UN Women: Programme Analyst – Intergovernmental Support
New York City (United States of America)
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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
The Intergovernmental Support Division is UN Women’s interface with intergovernmental bodies, including the Commission on the Status of Women, the Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly, the Executive Board of UN Women, as well as with other intergovernmental processes and events. Its functions are to:
- Support the smooth functioning of intergovernmental bodies, including through: overseeing reporting processes within UN Women and providing advice to, and sharing institutional knowledge with, Member States on intergovernmental procedures and working methods;
- Engage with Member States towards strengthening attention to gender perspectives in intergovernmental work, including through: gathering information, identifying challenges and creating opportunities for UN Women to help advance the global normative framework for gender equality;
- Drive the process of integration of normative frameworks into UN Women’s operational and coordination functions, for wider-UN system action.
Under the direct supervision of the Policy Adviser, the Intergovernmental Support Programme Analyst will provide substantive, technical and research support in all functions related to UN-Women’s engagement with intergovernmental processes.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide substantive and technical support to UN-Women’s engagement with intergovernmental processes with a particular focus on follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development:
- Keep track of ongoing and planned intergovernmental processes and events, including informal meetings, and maintain schedule of UN Women involvement and activities;
- Cover intergovernmental meetings, discussions and negotiations, prepare notes on deliberations, propose action points for UN Women and undertake follow up as directed.
Undertake research and analysis on gender perspectives in regard to assigned areas of work, in particular in relation to dimensions and areas of sustainable development:
- Keep track of national trends and policy approaches, academic and UN system work in regard to gender perspectives in areas of the Sustainable Development Goals and interlinkages across SDGs, and synthesize findings and lessons learned;
- Draft substantive papers, background and briefing notes, talking points and key messages, and inputs to reports of the Secretary-General, including on the normative aspects of UN-Women’s work;
- Review draft work of others and provide comments and inputs towards strengthening gender perspectives.
Organize expert group meetings, panel discussions, side events, briefings and other alliance building activities:
- Prepare concept notes for UN Women events in conjunction with intergovernmental processes, and identify possible speakers;
- Make all necessary organizational and logistical arrangements, including draft budgets;
- Work with UN Women Divisions and field offices, as applicable, to publicize events and attract participation and press coverage;
- Draft summaries of meetings;
- Provide technical inputs to information dissemination, including through UN Women’s website and social media.
Provide substantive and technical support to the servicing of intergovernmental bodies:
- Prepare in-session analytical summaries of deliberations, for internal and external use;
- Support negotiations, including by compiling proposals of Member States and providing technical inputs pertaining to gender perspectives of issues under consideration;
- Compile and regularly update reflection of gender equality in intergovernmental outcomes, such as resolutions, in the area of sustainable development.
Provide other support to the effective functioning of the Division, as required:
- Draft articles and newsfeeds for UN Women websites and Intranet sites;
- Participate in UN Women cross-organizational and thematic working groups to represent the Division;
- Provide technical inputs, including collection of data and drafting of results for UN Women reporting requirements in the framework of the UN Women Strategic Plan and Strategic Framework.
Key Performance Indicators:
- Timely tracking and covering of intergovernmental processes and events;
- Timely and quality research and analysis, and drafting of documents and reports, as requested by supervisor;
- Timely organization of meetings, panel discussions, side events, briefings and other activities as per office workplan;
- Information pertaining to intergovernmental issues on intranet and internet are up to date.
- Respect for Diversity;
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- 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: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf.
- Knowledge of gender equality and women’s empowerment issues
- Produces qualitative, accurate outputs with considerable attention to detail, in a timely manner;
- Manages complexities, shifting priorities, and is able to work effectively without constant supervision;
- Maintains constructive, effective business relationships with clients and partners;
- Adheres to deadlines and follows up on time-bound issues;
- Maintains diplomacy, tact and strict confidentiality with internal and external partners and clients;
- Strong interpersonal and communication (verbal, listening, writing) skills;
- Organization skills (time management, efficient administration, multi-tasking and fast-paced);
- Ability to work under pressure within strict deadlines;
- Ability to adapt quickly to work demands, and changing deadlines;
- Willingness to “inter-change” work functions with other staff within the Unit, when required.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree (or equivalent) in the field of gender studies, international development, law, political science, economics, public administration or other relevant/similar field.
- At least 2 years of specialized professional experience in gender equality, law, public policy, international development or related field at the national and international level;
- Some experience working for the United Nations in support of normative intergovernmental processes is an advantage.
- Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and in handling web-based management systems.
- 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?http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment?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.