Gender and Parity Monitoring Officer in Congo, DR
Kinshasa (Congo Democratic)
UN VOLUNTEER DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT CODR000315--Gender and Parity Monitoring Officer The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in long- established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct. Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.
Country of Assignment Congo, Democratic Republic
Host Institute UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC
Volunteer Category International Specialist
Number of Volunteer 1
Duration Until 30-06-2018
Possibility of Extension Yes
Expected Starting Date Immediate
Duty Station Kinshasa [COD]
Assignment Place Family Duty Station
Assignment Place Remark
Assignment is with family
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the second largest country in Africa, and as a result is quite diverse.
Living conditions therefore vary between MONUSCO duty stations, with all usual amenities present in the capital Kinshasa, but only very basic conditions in remote duty stations in the provinces, where, for instance, there may be no guarantee of public power supply nor running water. The ability to live and work in difficult and harsh conditions of developing countries is essential. Accommodation is very expensive in both Kinshasa and Lubumbashi. Supermarkets exist in the large towns (e.g. Bukavu, Kisangani), but consumer items are generally very expensive (as everything is imported). For food, local markets offer a much cheaper alternative.
26 Apr 2018 Page 1 of 6 All MONUSCO duty stations are considered non-family duty stations, except for Kinshasa, Lubumbashi and Entebbe which are now considered family duty stations, and most are currently under UN Security Phase III (“relocation phase”: internationally-recruited
staff are temporarily concentrated or relocated to specified sites/locations). In addition to insecurity related to the relatively volatile
political situation as well as various conflict situations, certain places are subject to increasing street and residential crime, including
in Kinshasa and Goma.
Some degree of medical service is provided in all MONUSCO duty stations. Certain vaccinations are mandatory for MONUSCO
personnel to enter the DRC, while others are compulsory for all other incoming persons. It is possible for incoming MONUSCO
personnel, including UN Volunteers, to be asked to provide proof of some or all vaccinations, though this is unlikely. All UN
Volunteers must ensure that they are up-to-date with all appropriate vaccinations, which should be clearly and properly endorsed in
the International Certificate of Vaccination (“carte jaune”). Malaria is present virtually throughout the DRC, and it is therefore
recommended to take prophylaxis.
The unit of currency is the Congolese Franc. The US dollar is the other preferred currency. It may be impossible to exchange
traveller’s checks away from the capital city. Credit cards are usually accepted in major hotels only in Kinshasa. In larger towns and
cities (e.g. Kinshasa, Goma, Bukavu, Kisangani), UN Volunteers are recommended to open US Dollar bank accounts, while in other
places, banks may be absent (including ATMs) and VLA payments will be processed in cash. UN Volunteers have the possibility to
send part of their allowances to a bank account abroad.
In addition to French, there are four major spoken languages in DRC, namely Lingala, Kikongo, Tshiluba and Swahili.
Assignment Title Gender and Parity Monitoring Officer
Organizational Context & Project Description
The United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo (MONUSCO) was established in 1999 under the auspices of
the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). – http://monusco.unmissions.org.
Sustainable Development Goals 16. Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
UNV Focus Area Peace building
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Gender Adviser/Chief Gender Affairs, the UNV/Gender and Parity Monitoring Officer
report to the SGA and is responsible for supporting the implementation of the UN System-Wide Gender Parity Strategy, the Mission
Directive on Gender Parity, the Parity MLT decisions and Gender Affairs annual work plan. In particular, he/she will conduct the
Develop a detailed work plan, with clear targets, responsibles and timeline, to implement MONUSCO’s Gender Parity MLT
Ensure close monitoring of the progress on the plan implementation by Hiring Managers, DMS and Gender Affairs as per
distribution of tasks fixed in the Parity MLT Decisions.
Collect data regularly on vacancies and screen their compliance with the requirements set in the Parity MLT Decisions.
Ensure immediate dissemination of job openings on the day of their advertisement to professional outreach networks and to
In-Mission and Out-Mission mailing groups.
Prepare the weekly meetings between the SGA (Senior Gender Adviser) and DDMS and DMS to review the selection process
from a parity point of view.
Prepare, every two weeks, a synopsis of progress on hiring women to international posts and the overall sex-disaggregated
percentages of MONUSCO staffing as of end February 2018.
26 Apr 2018 Page 2 of 6 Extend any additional administrative and tracking support to the SGA and DMS in relation to advancing parity at all times. Establish and maintain an archive about the vacancies advertised since January 2018, with the progress synopsis showing
the results of screening and selection as well as the documentation of DMS decisions and Gender Affairs advice.
Support the design and implementation of mission-wide periodic surveys among female staff with regard to their working
Under close supervision of the SGA, prepare drafts of gender code cables and draft presentations and material to inform and
advocate for gender parity within the mission -to themes such as: (UN-System Wide Parity Strategy, sex-disaggregated staff
development and MLT Parity Decisions, Recognizing and eradicating gender bias during recruitment, Recognizing and
eradicating sexual harassment at the work place).
Provide induction on all aspects of rolling out and monitoring progress of the Gender parity MLT decisions to the Human
Resources officers, when advised by the SGA.
Support implementation of Gender Affairs Section’s annual work plan and ensure implementation and reporting on the fourth
focus area: Gender Parity;
When working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-)governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners
(IPs), the incumbent is strongly encouraged to set aside dedicated time for capacity development through coaching,
mentoring and formal and on-the-job training;
Support all SGA missions to field offices.
Performs other related duties as required.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by
reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International
Volunteer Day)- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country- Reflect on the
type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities- Contribute
articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.- Assist with
the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers- Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or
encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
MONUSCO’s efforts on achieving gender parity target of 34% by end 2018 are adequately supported, monitored and reported
Gender Affairs work load through added programmatic components is feathered and adequate support to DMS and Mission
leadership is secured.
The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including
supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counterparts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);
Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout
A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the
number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.
• The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including
supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counter-parts, including Implementing Partners (IPs); • Age, Gender and Diversity
(AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment • A final
statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development dur-ing the assignment, such as reporting on the
number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed
Required Degree Level Master degree or equivalent
26 Apr 2018 Page 3 of 6 Education - Additional Comments
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in gender studies, development studies, social sciences, human
resources, or related field. A first-level university degree in any of these fields, in combination with two additional years of qualifying
work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Required experience 24 months
A minimum of two (2) years of field experience in rolling out and reporting on development programmes/initiatives involving gender
mainstreaming and women’s rights is required. Experience with data collection, analysis and reporting, or monitoring and evaluation
is highly desirable. Experience with human resources is an asset. Field experience, in particular working in the United Nations or
other international organizations in a duty station of a global South is highly desirable.
English (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent
AND - French (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent
Area of Expertise
Development programme management Mandatory
Gender equality and the advancement of women Mandatory
Monitoring and evaluation Mandatory
Area of Expertise Requirement
Excellent use of Microsoft Office Excel, Databanks, Word, Power Point, Prezi, Surveys’ software and familiarity with social media is a
Need Driving Licence Yes
Competencies & Values
Ethics and Values
Planning and Organizing
Respect for Diversity
Working in Teams
Conditions of Service and other information
26 Apr 2018 Page 4 of 6 Condition of Service Click here to view Conditions of Service
Conditions of Service for International Specialist:
The contract lasts for the period indicated above with possibility of extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and
satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.
A UN Volunteer receives a Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) which is composed of the Monthly Living Allowance (MLA) and a Family
Allowance (FA) for those with dependents (maximum three).
The Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) is paid at the end of each month to cover housing, utilities, transportation, communications and
other basic needs. The VLA can be computed by applying the Post-Adjustment Multiplier (PAM) to the VLA base rate of US$ 1,602. The
VLA base rate is a global rate across the world, while the PAM is duty station/country-specific and fluctuates on a monthly basis
according to the cost of living. This method ensures that international UN Volunteers have comparable purchasing power at all duty
stations irrespective of varying costs of living. The PAM is established by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) and is
published at the beginning of every month on the ICSC website http://icsc.un.org.
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In non-family duty stations that belong to hardship categories D or E, as classified by the ICSC, international UN Volunteers receive a
Well-Being Differential (WBD) on a monthly basis.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are provided a settling-in-grant (SIG) at the start of the assignment (if the volunteer did not reside in the
duty station for at least 6 months prior to taking up the assignment) and in the event of a permanent reassignment to another duty
UNV provides life, health, permanent disability insurances as well as assignment travel, annual leave, full integration in the UN security
framework (including residential security reimbursements).
UN Volunteers are paid Daily Subsistence Allowance at the UN rate for official travels, flight tickets for periodic home visit and for the final
repatriation travel (if applicable). Resettlement allowance is paid for satisfactory service at the end of the assignment.
UNV will provide, together with the offer of assignment, a copy of the Conditions of Service, including Code of conduct, to the successful
Application Code CODR000315-2704
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Application deadline: 20 May 2018
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are
committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.
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