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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Geneva
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2018-03-13

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UN Women: Gender Specialist

Geneva (Switzerland)


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.

Peace and Security is a key area of UN Women's work. At headquarters, the Peace and Security Section leads on UN system-wide coordination on Women, Peace and Security, provides technical and financial support to the peace and security work of UN Women field offices, and implements a number of global initiatives that range from training women on mediation, peacekeepers on preventing and responding to sexual violence, and experts on investigation and documentation of international crimes, to rapidly deploying gender advisors to commissions of inquiry, peace talks, and post-conflict planning and financing processes, supporting gender-responsive public service delivery, and linking women in the community and grassroots organizations to police and other actors to ensure better protection.

A key area of UN-Women’s work is ensuring access to justice for women and the equal application of the rule of law. Effective judicial and legal systems not only ensure the protection and advancement of women’s rights, but can provide an enabling environment to address discriminatory practices which impede development. From a women’s human rights and rule of law perspective, at no time is legal protection more necessary, or more fragile, than during and in the immediate aftermath of conflicts when women’s experiences of insecurity and violations often continue unabated. Securing accountability and ending impunity for sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and asserting women’s access to the full range of rights are some of the most challenging yet fundamental conditions for the restoration of the rule of law post-conflict.

Under the supervision of the Chief, Peace and Security, UN Women, and in close coordination with the relevant accountability mechanism, the Gender Specialist  will contribute to implementation of UN Women’s mandate on promoting women’s access to justice and the rule of law through providing technical support to international, regional and national accountability mechanisms in investigation, documentation and training of Sexual Gender Based Crime (SGBC) under international law.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Collates, evaluates and conducts in-depth research and analysis of information in the context of investigations and prosecutions concerning persons or events relating to the conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011, with a focus on sexual and gender-based crimes (SGBC);
  • Contributes to the preparation of reports relating to the factual and criminal aspects of the conflict;
  • Contributes to interview notes, investigation reports, briefings and analytical documents, as required, to ensure adequate attention to sexual and gender-based crimes, analyses the gendered impacts of all crimes, ensures security arrangements are gender-sensitive, and incorporates cultural and contextual gender considerations into the investigation.
  • Reviews and selects material relevant to the preparation of files to be shared with ongoing or future criminal investigations or prosecutions by national, regional or international courts or tribunals;
  • Provides advice and guidance on gender-sensitive information gathering methods and issues relating to SGBC;
  • Ensures timely and efficient responses to inquiries from members of the Analysis, File Preparation and Sharing Section (AFPS) and the Evidence Collection and preservation Section;
  • Prepares a report for UN Women at the conclusion of the deployment.

Perform any other duties, as required by the Chief, Peace and Security, UN Women in coordination with the Coordinator of the Commission of Inquiry.

Key Performance Indicators:

The appropriate investigation procedures of all accountability mechanisms supported by UN Women will reflect:

  • Good practice in the analysis of SGBC cases, and the documentation of the full extent of violations of women’s rights under international law;
  • gender-sensitive approaches that advance women’s access to justice;
  • Sharing of technical knowledge; and
  • Quality of reports.


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: us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf.

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong Knowledge of international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law, and the gender dimensions of these legal frameworks;
  • Proven ability to conduct complex human rights or criminal investigations, including expertise in monitoring and documenting SGBV, an understanding of gender-specific protection concerns, and experience interviewing vulnerable witnesses;
  • Good leadership skills;
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills;
  • Excellent analytical capacity;
  • Strong Knowledge in witness and victim protection and data protection;
  • Ability to speak and write in a clear and gender-sensitive language;
  • Familiarity with the UN system and knowledge of UN Women.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced University Degree (Masters or equivalent) preferably in law, political science, or international relations. 


  • At least 5 years of experience in human rights, international criminal law, criminal investigations or a closely related field, particularly in the area of sexual and gender-based violence;
  • Experience drafting public reports.


  • Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of a second UN 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.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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