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SENIOR GENDER AFFAIRS OFFICER

Kabul (Afghanistan)

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan at UNAMA Headquarters in Kabul . Kabul is classified as an “E” hardship non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan (SRSG).

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

• Provides advice to the SRSG and senior management on women, peace and security issues and mainstreaming a gender perspective into the tasks of the Mission.• Leads the strategy to implement Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and other relevant resolutions on women, peace and security.
• Provides senior management with analysis and guidance on ensuring effective implementation of women peace and security mandates and Departmental policies on gender equality. Convenes and acts as a Secretary of the Senior Leadership Gender Dialogue.
• Supports and assists senior management to meet their accountability goals on gender equality in line with the Security Council mandates on women peace and security.
• Oversees the development of a mission-wide action plan to translate existing mandates and policies on the promotion of gender equality in all activities of UNAMA.
• Establishes and oversee mechanisms for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on gender mainstreaming in mission activities.
• Supports Mission leadership to engage with relevant international, regional and national actors on the participation and inclusion of women in all phases of peace processes, as well as women’s participation in political and electoral processes.
• Supports women’s participation in the fight against violent extremism.
• Contributes to all mission planning and related reporting processes.
• Ensures liaison and coordination with partners, internal and external, as related to gender equality
• Drafts, edits all final reporting and written materials from the Gender Advisory Unit and reports regularly to Headquarters on gender activities.
• Oversees the work of the gender Advisory Unit, the inputs of the Gender Task Force members and all gender-related outputs of the Mission.
• Represents the Mission on women peace and security issues, as required.
• Performs any other duties, as required

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of and exposure to a range of gender rights issues, including approaches and techniques to address and advise on gender mainstreaming in political and dialogue processes and other highly sensitive and complex negotiations and development programmes. Knowledge of institutional mandates of women’s rights and other UN organizations, prevailing policies and procedures related to women’s rights and gender mainstreaming. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Managerial Competencies
Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Judgement/ Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in international law, international relations, human rights law, social science or related humanities field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

Required experience:
- A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in policy, advisory, human rights, rule of law or programme management experience at the national and international levels related to the promotion of gender equality, women’s rights or women, peace and security implementation.
- Experience integrating gender perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes.
- Experience advising senior management.
- Experience working in an international organization or non-governmental organisation in a conflict or post-conflict setting.

Desired experience:
- Experience working in Afghanistan.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-24

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