Gender, Planning and Programme Specialist (P-4), Gender & Rights Section, PD - New York HQ, #00012903
New York City (United States of America)
You will serve as the senior anchor for coordinating and managing the strategic planning, monitoring, learning, and knowledge management for the overall work scope for the Gender and Rights Section. You will manage the section's workplanning and reporting processes. You will also ensure that the programming and institutional functions of the evolving gender portfolio at HQ are effectively systematized, strengthened, operating smoothly, incorporated in institutional plans/documents, and communicated internally and externally so that the Section can effectively lead UNICEF's work on gender. You will coordinate the management of current and evolving public and private partnerships, not just for resource mobilization, but also for effectively positioning gender.
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
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The PD Gender Section serves as the Secretariat for UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan (GAP) 2018-2021. The GAP is UNICEF’s roadmap for promoting gender equality throughout its work, in alignment with the Strategic Plan, 2018-2021, and in support of its contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 5 on Gender Equality, as well as the goals on poverty, hunger, health, education, water and sanitation, inequalities and peace and justice. The section leads the development of UNICEF’s work on gender socialization under SP Goal 5.
The Gender Section develops strategy, tools and guidance to support quality gender programming at scale. In particular, the section has developed and, along with regional offices, provides technical support to country offices for the application of the Gender Programmatic Review Tool, guiding countries to identify and integrate nationally-relevant GAP priorities into country programmes. It also collaborates across the organization to the improve the means of measuring UNICEF’s impact on gender equality and the resources it dedicates to it.
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For every child, gender equality……….
You will serve as the senior anchor for coordinating and managing the strategic planning, monitoring, learning, and knowledge management for the overall work scope for the Gender and Rights Section. You will manage the section's workplanning and reporting processes. You will also ensure that the programming and institutional functions of the evolving gender portfolio at HQ are effectively systematized, strengthened, operating smoothly, incorporated in institutional plans/documents, and communicated internally and externally so that the Section can effectively lead UNICEF's work on gender. You will coordinate the management of current and evolving public and private partnerships, not just for resource mobilization, but also for effectively positioning gender
How can you make a difference?
Participate in contributing to the Gender Section's effective strategic planning functioning, and in shaping UNICEF's institutional work on gender
- Serve as the planning representative with PDDO and manage the Gender Section's engagement in key institutional processes such as the development and finalization of the OMP
- Serve as the primary expert in the senior team in linking planning, programme, research, and partnership strategies, needs and institutional requirements, including financial and budgetary parameters.
- Establish effective consultation processes and systems of regular interchange to ensure that staff have timely and systematic opportunities to shape the section's strategy and processes, and are informed of the senior management's vision and approach.
Manage and enhance the Gender Section's human resource, teambuilding, and extended network systems and processes.
- Manage and provide quality assurance for staff and TA recruitments and consultant hiring, and on-boarding processes for the section, so as to ensure resources are used effectively and support work planning; serve as primary liaison with DHR and PSU.
- Foster and support timely and high-quality completion of the various phases of performance management process for section personnel, supporting staff and managers to define and assess goals and outputs in sync with the section's work-plan and objectives and larger strategic vision.
- Foster and manage effective systems and processes-including retreats, trainings, meetings, and communication processes for teambuilding and collaboration among section staff, within cross-sectoral mechanisms, and within the Core Gender team of senior gender staff at HQ and Regional Offices.
Support development and implementation of the learning and knowledge-sharing strategy, under the supervision of the Senior Advisor for the Gender Section Hub 3
- Undertake the execution of the Gender Section KM Plan and enhancement of knowledge products and platforms, by managing a collaborative work process with technical and support staff and the HQ-Regional teams and honing an efficient review and quality assurance process with the programme area lead.
- Undertake effective and innovative mechanisms and platforms (teamsite, yammer, webinars, brown bags and so on) for dissemination of GAP related tools, knowledge products internally within UNICEF
- Contribute to the development and implementation of a robust learning agenda for the programme results, data and research for both internal learning and for strengthening the learning among partners, donors, host country government counterparts and other stakeholders
Coordinate with the Senior Team to manage internal and external partnerships, event and reports for HQ Gender Section
- Coordinate internal and external collaborations necessary for moving forward on the existing and evolving partnerships
- Guide and liaise with colleagues to develop and manage messaging and the required ongoing communication assets to facilitate new partnerships and manage existing partnerships
- Advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in economics, sociology, demography, or other social sciences, international development or a related technical field is required.
- A minimum of (8) eight years progressively responsible relevant work experience at the national and international levels in planning, implementing and monitoring international development programmes is required.
- Ability to communicate effectively to varied audiences and to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment; builds rapport with individuals and groups; maintains an effective network of individuals across organisational departments is required.
- At least four years of demonstrated and significant experience with both sectoral and cross sectoral gender programmes, gender indicators, M & E in the field is desired.
- At least three years demonstrated experience in a strategic planning and monitoring role, including results based programme management, defining indicators, developing and monitoring work-plans, compiling reports, managing budgets and financial tracking is an asset.
- Demonstrated experience with strengthening partnerships and building teams and collaborative processes.
- Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.
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Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.