Gender & Development Officer, P-2, New York, USA
New York City (United States of America) | Washington D.C.
Purpose of the Position
The Gender and Development Officer will be part of the team in the Gender Section, Programme Division at UNCIEF NY Headquarters. Reporting to the Principal Adviser for the Gender Section, the incumbent will support the Gender Section's ability to deliver on the technical excellence and quality of programmatic work on gender equality as well as the strengthening of institutional capacity and system, as outlined in the Gender Action Plan (GAP). S/he will primarily focus on the Targeted Gender Priorities, and especially the linkage of child marriage to the other three priorities. S/he will engage in four specific areas of work: 1) Undertake, review, and compile research and data analysis to support quality programming and monitoring on the targeted gender priorities; 2) Support programmatic planning, implementation and monitoring processes to advance cross-sectoral coordination and results; 3) Collate and package research and programming content to support knowledge sharing across relevant UNICEF staff and networks focusing on gender results on the Targeted Priorities and especially child marriage; and 4) Support communications and advocacy efforts, including major events related to the GAP agenda.
Key Expected Results
- Undertake, review and compile research and data analysis to support quality programming and monitoring on the targeted gender priorities.
The Gender and Development Officer will provide research support for evidence generation on child marriage as it is connected to girls' education, adolescent health and gender based violence. S/he will undertake literature reviews, mapping of data and information, along with qualitative and quantitative data analysis as required. S/he will also research and consolidate existing information on programming initiatives that connect these priorities together and support assessments of their theories of change and results frameworks. S/he will review and consolidate data on existing indicators that are used by various programmes to interconnect the four targeted priorities of the GAP and support the development of additional measurement options.
End Result(s): Higher quality indicators and data for measuring progress on targeted gender priorities and documenting their interconnection.
- Support programmatic planning, implementation and monitoring processes to advance cross-sectoral coordination and results.
The Gender and Development Officer will provide support on the development, review, assessment, and refinement of project plans, proposals, and reports so as to ensure effective gender integration and maximization of synergies across the four targeted priorities. S/he will contribute to the development of programmatic and monitoring guidance and tools, training materials and activities. S/he will also facilitate cross-sectoral convenings and meetings, including the development of workshop agendas and materials.
End Result(s): Increased cross-sectoral coordination and synergies on the planning, implementation, and monitoring of targeted gender priorities.
- Collate and package research and programming content to support knowledge sharing across relevant UNICEF staff and networks focusing on gender results on targeted priorities.
The Gender and Development Officer will organize and develop consolidated materials on child marriage and the other targeted priorities for sharing with internal stakeholders across sectors and across HQ and the field on a regular basis. S/he will support the development of evidence-based documents, briefs, presentations, and web based delivery options for more effective knowledge sharing on the targeted gender priorities, especially child marriage. She will ensure that such materials are available in succinct, clear and accessible formats for internal networks and field staff as well as for the relevant donors and partners on the intranet, internet, team sites, and at meetings and events.
End Result(s): Effective knowledge sharing on child marriage and the other targeted gender priorities.
- Support communications and advocacy efforts, including major events related to the GAP areas of focus.
The Gender and Development Officer will serve as a team member and cross-sectoral focal point for synthesizing, consolidating, and prioritizing communications materials and opportunities for disseminating information on progress and achievements around the GAP, and for advocating on the targeted gender priorities. S/he will develop and compile materials for dissemination to external audiences both in print and web formats. S/he will develop concept notes, plans, and provide coordination, logistical and communications support on major events around the GAP agenda such as global monitoring meetings, the International Day of the Girl Child, and the Commission on the Status of Women.
End Result(s): Effective communication, dissemination and advocacy on GAP priorities.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
- University degree in social sciences (i.e. sociology, demography, psychology, political science and economics), public health, public policy or international development or other relevant disciplines.
- Two years of relevant work experience at national and/or international levels.
- Substantive, technical, programmatic and research skills in gender along with sectoral expertise in at least one of UNICEF's key sectoral areas including health, education, nutrition, WASH, protection, HIV/AIDS, social policy.
- Training and experience in conducting research and analysis on gender, including quantitative research methodologies, and monitoring and evaluation.
- Excellent coordination and project management skills, along with ability to synthesize and connect multiple streams of works.
- Fluency in English and another UN language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is required.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
- Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking. Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to write succinctly and clearly.
- Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.
- Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment. Builds rapport with individuals and groups and maintains an effective network of individuals across organizational departments.
- Demonstrates an awareness of changes in organizational strategy that impact on own work area.
- Demonstrates good skills and relevant knowledge in own area.
- Sets clearly defined objectives and plans activities for self, own team or department.
- Seeks and quickly absorbs new information and techniques.
- Strong initiative and self-motivation to identify urgent and potentially difficult decisions and act on them promptly; initiate and generate team- and department-wide activities that will move the section's work forward.
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