Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Gender Affairs Unit in the United Nations Mission in Southern Sudan (UNMISS), in Juba. The Gender Affairs Officer reports to the Chief Gender Affairs Officer. The position is available for six (6) months through 31 May 2017.
Within delegated authority, the Gender Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: • Supports and guides the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and the Policy on DPKO/DFS Gender Equality in Peacekeeping Operations in all work components of the mission activities that fosters women’s political participation, gender sensitive approaches, and promoting women’s role in national dialogue. • Provides gender-sensitive technical assistance to all UNMISS sections. • Drafts, edits and provides substantive inputs for periodic reports, briefings and speeches on gender equality related issues. • Contributes to the design and implementation of a mission-wide action plan to translate existing mandates and policies on the promotion of gender equality in all activities of UNMISS. • Contributes in developing and delivering induction and in-mission training with the Integrated Mission Training Centre (IMTC) on gender mainstreaming, gender equality, and conflict related sexual violence for all levels of peace keeping personnel (military, police and civilians) and other topics requested by Senior Management. • Conducts substantive research and analysis of gender issues in utilizing analytical monitoring and evaluation processes, including indicators and benchmarks, to ensure measurement of progress in mainstreaming gender in the mission’s activities. • Assist the Senior Gender Adviser to coordinate and support the UN system on women’s empowerment, and play a catalytic role in strengthening women’s and civil society programmatic initiatives. • Collaborates with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes that have complementary mandates for the promotion of women’s and girls rights. coordinates with other UN agencies through participating in and leading, as appropriate, relevant country-level mechanisms for humanitarian coordination on gender-based violence such as the Protection Cluster and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) sub-cluster/working group, as well as with relevant national institutions and NGOs;• Represents the mission at national and/or regional meetings, workshops and training programs on the development and promotion of gender and sexual violence issues. • Establishes working relationships with mission’s divisions and sections. • Inputs to planning processes, including results- based budgeting (RBB) and reporting.• Provides day-to-day supervision of staff, when needed; carries out programmatic/substantive reviews of work and reports prepared by others.•Provides support to the Women Focal Point in the mission.•Performs other duties as required.
• PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the work of the United Nations, expertise in the field of Human Rights, International Relations and/or Women’s Rights, together with a thorough understanding of the concepts and practices related to gender issues, particularly gender mainstreaming. In-depth understanding of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security; excellent drafting, monitoring and reporting skills; ability to adapt to hardship missions and remote locations. Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, formulate options, draw conclusions and make effective recommendations, particularly in relation to addressing the needs of women and girls in post-conflict situations; ability to formulate policy advice, position papers and reports for the attention of senior managers. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to gender issues. Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations; Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.• TEAM WORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.• PLANNING & ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.
An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in International Relations, Human Rights Law, Gender studies, Women’s studies, development studies, social sciences or in a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in policy advice, programme management, related to the promotion of gender equality and women’s rights, at the national or international level, including in conflict, post-conflict or political transition settings, such as in constitution making processes, and national dialogues, is required. Proven experience in delivering capacity building and training for women’s organizations on gender related issues is required. Knowledge of the United Nations system, Agencies, Funds or Programmes and/or other international agencies is desirable. Previous experience in managing staff is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.
United Nations Considerations
Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations – Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on “The Application Process” and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of inspira account-holder homepage.Applications are pre-screened by the system according to the published requirements of the job opening on the basis of the information provided in the application. In relation to the requirements of the job opening, applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their qualifications, including their education, work experience, and language skills. Each applicant must bear in mind that submission of incomplete or inaccurate applications may render that applicant ineligible for consideration for the job opening. Initial screening and evaluation of applications will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted. Applications cannot be amended following submission. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at midnight (New York time) on the deadline date.
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