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UN Women: Humanitarian Affairs Specialist – Asia and Pacific region

Yangon (Myanmar)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Yangon (Myanmar)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-07

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UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN Women's Humanitarian Unit consolidates and supports the entity's existing humanitarian work, including disaster risk reduction for preparedness for risk prevention and mitigation, through its headquarters, regional and country offices, working closely with other divisions within the organisation. The aim of UN Women's engagement in humanitarian action is to ensure consistency and sustainability in addressing gender equality concerns across the humanitarian-development continuum as well as to improve awareness and commitment, enhance capacity and strengthen partnerships with national entities, civil society, regional institutions and the international humanitarian system. UN Women's role is to support coordination and accountability efforts and humanitarian providers to make determined and consistent response to women's needs in humanitarian emergencies. UN Women plans to develop the capacity for assessment and coordination of gender-specific needs in humanitarian responses. We will help concentrate the collective synergies, skills and resources of our partners to meet women's immediate survival and safety needs and to build women's empowerment for the longer-term resilience of communities and sustainability of humanitarian action. 

Reporting to the Deputy Regional Director, the Humanitarian Specialist will oversee the development of humanitarian programmes, provide capacity building and technical assistance to Country Offices (CO) and Multi Country Offices (MCO), establish and strengthen partnerships, and develop relevant knowledge products on humanitarian action. The specialist will also be responsible for leading programme development and implementation in Myanmar, particularly to address the humanitarian-development nexus.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical leadership and strategic planning support on Gender Equality and Humanitarian Response, including protection and resilience-building:

  • Provide technical leadership and policy support to UN Women Offices in Asia and the Pacific on gender mainstreaming in humanitarian action;
  • Provide technical guidance and support to the Inter agency standing committee (IASC) regional network for Asia and the Pacific through the formulation of high-quality gender equality programmes for capacity development and knowledge generation
  • Provide technical support through gender mainstreaming into inter-agency sector coordination mechanisms, governmental mechanisms and other relevant sectoral level processes focusing on humanitarian action, such as relevant Inter Sector Working Group, sector coordination mechanisms and working groups, cross cutting thematic working groups, UNDAF processes, and similar exercises related to the R/HC system ensuring that gender perspectives are clearly reflected and mainstreamed in process;
  • Advise, support, guide and provide substantive inputs to ensure the formulation of high-quality gender responsive country level humanitarian programmes and projects from an inter-agency perspective;
  • Provide substantive inputs to the interagency coordination mechanisms on humanitarian action and other strategic humanitarian financing mechanisms –Emergency Response Fund (ERF), Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), Consolidated Appeals Processes (CAP)- thoroughly analyzing and researching the contextual issues at county and national levels through the Working Group on Gender and Humanitarian Action;
  • Provide technical support to GenCap, RedR and other gender advisers, gender focal points, and GBV managers/focal points in other agencies and organisations (including governments, UN, INGOs, local NGOs, community and women’s groups), and other key actors at country and regional level as needed;
  • Provide technical guidance to country humanitarian clusters in setting up or adapting existing systems to monitor the progress in gender mainstreaming by using inter alia the framework and checklists in the IASC Gender Handbook and Gender Based Violence Guidelines;
  • In close collaboration with priority UN Women country offices and/or programme presences, particularly in Myanmar and other crisis/disaster-affected countries in the region, provide technical assistance and oversight support to the development and expansion of UN Women’s humanitarian portfolio, including for programme and partnerships development as needed.

Provide coordination support:

  • Coordinate the design and implementation of strategies for the Working Group on Gender in Humanitarian Action including ensuring proper linkages with disaster risk reduction, relief, and recovery and development efforts;
  • Coordinate the strategic thinking and policy decisions on mainstreaming gender into humanitarian response and influence agenda and priority setting in relevant UN system-wide inter-agency task forces and governmental coordination mechanisms;
  • Coordinate and provide technical support for the delivery of training activities for UN Country teams as needed.

Provide technical support in Programme formulation and results-based management:

  • Guide the implementation of UN Women programmes in the region within the disaster preparedness and humanitarian response and recovery context, analyze progress on achievement of the objectives and results, proposing adjustments and solutions where necessary;
  • Lead the formulation and development of UN Women’s humanitarian programme and projects in partnership with other implementing partners as necessary;
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of specific flagship technical projects in the region as appropriate to the UN Women Regional Office’s strategic direction and the UN Women’s Humanitarian Strategy;
  • Provide technical support to the development and implementation of programme approaches and modalities in the region in line with the UN Women’s Humanitarian Strategy;
  • Prepare technical guidelines, documents, briefs and other strategic papers and materials for use in the development and presentation of a coherent country level strategic plans;
  • Provide technical inputs to the conceptualization of the country-level annual work plan and strategic plans and ensure lessons learnt are captured to further guide recommendations and formulation of future humanitarian programme planning;
  • In close consultation with the Regional Director/Deputy Regional Director and concerned Representatives/Heads of Offices, oversee the formulation, implementation and management of programming addressing the humanitarian-development nexus, particularly in Myanmar and other selected countries with limited UN Women presence (i.e. the Philippines)
  • In close collaboration with UN Women Humanitarian unit, lead the development and implementation of flagship technical projects as appropriate on humanitarian response.

Provide partnership building and resource mobilization support:

  • Provide technical support in UN Women’s engagement in existing inter-agency regional humanitarian coordination mechanisms and enhance coherence of the UN system in promoting gender equality concerns in humanitarian response in the region
  • Provide technical support for UN Women’s engagement in inter-agency humanitarian coordination mechanisms in Myanmar and other selected priority countries with limited UN Women presence (the Philippines, etc.);
  • As designated, participate in and support relevant regional inter-agency and inter-governmental forums and UN system-wide inter-agency tasks forces in the region;
  • Implement resource mobilization strategies to facilitate UN Women’s long-term UN Women’s long-term engagement in humanitarian response and disaster response;
  • Provide technical contributions to fund-raising including development of new project proposals for use in resource generation for the region;
  • Build partnerships with member states and non-governmental partners in the region for key programming initiatives and build synergies for effective gender equality programming and advocacy;
  • Identify and develop strategic partnerships and alliances at the country and regional levels to promote gender equality and women's advancement through joint projects and interagency efforts;
  • Manage financial resources, for gender and humanitarian action processes.

Provide Advocacy and knowledge-building support:

  • Facilitate flow of information between the Country Offices, the Regional Office and UN Women headquarters by putting in place mechanisms to ensure the region and Country Offices know about humanitarian action related activities undertaken by UN bodies and major global and regional actors and that good practices and lessons learned from the field are shared with HQ and relevant UN system assessments and compilations (such as by CC: Learn, ISDR, and OCHA, etc.);
  • Promote the use and improvement of knowledge management mechanisms to share information about gender and humanitarian action related initiatives;
  • Share technical and strategic position papers, presentations, and briefing notes, as needed;
  • Adapt HQ inputs for regional policy briefs/position papers in collaboration with other practices that address links between climate change and other development concerns such as governance, private sector, poverty alleviation, gender, crisis prevention and recovery, and capacity development;
  • Identify relevant lessons learnt to be disseminated between countries and identify and develop linkages between countries in the region as appropriate;
  • Promote awareness and understanding of the UN Women mandate, mission and purpose and focus on Sustainable Development with special emphasis on gender and humanitarian.
  • Build strategic alliances with other key actors at country and regional level to advocate for gender sensitive programming in humanitarian action, disaster preparedness;
  • Undertake research, develop and present analytical reports, research papers, briefing notes, background papers, summaries, correspondence, and knowledge products on gender equality and humanitarian action from across the AP region which could help present data and practice in a cohesive manner and strongly position UN Women in humanitarian work as needed;
  • Participate in community of practices and facilitate cross-regional exchange of best practices and lessons learned;
  • Contribute to the development of the UN Women regional and global knowledge hub. 

Oversee work of team:

  • Manage budget; and operations of team;
  • Finalize financial reports in accordance with UN Women procedures as necessary; 
  • Supervise and coach staff and manage performance; ensure compliance to the performance management cycle;
  • Ensure that security policies and procedure are followed by team.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality technical advice and support;
  • Leadership in area of expertise in the region;
  • Quality reports and other strategic documents drafted and submitted in a timely manner;
  • Strong relationships with various partners and stakeholders;
  • UN Women is well represented in important meetings on topics related to expertise;
  • Contributions to resource mobilization;
  • Timely and quality knowledge products.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent knowledge of humanitarian action;
  • Strong knowledge of the region;
  • Knowledge of the UN System;
  • Excellent networking skills;
  • Ability to interact with donors, identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising;
  • Ability to perform qualitative and quantitative policy research;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills;
  • Ability to write policy papers, speeches, briefings;
  • Strong knowledge of programme development, implementation, results-based management and reporting.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in human rights, international relations, international development, gender studies, international law or other related field is required.


  • At least 7 years’ progressively responsible experience in designing and managing programmes on humanitarian preparedness and response, gender and development, and/or related fields, ideally with experience in conflict or post conflict or disaster settings;
  • Experience in policy analysis and strategic planning;
  • Experience working with, and building partnerships with governments, donors and civil society organizations internationally and in the field;
  • Experience working with the UN is an asset; especially coordinating interagency UN platforms;
  • Experience working in Asia and the Pacific is an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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