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Posted 12 months ago

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Bangui within the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The Senior Gender Adviser reports directly to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG)

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Senior Gender Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
  • Provides advice to the SRSG/DSRSG and senior management on women, peace and security issues and mainstreaming a gender perspective into the tasks of the Mission.
  • Provides senior management with analysis and guidance on ensuring effective implementation of Women Peace and Security mandates and Departmental policies on gender equality.
  • Supports and assists senior management to meet their accountability goals on gender equality in line with theSecurity Council mandates on women peace and security.
  • Oversees the development of a mission-wide action plan to translate existing mandates and policies on thepromotion of gender equality in all civilian and uniformed activities in peace operations.
  • Establishes and oversees mechanisms for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on gender mainstreaming and mission activities.
  • Coordinates and collaborates with the Mission Senior Women Protection Adviser and supports the work ofConflict Related Sexual Violence/Sexual and Gender Based Violence (CRSV/SGBV) in accordance with comprehensive strategies to combat CRSV where is applies.
  • Supports Mission leadership to engage with relevant international regional and national actors on thearticipation and inclusion of women in all phases of post conflict governance and peacekeeping/peacebuilding programmes.
  • Contributes to all mission planning and strategic developmental processes especially inputs related to results based budgeting and reporting.
  • Ensures liaison and coordination with partners, internal and external as related to gender equality
  • Drafts, edits all final reporting and written materials from the Gender Team and reports regularly to HQ on gender activities.
  • Oversees the work of the gender team, the inputs of the Task Force members and all outputs related to gender from the Mission.
  • Represents the Mission on women peace and security issues where needed.
  • Performs any other duties as required.

    Competencies

    Professionalism: In-depth knowledge of the work of the United Nations, particularly in a post conflict political mission setting; expertise in the field of gender and Women's Rights, particularly gender mainstreaming and sexual and gender-based violence. Experience in supporting the mainstreaming of gender and sexual violence perspectives, into intergovernmental processes and mechanisms; in-depth understanding of UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 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. Must possess solid drafting skills. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to gender issues. Experience in project development and implementation. 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: 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 the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

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

Judgment/ Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Education

Advanced university degree, (Master's degree or equivalent) preferably in international relations, human rights law, social science or related humanities field. A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible policy, advisory and programme management experience at the national and international levels related to the promotion of gender equality, including at least five years at the international level, particularly with international organisations in conflict or post-conflict settings, is required.
Demonstrated expertise in successfully integrating gender perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes is required. Experience advising senior management is required. Experience managing a team is required. Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes)- or similar international organization or non-governmental organisation - in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both oral and written English and French is required.

Assessment

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

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

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

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.