areas. WFP was the recipient of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize awarded for “…its efforts to combat hunger, for its contribution to bettering conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas and for acting as a driving force in efforts to prevent the use of hunger as a weapon of war".

The World Food Programme’s engagement in the Philippines has been evolving over time. Following the start of operations in the 1960s, WFP re-established its presence in 2006 to support the peace process in Mindanao, thus providing life-saving food assistance in emergencies and developing programmes that seek to improve nutrition and the overall quality of life of vulnerable people. Since mid-2018, the WFP Country Office (CO) has been implementing a five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP 2018-2023) to support the Government of the Philippines to address food insecurity, reduce malnutrition and build the resilience of vulnerable populations.

WFP is also engaging in various projects to address climate vulnerability, including the Green Climate Fund (GCF), Forecast-based Financing/Anticipatory Actions and research projects such as the unique Philippine Climate and Food Security Analysis that will inform policies and strengthen programming on climate risk management and adaptation. As a key partner identified by the BARMM government, WFP is implementing various humanitarian, development, and peacebuilding initiatives to assist the region, especially during its formative transition period, into becoming a more self-reliant and food secure people thriving in an environment of lasting peace and order.


  1. Information on living conditions at Duty Station (Philippines)


Philippines is the third largest English-speaking country in the world. It has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. The current Security Level in the capital is low, in terms of security risks and threats, the rest of the country varies from low, medium to high risk but mainly in the southern region of Muslim Mindanao.

The WFP Country Office is located in Manila, with a sub office in Cotabato (BARMM). There are currently 65 WFP staff, mostly nationals.

For more information about the Philippines, please refer to the following websites:

Other relevant information particularly on security, housing/accommodation, medical services, schooling (for dependents child/ children, if applicable), etc., will be provided upon onboarding


  1. How to apply


Qualified candidates are required to complete an online candidate profile in  UN WFP Careers Website. Only applications received from the WFP_Careers_website are considered valid and will be processed.


To view the job description and apply to the mentioned vacancy, please follow these simple steps:

  • 1. Create your online CV
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Closing date: 15 February 2022

VA number: 155830


For inquiries about the job, the terms and conditions and the application procedure, etc. you may send an email to [email protected]

Candidates will receive acknowledgement receipt of their applications.


WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of the position is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance. WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

Female applicants and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.




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