Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located within the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), Goma. The Gender Affairs Officer will report to the Senior Gender Adviser, Chief of Gender Affairs Section.Responsibilities
Within the limits of delegated authority, the Gender Affairs Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:
Supports the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and the DPO Policy on Gender Responsive Peacekeeping Operations 2018-2021, as well as the DRC’s national action plan II for the implementation of the resolution 1325 and the transition plan.
Supports the implementation of the Gender Action Plan and Strategy of the mission to mainstream gender considerations into the work of each mission component, and technically supports the mission's Gender Focal Points across pillars and components to deliver on mission’s gender mandates.
Supports knowledge management and data collection with regard to gender policy and facilitates the collection and exchange of information between partners and the Gender Affairs Section.
Provide technical gender expertise vis à vis the Goma Mission’s Headquarters by reinforcing the Mission’s capacity to deliver its mandate in a gender responsive manner.
Support Mission’s advocacy for the involvement of women in conflict prevention and conflict resolution mechanisms, and a gender responsive DDR, POC and SSR.
Support the implementation of the Mission’s gender markers, gender sensitive indicators, analysis and reporting with sex-disaggregated data by all relevant Mission components, including through the delivery of gender training to uniformed and civilian mission personnel and orientation activities on gender markers in the mission.
Supports the provision of technical expertise to relevant partners and mission components on the roll-out of gender markers, strategies for gender mainstreaming, including expanding the capacity for gender analysis and designing gender-sensitive policies and programmes.
Support the Gender Affairs Section in providing timely and close guidance –including through regular field visits to the Field Offices for a practical gender mainstreaming in their planning and rolling-out of field activities.
Advise and guide Mission components so that all proposals for QIPs (Quick Impact Projects) and CVR (Community Violence Reduction) are gender responsive.
Drafts, collates and edits specified results-based inputs for all gender related reports and documentation as required.
Supports the results-based budgeting (RBB) process and provides substantive inputs to results based reporting and analysis.
Coordinates, as needed, with other UN agencies, Funds and Programmes that have complementary mandates on gender related issues through participating in working-level mechanisms, as well as coordinates with relevant institutions.
Facilitate dialogue between the Mission's leadership and civil society organizations, including women's groups, on gender issues.
Strengthen implementation of the Section’s workplan and outreach activities.
Performs other duties as required.
PROFESSIONALISM: Recognized expertise in gender equality and women’s empowerment; track record in advising peers, senior management, and uniformed personnel. Strong conceptual and strategic analytical capacity and experience in the development and use of gender markers. Ability to analyze and evaluate critical matters about organizational gender responsiveness. Solid familiarity with monitoring gender deliverables, preferably in the field of peace and security. Ability to extract lessons learned and prepare good practices for broad use. Shows pride in work and 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
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 by final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
PLANNING AND 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
An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in gender studies, law, international relations, social studies, or in a related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in international relations, law, gender affairs and/or peacekeeping issues at policy and operational levels is required.
Experience in the promotion of gender equality in post-conflict settings is required.
At least three years of field experience in one or a combination of the thematic areas: gender mainstreaming; analysis and monitoring of the implementation of women, peace and security agenda; women’s political participation is required.
. Experience in the conception, roll-out and monitoring of gender markers is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the Secretariat. For this position, fluency in French and English (both oral and written) is required.Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.Special Notice
• This position is temporarily available. 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.
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• 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.
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The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
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