UN Programme Associate Career Jobs – United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Job Title:  Programme Associate (Gender, APP & Protection) (UN Career Jobs)

Organisation: United Nations World Food Programme (WFP)

Duty Station:  Uganda

Reports to: Programme Policy Officer/ Head of Field Office

Grade: SC6


About US:

United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) 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. In emergencies, WFP gets food to where it is needed, saving the lives of victims of war, civil conflict and natural disasters. After an emergency, WFP uses food to help communities rebuild their lives. On average, WFP reaches more than 80 million people with food assistance in 80 countries each year. The organization has the global footprint, deep field presence and local knowledge and relationships necessary to provide access to food and contribute to lasting solutions, especially in many of the world’s most remote and fragile areas.


Job Summary: The Programme Associate (Gender, APP & Protection) will support WFP’s contribution to the District Local Governments in Northern Uganda specifically to initially support NUSAF, DRDIP and SAGE Programmes that lead to benefits to local community structures in promoting social inclusion of the poor, vulnerable and excluded groups by supporting accountable practices and institutions, community engagement, and ensuring compliance with social safeguard policies and standards. The emphasis is social protection to become more efficient, transparent, child- and nutrition-sensitive, to scale up the coverage of existing programmes and improve their effectiveness. This support will intensively encompass investments into national systems and tools or addressing crucial gaps (e.g. with respect to nutrition aspects of on-going programmes). This role will be critical in ensuring the WFP social protection technical support at the districts and community level support the establishment of systems that promote accountability to people in need, enhance gender inclusivity and give the people that we serve a voice to demand quality service delivery from duty bearers.


To provide effective specialized support and technical analyses to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.


Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Support partners and DLGs to undertake district specific gender assessments, map out beneficiary protection risks areas and define mitigation measures needed including establishment of needed protection systems/structures at different levels.
  • In collaboration with the AMEL team monitor and evaluate, report and advice on specific gender/protection/AAP issues including targeting of beneficiaries, choice of transfer modalities, and ensuring that programmes do no harm.
  • Undertake gender and power dynamics analysis in the scope of Cash Transfers and broader Cash Plus programming outcomes.
  • Support robust mainstreaming of gender and protection/AAP into WFP Uganda (West Nile & Acholi Region) social protection programmes including advice, guidance and follow-up in relation to protection and gender aspects.
  • Strengthen existing Grievances Redress Mechanism (GRM) at the different levels to address Social Protection programme gender, AAP and protection emerging needs.
  • Facilitate and support the integration of gender-based approaches into monitoring, evaluation and knowledge management frameworks and ensure that gender considerations are integrated in all data collection initiatives, and to ensure proper gender analysis ensues.
  • Facilitate staff and partner (including District Local Governments) capacity strengthening to integrate gender equality, inclusion and protection principles into their work, employing diverse learning methods in daily operations.
  • Facilitate the development of district level detailed annual gender action plans with resources allocated towards effective mainstreaming of gender and protection-sensitivity in social protection programmes.
  • Responsible for gender and protection reporting tracking all gender and protection related indicators and benchmarks.
  • Provide WFP staff with regular information and updates on gender and protection concerns and trends in WFP’s programme areas.
  • At field level, participate in protection and gender working group meetings to identify issues that require WFP’s attention to inform programming
  • Work closely with the management and protection and gender officer to support cooperating partners integrate GEWE and protection meaningfully into upcoming proposals and budgets.
  • Support the implementation of the Gender Action Plan through ensuring gender features prominently at all stages of the program and activity cycle i.e assessment, design, baseline, implementation monitoring and evaluation including budgeting.
  • Support partner capacity building through trainings, coaching and mentoring and development of protection and gender guidelines.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Programme Associate (Gender, APP & Protection) job placement must hold a basic university degree in one of the following disciplines: social sciences, gender, international development, development economics or another related field like international relations, human rights, political science, or humanitarian studies.
  • A minimum of five years of solid progressively responsible professional work experience working on gender, accountability to affected populations and protection, preferably in humanitarian and social protection settings.
  • Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area.
  • In-depth knowledge of gender and protection in humanitarian and social protection settings, including gender-based violence, humanitarian policy issues, and their linkage with food security and nutrition.
  • Demonstrated strong engagement skills with counterparts; client/community focused with an ability to provide prompt and high-quality responses.
  • Solid analytical, writing skills, and communication skills.
  • Sound knowledge and skills in training and facilitation.
  • Knowledge of UN system policies and functions of gender-mandated agencies.
  • Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in the UN language in use at the duty station and in the duty station’s language, if different.



  • 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 implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
  • Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas: Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.
  • 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.


NB: Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply. WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.


How to Apply:

All candidates who wish to join the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) should apply online at the link below.


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Deadline: 30th July 2021


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