Gender and Protection Officer (CST), Damascus, Syria

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WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.


All applications should be received no later than Tuesday 30th August 2022


Eligibility: Non-Syrian nationals

Type of Contract: International Consultant

Contract Duration: 11 months

Duty Station: Damascus, Syria

Number of employees required: 1


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 lifetime. 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 2020, WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to fight hunger globally, including its work during the coronavirus pandemic.

In Syria, WFP provides food assistance to more than 4.6 million people each month. This includes families who require emergency assistance when affected by conflict and displacement and also those who need help to improve their nutrition and food security. WFP supports children across Syria with healthy meals and snacks at school, mothers with nutritious diets, and families and communities with sustainable livelihood projects.


This is a consultancy opportunity within the Programme Unit at the Syria Country Office, based in Damascus. The consultant will report directly to the Deputy Head of Programme.


WFP is committed to gender, humanitarian and protection principles and continues to strengthen the practical integration of these areas into all programmes. All WFP staff require sound knowledge of the fundamentals of food assistance programming as well as cross-cutting. These include gender, protection, accountability to affected populations (AAP), conflict sensitivity, and humanitarian principles. WFP Syria provides food, nutrition, and livelihoods assistance to people in need across the country. Integrating gender, protection, and related cross-cutting issues, based on WFP policies and guidelines, continues to be a priority in the evolving context. WFP focuses on information provision, consultations, and strong community feedback mechanisms. In addition, these activities support the understanding of the context and identification of protection risks that need to be addressed to ensure that WFP activities are contributing to the safety, dignity and integrity of affected populations and ensuring that WFP assistance is accessible impartially to those in need.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

1. Advise the Country Office on the implementation of the Gender and Protection Action Plans, and other actions required to ensure robust mainstreaming of gender and protection into WFP programming and operations. 2. Work with senior management in Country and Sub-Offices to ensure strong institutional commitment and leadership for gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) across programming and operations. 3. Provide advice on the integration of gender and protection in the formulation of country level WFP-specific and interagency strategic documents and programmes. 4. Work with programme colleagues and cooperating partners to identify operationally practical measures to be put in place to support the gender and protection strategies. 5. Support programme staff to integrate gender and protection throughout the programme management cycle (design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation), and in needs assessment frameworks as appropriate, including adaptation of tools, collection, analysis and reporting processes to ensure that different beneficiary needs are identified and met. 6. Support programme staff to integrate and mainstream awareness and activities with particular focus on people living with disabilities 7. Carry out regular gender and protection analysis as required. 8. Provide technical support to Programme staff and Cooperating Partners for the application of the Gender and Age Marker. 9. Identify and work with key partners on developing a strategy and an operational workplan to ensure disability inclusion in programming. 10. Devise and support the implementation of gender and protection capacity development initiatives, undertaking training and building the capacity of staff on protection analysis, response development and integration of these areas in WFP’s work. 11. Follow up on the PSEA Capacity Assessment conducted in 2021 and ensure all partners have sufficient capacities to prevent and respond to SEA allegations 12. Coordinate the work and strengthen the capacities of Gender & Protection Focal Points. 13. Represent WFP in all relevant inter-agency gender, protection and AAP coordination mechanisms, coordinating and strengthening the link between WFP’s internal work on gender, protection and AAP and its interagency role as a partner and peer within the humanitarian system; including coordination and support to develop harmonised approaches with other protection and AAP work across the sector. 14. Work with senior management to ensure adequate allocation of human and financial resources, supporting the mobilisation of resources to implement Action Plans. 15. Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships on GEWE, including alliances with other key actors internal and external to WFP, to advocate for gender transformative programming and collaboration on GEWE initiatives.


Education: Advanced University degree in International Affairs, Economics, Nutrition/Health, Agriculture, Environmental Science, Social Sciences or other field relevant to international development assistance.

Experience: Typically, three to six years of years of experience in humanitarian operations, with focus on protection, gender and/or accountability to affected populations aspects.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Working knowledge of Arabic desirable


  • Knowledge of best practices and standards in mainstreaming of protection, gender and AAP and their pratical implementation in complex emergencies.
  • Good communication skills required to give and receive information and work with a variety of individuals.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.
  • Dynamic, versatile, and flexible working behavior
  • Demonstrates high levels of integrity, work ethics and confidentiality
  • Knowledge of, or the ability to quickly assimilate, UN/WFP specific processes and systems.


The contract offered provides a competitive base salary and favorable conditions such as medical insurance, flexible working arrangements, Rest & Recuperation and Danger Pay allowance currently in place at the Duty station.


  • Please upload your professional CV in English in PDF format making sure to include the following in your Work Experience:
    • Company/Organization name and scope of work of the organization
    • Exact Position Title and grade (If UN, state exact grade and level)
    • Contract type: part-time, full-time, volunteer, consultant, or freelancer. (If UN, state exact contract modality)
    • Start and End date of Employment for each position: From (dd/mm/yyyy) to (dd/mm/yyyy)
    • Responsibilities: Main responsibilities that highlight your gained skills and experience
  • Proof of your work experience will be required in the final stage of recruitment.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be invited to the next stage of the selection process.
  • You will receive an auto confirmation email once your application is submitted.


Qualified female candidates are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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