Gender Development Specialist, P-4, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa, DRC

  • Added Date: Wednesday, 14 August 2019
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 26 August 2019

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For every child, make a difference

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in its programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why UNICEF’s focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

The implementation of UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan 2014-2017 in alignment with the Strategic Plan demonstrated the organization’s strengthened commitment to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as its core mandate.

UNICEF’s work on gender equality has been guided by the Gender Action Plan 2014-2017 (GAP), which has been to advance gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in key areas of UNICEF's work. The Gender Action Plan identified four targeted gender priorities – ending child marriage, promoting gender-responsive adolescent health, advancing girl's secondary education, and addressing gender-based violence in emergencies – and elucidated the gender dimensions within each of UNICEF’s seven strategic outcome areas – Health, Nutrition, Water Sanitation & Hygiene, Education, Child Protection, HIV/AIDs and Social Inclusion. Additionally, the Gender Action Plan has included indicators for measuring the success of UNICEF’s gender programming and outlined steps to strengthen UNICEF’s institutional effectiveness in promoting gender equality throughout its programmatic work

For every child,save lives**

Democratic Republic of Congo

UNICEF has been achieving important progress on education, child rights, nutrition, and WASH in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Challenges remain, though, and in spite of its vast physical size and limitless natural resources, the DRC poses a complex operational environment in terms of infrastructure challenges. Child poverty is widespread, and according to a recent UNICEF study, 80 percent of children aged zero to 15 years old face at least two major deprivations. Join our team and help tackle these issues, making sure every child has a champion.

How can you make a difference to UNICEF in DRC?

Purpose of the job

In alignment with the Gender Action Plan, the role of the Gender Development Specialist is primarily technical and programmatic, with the normative advocacy and coordination roles serving as a secondary function. The Specialist provides authoritative technical guidance/operational support throughout all stages of programming to facilitate the management and delivery of results contributing to gender equality in alignment with the Gender Action Plan. S/he supports the development, implementation, and monitoring of high quality gender programming across sectors in alignment with the Gender Action Plan.

S/he 1) supports senior programme colleagues and management of the Country Office to advance one or more of the four Targeted Gender Priorities in the Gender Action Plan with support from the Regional Gender Adviser. S/he also plays a role in working with one or more of the 7 UNICEF sectors to mainstream gender by prioritizing key gender results within the sector(s) with a strong gender relevance; 2) leads cross-sectional collaboration and coordination on key programmatic results on gender, ensuring coherence, maximization of synergies and efficiency in utilization of resources and delivery of results; 3) works with programme colleagues and management so that gender results are effectively defined, measured, and reported, and high quality assessment, research, evidence generation and evaluation on gender programming is undertaken and utilized, including through the application of the MoRES framework and effective theories of change; 4) Supports/leads effective review, assessment, planning, capacity building, and knowledge management on gender; 5) Supports the assessment and identification of gender needs for emergency preparedness and response, and provides gender relevant guidance and technical input on emergency programming.

Your Expected Key Results:

  1. Sectoral and cross-sectoral programmes/projects on gender are effectively and efficiently supported and implemented in alignment with the Gender Action Plan’s (GAP) four targeted gender priorities and country/ regional/ sectoral priorities through the timely and systematic provision of coordination and technical expertise on gender.
  2. The performance of the gender programmes are timely monitored, analyzed and evaluated, and the findings of the measurement and research are integrated into the planning and reporting. Programmatic financial resources allocated to gender programming and results are effectively planned and managed for cost-efficient utilization, and the progress on the gender programme expenditures are timely monitored and reported.
  3. Knowledge, information and best practices on effective gender programming is generated, managed and shared within internal networks and with external partners to support programmes in changing gender disadvantage and discrimination.
  4. Gender needs for emergency preparedness (response and reconstruction, in the event of emergencies) are identified and integrated into the emergency programme planning and implementation.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Management and/or advisory support to Deputy Representative;
  2. Programme development and planning;
  3. Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results;
  4. Advisory services and technical support;
  5. Advocacy, networking and partnership building;
  6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building.

Your Specific Responsibilities, Duties and Tasks:

Management and/or advisory support to Deputy Representative

  1. Actively participate in the Country Management Team (CMT); Programme Coordination Team; partnerships, research, financial and contract review committees; and other key country-specific leadership teams to ensure strategic inclusion of gender in all country-specific programming.
  2. Coordinate with the Regional Gender Advisors and the Headquarters Gender Section to plan, utilize, monitor and report on the Gender Thematic Fund, or other programmatic funds with large gender components that are allocated to the country-specific interventions for the Country Programme, under the Country Office senior management.
  3. In collaboration with sectoral colleagues and under the guidance of Deputy Representative, participate in the planning and monitoring of the utilization of the budget allocated to sectoral and cross-sectoral gender interventions with sectoral colleagues.
  4. Lead the gender component of the reporting of the routine country-level programme expenditures, including the annual reporting and the RAM.
  5. Provide technical input and review on the gender components in key funding proposal appeals and submissions and in the design of funded projects/programmes so that gender technical components are clearly defined and technical capacities are included

Programme development and planning (including emergency contexts)

  1. Lead and/or support the evidence-based programme planning on gender, incorporating robust measurement and evaluation of results - especially in the event of the Country Programme development and Mid-Term Review.
  2. Provide technical leadership on integration of gender into country programming phases, including strategic planning, SitAns, strategic moments of reflection, CPDs, CPMPs, mid-term reviews, extended annual reviews, programme component strategy notes and in the programmatic assessment and institutional strengthening components of gender reviews.
  3. In collaboration with sectoral colleagues, identify the areas of focus for gender programming with the greatest potential for impact and scale, in alignment with the Gender Action Plan and the country/regional priorities.
  4. Work with sectoral counterparts to incorporate sound gender indicators and measures in programme and policy initiatives, proposals, and advocacy efforts and assist in developing gender-sensitive theories of change models for sector and cross-sectoral programming in alignment with the MoRES framework.

Programme management, monitoring and delivery of results (including emergency contexts)

  1. Provide technical support in indicator identification, measurement and performance tracking as it relates to gender mainstreaming and the Targeted Gender Priorities, in collaboration with Planning, M&E and planning section and sectoral teams.
  2. Lead cross-sectoral collaboration and coordination on key programmatic results on gender, ensuring coherence, maximization of synergies and efficiency in utilization of resources and delivery of results.
  3. Support the strengthening of data systems and collection, as well as accountability mechanisms to monitor and evaluate progress on gender results.
  4. Support high quality reporting on gender results, and a biannual performance review of Gender Action Plan specified results.
  5. Work closely with evaluation colleagues to effectively integrate data collection, tracking, analysis and reporting on the indicators for the Gender Action Plan into programme results and gender performance benchmarks into M&E systems.
  6. Support and strengthen the quality of research and evidence building on gender related programming, bringing in the latest learning and insights from the field of gender and development, and putting in place a coherent, well-prioritized research agenda in alignment with the Gender Action Plan.
  7. Oversee the planning and implementation of the gender reviews and make sure that the recommendations that come out of the gender review are integrated into the Country Programme strategy and action plans and humanitarian strategies and action plans in emergency contexts.
  8. Actively represent UNICEF in relevant coordination bodies at the inter-agency level (gender theme group or other networks, GBV cluster if relevant), participate as a member of steering committees, and provide close oversight of inter-agency joint programmes.

Advisory services and technical support

  1. Provide technical support and guidance to national government, NGOs, UN Agencies and other country-level and local-level partners on aspects of gender programming and to ensure incorporation of gender indicators and measures in programmes/projects, policy initiatives, proposals, and M&E systems.
  2. Provide technical support and advocacy to reporting and follow-up on international and regional gender equality commitments made by the countries.
  3. Support the development of adequate emergency preparedness measures, updating of contingency plans and establishment of early warning mechanisms that reflect gender needs.
  4. Support the development and of sex-disaggregated databases on information crucial for the planning and implementation of emergency plans.
  5. Support the development and deployment of emergency training that incorporates gender issues and relevant strategies.
  6. Lead and/or participate in needs assessment missions on gender, and in the event of an emergency, be deployed as a member of the Emergency Response Team.
  7. Identify implementing/operational partners, and establish implementing arrangements in order to ensure an effective, gender-inclusive emergency response

Advocacy, networking and partnership building

  1. Liaise and consult with sections, government and other external partners (civil society, NGOs, UN Agencies, private sector) to identify areas for convergence, and develop and reinforce partnerships in gender programming.
  2. Forge and support internal and external partnerships and networks in the development of harmonized, gender-transformative programme interventions.
  3. Build strategic alliances for gender equality with various partners, including institutional links with UN agencies and other relevant entities.
  4. Collaborate with other UN agencies and partners to enhance robust gender results in sectoral programmes at the country level. If necessary, represent UNICEF in external meetings on gender integration into sectoral and cross-sectoral results, including UN Country Team meetings and UNDAF/UNAF preparations.
  5. Lead mapping of potential new partnerships and leverage existing partnerships to accelerate Gender Action Plan implementation at the country level in determined priority areas.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  1. Initiate documentation and sharing of the country-level experience in gender programming and lessons learned, which will be shared with internal network and external partners and utilized for South-South cooperation.
  2. Represent the gender section at sectoral, country-level and regional-level network meetings, and ensure best practices on gender programming according to 5 Gender Action Plan principles are highlighted in these forums.
  3. Bring best practices in gender programming and measurement to the attention of senior management and sectoral colleagues, as well as Regional Gender Advisor and gender section staff at HQ.
  4. Support and conduct innovative research on gender at the country-level.
  5. Support Regional Gender Advisor in advancing the technical and research capacity of country-level staff, offices and programmes on gender to continue to build evidence base for programming and to ensure continuous capacity in gender at Country Office level.
  6. Support management and HR in the development of systems, tools and processes that enable staff members and external partners to enhance their understanding and adoption of gender sensitive behaviours and to support implementation of the Gender Action Plan.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  1. Education: Advanced university degree (Masters or higher) in the social sciences (i.e. sociology, demography, psychology, political science, social policy or economics), public health, public policy, public administration, international development, or in an area relevant to UNICEF’s sectoral work (e.g. Health, Nutrition, WASH, Education, Child Protection, Social Inclusion, HIV/AIDs, etc.). A Bachelor degree combined with an additional two years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree. Academic credentials in gender are a strong asset.
  2. Work Experience: Minimum eight years of progressively responsible professional experience and demonstrated track record of having undertaken and led substantive programming and research on gender and development in key issue areas that are the focus of UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan. Experience in designing, implementing, managing, and delivering results-based programmes on gender and development or any other cross cutting programme, especially at country/field level, experience in emergency response is an asset. Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergencies an asset to the post. Good understanding of development and humanitarian work highly desirable.
  3. Language Proficiency: Fluency in French and English required.

For every child, you demonstrate…

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.


* The successful candidate for this emergency recruitment MUST be available to commence work within 31 days of receivingan offer.

* Employment is conditional upon receipt of medical clearance, any clearance required, the grant of a visa, and completion of any other pre-employment criteria that UNICEF may establish. Candidates may not be further considered or offers of employment may be withdrawn if these conditions are unlikely to be met before the date for commencement of service.

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