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FAO-Gender Expert-P4-Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul, Afghanistan
Position Title: Gender Expert
Receiving Agency: FAO
P Level: P4
Location: Kabul, Afghanistan 
Duration: 6 months with the possibility of an extension
Language: English


Afghanistan is facing an acute  food security emergency  that  affects more than  half of the population. Economic  collapse,  job  loss,  political  instability  and  insecurity,  and  severe  impacts of chronic vulnerability to climatic hazards, especially major droughts, are fuelling a food crisis in Afghanistan. Since August 2021, the availability, access, and stability of the food supply have become critically compromised.
In  September  and  October  2022  (the  post-harvest season),  nearly  17 million  people  in Afghanistan experienced high levels of acute food insecurity (IPC Phase 3 or above), about a five-percentage point  decrease from the  same  season  last year. However   the  number  of people projected to be in crisis and emergency levels of food insecurity (IPC 3+) between Nov 22 and Mar 23 is expected to increase to 20m people – some 46% of the total population – with 6m facing emergency  levels of food insecurity. Women and children are at particular risks, with rising rates  of severe  acute  malnutrition.  Almost 80% of all people  facing acute food insecurity live in rural areas.  The number  of provinces in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) is expected to increase in the projection  period from three to 12.

All FAO activities across the humanitarian/resilience spectrum benefits  women directly or indirectly, including highly vulnerable landless food insecure female-headed households.  In 2022 FAO delivered  USD250 million, reaching  6 million people.  FAO is targeting  8 million people   in  2023  through   eight  emergency   assistance   packages.   21%  of  FAO’s  direct beneficiaries are vulnerable landless food insecure female-led households. The impact of the decree  will be  mainly on  three  emergency  assistance  packages  for  which 100% of the households   are   female-headed   households:   backyard   vegetable    cultivation,   poultry production  and  Unconditional  Cash  Transfer  (UCT).  The  months  ahead  will be  critical to identify flexible/local solutions  that  will allow most  vulnerable  households to receive  the assistance  they need.

The fluid environment requires humanitarian partners to adjust approaches where and when necessary. Local solutions are needed throughout the program cycle. In addition to adapting the  delivery modality  enhanced investments required  in safeguards  and protection with specific focus on gender . 

Purpose, Objectives and Tasks

Reporting and supervision
  • The specialist will work under the general supervision of the FAOR and under the direct supervision of the Head of Field Programme in close collaboration with the FAO Regional Offices with the technical support  of the regional office   gender  focal point and OER.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
  • Collaborate and provide technical support  to the FAO Afghanistan programming  team on issues related  to gender equality and women’s empowerment and carry out gender mainstreaming activities;
  • Advise, coordinate and supervise National Gender Specialists;
  • Analyze current  FAO projects and programs with regard to gender and propose reinforcements, in particular taking into consideration the latest developments on female employment in the country;
  • Design/review  project documents and advise on entry points for greater gender  responsiveness;
  • Undertake  analytical work on effective ways to address gender issues in agriculture, food security and nutrition, in the specific context of Afghanistan; Develop measures to promote gender equality in access to agriculture services including but not limited to appropriate technology, training and institutional  funding, marketing and agricultural extension;
  • Plan and implement activities that strengthen value chain business opportunities and market linkages for women and women’s producer organizations;
  • Provide support  in the preparation of training materials for the basic gender  training for project staff, IPs and beneficiaries;
  • Meet with implementing  partners to define the best delivery modalities of FAO livelihood assistance  packages in order to maintain reach-out to most vulnerable  groups and households;
  • Review and/or develop gender M&E data collection, analysis and reporting tools to inform gender-related results;
  • Prepare a list of gender-related indicators for project activities;
  • Advise on enhanced efforts towards Do Not Harm, AAP, PSEA-GBV, inclusion, protection;
  • Raise awareness on PSEA through training and outreach, including supporting  development of relevant materials;
  • Participate in UNCT/HCT working groups on gender, GBV, PSEA and participate in the formulation  or revision of a gender related  documents at the interagency level with emphasis of the specific needs within the agriculture sector;
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to drive implementation of the FAO Afghanistan PSEA Action Plan Support;
  • Perform other related  duties as required.
Expected Outcomes

The key results at the end of assignment will include:
1.    Regular technical support  on gender mainstreaming actions, including GBV, DNH, PSEA, AAP, and protection aspects in programming by FAO Afghanistan.
2.    Leading in designing and undertaking gender analyses and informing gender strategy for FAO Afghanistan.
3.    Regular technical guidance and support  to National Gender Specialists on gender mainstreaming actions, including GBV, DNH, PSEA, AAP, and protection aspects and related  thematic areas.
4.    Regular participation in gender mainstreaming related  working groups / forums on behalf of FAO Afghanistan.
5.    Regular support  on behalf of FAO Afghanistan in FAO’s Corporate systems / reporting  requirements pertaining gender actions / mainstreaming.
6.    End of assignment report.

Required Competencies


•         Advanced university degree  in Gender, Sociology, Anthropology, Development  Studies, or any related field.
•    12 years of relevant work experience  in gender mainstreaming, analysis, research, gender-sensitive programme formulation and implementation, and capacity development.

Technical Skills and Experience Requirements 

•         Experience with different partners/organizations 
•         Experience in the context of agriculture, rural development and value chain development programmes.
•         Working knowledge of English
•         Understanding of livelihood programming in humanitarian and development context
•         Demonstrated initiative and ability to deliver results within deadlines

CANADEM and its partners have a no-tolerance policy towards Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (SEAH). For this reason, we adhere to all policies, procedures and training of the United Nations on The Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (PSEAH). CANADEM mandates all deployees successfully complete the PSEA online course. This e-learning course is composed of a set of lessons designed to raise awareness about SEAH, become familiar with a range of measures to combat SEAH, understand the impact on victims and the consequences for UN Personnel who commit Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment.

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