Programme Associate (Protection Gender and Disability Inclusion), SC6
Posted 20/11/2018
Bangladesh - Dhaka

Job Description

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 diversity and gender balance.


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.


WFP’s strategies are to save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies, prepare for emergencies, restore and rebuild lives after emergencies, reduce chronic hunger and under nutrition, and strengthen the capacity of countries to reduce hunger.


The Protection, Gender and Disability Inclusion Associate will be responsible for facilitating the mainstreaming of Protection Gender & Disability Inclusion into programme design and implementation processes, coordination and reporting of the ongoing Country Strategic Plan (CSP) activities. The position requires travel to the Sub Offices and project areas. To undertake his/her role effectively, S/He will have to adopt a team working style, working particularly closely with Sub Offices (project staff) and other units under the guidance of the Protection Gender & Disability Inclusion Officer.


The Protection Gender and Disability Inclusion (PG& DI) Associate will support to integrate protection, gender and disability inclusion to WFP operations in Bangladesh to maximize safety, dignity and equality, and minimize social tensions and unintended discrimination or exclusion.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the supervision of the PG and DI Officer, in Bangladesh Country Office the incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Regularly analyzing 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 or make complaints;
  • Identifying potential adjustments WFP can make to maximize protection, gender and accountability to the affected population (PGAAP) outcomes; promote gender equality and transformation; and minimize risks including protection from sexual exploitation and abuse;
  • Supporting implementation of gender-transformative programming including programmes for Social safety nets and for women’s economic empowerment;
  • Supporting the capacity of staff, partners, contractors and other affiliated entities to implement PGAAP in their work;
  • Represent WFP in interagency and other external fora, and maintain relationships with protection mandated actors.
  • Documenting/reporting PGAAP activities for ad-hoc/monthly/annual reports.
  • Work closely and collaboratively with Programme colleagues and partners to discuss operational and implementation issues, work together to get solutions or recommendations and/or alert appropriate officials and stakeholders for higher-level intervention and/or decision.
  • Provide support and build capacity for the integration of gender into disaster preparedness, contingency, resilience and post-disaster needs assessments planning
  • Support application of the Gender and Age Marker to all programmes and monitoring at both the design and evaluation stages.
  • Represent WFP in interagency working groups and facilitate WFP engagement and coordination of gender networks in absence of PG & DI officer
  • Liaise with the Sub-Office Protection, Gender and Disability Inclusion advisors and relevant focal persons, as well as colleagues of other UN entities, NGOs, community-based organizations and government bodies; including women’s rights organizations and the national women’s machinery.


  • Flexibility, including to travel on short notice and in challenging and difficult environments;
  • Openness to intensive mentoring support with a view to taking over responsibility for protection, gender and disability inclusion in the entire operation.


Education: Advanced university degree in one of the following disciplines: international development, law, gender studies, human rights, political or social sciences, or another related field.


Fluency in oral and written English (proficiency/Level C) is required.

Fluency in oral and written Bangla is required.


Knowlede & Skills:

In-depth and operational understanding of integrating 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.

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.




  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
  •  Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.


  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.


  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
  •  Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.


  • Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.


Capability NameDescription of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food AssistanceDemonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers)Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized AreasUnderstands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.
Emergency ProgrammingDisplays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/GovernmentUnderstands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.


  • At least 3-5 years’ experience in providing Protection, Gender and Disability Inclusion or in development projects, of which at least two years are direct field experience.
  • Work experience must include mainstreaming or targeted action in protection and gender, as well as community engagement, feedback and complaints handling.


Type of contract: Service Contract

Level of function: SC-6

Location: Dhaka

Nationality : Bangladeshi only

Monthly Net Salary: BDT. 103, 091


4 December 2018


Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries 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.

Above texts are copied from UN WFP Official Web Page (WFP.org) 
Copyright 2018 © World Food Programme

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