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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Gender-based violence
    • Legal - Broad
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: 2019-03-27

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JPO - Policy Analyst, Ending Violence Against Women

New York City (United States of America)


The EVAW Section is part of the Policy Division at UN Women HQ in New York, with approx. 20 international staff, consultants and interns, working on a range of thematic areas relating to violence against women and girls, including prevention, access to essential services (see further below); safe cities and safe public spaces; VAW and data; harmful practices including female genital mutilation and child, early and forced marriage; trafficking; and violence on campuses. It also provides key technical support to the Spotlight Initiative, a global fund established by the UN Secretary-General in 2017 to address violence against women and girls. This initiative is a multi-year partnership between the EU and the United Nations, and will deploy targeted, large-scale investments to Asia, sub-Saharan Africa; Latin America, as well as the Caribbean and Pacific, as part of a comprehensive programming approach to eliminate the different forms of violence against women and girls.

For more details about EVAW, please see

Training component: Learning elements and expectations

As part of the UN Women JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following training and learning opportunities:

  • Participation in a UN Women Programme Policy and Operations Induction Course in New York within the first 6 months of assignment.
  • The JPO position includes a Duty travel and training allowance (DTTA) of $ 4.000 per year which may be used for learning activities related to the assignment and career development.
  • Other training and learning opportunities, as available in UN Women. 

The JPO will benefit from the following specific learning modalities/opportunities:

  • Develop in-depth knowledge of UN Women’s programming on EVAW.
  • Gain ability to prepare quality knowledge products such as briefs, concept notes and talking points, including for senior management.
  • Develop skills in the area of advocacy and donor reporting.
  • Have access to on the job training and mentoring, including bi-weekly meetings with the immediate supervisor.
  • Participate in international and interagency meetings for UN Women.
  • Have a greater knowledge of and ability to create partnerships with a broad range of development partners, including UN agencies, civil society organizations and donor partners.

Content and methodology of supervision

  • As part of the UN Women JPO programme overall framework, the JPO will benefit from the following supervision modalities:
  • Structured guidance provided by the direct supervisor, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing the responsibilities of the JPO.
  • Establishment of an individual work plan, with clear deliverables.
  • Effective supervision through knowledge sharing and performance/development feedback throughout the assignment.
  • Easy access to the supervisor.
  • Participation in regular office and Policy team meetings to ensure integration with all aspects of the Section’s areas of work and operational effectiveness.
  • Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise.
  • Completion of the yearly UN Women Results and Competency Assessment (RCA).
  • In addition, the following specific supervision arrangements will apply:
  • Interaction with the direct supervisor will take place on a daily basis, with progress reviewed on a bi-weekly basis; additional meetings with and support provided from the Section Chief.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Support  the Joint Global Programme on Essential Services for Women and Girls Subject to Violence (75%):

  • Assist in strengthening and coordinating UN agencies’ action at HQ level, as well as facilitating coordination among relevant agencies at the national level, as part of the roll-out of the Essential Services Package and associated tools in selected pilot and self-starter countries;
  • Compile information and results from country teams to inform donor reports on essential services for which the EVAW Section is responsible, integrating the feedback of EVAW Policy Specialists as part of these processes;
  • Contribute to the updating of information on EVAW on UN Women’s Intranet, including  the possible development and general coordination of UN Women’s Extranet/Communities of Practice on the Flagship Programme Initiative on Prevention and Access to Services/Joint Global Programme on Essential Services;
  • Assist in the implementation of relevant, high-impact EVAW advocacy activities with key partners, including those as part of the Joint Programme on Essential Services ;
  • Assist in providing technical inputs on the Flagship Programme Initiative (Prevention and Access to Services)/ Joint Global Programme on Essential Services including, where relevant, the Spotlight Initiative content, including policy papers, annual work plans, communications materials etc. both at the global level and prepared by local and regional teams;
  • Assist in synthesizing and disseminating good practices and lessons learnt from the Flagship Programme Initiative on Prevention and Access to Services/Joint Global Programme on Essential Services, to inform the development of the next generation of programmes on essential services;
  • Assist in the organization of webinars and other information exchange mechanisms relating to essential services (both substantive content and logistics), as requested by country and regional offices;
  • Assist in strengthening links with other global, national and inter-agency groups on ending violence against women, particularly in the area of essential services, and promote new partnerships and collaborations. 

2. Support the Ending Violence against Women Section in the following areas (25%):

  • Conduct research and analysis to develop knowledge products on the work of the EVAW Section, including assisting in the drafting of conceptual papers, briefings, talking points and reports for UN Women Senior Management;
  • Provide support in the drafting and monitoring of the Section’s annual work plans and budgets;
  • Contribute to the development of communications material on the work of the EVAW Section;
  • Participate and represent the EVAW Section and/or UN Women in meetings;
  • Assist in any other duties as directed by the EVAW Chief of Section. 


  • Communicating and Information Sharing: Facilitates and encourages open communication and strives for effective communication
  • Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stays composed and positive even in difficult moments, handles tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and has a consistent behaviour towards others;
  • Professionalism: Demonstrates professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
  • Planning and organizing: Identifies priority activities and assignments; uses time efficiently able to adapt to work demands and changing deadlines.
  • Conflict Management: Addresses conflicts that surface proactively, acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master degree or equivalent in law, human rights, political science, social or gender  studies.
  • A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in combination with 4 years of relevant working experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in law, human rights, political science, social or gender  studies.
  • Part of the candidates' academic training must have taken place in a developing country that appears on the following list of eligible countries of the Dutch JPO Programme.

Working experience:

Two to maximal 4 years, or for those with a Bachelor’s degree, a minimum of four years relevant working experience in:

  • Providing substantive feedback on policy guidance and instructional materials, especially as a part of international projects in the area of human rights, including women’s rights and, if possible, ending violence against women and girls;
  • Assisting in the organization and implementation of workshops/meetings, including technical online support;
  • Drafting and completing briefs, talking points, reports etc. on a tight schedule and in coordination with and input from multiple project partners;
  • Some development project/programme management; ideally with some experience in the fields of gender equality and violence against women and girls.
  • Familiarity with the UN System is desirable.


  • Fluent in English (both written and oral). Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.    


  • This post is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of the Netherlands and is addressed exclusively to NATIONALS OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES THAT APPEAR ON THE LIST OF THE FOLLOWING COUNTRIES ELIGIBLE FOR THE DUTCH JPO PROGRAMME:

For criteria see the website of Nedworc Foundation:

Please read the criteria and FAQ section carefully before considering applying


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