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UN Women: Programme Specialist – Liaison Office Geneva

Geneva (Switzerland)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-01-09

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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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors. 

Geneva is host to over 40 UN entities representing a strategic mix of specialized agencies, entities with a critical normative support function, programme entities and smaller technical offices, as well as close partners of the UN system. More than 200 non-governmental organizations are headquartered in Geneva – many of which work directly or indirectly on gender equality and women’s rights. A large number of intergovernmental processes with direct relevance to the gender equality and empowerment of women agenda are held primarily or exclusively in Geneva. Geneva is the internationally recognized center of expertise in many of UN-Women’s priority areas.

The UN Women Liaison Office at Geneva has the following functions:

  • Strategically influence, strengthen coordination, engage and deepen partnerships with the broad range of stakeholders and intergovernmental processes at UNHQ Geneva on gender equality and the empowerment of women;
  • Enhance UN-Women’s global voice for women and girls and establish its leadership role in International Geneva and at UNHQ Geneva for full and timely implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development;
  • Accelerate operational results for women and girls in sectors covered by the Geneva-based UN and international entities and intergovernmental processes.

Under the direct supervision of Director of the Liaison Office, the Liaison Office Programme Specialist will provide substantive, technical and research support in all functions of the UN-Women Liaison Office at Geneva.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide substantive and technical support to the Liaison Office’s  engagement with intergovernmental processes with a particular focus on trade, development, labor and digital connectivity:

  • Support the development of engagement strategies and activities to guide UN Women’s work in regards to intergovernmental processes in particular in the focus area;
  • Keep track of ongoing and planned intergovernmental processes and events, including informal meetings, and maintain schedule of UN Women involvement and activities;
  • Engage in intergovernmental meetings, discussions and negotiations, prepare notes on deliberations, propose action points for UN Women and undertake follow up.

Strengthen partnerships with Geneva-based UN entities, other international organizations, member states, civil society organizations and other stakeholders in the fields of trade, development, labor and digital connectivity:

  • Build partnerships with UN entities and other organizations for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women through trade, development, labor and digital connectivity;
  • Build and strengthen relationships and informal networks with member states and other stakeholders;
  • Maintain close contact with relevant staff in UN Women HQ and field offices.

Undertake research and analysis on gender perspectives in regard to assigned areas of work, in particular in relation to trade, development, labor and digital connectivity:

  • Keep track of national trends and policy approaches, UN system work and intergovernmental debates in regard to gender perspectives in areas of trade, development, labor and digital connectivity, and synthesize findings and lessons learned;
  • Draft substantive papers, background and briefing notes, talking points and key messages, and inputs to reports of the Secretary-General, including on the normative aspects of UN-Women’s work;
  • Review draft work of others and provide comments and inputs towards strengthening gender perspectives. 

Organize panel discussions, side events, briefings and stakeholder events, and other alliance building activities:

  • Prepare concept notes for UN Women events in conjunction with intergovernmental processes, and identify possible speakers;
  • Make all necessary organizational and logistical arrangements, including draft budgets;
  • Work with UN system entities and other stakeholders, as applicable, to publicize events and attract participation and press coverage;
  • Draft summaries of meetings;
  • Provide technical inputs to information dissemination, including through UN Women’s website and social media.

Provide other support to the effective functioning of the Liaison Office, as required:

  • Draft articles and newsfeeds for UN Women websites and Intranet sites;
  • Participate in UN system thematic working groups meeting in Geneva to represent UN Women;
  • Provide technical inputs, including collection of data and drafting of results for UN Women reporting requirements in the framework of the UN Women Strategic Plan and Strategic Framework.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely preparation of and engagement in intergovernmental processes and events;
  • Strong relationships with various partners and stakeholders;
  • Timely and quality research and analysis, and drafting of documents and reports;
  • Timely organization of meetings, panel discussions, side events, briefings and other activities of high quality.


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:

Functional Competencies:

  • Substantive knowledge of gender equality issues in the context of trade, development, labor and digital connectivity and of relevant intergovernmental processes;
  • Effectiveness in establishing and fostering strong relationships with government counterparts, UN agencies and other international organisations, civil society representatives and other stakeholders;
  • Proven communications and presentation and networking skills;
  • Ability to write policy papers, speeches, briefings;
  • Ability to perform qualitative and quantitative policy research;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, gender studies, political affairs, international relations or other social science fields is required;
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • At least 5 years progressively responsible experience in gender equality, trade and development or related field;
  • Experience working and building partnerships with governments, UN and other international originations and civil society organizations;
  • Experience with diplomacy and intergovernmental processes is an asset. 


  • Fluency in oral and written English is required;
  • Fluency in French is a distinct advantage.


  • 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.

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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. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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