Programme Policy Officer (Gender & Protection Advisor) – Dar es salaam

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

Language: Working knowledge (proficiency/Level C) of English is required.


Under the supervision of the Country Director and in close collaboration with the Country Office’s Gender Focal Point, and with technical support from the Gender Office at Headquarters and the Regional Bureau, the Gender and Protection Advisor will provide strategic and technical support for the mainstreaming of gender and protection.


  • Develop the Country Office Gender and Protection Strategies and related Action Plans;
  • Support mobilising resources for the implementation of the Action plans;
  • Support the Country Office in implementing the Gender Transformation Programme;
  • Implement Office Gender Capacity Strengthening Programme;
  • Enhance the overall knowledge and importance of gender in the Country Office; and
  • Develop and implement a succession plan, which may include the recruitment of new staff and training.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  • Work with the M&E/VAM Unit to ensure systematic collection, analysis and use of quantitative and qualitative sex- and age disaggregated data;
  • Draft a gender and protection analysis; and
  • Contribute to the WFP Gender Community of Practice, including contributing to the online Gender Community and facilitating participation in the monthly gender brown bag sessions.
  • Provide policy and programme advice on specific gender and protection issues that impact on WFP operations, and how to comprehensively mainstream gender and protection in programming;
  • Support the set-up of the beneficiary feedback mechanism for all activities (i.e. hot line), including training for WFP and partners’ staff, as well as beneficiary awareness and sensitisation; and
  • Ensure that WFP’s programmes are transformative in nature.
  • Develop and implement protection and gender training (for both WFP and partners’ staff), including on gender/protection awareness, gender/protection analysis, gender/protection in the programme management cycle, gender-based violence, sexual exploitation an abuse, accountability to affected populations, and other related subjects;


  • Support the implementation of gender and protection capacity development initiatives; and
  • Strengthen the capacities of the Country Officer Gender Results Network members.
  • Represent WFP in interagency working groups as well as in other fora, and ensure WFP’s engagement and contribution; and
  • Liaise with the Regional Gender and Protection Advisers, Country Office Gender Results Network members, Country Office Gender Focal Point, as well as gender staff from UN entities, NGOs, donors, community-based organisations and government bodies, including women’s rights organisations.
  • Support the Country Office in producing regular updates and briefing materials on gender and protection;
  • Build strategic alliances with key partners to advocate for gender transformative programming and collaborate on GEWE and protection initiatives; and
  • Ensure project proposals incorporate and adequately describe gender transformative activities.



  • 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.


Capability Name                             Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance : Displays ability to identify the main hunger problem at the national or subnational level to design and implement context-specific programmes that integrate complex analysis and the full range of food assistance tools.

Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher)    Demonstrates the ability to design, implement, monitor and provide oversight over effective and efficient programmes deploying different transfer modalities.

Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.)

Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.

Emergency Programming

Displays ability to translate understanding of programme principles in emergencies and protracted conflict situations into relevant, effective, and context specific approaches

Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government

Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes..



At least 10 years of relevant work experience in gender or related field, such as human rights.


  • Desirable Knowledge and Skills
  • In-depth knowledge of gender in humanitarian and development settings, gender-based violence, humanitarian policy issues and linkages with food security and nutrition.
  • Solid analytical skills, including gender analysis.
  • Solid communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate through multiple mediums (e.g. policy, advocacy messaging, reporting, training)
  • Sound knowledge and skills in adult learning.
  • Team spirit and excellent interpersonal relations.
  • Knowledge of the UN system, including gender-related mandates is an asset.


  • The applicant should be international professional.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Applicants must submit their applications online.
  • Use English language only.
  • Indicate clear years of years of experience with each job (Month/Year).
  • Attach copies of your qualifications.
  • By submitting your applications, you have read the Terms of Reference for this position and agree that any false, wrong, incomplete information might lead to your disqualification in this recruitment process.


The deadline for receiving applications is 31 December 2021.

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