Recrutement de 01 Head of Gender Division

Localité : Afrique du Sud / JOHANNESBURG
Domaine : Sociologie
Niveau : Non precise
Entreprise recruteur : World Food Programme

Recrutement de 01 Head of Gender Division
Niveau d'études: Non précisé
Expérience: 10 ans ou plus
Expire le: 19-02-2023

World Food Programme
South Africa, Côte d'Ivoire
Opportunités de carrière : Head of Gender Division (ARC) P5 - Johannesburg (SA) & Abidjan (IC) (405008)

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees and encourages qualified candidates to apply irrespective of race, colour, national origin, ethnic or social background, genetic information, gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, religion or belief, HIV status or disability.

Are you a seasoned Gender Specialist interested in further developing your professional experience while contributing to ending global hunger? Are you passionate about helping those in need? Would you like to join a global organisation investing in its people?

If so, an exciting & fulfilling career awaits you! Join our diverse and passionate team that works on varied and international projects directly contributing to saving & changing millions of lives around the globe.


Applications must be submitted by Sunday, February 19th, 2023 (11:59 PM CET).


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a highly prestigious, reputable & world’s largest humanitarian organization, operating in more than 120 countries and territories, bringing life-saving assistance in emergencies, building pathways to peace, stability and prosperity for people recovering from conflict, disasters and the impact of climate change and supporting sustainable and resilient livelihoods for a world with zero hunger.

At WFP, people are at the heart of everything we do and the vision of the future WFP workforce is one of diverse, committed, skilled, and high performing teams, selected on merit, operating in a healthy and inclusive work environment, living WFP's values (Integrity, Collaboration, Commitment, Humanity, and Inclusion) and working with partners to save and change the lives of those WFP serves.

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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 trainings, 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 country, 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

We offer an attractive compensation package (please refer to the Terms and Conditions section)


The African Risk Capacity is a Specialised Agency of the African Union established in 2012 as an African-owned index-based weather risk insurance that provides African countries with tools and products to quantify and manage disaster risk. ARC offers a comprehensive, integrated solution that transfers weather risk away from governments and the vulnerable households they protect, to ARC. This enables governments to build resilience and better plan, prepare for and respond to extreme weather events.

ARC Agency established its first financial affiliate, ARC Insurance Company Limited (ARC Ltd.) in 2013 as a sovereign risk pool in the form of a mutual insurer owned by member governments. Whereas the ARC Agency provides capacity-building services to Member States in risk profiling, contingency planning, and monitoring and evaluation; ARC Ltd. issues weather insurance policies to governments. It uses ARC’s risk modelling and early warning software platform Africa RiskView to estimate the impact of weather events on vulnerable populations. In addition, it also estimates the response costs required to assist them before a hazard season begins and as it progresses. This ensures that index-based insurance pay-outs, based on predictions from Africa RiskView, are triggered at or before harvest time if the rains are poor or as soon as a severe flood or cyclone has occurred.

As part of its principles of engagement, the ARC Group adopts a differentiated approach to issues of gender equality. ARC considers the promotion of women’s empowerment and gender equality a critical factor in creating long-term impacts and sustainability. In this perspective, in a bid to ensure that its operational responses and its capacity-building work have a differentiated approach to men and women, ARC adopted its Gender Strategy in September 2019. The goal of the ARC Gender Strategy, which is a result of intensive consultations with stakeholders, is to transform Disaster Risk Management (DRM) approaches for both climate-based catastrophes and epidemic-prone diseases to ensure gender equality for vulnerable women and men in ARC Member States. It is in this context that ARC seeks to recruit a Head of the Gender Unit to oversee the implementation of the 5-year strategy.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

The Head of the Gender Division will lead the team to perform the following functions:

Coordinate guidance on gender issues within all of the ARC Group’s policy and programme areas;

Provide integrated, multidisciplinary policy and programme leadership on gender issues to all divisions within the ARC Group, as well as in Member States;

Provide strategic guidance to the organisation on global and regional research for policy guidance, advocacy and policy dialogue on gender and DRM&F issues;

Develop internal accountability and oversight systems for promoting gender equality as well as ensure integration of gender results in corporate planning, reporting tools and corporate processes to monitor institutional compliance;

Support and guide the ARC Group to adapt its institutional framework to ensure gender equality results, including the development of systems and implementation of strategies and capacities for gender mainstreaming;

Support Human Resources to promote gender parity in the organisation’s staff complement;

Participate and support the WFP Task Force on Sexual Harassment, Abuse and Exploitation;
Support the Group Director General’s office in its representational role on issues related to gender equality and women’s empowerment and in its reporting to the ARC Group Board;

Advance the ARC Group’s position in intergovernmental processes;

Lead coordination and cooperation with AU, RECs and CSO entities, as well as other stakeholders who are working on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the DRM&F spectrum; and

Position ARC vis-à-vis the international development community on gender and DRM issues and foster partnerships with external partners.

The Head of the Gender Division is a member of ARC’s Group’s senior management team. S/He provides world-class authoritative contributions, advice and technical expertise, leading advocacy and speaking assertively on behalf of the organisation, establishing guidelines and directing the work of staff within the Division. The Head supervises the Gender team while supporting capacities across the organisation to deliver on the ARC Group’s gender equality commitments. S/He promotes gender and women’s empowerment through strong leadership, coordination, analysis, advocacy, outreach and support to the Member States. Specific responsibilities of the Head of Gender are listed below:

Management and Coordination

Provide substantive and managerial leadership of the Gender Unit and coordination for all personnel engaged in related operational activities in the ARC Group;

Support and oversee gender mainstreaming activities in all ARC Member States for climate-based hazards and disease outbreaks and epidemics;

Prepare work plan for gender to integrate into the ARC Group’s overall programme of work;

Lead advocacy in gender equality and women’s empowerment in ARC Member States, including promotion of gender and DRM global policies, norms and standards and the sharing of the global experience;

Lead the implementation of the Gender specific activities outlined under the BMGF initiative, in coordination with the Outbreaks and Epidemics (O&E) team;

Manage all activities related to gender in the ARC Group, including direct supervision of personnel when appropriate; create a positive team environment and ensure access to learning opportunities for all staff; and

Coordinate with the M&E Department to ensure gender transformative monitoring and reporting of ARC programmes.
Policy Formulation and Development

Lead, coordinate and substantively guide the Gender team on the integration of gender and women’s empowerment in policy and programming framework, and provide advice supporting the implementation of the ARC Group strategy 2020 – 2024 and the ARC Gender Strategy 2020 – 2024;

Initiate new innovative policies and programmes to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment around Africa and within the ARC Group;

Provide guidance on corporate alignment of ARC’s work to new gender policies and initiatives within the DRM&F spectrum;

Deliver high-quality intellectual leadership on the ARC Gender Strategy, knowledge products and services through quality assurance, strategic guidance and oversight.

Lead gender integration in ARC’s Standard Operating Procedures to ensure that gender equality is taken into account;

Contribute to the development of project proposals to ensure that gender equality is adequately addressed;

Contribute experience and expertise to the formulation of evolving regional and global policies, norms and standards; and

Provide quality assurance to ensure alignment with global policies, norms and standards.
Policy Advocacy and Advisory Services, and Programme Support

Ensure that gender is part of multi-disciplinary approaches across thematic areas and organisational teams;

Provide leadership to ensure that gender policies and tools are relevant for all country contexts.

Organise and provide policy advisory services to Member States and other partners in the area of gender, especially in DRMF, and provide support, particularly in gender analyses, gender-sensitive planning, monitoring and evaluation;

Provide support and backstopping for the implementation of country programmes in support of the gender strategy; and

Strengthen internal ARC capacity on the use of gender and DRM tools, checklists and guidelines for gender mainstreaming in Member States.
Partnerships, Representation and Advocacy

Forge key partnerships with governments, CSOs, academia, civil society and the private sector to support the ARC Gender Strategy, and establish strategic partnerships for gender mainstream in ARC programmes in Member States;

Mobilise, foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with relevant AU Directorates, International Organisations and development partners;

Represent the ARC Group in relevant fora, contribute to research, communications and op-eds to advocate and advance the strategic agenda of gender equality in DRMF;

Effectively position ARC gender capacity within the regional and global DRM landscapes by scanning and assessing activities of relevant actors and stakeholders to foster consistency and synergy in approach;

Liaise with key gender-related NGOs, multilateral organisations, and national institutions in ARC Member States for purposes of information sharing, networking and operational collaboration;

Ensure ownership and implementation of gender transformative activities related to disease outbreaks and epidemics at the national level (Technical Working Group);

Support resource mobilisation for gender & DRM and develop multi-partner proposals.

Assert ARC’s leadership role in various forums on issues pertaining to gender mainstreaming in DRM on behalf of the ARC Group Director General, Chief Operating Officer or the ARC Management; and

In collaboration with the O&E team, ensure adequate representation of ARC O&E in continental and global forums on issues of O&E and Gender.
Capacity building

Oversee gender mainstreaming capacity strengthening of ARC staff and partners;

Assist government counterparts and in-country partners identify policy areas and interventions for facilitating integration of gender equality in the Technical Working Groups, in contingency planning and the implementation of ARC pay-out; and

Coordinate with other departments within ARC on issues related to gender equality in capacity building and technical support provided to ARC Member States.

Knowledge Management

Oversee ARC’s knowledge management for gender equality and ensure the organisation keeps abreast of emerging and cutting-edge knowledge on gender equality and the empowerment of women in the DRM&F spectrum.

Monitor and oversee systematic gender mainstreaming in all ARC programmes’ documentation and reporting;

Coordinate the preparation, reporting on results and systematic documentation on gender mainstreaming in ARC programmes;

Contribute to research studies relevant to gender equality in the context of disaster risk management in Africa; and

Participate in regional and global knowledge management sharing events and showcase the ARC gender story.

Monitor and oversee systematic gender mainstreaming in all ARC programmes’ documentation and reporting;

Coordinate the preparation, reporting on results and systematic documentation on gender mainstreaming in ARC programmes;

Contribute to research studies relevant to gender equality in the context of disaster risk management in Africa; and

Participate in regional and global knowledge management sharing events and showcase the ARC gender story.



You have:
Advanced university degree in gender studies, political science, political economy or a related social science or relevant discipline.


You have:

A minimum of ten years or more of professional work experience leading teams, providing policy advice and pioneering approaches in development programmes, in the area of gender equality;


You have:

Fluency (level C) in the English and French languages is required.


Demonstrated track-record of excellence in delivering the work programme of complex, global, national or regional organizational entities in the area of gender equality;

Working experience in development country contexts;

Good knowledge of the Disaster Risk Management spectrum;

Excellent communications skills with public speaking experience; and

Written publications, ted talks or published op eds on gender equality a plus.


These are the common standards of behaviour that guide HOW we work together to accomplish our mission.

Leads by Example with Integrity Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork Applies Strategic Thinking Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships
Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others

Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change

Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth

Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things

Builds and nurtures external partnerships and collaborates with partners to deliver common objectives

Different expectations of behaviour are defined depending on your grade and role/responsibilities within WFP.


The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term 2 years (renewable) non-rotational contract.

WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with ICSC standards ( including basic salary, post adjustment, relocation entitlement, visa, travel and shipment allowances, 30 days’ annual leave, home leave, an education grant for dependent children, a pension plan, and medical insurance.

The position will be initially based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and expected to relocate to Abidjan within contract period. The selected candidate will be expected to relocate accordingly.

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. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

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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