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Gender and Protection Officer / Accountability to Affected Populations

Mopti (MLI)

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Mopti (MLI)
  • Grade: International Specialist - Internationally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Population matters (trends and census)
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: 2020-06-18

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Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

Description of task

Under the direct supervision of the Protection Advisor, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Support the Protection Advisor in the identification of protection risks in WFP operations either in direct implementation and partners’ implementation and undertake analysis of Protection concerns, gauging the Protection risks to all assisted populations.
  • Support the Protection Advisor in the conduct of an analysis of the stakeholder’s power/conflict dynamics, and provide advice to ensure that WFP’s Programmes do not negatively impact the context and effectively integrate conflict sensitive programming in the design and follow up of the operations;
  • Support gender analysis in key integrated resilience sites and identify key interventions to support gender mainstreaming and women empowerment within the framework of WFP’s resilience intervention package;
  • Support to the implementation / Launch of the different interventions specifically targeting women empowerment;
  • Support with the Programme teams on the development / update of WFP’s implementation tools and ensure their adjustment where needed to ensure a proper mainstreaming of gender (targeting, participatory planning, M&E, etc.)
  • Ensure the effective implementation of Accountability to affected Population mechanisms, such as Complains and feedback mechanisms, through regular focus groups with targeted communities, on the ground information collection and including but not limited to supporting the deployment and the effective running of the Hotline and by providing training to field personnel and partners;
  • Analyze Accountability to Affected Populations Mechanisms on a regular basis and adjust the tools and mechanisms as required;
  • Support the analysis and implementation of participatory planning exercise and mechanisms and linkage with planning at communal level, support strengthened accountability and legitimacy of decentralized structures;
  • Ensure timely and appropriate reporting on AAP.
  • Provide training/workshop to WFP personnel and partners, especially those who are field based, on AAP tools and mechanisms and other topics, such as protection and gender as required.
  • Support the identification of partnerships with other UN humanitarian agencies, National and International NGOs and civil society and other relevant actors on assessment and mitigation of current and emerging Protection issues and referrals and represent WFP in the relevant fora (clusters, working groups etc..) at SO level.
  • Support the development and integration of relevant tools, including assessment, targeting, M & E, and reporting tools while ensuring the confidentiality of sensitive data; including providing guidance on monitoring of food distributions/CBT interventions with a protection lens.
  • In coordination with the CwC focal point, support the development of a communication strategy for communication with affected populations. In order to improve community acceptance, the advisor should ensure that the strategy and key messages for communicating with communities are appropriate and give due consideration to humanitarian, protection and gender issues. The communication strategy should be linked to other AAP activities such as the establishment/implementation of the complaint and feedback mechanism (CFM).
  • Support the development and implementation of WFP Mali'2 2020-2024 gender and woman emporment strategy and Action Plan, in particular at SO level, under the Gender Advisor technical supervision.
  • Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications/Requirements Required degree level: Master degree or equivalent Education - Additional Comments:

Advanced University degree in Social or Political Science, International Development, Development Economics, gender or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of related work experience and/or training/courses. Specific certificates or degrees in studies related to gender will constitute an asset.

Required experience: 36 Months Experience remark:
  • Has implemented protection strategies, plans and innovations and has experience leading strategic discussions and planning processes;
  • Has managed partnerships with government, technical and financial partners and civil society in the protection and AAP agenda;
  • At least 3-5 years of relevant professional experience in coordination, planning, integration, advocacy for/in protection; experience in humanitarian settings and with humanitarian clusters required;
  • technical knowledge regarding protection and gender in humanitarian action, AAP, GBV, such as humanitarian planning and implementation instruments and processes, would be a strong asset;
  • Desirable: experience with training and facilitation (including participatory approaches), project development and management, monitoring and evaluation, human rights-based approaches, capacity development approaches, are all assets;
  • Culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members and local authorities;
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel;
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment;
  • Ability to perform duties under stress and in insecure, isolated and potentially hostile environments;
  • Have affinity with or interest in women’s and gender issues, humanitarian action, refugee work, post-conflict or natural disaster situations, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.
Language skills:
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Working Knowledge
  • French(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
Area of expertise: Gender equality and the advancement of women Area of expertise details:

Competencies and values:

  • Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UN Women; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UN Women procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented;
  • Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UN Women in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority;
  • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues;
  • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.
  • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;
  • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;
  • Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the Mission area and to transfer to other duty stations within the Mission area as necessary;
  • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UN Women’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.
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Application deadline: 1st March 2020

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