• Added Date: Tuesday, 09 July 2019
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 19 July 2019

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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Secretary General of the United Nations has prioritized gender issues, including gender parity in the UN, gender mainstreaming, greater accountability to gender outcomes in programming of SDGs as well as in peace and security and human rights. Commitments have been made to ensure strong integration of gender messaging in communications and strategic leadership of the system. Crucially, in this first phase of the new SG’s administration, a commitment has been made to ensure strengthened gender equality outcomes in all efforts of reform – including in reforms of the development system, peace and security, management reforms and related efforts on whistleblowers, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, and gender parity. The position will have a key role in supporting organizational change with a view to ensuring that the United Nations as a whole more effectively contributes to gender equality.


Within delegated authority, the Gender Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

Reviews and monitors activities with regards to internal reforms and gender parity and externally in relation to SDG 5-related matters; assesses all relevant political trends from a gender perspective, including those with a specific impact on the gender agenda; recommends solutions/possible action by United Nations. Provides support to the system to mainstream gender.

•Prepares and reviews analytical reports and papers from a gender perspective; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.
•Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on gender issues of assignment; tracks trends and priorities; identifies challenges and builds strategic partnerships for meaningful investment in gender equality.
•Supports women, peace and security and gender-related senior official missions.
•Meets regularly with operational teams and gender focal points including UN staff, to plan projects and review project activities.
•Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive gender matters and country or regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take.
•Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
•Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise.
•Carries out, in consultation with the Principal Adviser on Gender and the Senior Advisor on Policy on related issues.
•Drafts plans for proposed projects and participates in the activities of implementation.
•Performs other related duties as required.


·Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive gender equality role of the UN and of UN interventions on specific areas/themes. Shows ability to produce reports and papers on substantive issues and to coordinate, review and edit the work of others. Shows ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. 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.

Communication: Excellent drafting skills; speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed as appropriate;

Teamwork: 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 Unit’s shortcomings.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in gender, development, human rights, political science, international relations or other related social science fields is required. A first-level degree with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.

Work Experience

• A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in gender and women’s rights in combination with, human rights, political analysis, peace and security or development is required
• Substantive and technical experience on gender issues – ideally covering both policy advice and programming
• Field experience obtained outside the applicant's country of nationality in a transitional, developmental, conflict or post conflict setting is highly desirable
• Experience preparing reports, background papers, talking points, and correspondences on gender for senior management is required.
• Experience working with the UN system is an asset


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 30 June 2020. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places 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. 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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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