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Programme Associate (Protection, Gender and Accountability to Affected Population)SC6; Kyiv, Ukraine


  • Organization: WFP - World Food Programme
  • Location: Ukraine
  • Grade: Consultancy - SB-3 (SC6/SC7), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Administrative support
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Population matters (trends and census)
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


Career Opportunities: Programme Associate (Protection, Gender and Accountability to Affected Populations) SC-6 |

Duty station: Kyiv | One year


🚩 Vacancy Announcement n°: 178983

📢 Job Title: Programme Associate (Protection, Gender and Accountability to Affected Populations)

📌Type of Contract: Service Contract

➡️ Unit / Division: Programme Unit / WFP Ukraine

📍   Duty Station: Kyiv

➡️ Duration: 12 months (renewable)

⏰ Closing date: Monday 02 January, midnight (Ukraine Time)


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.

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What will you do in this position?

Programme Associate (Protection, Gender, Accountability to Affected Populations) who will support WFP's operation in Ukraine to integrate Protection, Gender and Accountability to Affected Populations (PGAAP) in order to maximize safety, dignity and equality into programming, and minimize social tensions and unintended discrimination or exclusion among beneficiaries. Based in the Country Office, the incumbent will be required to travel regularly to support field offices and WFP’s operations in Ukraine.

Why work with us?

The war in Ukraine has left an estimated one in three families without enough food, rising to one in two in some areas of the East and South. More than 6 million Ukrainians have been internally displaced and more than 6 million have left the country. Many of those who remain have lost their livelihoods, especially in areas close to the front lines. Millions who fled their homes to the country’s West are preparing for long-term internal displacement. Many who have returned to liberated areas around the capital, Kyiv, are struggling to rebuild their lives, having run out of money or found their homes reduced to rubble.

WFP is quickly scaling up to support 4.7 million people per month inside Ukraine, using a flexible mix of food and cash assistance. We support people wherever they are, including in areas close to the front line.

This is an opportunity for an exciting and challenging Human Resources role in a multi-cultural, hardworking, fun and interdisciplinary HR team. In addition, we offer:

➡️ Meaningful and impactful careers:

Our day-to-day work makes a difference in the lives of the people we serve

➡️ Continuous learning and training:

We provide learning tools for our staff to continually develop their careers

➡️ Multicultural and stimulating work environment:

We encourage gender and cultural diversity to make our teams stronger

Join us to make a difference in Ukraine, watch this video to know more about us!!  

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of Programme Policy Officer (Protection, Gender, AAP)  in Ukraine Country Office Programme Associate will perform next tasks:

  • Supports the capacity of staff, cooperating partners, and contractors on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Gender and Disability Inclusion.
  • Regularly analyzes (through field missions, staff consultation and review of latest data) changes in the operational context which affect the gender issues and protection risks faced by affected people, and their ability to receive information and provide feedback and comments;
  • Identifies potential adjustments WFP can make to maximize Protection, Gender, AAP outcomes, promote gender equality and transformation, and minimize risks including protection from sexual exploitation and abuse;
  • Works closely and collaboratively with Programme colleagues and partners to discuss operational and implementation issues, find solutions, make recommendations and/or alert senior management for higher-level intervention and other affiliated entities to implement PGAAP in their work and raise awareness on protection and gender through marking special events like 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based violence etc.;
  • Supports the application of the Gender and Age Marker to all programmes, at both the design and evaluation stages;
  • Supports development and dissemination of information and materials about WFP, Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Inclusion in cooperation with Communications Unit;
  • Supports screening of potential cooperating partners from the Protection, Gender, AAP standpoint.
  • Supports WFP’s coordination with interagency working groups and liaising with external stakeholders including gender and protection staff of other UN entities, NGOs, community-based organisations and government bodies; including women’s rights organisations and organisations with persons with disabilities;
  • Documents/reports Protection, Gender, AAP activities for ad-hoc/monthly/annual reports;
  • Provides operational support and facilitation to the Protection Unit;
  • Other related tasks as required.

To join us in saving lives, changing lives, you will have for...

Education:    Advanced university degree in one of the following disciplines: Law, International Development, Gender Studies, Human Rights, Political or Social Sciences, or another related field.     
Experience:    At least 3 years of postgraduate relevant progressively responsible professional experience in the humanitarian and development sectors, of which at least 2 years have been spent working in a development context with UN agencies and NGOs. Protection experience is an asset.
Experience of undertaking capacity building of colleagues or partner organisations and/or delivering training. 

Knowledge & Skills:  

 1. In-depth and operational understanding of integrating humanitarian protection, gender equality, women’s empowerment, accountability to affected populations, disability, sexual and gender-based violence, conflict-sensitive programming and humanitarian principles into humanitarian assistance.
2. Strong analytical, writing and communication skills. Sound knowledge and skills in training and facilitation, including adapting materials for the audience. Client orientation with excellent interpersonal and team skills, including mentoring skills. Cross-cultural sensitivity. Knowledge of UN system policies and functions of protection-mandated agencies.

Languages:    Fluency in Ukrainian and English is a requirement (verbal and written).


Before you apply...

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 an inclusive work environment in which diversity is valued and where no form of discrimination is tolerated. We aim to achieve parity in our teams in Ukraine. Qualified female applicants are especially encouraged to apply. CV and cover letter must be submitted in English language.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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.Bottom of Form



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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