World Food Programme (WFP) – Programme Assistant (Gender And Food Systems) G5.

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The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetime. 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.

The WFP Regional Bureau for Eastern and Central Africa (RBN) is based in Nairobi and provides strategic direction, technical guidance, resource mobilization, and management support to WFP operations and activities in nine countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, and Uganda.


The focus of World Food Program (WFP) has evolved from food security and hunger avoidance to nutrition security, social protection, and socioeconomic development of vulnerable populations. The next logical and timely step in WFP’s journey is to embrace systems thinking and a food systems approach across the full spectrum of its thinking and action, thereby become an intentional global force for food systems transformation. Such a transformation is critical to ensuring sustainable healthy diets for all and a zero-hunger world. Embracing systems thinking will bring greater coherence and integration to WFP’s work and intentionality to WFP’s contribution to food systems transformation.

Globally, there are many emerging strategic tracks within WFP that represent leverage points for it to contribute to food systems transformation more effectively. One of these strategic tracks is supporting women as pillars of the food system and agents of transformative change. Women play multiple roles in food systems, as custodians of household food security, food producers, farm managers, and traders. Their roles are often invisible, or at best, at the margins of food systems transformation efforts. They remain disproportionately affected by climate change due to constraints on their roles as vital stakeholders in resource management, preparedness, and mitigation activities. They lack meaningful access to decision making and leadership spaces in climate-related policies, programs, and emergency responses; and they are disproportionately affected by social and cultural norms that prevent them from being empowered


Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa  is committed to shifting this narrative through supporting country offices to achieve three strategic objectives:

1.         Equitable access to and control over the means to achieve food security and nutrition

2.         Progress in advancing gender equality by addressing the root causes of gender inequality

3.         Economic empowerment of women and girls

This role will contribute to the delivery of these three strategic objectives.      



A University degree in any of the following fields: gender studies, agricultural economics, anthropology, sociology, development, or any other related social science.

Working Experience:

  • At least 2 years of work experience in the humanitarian sector
  • Strong knowledge of gender across the thematic areas of climate change and linkages with food systems 
  • Experience with the creation of learning and advocacy materials
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook).


Fluency (level C) in the English language and the duty station’s language, if different.


  • Demonstrated capacity to work in a team
  • Ability to work independently
  • Strong verbal and written presentation skills
  • Highly motivated and inspired by our mission to improve health and save money for people across the globe.
  • Determination and a strong will to the challenges and opportunities that come with advancing a gender agenda
  • Takes pride in your work and is highly accountable.
  • Energized by finding creative solutions to new situations.
  • Ambitious and take initiative and thrive in environments with minimal supervision.
  • Knowledge of WFP’s technical dashboards and ecosystems is an added advantage

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

What you will do:

  • Support regional efforts to operationalize the new gender policy in WFP Operations at the regional level and in Country Offices.
  • Support mainstreaming of gender into WFP programming and operations.
  • Support knowledge management and documentation of learning and reporting on Gender responsive and gender transformative approaches in the region.
  • Support the Regional Gender Advisor to oversee implementation of flagship projects and grants at country-level.
  • Support regional efforts to effectively apply the Gender and Age Marker this includes coordination of capacity building efforts to ensure that staff are equipped to mainstream gender equality objectives/goals in all WFP strategies, projects, and programs.


  • Coordinating regional efforts to strengthen strategic partnerships on gender.
  • Contribute to resource mobilization efforts to effectively implement the gender policy across the region and country offices.
  • Support coordination of gender training across the region including gender, gender analysis, Gender-Based Violence, and other related subjects.
  • Manage the knowledge component on gender.
  • Coordinate efforts on data-driven evidence generation and consolidate monitoring, evaluation, and learning initiatives.


Type of Contract:

Fixed Term Contract

Duty Station:

Nairobi Regional Bureau, Kenya

Contract Duration: 

12 Months (Renewable)




January 10, 2022

Only shortlisted will be contacted.

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.




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