Gender Specialist (Only for international)

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2019
  • Deadline Date: Monday, 27 May 2019

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Job Title: Gender Specialist

Grade Level: P3

Department: UNDP Myanmar

Duty Station: Yangon with regular travel to Sittwe (approximately 50%)

Duration and Type of Assignment: 9 months; Temporary Appointment

Myanmar has embarked on a major transition towards democracy, market style economy and peace. Myanmar has low middle-income status (LMIC) and is committed to lifting itself out of Least Developed Country (LDC) status within the next seven years. Following the implementation of the first-ever UNDP Country Programme during 2013-2017 and as a key development partner of the government of Myanmar, UNDP in now implementing a new UNDP Country Programme (CPD) for the period 2018-2022, striving to deliver on a large and relevant programme portfolio that is responsive to the main development challenges facing the country.

The UNDP Country Office in Myanmar is a key interlocutor and advisor to the union government on rule of law, civil service reform, parliamentary capacity and institution building, and is expanding its programme at the state, region and township levels to ensure stronger institutions at all levels of government as well as broader civic engagement as part of an effort to build and sustain peace.

The new UNDP Myanmar CPD is being implemented with a new Country Office structure to support a more integrated and collaborative way of working to help Myanmar achieve sustainable development and peace. The Country Office has aligned its structure to support the CPD and develop new ways of working—including a new Area-Based Approach targeting five states and regions, including Rakhine State—that will facilitate more collaboration across the Office, programmes, and projects and with the Government.

The UNDP Programme Teams anchor UNDP’s programme portfolio in their areas and provide thought leadership on cross-cutting development issues in Myanmar and globally to ensure that UNDP’s mandate of convening development partners in support of the Myanmar National Development Strategy 2018-22 (MSDP) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is supported by internal knowledge, research, and policy advice. Priority issues include gender equality, social cohesion and conflict prevention and the Sustainable Development Goals.

In this context, the Gender Specialist will work across UNDP’s programme portfolio to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment for inclusive development and resilience in support of the Rakhine Area Based Programme (RABP). The RABP, which is implemented jointly with UN Women and UNHCR, includes the joint programmes The Project for Humanitarian and Development Assistance in Rakhine State and Women's Empowerment and Resilient Inclusive Communities in Rakhine.

These programmes work to: (i) better meet community priorities and needs through inclusive and responsive service delivery, improved access to justice, and increased local development opportunities that promote social cohesion; (ii) empower women to engage in, contribute to, and benefit from community resilience, and inclusive growth and development; (iii) support the Government of Myanmar in creating conditions conducive to the sustainable return of displaced persons from and within Rakhine State and preventing and addressing statelessness; and (iv) improve living conditions in IDP camps through critical humanitarian support.

The Gender Specialist works under the guidance and supervision of the Head of Office in Sittwe and in close collaboration with UNDP’s Country Office Programme Units and staff. The Specialist will also work closely with partner UN Agencies, as well as Government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors, and civil society to help implement gender as a cross-cutting issue in the UNDP programme. S/he provides quality technical support to Government and partners in his or her work area.

The Gender Specialist will be based in Yangon with regular travel to Sittwe. The Specialist is expected to spend 50 percent of time in Rakhine State.

UNDP Myanmar is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

1) Supports gender inclusion in the Rakhine Area Based Programme (RABP) activities from design through implementation, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Conducts analysis and research of the gender dimension in political, social and economic situation in Rakhine State and collaborates in preparation/revision of programme documents, AWP and other documents;
  • Identifies, in close collaboration with national and international partners, programme areas of cooperation on gender equality issues;
  • Contributes to and prepares the RABP gender equality strategy in cooperation with RABP programme teams;
  • Facilitates assessment of the country’s policies and their impact on women’s economic empowerment, social cohesion and SDG design;
  • Facilitates research and analysis on specific and topical gender-related development issues, (e.g. social cohesion, women’s economic empowerment, SDG programme design and approaches);
  • Designs and formulates gender components of RABP programme, translating gender priorities into local interventions and ensuring coordination and networking with clients, stakeholders and programme partners;
  • Monitors the implementation of gender-related issues across the RABP, synthesizing progress against indicators and preparing reports;
  • Conducts training and capacity building on gender equality for implementing partners, I/NGOs, CSOs and government partners in gender;
  • Assists in the development of gender-based budgets and in monitoring and reporting on gender equality;
  • Works closely with UN agency counterparts;
  • Monitors and reports on gender indicators; and
  • Develops a gender communication strategy for the RABP, ensuring visibility of the gender equality component.

2) Supports RABP programme components on gender, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Provides programme component leadership with technical guidance in planning, implementation and monitoring and evaluation, ensuring that results are delivered in accordance with the workplan, standards, allocations, framework and rules and regulations;
  • Supports effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets, and monitoring achievement of results;
  • Maintains regular contact with UNDP’s implementing partners I/NGOs and CSOs and other programme counterparts to ensure monitoring of programmes' progress and effectiveness and achievement of results; and
  • Promotes cross component and cross programme collaboration.

3) Supports UNDP and RABP in the creation of strategic partnerships and in resource mobilization for gender equality results, focusing on achievement of the following:

  • Supports UNDP’s role in various gender working groups led by donors, government or other coordination mechanisms;
  • Provides input and supports engagement to policy dialogue on gender issues with the Government, donors, civil society, private sector and contributes to development of policies as relevant;
  • Contributes to implementation of CO partnerships and resource mobilization strategy to support achievement of effective integration of gender equality perspectives;
  • Researches and analyses information on existing and new partners;
  • Develops ideas and concepts for possible areas of cooperation;
  • Supports working relationships and creates programmatic linkages with relevant government agencies; UN Agencies, IFIs, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector and civil society as guided by the supervisor; and
  • Supports the identification of funding opportunities for ongoing and new programmes and projects.

4) Supports provision of high-quality technical support and facilitation of knowledge building and management, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Identifies sources of information related to gender equality issues, and identifies and synthesizes best practices and lessons learned directly linked to gender equality goals;
  • Coordinates and ensures gender equality inputs in development of policies, institutions and advocacy that will address the country’s challenges and needs in achieving gender equality in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners;
  • Ensures that lessons learned are captured and recorded into the CO knowledge networks; and
  • Ensures UNDP’s credible role in networks of Government agencies, development partners, UN agencies, and CSOs, advocating for gender equality and women’s empowerment in Rakhine.

IV. Competencies and Selection Criteria


Description of Competency at Level Required

(For more comprehensive descriptions please see the competency inventory)




Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Level 3: Adapts deliverables to meet client needs


Ability to persuade others to follow

Level 3: Proactively seeks and recognizes contributions of others

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Level 3: Appropriately involves team in different stages of work and decision-making


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services





Gender and Institutional Development

Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreaming and capacity development and interagency collaboration and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations

Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise

Gender Issues and Development

Knowledge of gender equality issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender equality perspective

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Gender Corporate Reporting

Ability to comply with corporate reporting, including skills to manage ROAR and other reporting, donor reporting and extractions, Gender Marker application and other tools.

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise


Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships

Level 5:Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Project Management

Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals


Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise

Knowledge Management

Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge

Develop communication materials on gender equality results from UNDP’s work in Rakhine

Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise



Resource Mobilization

Ability to identify and organize programmes and projects to implement solutions and generate resources (definition is unclear and not well linked to the stated competency)

Level 5: Integrate & Empower (Strategic Advisor)



  • Master’s degree in Gender Studies or in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Political Sciences or related field


  • Minimum of 5 years with Master’s degree of progressively advancing experience and responsibility in managing gender equality programmes in international development organizations and/or bilateral development agencies. Experience with the UN system is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing projects targeting at promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment, and mainstreaming gender into programming across sectors.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing gender equality indicators, monitoring gender equality achievements, and reporting on gender equality results for development projects.
  • Proven ability to work in multi-cultural teams.
  • Demonstrated programme/project management experience with sound knowledge of all aspects of the project cycle (design, implementation, monitoring & evaluation

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in the written and spoken English

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Contract Duration: 9 Months

This vacancy is archived.

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