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Gender, Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Specialist - Sierra Leone

World Food Programme

World Food Programme

Sierra Leone
Posted on Friday, March 31, 2023


🚩 Vacancy Announcement N°: 704621

📢 Job Title: Gender, Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Specialist - Sierra Leone

Grade: SSA 10 – National Consultant – When Actually Employed (WAE)

📧 Duration: 44 working days over 6 months

Unit / Division: African Risk Capacity

📍 Duty Station: Sierra Leone

Closing date: 05 June 2023

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.

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. Female Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.


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 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. Female Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

The WFP Regional Bureau for West & Africa covers a region that extends from Mauritania to Chad and along the coast from Cameroon to Senegal. It consists of 20 countries. The West Africa Regional Bureau (RBD) is based in Dakar and provides strategic guidance, technical support, and direction to country operations in these countries.


The West and Central Africa region is facing multiple crisis with a number of hotspots where the deterioration is already causing significant humanitarian impact, and others where violence and fragility threatens to cause further displacements, human and livelihood losses, and instability. This is against a well-known backdrop of chronic vulnerabilities, recurring shocks, state fragility and poverty, in particular in the central band of the region.

The Regional Bureau Dakar (RBD) provides support, guidance, and oversight to the 20 offices in Western and Central Africa.


General background

Climate-induced hazards such as floods, storms, droughts, and earthquakes are seemingly gender-neutral; however, the gendered impact of such hazards is more far-reaching. Natural disasters affect men, women, boys, and girls differently, even when they belong to the same household. This means that men, women, boys, and girls experience differential impacts of disasters and consequently have different needs. This situation has posed challenges to disaster management practitioners since information on the affected populations is often limited to consolidated numbers which seldom exceed the number of households. A better understanding of the drivers behind the differentiated impact of disasters between men, women, boys, and girls will help inform policy development and improvement and tailor interventions for strengthening resilience.

Climate change, economic uncertainties, new epidemics, and food shortages are coming together in a way that evokes considerable concern. In addition, there are gender-based vulnerabilities to disasters which do not emanate from a single factor but reflect historical and culturally specific patterns of social institutions, culture, and personal lives. Gender equality is pivotal in building resilience and adaptation pathways in disaster risk management.

Trends across the Global South show that disaster management and response, including management of disease outbreaks, is traditionally viewed as ‘men’s business’ – planned by men for men (World Bank 2011). As a result, women’s needs are often not understood or addressed. Africa’s inability to adequately respond to disease outbreaks is compounded by the continent’s existing gender inequalities, usually defined by roles and responsibilities assigned to men and women. These manifest as: discriminatory traditional and social norms, and power relations; disproportionate access to and control over resources, services, and technology; limited women’s decision-making and leadership; and unequal literacy and education levels. These inequalities amplify the impact of disease outbreaks on girls and women, and deepen existing vulnerabilities, affecting the provision of other healthcare services such as immunising children and women.

According to the WHO, Africa faces on average about one hundred infectious disease outbreaks and other emergencies every year. Still, the continent’s ability to rapidly respond to these outbreaks and epidemics is a significant challenge for many African countries. The problem is that while investments have been made in national preparedness, the set-up of Emergency Operations Centers (EOC) and response planning, there is often no dedicated funding for countries for early response to outbreaks when they occur. As evident in the ECOWAS region, emerging infectious diseases increasingly threaten health, security, and development. Slow, unpredictable funding amplifies both the risk and impact of outbreaks. Moreover, countries with early warning and response systems for reporting and responding to outbreaks and epidemics rarely adequately consider gender differences in their interventions. Gender disparities, including access to resources and decision-making power, continue exacerbating the disease burden on women.

Sierra Leone context

Sierra Leone is a small but densely populated country in West Africa, ranked 182 out of 189 countries in the UNDP 2020 Human Development Index. It is a country not immune to disasters, having been historically prone to both natural hazards such as floods, landslides, tropical storms, and droughts as well as infectious disease outbreaks such as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Meningitis and Dengue Fever. These disasters have caused severe economic damage and loss of lives with disproportionate effects on the poorest and most vulnerable particularly women and children. During the 2014-2016 West Africa EVD Outbreak which ravaged Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia, it was reported that 55-60% of mortalities across all countries were women. Natural disasters and infectious disease outbreaks exacerbate women’s existing socio-economic vulnerabilities such as a lack of education opportunities, lack of income generation or diversification for farming households, as well as food insecurity.

In June 2020 the Parliament of Sierra Leone passed the National Disaster Management creating the National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) with the aim of strengthening government response capacities as well as the capacity of communities to respond to emergencies. The Act further established an institutional architecture to manage disasters and emergencies from the national to the chiefdom level. Beyond the establishment of the Agency, the Act establishes a multisectoral body called the National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, chaired by the Vice President and comprising of 33 representatives from ministries, departments, agencies, and civil society. It is this Platform that has the primary responsibility for the coordination and management of national disasters (

The responsibility to prepare, prevent and manage infectious disease outbreaks sits with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MoHS) in particular the Public Health National Emergency Operations Center (PHNEOC). The PHNEOC was established in January 2016 as a response to the 2014-2016 Ebola Outbreak. The PHNEOC was mandated to lead all public health emergencies as well as coordination in conjunction with the Office of National Security. These offices share information among the local, district, and national public health levels.

The Role of the African Risk Capacity

The African Risk Capacity (ARC) Group is comprised of ARC Agency, a Specialized Agency of the African Union founded in 2012; and the African Risk Capacity Limited (ARC Ltd), a hybrid mutual insurer and the commercial affiliate of the Group founded in 2014.

ARC Agency was established to support African governments in improving their capacities to better plan, prepare, and respond to natural disasters triggered by extreme weather events, outbreaks and epidemics. On the other hand, ARC Ltd offers complementary risk pooling and risk transfer services. Together, the two provide Member States with capacity building and contingency planning services, access to state-of-the-art early warning systems, and risk pooling and transfer facilities towards building resilience against natural disasters such as droughts and tropical cyclones. In the process, the Group strives to apply gender equality principles and achieve inclusivity in the programme to ensure that no one is left behind.

In December 2022, the ARC Group launched its outbreaks and epidemics risk insurance product. This innovative risk financing instrument, requested in 2015 by African Ministers of Finance in the wake of the West African Ebola Outbreaks in 2013-2016, aims at equipping countries with rapid and predictable funding to contain high-impact infectious diseases outbreaks such as Ebola, Marburg, and meningitis, and complement the efforts of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) to safeguard the health security across Africa.

ARC, through established partnerships with ECOWAS, the West African Health Organization (WAHO), and Institut Pasteur de Dakar, is supporting a capacity-building work to implement disaster risk management and financing practices, and build the capacities for surveillance, disease prevention, response and resilience to epidemics and other health emergencies in ECOWAS member states.


Under the direction of the ARC O&E and Gender Units and the support of the Country Engagement Managers, we are seeking to recruit one Gender, Health Emergency and Disaster Risk Management Specialist for Sierra Leone to:

  • Conduct an in-depth gender analysis of the health sector from the Outbreak and Epidemics (O&E) perspective. The analysis aims to identify gaps & challenges and propose recommendations for gender integration in O&E towards gender transformation of the sector. The Consultant is to carry out an in-depth gender analysis to better understand where women, men and boys and girls are situated in O&E and Disaster Risk Management and Financing. Highlighting the barriers for women’s empowerment and participation in contributing to O&E and DRM and the opportunities for policy articulation to strengthen the integration of gender equality into O&E and DRM planning and implementation processes, by advancing recommendations to gender transformative approaches capable of ensuring gender equality for vulnerable men and women.
  • Carry out an in-depth gender analysis on Disaster Risk Management & Financing (DRM&F) to identify gaps & challenges and propose recommendations in policies, strategies, and activities to ensure a gender-responsive and transformational DRM sector.


In line with the objectives above, the critical elements of the assignment are:

  • Develop a Policy Brief for advocacy and resource mobilisation, based on the gender analysis findings.
  • Using the Policy brief as a base, facilitating policy dialogue and donors’ round table to mobilise funds for gender transformative DRM and O&E financing.
  • Adapt the ARC Gender & DRM training modules to the country context and include a module on Gender and O&E
  • Conduct a Training of Trainers workshop for members of TWG and other ARC partners with the use of the developed training manual.
  • Facilitate the establishment of a ToT national network and the setting up the Gender, Advocacy and Communications sub-working group of the TWG.
  • Conduct the Training of Trainers of public officers and health practitioners in charge of national epidemics preparedness and response.



44 LOE

(Nr. Days)


Inception Report


Inception report submitted

Conduct gender analysis in DRM and O&E


- Gender analysis report and plan of action for O&E

- Gender analysis report and plan of action for Gender & DRM/F

Validation workshop


Report of validation workshop

Development of Training manual on gender and DRM and O&E


Training manual approved

Develop policy briefs


- Policy brief on Gender & O&E

- Policy brief on Gender and DRM/F

Conduct policy dialogue/donors’ roundtable


- Gender Transformative Fund mechanism established

- Report of Policy dialogue

Conduct training for TWG and partners and facilitate the establishment of ToT networks


- Report of training workshop

- ToT network on Gender and O&E

- ToT network on Gender and DRM

Training on gender and O&E for public workers


Report of training workshop


  • Duty station: Sierra Leonne / home based
  • The Consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for the execution of the tasks under this assignment.
  • The Consultant will be responsible for providing their own working station (i.e., laptop, internet, phone, scanner/printer, etc.) and must have access to a reliable internet connection.
  • The Consultant is expected to be available for consultations and be in reliable email contact for a set number of hours that align with Government/ARC business hours.
  • The Consultant will carry out their tasks under the direct supervision of the Head of the Gender Department and the Lead Advisor O&E, and the overall guidance of the Country Engagement Manager in charge of the engagement with the government of Sierra Leonne.


You have

in one or more of the following disciplines:

Should you not find your university degree in this link kindly note that it will be your responsibility to obtain a formal letter from your Ministry of Education stating their recognition of the university and degree


You have:

At least ten (10) years of progressively advanced and relevant professional experience at the international and national levels (additional years’ experience for a bachelor’s degree) in public health, mainstreaming gender in development projects and policies, especially in the development of manual(s) and training materials for gender mainstreaming on at least one other related theme, including DRM, public health and sustainable development.


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English, including the ability to write clear and concise briefing papers and external communication, strategic operational documents, etc.

You have developed the following Experiences, Knowledge & Skills:

  • Substantive experience conducting research and analysis in public health, gender equality and at least one related theme, including Disaster Risk Management, climate change mitigation and adaptation environment and sustainable development.
  • Strong understanding of the links between DRM, O&E and gender issues.
  • Experience or strong familiarity with the work of WFP and other multilateral, bilateral and civil society development partners.
  • Excellent analytical, writing, and communications skills.

Deadline for application: 05 June 2023

WFP Value Proposition

  • Meaningful and impactful careers - Our day-to-day work makes a difference in the lives of the people we serve.
  • Continuous learning and training - We provide learning tools for our staff to continually develop their careers.
  • Multicultural and stimulating working environment - We encourage gender and cultural diversity to make our teams stronger.


  • All employment decisions are made based on organisational needs, job requirements, merit and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
  • 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, Join 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.
  • 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.
  • Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance
  • 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.
  • 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.

Special recommendation:

Before you apply, please confirm that both (i) your on-line profile and CV are accurate and up to date, (ii) your CV should include your employment history, academic qualifications, and language skills.