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Senior Advisor - Gender, Diversity and Environmental Sustainability P4, SCO, Rome, Italy


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Rome
  • Grade: Mid level - P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Human Resources
    • Environment
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-12



WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees. We encourage qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status, physical or mental disability.


Are you a Gender Diversity and Environmental Sustainability Advisor interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Would you like to join a global organisation investing in its people?

If so, an exciting & fulfilling career awaits you!!! Join our diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to saving & changing millions of lives around the globe.





Applications must be submitted by Sunday, December 11th, 2022 (11:59 PM CET)




The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) , a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, operating in more than 120 countries and territories, bringing life-saving assistance in emergencies, building pathways to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change and supporting sustainable and resilient livelihoods for a world with zero hunger.


At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP's values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.  


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  • WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate %
  • WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse and multicultural working environment 
  • WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of trainings, accreditation, coaching, mentorship and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities 
  • A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across various country, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe
  • We offer attractive compensation package (please refer to Terms and Conditions section) 




Recognizing the multi-faceted impact of Supply Chain activities across interconnected socio-economic, gender, and environmental dimensions, this role aims to operationalize and achieve the goals of contributing to a more resilient, equitable, and gender sensitive Supply Chain, outlined in the Strategic Roadmap 2022 – 2025. The Senior Advisor will support HQ, RB, and COs, in building a holistic whole Supply Chain approach tailored to their operational context and needs.


The Senior Advisor on Gender, Diversity and Environmental Governance (GDE) directly supports SCO senior management in converting the theoretical approaches on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE), Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into practical steps for the World Food Programme’s Supply Chain day-to-day activities, interventions, and operations.




Serving under the direct supervision of the Deputy Director of Supply Chain, the GDE Senior Advisor will be embedded in SCO’s front office. The Advisor will be responsible for leading the development and supporting the implementation of a cross-cutting portfolio of policies on gender, diversity, and environmental sustainability in line with the pillars and objectives articulated in the Supply Chain Strategic Road Map 2022 – 2025.


KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)


1. Strategic Plan Alignment

  • Provide technical leadership for the development of Gender, Diversity, and Environmental sustainability interventions, tapping into WFP corporate initiatives, resources, and plans.
  • Support SCO management in implementing and strengthening Supply Chain’s Strategic Roadmap 2022-2025, using an intersectional, inclusive, and transformative approach to provide technical oversight and operationalization of the WFP People Strategy, with a focus gender and diversity in Supply Chain.
  • Lead the development of policy on the gender, diversity, and environment nexus, and propose Supply Chain specific initiatives to contribute to a holistic approach to Supply Chain management, with a focus on the social and environmental impact of Supply Chain activities, benchmarked against industry best practices
  • Lead the design and implementation of a gender-transformative, diversity-focused, and environmentally sustainable multi-polar Supply Chain Strategy for humanitarian operations, that positions WFP as a leader in this area within the humanitarian sector.
  • Keep abreast of industry best practices and cutting-edge research on GDE, and produce high quality documents, guidance, and communication materials to support management decision-making and mainstream gender equality, diversity, and environmental sustainability principles across Supply Chain operations.
  • Benchmark and measure implementation progress, flagging alignment challenges in reaching goals set by senior management, whilst proposing possible solutions to reach desired goals.
  • Support the Director’s Office in their preparation and engagement with strategic partners within and outside the UN humanitarian system, especially in GEWE, ESG and DEI.
  • Utilize WFP’s deep field presence, to bolster the human capital within and outside the organization to actualize the Supply Chain Strategic Roadmap 2022-2025; utilizing GEWE, ESG and DEI benchmarks against the humanitarian space and private sector to achieve SDG 2 and SDG 17.

2. Cross functional collaboration within and outside SCO for an inclusive and sustainable humanitarian supply chain.

  • Undertake actions that support resource allocation, programmatic priorities, and supply chain plans to incorporate GEWE, ESG and DEI as needed.
  • Prepare and produce analytical packages for internal and external audiences on WFPs Return on Investments on GEWE, ESG and DEI approaches, working closely with the GEN, HRM and PRO-C.
  • Contribute towards a data-driven environment by working within and outside SCO to build database sets and/or propose systems that are beneficial to WFP’s operations.
  • Spearhead formulation of fund-raising documents as well as reviewing current and identifying new/potential partners (government, UN-NGO, IFIs, academia, private sector, strategic and operational) based on internal GEWE, ESG and DEI priorities.
  • Foster productive partnerships and liaise with key internal and external stakeholders including governments and national organizations, UN agencies, NGOs, private sector actors, and academia to share knowledge, build capacity, and explore synergies.
  • Flag operational constraints to SCO management, requiring the development of strategies and provisions of advice to ensure cohesive and effective GEWE, ESG and DEI interventions.
  • In alignment with new supply chain strategic efforts, ensure that GDI are integrated into theories of change, indicators, and logical framework.

3. Technical Support

  • Strategically engage and guide HQ, RB and CO teams in new ways of thinking and GDE implementation based on SCO priorities. Sharing technical tools and resources amongst WFP operations
  • Advise management on how to take a more proactive approach to seeking the next generation of talent that will ensure WFP is prepared for a greener, more agile, and more complicated world. Work with country teams to ensure budgets and staffing plans are GDE-sensitive and reflective of gender, diversity and environmental sustainability commitments.
  • Ensure new insights from field assessments and industry learnings are incorporated into SCO interventions and operations.
  • Develop strategies and approaches to facilitate multi-team/multi-country shared learning on what is working to standardize best practice, develop comparative advantages for new program development and advance strategic partnerships.
  • Develop KPIs, methodologies, and analytical tools to assess and evaluate the social, economic, and environmental impact of Supply Chain operations worldwide.


4. Carry out additional tasks as deemed necessary by the Office of the Directors.





  • Master’s or PhD degree in Gender and Development Studies, Climate and Environmental Studies, International relations, Political Science, Management or related fields.



  • 8 or more years of professional, postgraduate experience in a relevant field of work, including the theoretical and practical implementation of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as Environmental and Social Governance interventions.
  • Experience in leading Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment assessments and innovations to test approaches that can bolster evidence generation.
  • Experience in emergency project management, programme development, coordination, and advisory positions, including a focus on environmental sustainability and socio-economic impact. • Experience in WFP and UN field operations; including formulating guidance and situational analysis using an intersectional and gender lens.



  • International Professional: Fluency (level C) in English language. Intermediate knowledge of a second UN language would be an asset.




  • Ability to support and coordinate complex areas of work across multiple teams
  • Ability to form strong relationships with WFP stakeholders to help meet SCOs GDE goals
  • Knowledge and partnership with colleagues across WFP to understand their priorities and provide support, advice and solution to senior management on GDE
  • Ability to work with multiple stakeholders on a wide range of issues. Sense of initiative and autonomy




These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

  • Leads by Example with Integrity - Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others
  • Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments - Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change
  • Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork - Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth
  • Applies Strategic Thinking - Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things
  • Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships - Builds and nurtures  external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.




This is an International Professional position and is open to all nationalities. Limited Fixed-Term Appointment (LFT) position is a non-mobile staff appointment in the international professional category for a limited period for up to 2 years. 

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

The selected candidate will be required to relocate to Rome, Italy to take up this assignment. 

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.




  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable)
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
  • Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
  • Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time
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  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified



WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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