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Programme Policy Officer- Gender & Protection – at World Food Programme (WFP)

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
  • Salary: 00

World Food Programme (WFP)

WFP encourages female candidates and people with disabilities to apply.

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis. We are committed to promoting diversity and the principle of equal employment opportunity for all our employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of religion or belief, ethnic or social background, gender, gender identity and disability.

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action


Job Title: Programme Policy Officer- Gender & Protection
Type and Level of Contract: Fixed Term, NOA
Functional Unit: Programme Policy
Duty Stations: Lilongwe (1)
Duration of Contract: 12 Months (renewable)

Date of Advertising: 13.11.2023   Deadline: 26.11.2023


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.


WFP partners with the Malawi Government, other UN agencies, NGOs, civil society and the private sector, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular emphasis on reaching Zero Hunger (SDG 2), and aligning with government strategies, particularly its Vision 2063.
WFP focuses on innovation, resilience programming and climate change adaptation to address underlying challenges in the food systems.
Our work improves livelihoods for smallholder farmers and other vulnerable populations, with an emphasis on women and youth.
    WFP is a 2020 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
    WFP offers a highly inclusive, diverse, and multicultural working environment.
    WFP invests in the personal & professional development of its employees through a range of training, accreditation, coaching, mentorship, and other programs as well as through internal mobility opportunities.
    A career path in WFP provides an exciting opportunity to work across various countries, regional and global offices around the world, and with passionate colleagues who work tirelessly to ensure that effective humanitarian assistance reaches millions of people across the globe.
    WFP offers a competitive benefits package including salary, leave plus medical insurance.


To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively incorporate gender and protection into WFP M&E system and assist in the design of indicators and monitoring tools where necessary.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

  1. Support implementation of gender transformative programme (GTP)
  2. Support implementation of measures on protection from sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA)
  3. Coordinate and lead on implementation of complaints and feedback mechanisms (CFMs)
  4. Document and share experiences and lessons learned in the various gender activities;
  5. Facilitate and/or provide protection training for all WFP Malawi staff; and provide continuous information on gender and protection issues to WFP staff, through regular updates and information sharing;
  6. Contribute to the preparation of written reports, documents and communications related to gender and protection issues within WFP Malawi scope of work, in collaboration with Programme, M&E and Public Information units, and preparation of gender specific documents;
  7. Represent WFP in inter-agency gender and protection fora, provide inputs and information to these and assist WFP to coordinate other UN humanitarian agencies, NGO partners and other relevant interlocutors on assessments of current and emerging gender and protection issues and response planning;
  8. Contribute towards the development of a number of Gender protection projects, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider programme policies and guidance.
  9. Research and analyse policy and operational issues to support senior colleagues in the development of policies, programmes and activities.
  10. Liaise with internal counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitor ongoing projects.
  11. Support the capacity building of WFP staff, partners and national government to prepare for and respond to Gender protection initiatives.
  12. Provide guidance to support staff, acting as a point of Gender Protection referral and assisting them with analysis and queries.


Leads by Example with   Integrity  Drives Results and   Delivers on   Commitments  Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork  Applies Strategic Thinking  Builds and   Maintains   Sustainable   Partnerships
Demonstrates and encourages others to uphold the WFP values, principles and standards Identifies and aligns objectives to the required outcomes, holding self and/or others accountable for the delivery of results for maximum impact Promotes inclusive teamwork and psychological safety by encouraging colleagues to collaborate by sharing ideas and openly raising issues Communicates and fulfils WFP’s vision and operational outcomes to deliver meaningful solutions Initiates and builds partnerships by identifying and promoting opportunities for mutual areas of interest and benefit
Values diversity using respectful and inclusive language, and encourages others to do the same Delegates responsibly and provides appropriate support empowering others to deliver results Supports development for others by giving timely and constructive feedback Demonstrates curiosity, designs and implements new ways of doing things when relevant Collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives by sharing information and cocreating innovative solutions with beneficiaries when appropriate
Stays focused and calm when under pressure, encourages others to do the same, and offers guidance and support to manage difficult situations Responds readily to change in different contexts and adapts accordingly Seeks out, trusts and listens attentively to diverse views to capture, learn, build and share new perspectives Gathers data and different perspectives, shares knowledge and uses evidence to inform decision making
Demonstrates humility and a willingness to learn and share knowledge, frequently seeking and acting on feedback, and pursuing opportunities to develop Implements decisions, considering the risks and implications of actions for teams, projects and other initiatives


Education: University degree in Social Sciences, Legal studies or other related field
Language:  Fluency in English language and local languages


• Has gained experience in implementing technical programs (i.e. gender protection etc.).
• Has implemented programmes and provided input into designing operations.
• Has provided input into policy discussions and decisions.


Deadline for submitting applications is 26 November 2023

WFP is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce. WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise.

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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