Regional Gender Advisor P4, Bangkok, Thailand

World Food Programme
  • Location
    Bangkok, Thailand
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    May 02

Position description

WFP celebrates and embraces diversity. It is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all its employees. We 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 Programme Policy Professional 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.


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a highly prestigious, reputable & world's largest humanitarian organization, operates 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 attractive compensation package (please refer to Terms and Conditions section)


The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency, working every day with individuals, communities, partners and governments to improve food and nutrition security, build resilience to shocks, and support governments to address the underlying causes of hunger and malnutrition. Key to achieving zero hunger is accelerating progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment, including: achieving equitable access to and control over food security and nutrition; addressing the root causes of gender inequality that affect food security and nutrition; and advancing the economic empowerment of women and girls.


In Asia and the Pacific, WFP’s seventeen (17) country offices work to support 32.9 million people. The role of the Gender Advisor is to provide strategic guidance, technical support and oversight to WFP’s country and regional teams to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in WFP’s programmes as well as in the technical assistance / capacity strengthening provided to governments.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Under the direction of the Regional Lead for Emergency Preparedness and Response and Cross-Cutting Issues, the Regional Gender Advisor will be responsible for providing technical guidance and support to countries, promoting internal and external regional partnerships, and advancing WFP’s global knowledge and capacities. The role will be responsible for guiding the implementation of WFP’s global gender policy and regional gender action plan, focusing on both WFP’s direct assistance programmes as well as its technical assistance / capacity strengthening support to government-led programmes.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Technical guidance and support to Country Office teams [remote and in-person] to strengthen gender equality and women’s empowerment across the programme cycle including in analysis, programme design, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation:
- Support countries to strengthen disaggregated data collection and analysis, recognizing intersectional vulnerabilities including but not limited to displacement, disability, indigeneity and other affiliations;
- Provide strategic guidance and technical support to countries to design and operationalize gender mainstreamed and/or gender targeted programmes with clear outcomes defined;
- Generate knowledge on best practices from the region, and strengthen the regional cross-cutting and gender network as a means to disseminate learning;
- Support and oversee alignment to corporate gender standards including in Country Strategic Plans, Gender-budgeting, Annual Country Reports, and the Gender and Age Marker and Monitoring tool; and
- With the WFP Protection Advisor, support countries to meet WFP commitments on PSEA and related high-risk areas including the role out of new internal and partner assessment tools.

Promote regional level advocacy and partnerships both internally and externally to advance WFP’s regional gender action plan, including:
- Lead regional level internal and external advocacy initiatives including 16 Days of Activism and International Women’s Day, and support senior level advocacy with external partners (UN, Inter-government, International/Regional Financial Institutions, other);
- Engage WFP functional areas to strengthen opportunities to achieve WFP’s commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment across its internal systems and processes including but not limited to human resources and procurement; and
- Identify, build and manage meaningful partnerships with UN agencies, research partners, and civil society organizations for the promotion and advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the region.

Advance global-level knowledge and capacities:
- Contribute to the review of corporate guidance, tools, and trainings, ensuring these are informed by operational realities; and
- Support the dissemination of corporate guidance, tools and trainings, including new corporate indicators to measure progress against WFP’s corporate gender policy/commitments.

Other duties as required.


Education: You have

  • Advanced university degree in one of the following disciplines: gender, social sciences international development, law, or another related field like international relations, human rights, political science, or humanitarian studies.

Experience: You have

  • At least 8 years (for MA) or 10 years (for BA) of progressively responsible professional work in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of gender mainstreaming, gender-transformative and inclusive programming across different settings.

Note: The applicant should be able to demonstrate that this experience includes minimum 5 years direct experience in implementing / guiding gender programming at a country or field office level.

  • In-depth knowledge of gender issues in humanitarian and development settings and linkages with food security and nutrition.
  • Strong analytical and writing skills, including the ability to write in an engaging and informative manner, conceptualize and clearly synthesize information, engage in strategic conversations at senior levels, and establish strategic partnerships.
  • Proven experience working on policy and programming in an international organisation or non-governmental organization.

Knowledge & Skills: You have

  • Strong advocacy skills and ability to adapt messaging and identify innovative means to influence on gender equality and women’s empowerment issues.
  • Ability to interact with partners.
  • Analytical capacity to understand issues in depth and intersectional vulnerabilities, and to translate that into pragmatic operational guidance for programme generalists.
  • Public speaking skills, interpersonal relations and team spirit.
  • Flexibility to travel on short notice
  • Acceptance to work and travel in challenging and difficult environments.

Languages: You have

  • Fluency in English (spoken & written) is required.
  • Working proficiency in another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, Russian) is an asset.



  • Experience in providing training and capacity-building on the integration of gender and inclusion in programming for humanitarian or development organisations and governments.
  • Familiarity with food security and nutrition programming (with WFP or a WFP partner).
  • Knowledge of UN system gender policies and functions of gender-mandated agencies including relevant coordination mechanisms.


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

  • Leads by Example with Integrity - Lives the WFP values and shows humanity and integrity by role modelling care for others
  • Drives Results and Delivers on Commitments - Delivers on commitments and adapts readily to change
  • Fosters Inclusive and Collaborative Teamwork - Is inclusive and collaborative, and contributes to a culture of learning and personal growth
  • Applies Strategic Thinking - Demonstrates commitment to gather perspectives, analyse options and risks, and propose new ways of doing things
  • Builds and Maintains Sustainable Partnerships - 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.


  • We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications, language skills and UN Grade (if applicable)
  • Once your profile is completed, please apply, and submit your application
  • Please make sure you upload your professional CV in the English language
  • Kindly note the only documents you will need to submit at this time are your CV and Cover Letter
  • Additional documents such as passport, recommendation letters, academic certificates, etc. may potentially be requested at a future time
  • Please contact us at [email protected] in case you face any challenges with submitting your application
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified


  • This is an International Professional position and is open to all nationalities.
  • Mobility is and continues to be, a core contractual requirement in WFP. The selected candidate will be employed on a fixed term as well as a rotational contract with a probationary period of one year.
  • WFP offers an attractive compensation and benefits package in line with ICSC standards ( 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 selected candidate will be required to relocate to Bangkok, Thailand to take up this assignment.

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