Programme Policy Officer

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In line with the WFP Gender Policy 2022 and WFP guidance on inclusion, the position will focus on ensuring compliance with corporate and global training, documentation and reporting requirements on gender equity, women’s empowerment and inclusion, the position will also be required to work with programme teams to develop a portfolio of targeted activities that promote gender equity, empowerment and inclusion.


Reporting to the Head of Programme (HoP) and with technical support from the Regional Bureau and Headquarters, the Gender and Inclusion Officer will provide strategic and technical support for WFP’s work in Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) and Inclusion as outlined in the Country Strategic Plan (2023-2027). Based in Islamabad, the incumbent may be required to travel to WFP offices within Pakistan and to visit programme activities in the districts.

Coordination, capacity development and advocacy around gender and inclusion.

  • Provide strategic and technical support to the CO for the implementation of the corporate gender, disability, PSEA and GBV policies and procedures, and integrate cross-   cutting themes into WFP Operations
  • Lead systematic gender, PSEA, and disability analyses to support programme design and implementation.
  • Capacity development and support to WFP staff in the implementation of gender, disability, and PSEA commitments,
  • Lead the Country Office in the annual gender and age markers (GaM) exercise, disability and PSEA country assessments and follow-up with the Regional Bureau and the     HQ for final submission and approval.
  • Liaise with RBB advisors, provide updates, and contribute towards various requests and products related to gender and inclusion.
  • Take the lead in conducting the regular PSEA assessment of cooperating partners in close coordination with the CP unit, build CPs’ capacities, develop CSIPs (Capacity   Strengthening Implementation Plan) and coordinate with relevant UN agencies for joint PSEA assessments.
  • Support WFP Provincial Offices to lead PSEA provincial chapters and implement provincial network plans.
  • Represent WFP in various interagency and other relevant forums some of these include but are not limited to INGAD, GTG, PSEA Group, DI, GBV and UNSDCF Outcome   2 (Gender Equality) and take the lead in reporting results and partnering with UN agencies for joint programming;
  • Coordinate the Gender Results Network (GRN) and lead activities to celebrate International Women’s Day and the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence.


Programme Support for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

  • In partnership with programme teams, develop projects that focus on creating gender equality and empowering women.
  • Translate projects into funding proposals with support from other Programme units, the Head of Programme and Budget and Programming Team.
  • Support the programme teams in implementing the activities focusing on gender equity and women empowerment within larger programmes.
  • Lead development of programmes with gender equality and women empowerment as key outcomes, such as rural women’s livelihoods, capacity strengthening on digital       and financial literacy, and social behaviour change communication on gender issues
  • Work with the Head of Programme and food security analysis teams to develop concepts for research and special studies focusing on vulnerable or marginalized groups,   and contribute to the analysis, reporting and use of study findings for advocacy, government policy discussions and programme design.

Partnerships and advocacy for gender equality and women empowerment:

  • Participate in UN inter-agency mechanisms for coordinated implementation and advocacy on issues related to gender, inclusion, and women empowerment.
  • Participate in other partnership networks on gender, inclusion, or women empowerment for joint advocacy and to enhance visibility of WFP’s work in these areas.
  • Participate in Government led forums and meetings on gender, inclusion and women empowerment.
  • Explore joint projects or advocacy events with Government and other partner agencies on areas of common concern regarding gender and inclusion.
  • Build capacities of partner agencies, especially implementing partners, on gender and inclusion through trainings, exposure visits or other such activities.
  • Any other duty as required and in line with duties of the position.


  • Previous experience in humanitarian or development contexts (International organizations and/or UN system)


  • Master’s Degree in Gender, Development Studies, Economics, Political Science, Anthropology or any other relevant Social Science discipline.


  • A minimum of five years of relevant postgraduate professional-level work experience in areas around human development, including gender equality, women’s     empowerment, PSEA or inclusion.
  • Experience in preparing funding and research proposals with focus on gender and inclusion.
  • Proven experience in research methods, including study design, field work, quantitative and qualitative analysis and advocacy/communications.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Good knowledge of the Government of Pakistan’s policies and frameworks around gender equality and women’s empowerment; 
  • Strong analytical, research and writing skills; 
  • Understanding of the UN system; 
  • Good knowledge of programme design, monitoring and reporting on outcomes of gender equity and women’s empowerment.


  • Fluency (level C) in English language.





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