World Food Programme (WFP) – Regional Gender Advisor, Consultant Level II.

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The World Food Programme (WFP) is the United Nations frontline agency fighting hunger. WFP reaches more than 80 million people every day – delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with smallholder farmers, communities and governments to improve nutrition and build resilience.

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 ten countries: Burundi, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.


A world of Zero Hunger requires a world of gender equality and women’s empowerment, in which everyone has equal access to resources and a voice in the decision-making processes that shape their lives. WFP’s Gender Policy 2022 presents three programming objectives that reflect the ambition to achieve food security through the WFP-focused SDG 2 and SDG 17 objectives through the implementation of SDG 5- achievement of gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls”.

Since 2016, Regional Bureau Nairobi (RBN) has been guiding and steering Country Offices on the development and implementation strategies to integrate and operationalize the WFP Gender Policy. In building on the work of the previous policy, the Country Gender Action Plans are being updated to reflect the new realities and challenges of the world, with the foundational aim of empowering beneficiaries regardless of sex, gender, disability and other identifiers that can impact their food and nutritional security.

The Regional Gender Advisor (RGA) is tasked with supporting COs to articulate their gender work within the CSPs, as well as enabling progressive dialogues (internally and externally) to redress gender equalities in a sustainable and appropriate manner. The RGA is to support all Country Offices in the collection, analysis and use of quantitative and qualitative sex, age and disability disaggregated data into useable information, informing strategic humanitarian and development activities.  WFP RBN provides programmatic oversight and support to all country offices in the implementation of their gender action plans and their efforts to mainstream gender-sensitive approaches in all CSP and specialized activities. The Bureau is also a front-line provider of support in enabling country offices to meet their commitments under the WFP Gender policy, including the application of the gender and age marker at both the design and monitoring phases of their programme activities. Sitting within the Food Systems, Climate and Livelihoods team, the RGA will be working within a food systems and framework, conscious of the gendered impacts of climate change on livelihoods, food and nutrition security for the women, men, boys and girls WFP serves.


  • Advise, guide and steer RBN and CO on the implementation of the corporate Gender Policy mainstreaming gender equality, women’s empowerment within WFP operations and programmatic interventions at the regional level and at Country Office level;
  • Support robust mainstreaming of gender into WFP programming and operations, including systematic gender analysis, and provide policy advice on specific gender issues that impact on WFP operations in a variety of country, community and local contexts
  • Work with senior management in the RB and the COs to ensure strong institutional commitment and leadership (through active and visible champions) for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) programme and process objectives
  • Manage the effective application and use of the Gender and Age Marker by supporting country office teams   are equipped to sustainably report on gender equality outcomes, mainstreamed gender equality objectives/goals in all WFP strategies, projects and programmes;
  • Support the establishment, coordinate the work and strengthen the technical capacity of the internal gender infrastructure including Regional Bureau Gender Results Team and the regional and country office Gender Results Network;
  • Strengthen strategic partnerships on gender and support mobilization of resources required to implement the WFP gender policy and gender regional strategy effectively;
  • Develop and implement gender training across the region including on gender transformative programming, gender analysis, Gender Based Violence, Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and other related subjects;
  • Strengthen WFP workforce and partners’ gender awareness and gender programming capacities and improve their ability for gender mainstreaming in project design and throughout the programming cycle.


  • Capacity building provided to the country office staff on gender transformative approaches and women’s empowerment.
  • The finalization of the Country Gender Action Plans. (Minimum 5)
  • Technical, policy and programmatic support provided on the integration of gender perspectives in the overall strategic planning and programming of WFP projects/programmes.
  • Strengthened coordination mechanisms for gender mainstreaming and programming developed between gender advisors and gender results networks.
  • Facilitated WFP engagement in interagency working groups and networks.
  • Support provided to country offices in mainstreaming gender into needs assessment frameworks including adaptation of tools, collection, analysis and reporting processes


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

Language: Working knowledge (proficiency/Level C) of English is required. Beginner level French or Arabic is a strong advantage. 


At least 7+ years of relevant work experience in the field of gender in the field of food and nutrition security utilizing a climate and food system lens.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • In-depth knowledge of gender in humanitarian and development settings, especially in the areas of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, Gender-Based Violence, humanitarian policy issues, and its linkage with food security, nutrition and climate change.
  • Solid analytical, writing skills, and communication skills (including developing advocacy messages)
  • 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 in challenging and difficult environments.
  • Team spirit and excellent interpersonal relations


Type of contract:                           International Consultancy, Level II

Unit/Division:                                WFP Regional Bureau for East Africa (RBN)

Duty Station(City, Country):       Nairobi, Kenya

Duration:                                       11 months



Deadline for applications: 15th July 2022

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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