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WFP-Gender Specialist (Policy)-P3-Manila, Philippines

Manila, Philippines
Title: Gender Specialist (Policy)
Location: Manila, Philippines
P level: P3
Duration: 3 months
Language: English

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, working in more than 80 countries. WFP is well known for its ability to deliver food assistance rapidly to people in need. The United Nations World Food Programme has also been awarded the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize.

The World Food Programme’s engagement in the Philippines is constantly evolving. Initially commencing operations in the 1960s, WFP officially re-established its presence in 2006 to support the peace process in Mindanao, to provide life-saving food assistance in emergencies and to develop programmes that seek to improve nutrition and the overall quality of life of vulnerable people.

Since 1 July 2018, WFP has been implementing a five-year Country Strategic Plan (CSP 2018-2023) to support the Government of the Philippines to address food insecurity, reduce malnutrition and build the resilience of vulnerable populations. In its strategic plan, WFP identified four outcomes and five main activities:
•    Strategic outcome 1: Crisis-affected people in the Philippines are able to meet their food and nutrition needs during and immediately after an emergency.
•    Strategic outcome 2: Women, boys and girls in provinces prioritized by the Government have adequate and healthy diets to reduce malnutrition by 2022 in line with government targets.
•    Strategic outcome 3: Vulnerable communities in Mindanao have improved food security and nutrition by 2022 in line with government targets.
•    Strategic outcome 4: National and local government agencies have enhanced capabilities to reduce vulnerability to shocks by 2022.


Globally, WFP has in place a gender policy that aims to enable WFP to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment into all of its work and activities, thereby ensuring that the different food security and nutrition needs of women, men, girls and boys are met. To achieve this, it sets out four objectives: (1) Food assistance adapted to different needs, (2) Equal participation, (3) Decision-making by women and girls, and (4) Gender and Protection

The role holder will be responsible for the below duties:

•    Drawing on recent nationwide gender analysis conducted by the CO, analyze how the Typhoon has impacted the population by gender diversity, including the food, security, and nutrition of different 
Ensure the emergency response is meeting the requirements on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) and guide the Country Office on appropriate gender mainstreaming actions under the current WFP Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2018-2023
•    Consider the COVID-19 implications on the response and propose programmatic strategies to respond to different population groups including males and females of different ages and intersecting characteristics such as disabilities, LGBTIQ and other diversity
•    Identify priorities for WFP to support GEWE in the Philippines as relevant to WFP’s focus in emergency response, support to government to enhance capabilities to reduce vulnerability to shocks, ensuring adequate and healthy diets to reduce malnutrition amongst communities experiencing highest poverty
•    In depth focus on the gendered needs of the communities in impacted areas with a particular focus on indigenous communities and communities experiencing recurrent displacement. This is the region most affected in terms of poverty and vulnerability and where the linkages between conflict and food insecurity are most acute.
•   Identify challenges due to the current emergency and ways that WFP can support women’s
participation and leadership during the response.
•    Identify how WFP can best support government to take a gender-responsive approach to their shock responsive national social protection program.
Liaise with UN and NGO agency gender-oriented counterparts including key partners such as UNFPA who are actively engaged in the response.
•    Support the CO Programme and Policy Unit and the Country Director on broader partnership with UN and inter-agency entities, eg gender working groups, with strategic documentation, reporting and proposal writing on gender related initiatives.


Education:           Advanced University degree in Gender, Women’s Studies, International Relations, or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or trainings/courses.

Experience:         Three to five years of progressively responsible professional experience in a relevant field of work, preferably in an NGO or other UN agency/organisation, with a background and interest in international humanitarian development.

Knowledge & Skills:
Strong analytical, written and oral communication skills, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team; ability to plan and organize work with minimum supervision; ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines; General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures. 

Languages:          Fluency (level C) in English language
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