Gender Equality Specialist
Job categories: Project Management, Programme Management
Vacancy code: VA/2020/B5004/19160
Department/office: NYSC, SDC, Development and Special Initiatives Portfolio
Duty station: New York , United States of America
Contract type: International ICA
Contract level: IICA-2
Duration: Open-ended, subject to funds availability and satisfactory performance
Application period: 14-Jan-2020 to 28-Jan-2020
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.
Background Information – Job-specific
The UN Alliance of Civilizations seeks to reduce tensions across cultural divides that threaten to inflame existing political conflicts or trigger new ones. Through preventive diplomacy initiatives, it works at grassroots level, promoting education, youth, media and migration projects aimed at building trust and respect among diverse communities. The Alliance was established in 2005, at the initiative of the Governments of Spain and Turkey, under the auspices of the United Nations. UNAOC is supported by a Group of Friends – a community of over 150-member states, international organizations and bodies.The UNAOC Secretariat, based in New York, USA, is funded by multiple donors, with operations-level support provided by UNOPS.
Under the coordination of the Program Management Coordinator and the direct supervision of the senior advisors for the UNAOC High Representative, the Programme Management Specialist – Gender duties will include:
Project Design and Implementation:
- Contribute to the design of a strategy for the newly added area of work on women as peace mediators
- Implement and coordinate all project activities in the area of Gender; whenever possible, incorporate a consultation process with stakeholders and partners from different regions;
- While implementing projects in the area of Gender, manage creation and maintenance of databases; if applicable, coordinate the process of selecting jury members and liaison with them; long-listing and short-listing of candidates; outreach to project participants and alumni, including providing technical support and expertise;
- Act as the main focal point and expert on Gender issues in the UNAOC team;
- Support the development of partnerships with relevant UN entities, national parliaments and UNAOC partners in relevance to their work on women empowerment in parliaments.
- Engage in the development and expansion of Gender-related partnerships with research bodies, think-tanks, civil society groups and universities to build and expand on content areas;
- Responsible for monitoring financial aspects of all Gender projects, including keeping progress report of budget execution and drafting reports to the donors; consult relevant UNAOC Administrative personnel.
- Provide support to all logistics needed for project activities in the Gender area, while consulting and working closely with the UNAOC Administrative personnel.
- Draft TORs for services and liaise with vendors as needed including collecting vendor forms.
- Maintain records, file and organize documents regarding project operations.
- Ensure use of best practices in the monitoring and assessment of all UNAOC projects in the area of Gender.
- Participate in the design of new project proposals, consult relevant UNAOC personnel in drafting final project proposals. Obtain approval from the UNAOC senior management of the project proposals and liaise with the donor representatives. Follow up on the decisions made and inform the relevant UNAOC personnel of the outcome of consultations with donors.
Advocacy and Communications Support:
- Represent UNAOC at and participate in inter-agency networks related to Gender issues;
- Promote the visibility of the org work on gender through media outreach in coordination with the UNAOC Communications personnel;
- Assist the UNAOC Communications personnel in monitoring and tracking stories about achievements of organizations or individuals supported by UNAOC in the area of Gender; support and provide input to produce communication materials pertaining to assigned project activities;
- During the UNAOC Global Forums or other events, provide substantive and logistical support to programme components covering Gender pillar of UNAOC.
- Contribute and provide input to the overall work of the UNAOC Secretariat and Cabinet of the High Representative, and take on additional tasks as and when needed.
Monitoring and Progress Controls:
- Performance Evaluation Report (PER) feedback from direct supervisor.
Master’s Degree is required
Bachelor degree plus additional years of relevant experience may substitute the requirement of Master’s degree
- Minimum five (5) years of relevant work experience in project support or management;
- Experience with international organizations or international non-governmental organizations will be considered an asset;
- Proven knowledge of international relations, particularly matters related to the United Nations, and intercultural issues, including trends in the fields of cross-cultural dialogue and development is desired;
- Experience with gender legislations in regional and national parliaments will be an asset.
- Excellent knowledge of Gender issues in an international context required;
- Experience with research, analysis and drafting of documents on complex issues will be considered an asset;
- Fluency in both spoken and written English; working knowledge of another UN language is an asset;
- IT proficiency.
- Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
- Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
- Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
- Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
- Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
- Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
- Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
- Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type:International Individual Contractual Agreement (IICA)
Contract level: IICA-2( ICSC-10)
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
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- Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
- Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
- Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
- Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
- Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
- UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
- For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
- The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security
- Management System and that of UNOPS.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
Background Information – UNOPS
UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.
Working with us
UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.
With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.
Work life harmonization
UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.
Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC)
Based in New York, the Sustainable Development Cluster (SDC) supports diverse partners with their peacebuilding, humanitarian and development operations.
The SDC’s services include grants management, development and special initiatives support, and technology support to the UN and UN agencies.
The SDC is part of the New York Service Cluster that supports the United Nations Secretariat, as well as a broadening community of other New York-based United Nations organizations, bilateral and multilateral partners in the delivery of UNOPS mandate in project management, infrastructure management, and procurement management.