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World Food Programme (WFP) – Regional Gender and Youth Livelihoods Coordinator.

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The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) seeks individuals of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages 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.

ABOUT WFP

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

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT

WFP is partnering with the Mastercard Foundation (MCF) for a five-year 130 million USD program, titled ‘Strengthening food systems to promote increased value chain employment opportunities for youth’. This program, which aims to strengthen local food systems and making them more efficient, sustainable, and inclusive for youth, in particular young women, will be implemented in eight Country Offices, in three different regions: East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda); Southern Africa (Tanzania, Mozambique) and West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal). In each of these countries, the program will adopt an integrated value chain approach to implement context-specific interventions aimed at reaching the following outcomes:

  • Young people, especially women, have improved employment opportunities along the value chain.
  • Smallholder farmers, especially youth and women, increase the value of their sales, resulting in improved income.
  • Smallholder farmers, especially youth and women, reduce post-harvest losses and improve the quality for targeted crops.
  • Improved inclusiveness of marginalized groups in agricultural value chains.
  • Improved value chain efficiency for young people, in particular women.

The program will focus on reducing post-harvest losses and increasing the access of small-holder farmers to reliable and remunerative market opportunities for a range of different crops. In complement to those core intervention areas, the partnership will introduce innovative access to finance solutions to the benefit of key value chain actors, as well as a range of other innovative digital solutions to strengthen the performance of those actors and improve the overall efficiency of the targeted value chains. In addition, whenever possible the initiative will explore and advance digital solutions to attract young people to the sector and increase value chain efficiencies.

To fully leverage this opportunity and fill critical outstanding knowledge gaps around the different thematic areas of the partnership, The project is aiming to complement the implementation with an ambitious and rigorous research agenda.

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION

The Project has an internal three-tier coordination and technical support structure: i) a Programme Steering Committee (PSC); ii) a Programme Coordination Team (CT), comprising both in WFP Headquarters and the three Regional Bureaux in which the partnership is implemented; iii) the Programme working group at country level (COWG).

The Regional Gender and Youth Coordinator will act as focal point of the MCF-WFP partnership and serve as a member of the Programme CT at the Regional Bureau level. Given the nature of the partnership and the MCF’s focus and work on youth employment and women empowerment, it is advisable that the Regional Gender and Youth Livelihoods Coordinator has technical expertise in at least two or more of the areas covered by the programme pillars/outcomes, mentioned below:

  1. Young people, especially women, have improved employment opportunities along the value chain.
  2. Smallholder farmers, especially youth and women, increase the value of their sales, resulting in improved income.
  3. Smallholder farmers, especially youth and women, reduce post-harvest losses and improve the quality for targeted crops.
  4. Improved inclusiveness of marginalized groups in agricultural value chains.
  5. Improved value chain efficiency for young people, in particular women

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Advanced university degree in one of the following disciplines: agricultural economy, development economics, agricultural and rural development, M&E, development studies, gender studies or other related fields.

Experience: Minimum 6 years of post-graduate, progressively responsible professional experience in coordination and project management. Previous experience in managing projects on youth employment and women empowerment and sound understanding of programming on women’s economic empowerment are desirable. The ability to coordinate multi-stakeholders is an asset.

Language: Fluency (level C) in English language is required.

Qualities we look for: 

  • Proven abilities to coordinate agriculture-related projects
  • In-depth knowledge of gender issues/inequality in development settings, and linkages with agriculture development and sound understanding of programming on women’s economic empowerment
  • Solid analytical skills, including gender analysis, or labor market/ skills forecast
  • Solid oral and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate through multiple mediums (e.g., policy, advocacy messaging, reporting, training)
  • Team spirit and excellent interpersonal relations.
  • Knowledge of the UN system, including gender-related mandates is an asset.

ACCOUNTABILITIES/RESPONSIBILITIES

The Regional Gender and Youth Coordinator will be the primary interface of the Program Coordination Team with the Country Offices implementing the MCF program in the region and will join the monthly meetings of the Program working group at country level (COWG). The Regional Gender and Youth Coordinator will also provide additional support to Country Offices in the areas of his/her technical expertise and coordinate the technical support that can be provided to the country offices by the Regional Bureau’s concerned units (e.g., SAMS, food systems, gender, supply chain, etc.).

The Regional Gender and Youth Coordinator will represent the Regional Bureau within the Program Coordination Team. In this respect the Regional Gender and Youth Coordinator will attend meetings of the Coordination Team, provide regular updates and report any issues of concern and progress to the Deputy Global Coordinator. The Regional Coordinator will also support strategic partnership development with other external and internal livelihood actors. The Regional Coordinator will also participate on related for a on youth, economic inclusion and other thematic groups.

The Regional Coordinator will provide regular updates to Bureau colleagues from various units, such as Logistics, Procurement and TEC, as well as the various teams of the Programme Unit.

SPECIFIC TERMS OF REFERENCE

  • Coordinate the implementation of MCF initiatives at regional level and ensure alignment of the program activities to the existing relevant regional programmatic initiatives.
  • Serve as technical professional in advising the program countries in the region on areas to strengthen and improve regarding youth and livelihoods.
  • Support Country Offices on Country Strategic Planning when needed.
  • When required, provide technical support also to other program countries in the region, based on his/her specific technical expertise, preferably in the areas of youth employment and women empowerment (e.g. provide advice on outreach strategies to marginalized groups; on identifying the main gender barriers /constraints to women participation and engagement in the agriculture sector and WFP operations, and in designing appropriate gender strategies, components, and indicators to respond to gender issues).
  • Support the Country Offices with data analysis, communication, and advocacy, and develop an advocacy strategy to make strategic shift at policy level through this project.
  • Support Country Offices in the process of timely monitoring the impact of the MCF program in the Common Areas of Success identified with MCF, in the collection and reporting on data driven evidence, and liaise with the Regional Bureau and Coordination Team, M&E function to ensure quality of the above.
  • Review the biannual and annual narrative reports prepared by the COs, share the RBx-reviewed reports with HQ, collate HQ comments and share back with COs.
  • Compile technical feedback from countries into relevant products as per donor requests/requirements, in coordination with the Coordination Team’s Knowledge Management function.
  • Support the generation of think pieces from project implementation to contribute to the body of knowledge on youth employment and women’s economic empowerment, in coordination with CT’s Knowledge Management function.
  • Contribute to the design of, and participate in, country and regional level learning events, including conferences, workshops on thematic areas and on the IFPRI and other institutions research projects.
  • Join the monthly meetings of the Country Office Working Groups and follow up with Country Offices on the action points agreed in the meeting.
  • Join the monthly meetings of the Coordination Team and provide updates on progress and constraints.
  • Ensure that the COWG fosters collaboration and cooperation with key stakeholders, including governments, RB regional bodies, private sectors, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society, research and academic institutions and donors’ institutions to contribute to effective project implementation.
  • Liaise with the other Regional Bureaux Regional Gender and Youth Coordinators on a regular basis, with regards to knowledge sharing, challenges and risks, communications, etc.
  • Represent the food systems team in the related thematic fora on youth, livelihoods, economic inclusion.

Supervision: The incumbent will work under the overall guidance of the Head of the Food Systems (Climate Action, Resilient Livelihoods and Gender Equality), and the direct supervision of the Regional Gender Adviser, the Regional Gender and Youth Coordinator will be provided with guidance, and leadership.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Type of Contract:

 Fixed Term Contract (Five Years)

Duty Station:

 Nairobi Regional Bureau, Kenya

Contract Duration: 

One (1) year renewable

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DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

May 18, 2022

This position is open to Kenyan Nationals and only shortlisted candidates 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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