Senior Programme Associate (Protection & Gender) SC7 - Maputo, Maputo, Mozambique

Organization: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Country: Mozambique

City: Maputo, Mozambique

Office: WFP in Maputo, Mozambique


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.

Female and qualified applicants are especially encouraged to apply


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.


These jobs are found in Regional Bureaux (RBs), Country Offices (COs), Area/Field Offices (AOs/FOs). The job holders typically report to a Programme Policy Officer or Head of Field Office. WFP recognizes that Gender Equality and Women’s empowerment are key to fulfil its mandate of ending Global hunger and saving lives during Humanitarian Crises.The WFP Gender Policy (2015-2020), currently in the process of being updated, provides overall direction and guidance for integrating gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) in all WFP work to ensure that diverse food security and nutrition need of women, me, boys and girls are addressed.

WFP in Mozambique CO is proud to be among the first Countries to have embraced the Gender Transformation Program (GTP), and the first one in Southern Africa to complete the GTP in December 2018. A strong gender transformative focus is Key to WFP delivering on this commitment and to successful implementation of the Integrated Road Map and effective development of the new Country Strategic Plan. Grounded in leadership and accountability, gender-transformative programming and organisational change, WFP Mozambique is committed to strengthening efforts for the delivery of gender equality outcomes in food security and nutrition.


In order to help the Country Office meet the commitment, building on ongoing commitments to mainstreaming and incorporating Gender transformative activities in the COs programming, WFP is seeking to hire a dynamic and driven Gender Associate. The Gender Associate is expected to lead the implementation of the annual Gender Action Plan, in close collaboration with the Gender and Protection Advisor, as well as providing ongoing technical support to WFPs interventions across the country profile including Nutrition, School Feeding, Emergency food assistance (in-kind and CBT modalities) and resilience among others.


Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in Gender, Human Rights or international development.


Five or more years of progressive experience in implementing technical programs with increased level of responsability relevant to gender and inclusion.

Experience providing input to policy discussions.

Language:Fluency in both oral and written communication in Englis and Portuguese Knoweledge in at least one local Language(Desirable).

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Contribute to the development of Programme activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with Gender Policies and guidance.

Undertake gender analysis of food and cash assistance Programmes, (for example: School Feeding, Post-harvest Loss, nutrition, FFA).

Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partner staff and Government representatives by developing training materials, designing and overseeing the delivery of Gender training activities.

Develop and coordinate Gender data gathering and analysis in coordination with M&E staff.

Support the Reporting Unit in ensuring reports and funding proposals include relevant and up to date Gender information.

Produce operational research and analytical products of relevance to Gender.

Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration in the area of Gender.

Support the identification, development and management of potential partnerships in the area of Gender.

Lead implementation of the annual Gender Action Plan.

Collaborate closely with the communications team to develop sensitive and centred Gender communications materials for internal and external purposes including commemoration of international and national days focused on Gender Equality.


Familiarity with Agenda 2030 and respective targets - particularly SDG1, SDG2, SDG5 and SDG17 - and how the work of WFP can contribute to achieving them.

Familiarity with WFP’s mandate, Country Strategic Planning process, intervention modalities, Programme and Project lifecycle tools, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation desirable.

Basic understanding of technical and theoretical concepts pertinent to Gender.

Strong knowledge of key National and Regional contexts and issues.

Quantitative and qualitative analytical skills.

Ability to produce high-quality written outputs in the working language.

Understanding of basic principles of Stakeholder engagement with Government and other counterparts at the National or local level.

Opening for exploring and experimenting with new ideas and approaches.

Ability to work independently in a timely and organised manner.

Ability to work as part of a Team, participating in open Dialogues and valuing diverse opinions of others, regardless of Gender, culture, background, experience, or Country assignment.

Aptitude for managing, guiding and empowering Teams.

Moderate to proficient computer literacy.



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 Name

Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level

Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance

Demonstrates 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 analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.

Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas

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 capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.

Strategic Policy Engagement w/Government

Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.


This position is applicable only to Mozambican Nationals.

Type of contract:

Service Contract (SC7)


12 months (With possibility of renewal)


18th May 2021


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.

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