Career Opportunities: Gender & Protection Officer NOB (100703)

Requisition # 100703 – Posted 25/10/2018 – Fixed Term – Africa, Central & Eastern – Kenya – Nairobi

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.


Talent Pool Project for National Staff in Nairobi

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 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.

WFP’s greatest strength is its workforce of 16,000 dedicated humanitarians, who work tirelessly around the world to achieve Zero Hunger, often under difficult conditions. Working for WFP is a chance to serve the world’s most vulnerable people through modern humanitarian approaches in a global and dynamic environment where life-changing experiences are the norm.

The National Talent Pool in Nairobi allows WFP to identify high caliber candidates in Kenya thanks to a robust and competitive selection process. Successful national roster applicants will be notified and placed on the pool for a period of up to two years during which he/she and may be engaged for fixed term national positions in WFP Somalia Country Office or The Regional Bureau in Nairobi when the need arises.


These jobs are found in the Regional Bureaux (RB) and Country Office (CO), and typically report to a more senior Programme Policy Officer. Job holders operate with minimal supervision and provide guidance to junior staff. They are heavily involved in day–to-day activities, analytical work and provide advice on less complex issues.


Providing strategic and technical support for the mainstreaming of gender equality and women’s empowerment in WFP operations. The incumbent may be required to travel to support field offices and WFP’s operations as needed.


Education: Advanced university degree (MA), or first university degree with additional relevant work experience and/or training/courses, in one of the following disciplines: social sciences, gender, international development, development economics or another related field like international relations, human rights, political science, or humanitarian studies.

Experience: At least three years of responsible professional work experience on gender and protection.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English is essential. Spoken and written language skills in Somali are preferred.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Core responsibilities:

  • Support robust mainstreaming of gender and protection/AAP into programming and operations, including systematic age and gender analysis, monitoring and evaluation, reporting, strategy and policy advice on specific gender/protection/AAP issues which impact WFP operations, including in the targeting of beneficiaries, choice of transfer modalities, making sure programmes do no harm.
  • Provide advice, guidance and follow-up in relation to protection and gender aspects of the Beneficiary Feedback Mechanism and Targeting.
  • Facilitate and support the integration of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) approaches in the monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management frameworks and ensure that gender considerations are integrated in all data collection initiatives, and to ensure proper gender analysis ensues.
  • Lead the implementation of Gender Action Plans and working towards progress to meet yearly targets.


  • Assist in developing staff and partner capacities to integrate gender equality, inclusion and protection principles into their work, employing diverse learning methods in daily operations and operations.
  • Work with the budget and programming office to generate gender budgeting for submission on a yearly basis.
  • Advocate management for adequate allocation of human and financial resources for effective mainstreaming of gender and protection-sensitivity.
  • Responsible for gender and protection reporting particularly for information requests coming from Regional and Headquarters, including preparing corporate reporting such as the Standard Project Reporting, tracking all gender and protection related indicators and benchmarks.
  • Provide WFP staff with regular information and updates on gender and protection concerns and trends in WFP’s programme areas.


Advocacy and partnership responsibilities:

  • Together with the Gender Results Network, identify opportunities for advocacy for the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment, and protection-sensitive planning and risk mitigation, including corporate events such as 16 days of activism and Women’s Day.
  • Support the development of relationships with gender and protection mandated agencies and inter-agency fora to strengthen coordination and advancement of gender equality, inclusion, protection, and AAP as related to food and nutrition security.
  • Represent WFP in interagency working groups (including the Gender Themed Group, Gender Based Violence sub-cluster, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Violence Taskforce meetings) related to gender equality and protection as necessary.


Knowledge & Skills:

  • Has experience working across the Program portfolio including Gender & Protection.
  • In-depth knowledge of gender and protection in humanitarian and resilience settings, including gender-based violence, humanitarian policy issues, and their linkage with food security and nutrition.

  • Solid analytical, writing skills, and communication skills.

  • Sound knowledge and skills in training and facilitation.

  • Knowledge of UN system policies and functions of gender-mandated agencies.

  • Flexibility to travel on short notice and to challenging and difficult environments.

  • Team spirit and excellent interpersonal relations.

  • Experience using MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint and other WFP software an asset.

  • Knowledge of WFP administrative policies and procedures considered an asset.



  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives : Utilizes understanding of WFP’s Strategic Objectives to communicate linkages to team objectives and work.
  • Be a force for positive change : Proactively identifies and develops new methods or improvements for self and immediate team to address work challenges within own work area.
  • Make the mission inspiring to our team : Identifies opportunities to further align individual contributions with WFP’s mission of making an impact on local communities.
  • Make our mission visible in everyday actions : Helps colleagues to see the link between their individual tasks and the contributions of their unit’s goals to the broader context of WFP’s mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills : Is able to identify, support and encourage focused on-the-job learning opportunities to address gaps between current skillsets and needed future skillsets for WFP.
  • Create an inclusive culture : Recognizes the contributions of teammates, and encourages contributions from culturally different team mates to recognise the value of diversity above and beyond just including it in programming for beneficiaries.
  • Be a coach & provide constructive feedback : Provides and solicits ongoing constructive feedback on strengths and development opportunities to help develop individual skills, whilst also helping others identify areas for improvement.
  • Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit : Sets clear targets for self and others to focus team efforts in ambiguous situations (e.g., unprecedented issues and/or scenarios)


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions : Thinks beyond team’s conventional approaches to formulate creative methods for delivering food aid and assistance to beneficiaries. 
  • Focus on getting results : Maintains focus on achieving individual results in the face of obstacles such as volatile or fragile environments and/or organizational roadblocks.
  • Make commitments and make good on commitments : Takes personal accountability for upholding and delivering upon team’s commitments and provides assurance to stakeholders.
  • Be Decisive : Demonstrates ability to adjust to team’s plans and priorities to optimize outcomes in light of evolving directives, while also responding quickly in high-pressure environments, such as in emergency settings.


  • Connect and share across WFP units : Demonstrates an understanding of when and how to tactfully engage other units in conversations on impact, timing, or planning
  • Build strong external partnerships : Networks regularly with key external partners using formal and informal opportunities to understand each partner’s unique value proposition, and to build and strengthen relationships  
  • Be politically agile & adaptable : Demonstrates ability to adapt engagement approach in the context of evolving partner circumstances and expectations 
  • Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships : Demonstrates ability to articulate to internal and external audiences the value that individual contributions and immediate teams bring to partnerships.


10th November 2018


This position is open to qualified Kenyan candidates only. Female candidates 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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