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Gender Specialist || Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

  • Harare

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Organizational Setting

The main aim of the FAO country offices, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and to reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors, and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner. For the period 2022-2026, the FAO Office in Zimbabwe is supporting Government efforts through the Country Programme Framework (CPF) which is based on three pillars: (i) Promotion of inclusive and sustainable agrifood systems to address food security and nutrition; (ii) Building resilience to climate change, agricultural threats and crisis; (iii) Sustainable management of natural resources and environmental protection.

Reporting Lines

The Gender Specialist will work under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Zimbabwe, the direct supervision of the AFAOR-Programme. The Gender Specialist will receive technical guidance from relevant technical units in the region and at headquarters.

Technical Focus

  • Programme quality assurance and monitoring
  • Information management, analysis, report writing
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Advocacy/Advancing a policy-oriented agenda

Tasks And Responsibilities

  • Fosters a gender-responsive organizational environment and ensure that gender dimensions are adequately integrated in all institutional processes and functions, including strategic planning, project design & implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation, staff learning and human resources management
  • Ensures that program activities are carried out with cultural sensitivity while promoting gender equality and inclusion of marginalized groups
  • Leads and conduct gender analyses, technical studies, and assessments on gender in relation to FAO’s mandate
  • Develops targeted gender interventions where the gender gap is particularly wide
  • Ensures programmes and projects target women, and/or focus on the promotion of gender equality
  • Plans and implement the GALS gender and women empowerment approach in specific projects where applicable
  • Provides technical guidance, monitoring and reporting on the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse
  • Ensures that project data is gender disaggregated, and data collection enables the measurement of women’s empowerment and youth participation
  • Serves as the country focal point for gender mainstreaming, women’s empowerment and youth and social protection issues, identify and follow-up on opportunities to address specific issues to enhance women’s and youth contributions to food and nutrition security and income generation
  • Proactively represent FAO and participate in gender and social protection working groups
  • Contribute to resource mobilization efforts
  • Perform any other duties as specified


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced university degree in Gender Studies, Community Development and Population Studies, Social Science or other related fields of study
  • 7 years of relevant experience in the field of gender, population and development
  • Working knowledge (Level C) of English
  • National of Zimbabwe

FAO Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical Skills

  • Good knowledge of corporate information systems
  • Good analytical and writing skills
  • Good communication and advocacy skills

Additional Information

  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted
  • Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at
  • For additional employment opportunities visit the FAO employment website:
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.

Job Posting


Closure Date

21/Nov/2023, 6:59:00 AM

Organizational Unit


Job Type

Non-staff opportunities

Type of Requisition

NPP (National Project Personnel)

Grade Level


Primary Location



12 months renewable

Post Number


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  • FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, background and culture
  • Qualified female applicants, qualified nationals of non-and under-represented Members and person with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Everyone who works for FAO is required to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct, and to uphold FAO’s values
  • FAO, as a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, has a zero-tolerance policy for conduct that is incompatible with its status, objectives and mandate, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination
  • All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks
  • All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality


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