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Programme Officer, Women Entrepreneurship


  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Bishkek
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Public, Private Partnership
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    • Sustainable Business Development
  • Closing Date: 2022-06-19

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Mission and objectives

The goal of WFP is that all people in the Kyrgyz Republic have access to and use sufficient and nutritious food to enjoy a healthy and productive life. WFP’s response to address food insecurity and nutrition challenges uses food and cash to build assets, spread knowledge and nurture stronger, more resilient communities. WFP aims for no one to be left behind, ensuring that we all work together to create sustainable and inclusive food systems – starting from when the seed is planted and ending when the food is served on the plate. In the Kyrgyz Republic, WFP activities focus on school meals optimization, rural development, smallholder support and resilience building, social safety nets and social protection, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, and emergency support and early recovery.


The country office in the Kyrgyz Republic, where WFP has established its presence since 2008, was among the first to complete WFP’s gender transformative programmes (GTP). Having implemented together with IFAD, FAO and UN Women the Rural Women Economic Empowerment Programme, for which the funding support ended in 2021, innovations and the role of women in the economy and female entrepreneurship remains at the core of WFP’s programme, currently developing its 2nd generation Country Strategic Plan: Already highlighted in the Common Country Analysis, for which WFP drafted the LNOB chapter, and exacerbated by first the pandemic and now the geo-political developments, the socio-economic downturn requires a gender transformative and nutrition-sensitive response, for which WFP positions its activities in shock-responsive and promotive social protection, taking into consideration also climate change when supporting the human capital building and employment creation on and off farms, taking into account the governments preference for digital and sustainable solutions.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of Head of Programme, in coordination with the Outcome Managers and Social Protection Advisor as well as the Research | Analysis | Monitoring team, the International UN Volunteer as Programme Officer (Women Entrepreneurship) will undertake the following tasks: • Assume a cross-cutting advisory and support role in coordination and mainstreaming gender equality and protection principles across all programme and project activities. • Actively support designing and implementing programme activities within WFP’s support to the national social protection systems as well as economic recovery through green growth and sustainable food systems that focus on innovation, women empowerment and entrepreneurship; • Contribute to use of digital and emerging technologies and solutions in improving gender sensitivity of WFP programme implementations, especially in Cash-based Transfers (CBT) and digital/financial inclusion efforts in the country programme; • Support gender analyses in WFP programme interventions for regular reports and briefs to donors, partners, media and management and help further enhance the GALS with a nutrition-lens as well as other assessment and analysis tools; • Assist in developing partnership with key stakeholders (state organs, international organizations and NGOs) to promote synergy of WFP activities in the field of women economic empowerment, active labour market and other social protection programmes, incl. by contributing to the action plan of the UN Gender Thematic Group; • Contribute to the capacity building of field staff, implementing partners and state authorities by sharing best practices and knowledge in women empowerment and entrepreneurship in rural livelihoods, food systems and income-generation activities; • Assist in public campaigns and events, including International Women’s Day, the Orange Campaign, 16 Days of Activism and Gender Community, Rural Women's Day to promote women economic empowerment and food security/nutrition related issues; • Promote and facilitate awareness raising on Protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA) and Gender-based violence (GBV) among CO staff, stakeholders, co-operating partners and beneficiaries; • Perform other related duties as required.

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