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Gender Mainstreaming Coordinator

Copenhagen (Denmark)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • Grade: IICA-1, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-04-08

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Background information - IPMG

UNOPS strategic focus places increased emphasis on national capacity development and sustainable approaches to project management, procurement and infrastructure services.  A key objective is to be recognized as an organization that delivers world-class infrastructure and project management, which is both economically and socially sustainable, even in the most challenging environments. To achieve this goal, UNOPS has established the Infrastructure and Project Management Group (IPMG).

Within UNOPS, IPMG’s objectives are to serve the organization’s personnel and partners by broadening their infrastructure and project management capabilities, while disseminating best-practices in both of these areas. Through this work, the group helps facilitate the successful delivery of programmes and projects around the world. To achieve its objectives, IPMG has established three interrelated and interdependant work streams, namely, Strategic Initiatives, Standards and Engagement Assurance. IPMG is managed overall by the Director of IPMG and supported by a Programme Support Unit. 

Background Information - Job-specific

Standards stream aims to reduce organizational risks, improve project performance, and promote excellence across UNOPS projects by having fit for purpose infrastructure and project management standards framework in place, which includes the development and maintenance of project management and infrastructure related technical content, as well as knowledge management, gender, sustainability and tools development associated with this content. This work stream enables IPMG to elevate organizational maturity and contributes to corporate excellence agenda such as ISO certifications and EFQM.

The Standards Team is overall managed by the Head of Standards in close collaboration with the Manager of Standards. The Manager of Standards reports directly to the Head of Standards who reports in turn to the Director of IPMG. The Gender Mainstreaming Co-ordinator will report directly to the Manager of Standards.

Working within the Infrastructure and Project Management Group (IPMG), the successful incumbent will be expected to be responsible for providing technical support to Standards and IPMG, with a focus on Gender Mainstreaming.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the guidance and supervision of of the Manager of Standards, the co-ordinator will co-ordinate, implement and monitor the initiatives that address UNOPS Gender Mainstreaming (GM) in IPMG and promote gender equality, in particular. The specific tasks would be to

  • Develop under the Manager of Standards’ guidance, the implementation plan of the global strategy for gender mainstreaming in IPMG. Drive and monitor the resulting activities;
  • Co-ordinate, review and/or prepare gender related communications and reports;
  • Ensure relevant GM considerations and content are embedded in IPMG initiatives across UNOPS;
  • Implement the IPMG Gender Action Plan;
  • Act as IPMG Gender Focal Point (GFP) and as HQ gender mainstreaming coordination focal point. This includes attending inter-agency coordination meetings on gender and system-wide reporting;
  • Provide support and guidance to UNOPS Gender Mainstreaming activities in HQ and field offices;
  • Follow-up and oversight of an annual Corporate budget for learning and development activities related to gender mainstreaming in coordination with People and Change Group (PCG);
  • Provide support to partnerships development activities, and preparation of speaking notes for briefings in advance of high-level meetings ;
  • Coordinate and facilitate conference and workshop sessions for UNOPS international events and Gender Mainstreaming Workshops globally. This may involve coordination of small value procurement activities;  
  • Successfully manage internal projects on the development of gender mainstreaming tools and knowledge products including technical guidance notes for mainstreaming gender in project management practices, e-learning modules, factsheets and other communications materials;
  • Coordinate with relevant stakeholders and provide support in development of technical document/content and resource management;
  • Provide research and data collection on specific topic upon request by supervisor;
  • Perform other duties as and when assigned.

Reporting & Tools:

  • Identify areas for improvement and provide on-going maintenance and updates of the IPMG workspace with the most current information, relevant to Gender Mainstreaming in infrastructure and project management;
  • Drafting and full editing of articles, presentations, e-mails and other communication on gender related aspects of Infrastructure and project management practices;
  • Collaborate with colleagues for mission reporting – filing and follow up actions as required, when applicable;
  • Support the team with stakeholder management (internal and external) and establish communication strategy for effective outreach;
  • Support the rollout of the new tools and materials as required;
  • When requested support IPMG Communications focal point for improvements to existing Gender Mainstreaming related content.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

  • Setting standards, personal and development objectives in Performance Evaluation Review;
  • Ongoing assessment of task completion, which meets quality expectations;
  • Successfully meeting deadlines based on workplan;
  • Completing progress reports as requested.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Candidates must hold a Master’s Degree in: Development Studies / Gender Studies / Project Management / International Relations / Gender Diversity / Political Science or other relevant discipline.
  • A first-level University degree or Bachelor's or equivalent in a related field of study with 2 additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of Master’s Degree requirement.


  • A minimum 2 years of professional experience in co-ordinating initiatives related to Gender Mainstreaming is required in combination with a Master's Degree; a minimum 4 years of professional experience in co-ordinating initiatives related to Gender Mainstreaming is required in combination with a Bachelor's Degree
  • Gender Equality/Mainstreaming related course certifications will be considered an asset;
  • Experience with project management is highly desirable;
  • Previous working experience in developing countries in an international environment will be considered an asset;
  • Technical proficiency in project management will be considered an asset;


  • Fluency in English required 
  • Fluency in French and/or Spanish is considered a valuable asset


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type:  Individual Contract Agreement (ICA)
Contract level: IICA-1
Contract duration: 1 year

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Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

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