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Gender Specialist, NOC (Temporary Appointment), New Delhi [This vacancy is open to Indian Nationals only]

New Delhi (India)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New Delhi (India)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2020-04-03

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If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children in the world's thereby ensuring a better future for every child, this is the chance to make a difference. In alignment with the global Gender Action Plan (GAP) and the India Country Office Gender Work Plan, the role of the Gender Programme Specialist is primarily technical and programmatic. S/he supports the development, implementation, and monitoring of high quality gender programming/projects across sectors in alignment with the global GAP and established UNICEF India gender priorities.

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.

And we never give up!

Click here to learn more about UNICEF:   https://youtube/E1xkXZs0cAQ

 

For Every Child, AN ADVOCATE:

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfil their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

 

How can you make a difference?

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children in the world's thereby ensuring a better future for every child, this is the chance to make a difference.  In alignment with the global Gender Action Plan (GAP) and the India Country Office Gender Work Plan, the role of the Gender Programme Specialist is primarily technical and programmatic. S/he supports the development, implementation, and monitoring of high quality gender programming/projects across sectors in alignment with the global GAP and established UNICEF India gender priorities.

Under the direct supervision of Deputy Representative Programme, the Gender Specialist will implement the 2020 gender workplan of UNICEF India.

This will include:

  • Support to senior management to advance the Gender Action Plan and national priorities
  • Support to cross-sectional collaboration and coordination on key programmatic results on gender, ensuring coherence, maximization of synergies and efficiency in utilization of resources and delivery of results;
  • Support to programme colleagues and management so that gender results are effectively defined, measured, and reported, and high quality assessment, research, evidence generation and evaluation on gender programming is undertaken and utilized
  • Leadership, where relevant, of high-quality assessment, research, evidence generation and evaluation on gender programming including through the application of proven, feminist theories of change;
  • Support to the effective review, assessment, planning, capacity building, and knowledge management on gender.

Major duties and responsibilities:

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Management and/or advisory support to Deputy Representative, Senior Gender Programme Specialist, or Representative
  2. Support to program/project development and planning
  3. Program management, monitoring and delivery of results
  4. Advisory services and technical support
  5. Advocacy, networking and partnership building
  6. Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

1.   Management and advisory support to Representative and Deputy Representative

  • Actively participate in Country Management Team (CMT), Mid Term Review (MTR), sectoral, programmatic and partnership meetings to ensure strategic inclusion of gender in all country-specific programming 
  • In collaboration with sectoral colleagues and under the guidance of the supervisor, support sectoral workplans, especially in the achievement of identified gender priorities.
  • Provide technical leadership on integration of gender into the mid-term strategic moments of reflection and the meetings, documents and processes that are part of it.
  • Lead the gender component of the reporting of the routine country-level programme expenditures, including the annual reporting and the RAM.
  • Provide technical input and review on the gender components in key funding proposal appeals and submissions and in the design of funded projects/programs so that gender technical components are clearly defined and technical capacities are included.
  • Provide inputs on behalf of UNICEF into national and state-level fora, processes, events and documents related to gender equality within UNICEF priorities

2.   Support to programme/ project development and planning

  • Participate and support in evidence-based programme/project planning on gender, incorporating robust measurement and evaluation of results
  • Provide technical leadership on integration of gender into country programming phases, including strategic planning, SitAns, strategic moments of reflection, CPDs, CPMPs, mid-term reviews, extended annual reviews, programme component strategy notes and in the programmatic assessment and institutional strengthening components of gender reviews.
  • In collaboration with sectoral colleagues and senior management, identify the areas of focus for gender programming/projects with the greatest potential for impact and scale, in alignment with the GAP and the country/regional priorities.
  • Work with sectoral counterparts and senior management to incorporate sound gender indicators and measures in programme/project and policy initiatives, proposals, and advocacy efforts and assist in developing gender-sensitive theories of change models for sector and cross-sectoral programming.

3.   Program management, monitoring and delivery of results

  • Support indicator identification, measurement and performance tracking as it relates to gender mainstreaming and the Targeted Gender Priorities, in collaboration with Planning, M&E and planning section and sectoral teams.
  • Participate in cross-sectoral collaboration and coordination on key programmatic results on gender, ensuring coherence, maximization of synergies and efficiency in utilization of resources and delivery of results.
  • Support the strengthening of data systems and collection, as well as accountability mechanisms to monitor and evaluate progress on gender results.
  • Manage, monitor and report on the utilization of allocated gender programming budgets and support sectoral colleagues in utilizing allocated budgets to gender-responsive budgeting within their portfolios.
  • Support the implementation of Gender Action plans in state offices, including by going on missions to provide advice, assess progress and support dissemination and reporting.
  • Support high quality reporting on gender results, and a biannual performance review of GAP specified results.
  • Work closely with evaluation colleagues to effectively integrate data collection, tracking, analysis and reporting on the indicators for the GAP into programme results and gender performance benchmarks into M&E systems.
  • Participate in the strengthening of the quality of research and evidence building on gender related programming, by supporting the bringing in of the latest learning and insights from the field of gender and development, and supporting the input of a coherent, well-prioritized research agenda in alignment with the GAP

4.   Advisory services and technical support

  • Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative, provide technical support and guidance to national government, NGOs, UN Agencies and other country-level and local-level partners on aspects of gender programming and to ensure incorporation of gender indicators and measures in programmes/projects, policy initiatives, proposals, and M&E systems.
  • Provide technical support and advocacy to reporting and follow-up on international and regional gender equality commitments made by the countries.
  • Support the development of attractive, relevant communications and advocacy strategies and content, working closely with communications for development and communications and advocacy colleagues.

5.   Advocacy, networking and partnership building

  • Liaise and consult with sections, government and other external partners (civil society, NGOs, private sector) to support convergence, and develop and reinforce partnerships in gender programming.
  • Support building and maintenance of internal and external partnerships and networks in the development of harmonized, gender-transformative programme interventions.
  • Support building and maintenance of strategic alliances for gender equality with various partners, including institutional links with UN agencies and other relevant entities.
  • Collaborate with other UN agencies and partners to enhance robust gender results in sectoral programmes at the country level. Represent UNICEF in external meetings on gender integration into sectoral and cross-sectoral results, including UN Country Team meetings and UNSDF preparations.
  • Support mapping of potential new partnerships and leverage existing partnerships to accelerate GAP implementation at the country level in determined priority areas.

6.   Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

  • Support documentation and sharing of the country-level experience in gender programming and lessons learned, which will be shared with internal network and external partners and utilised for South-South cooperation.
  • Represent the gender section at sectoral, country-level and regional-level network meetings, and ensure best practices on gender programming according to 5 GAP principles are highlighted in these forums.
  • Bring best practices in gender programming and measurement to the attention of senior management and sectoral colleagues, as well as Regional Gender Advisor and gender section staff at HQ.
  • Supporting innovative research of Senior Gender Specialist.
  • Support ongoing initiatives of UNICEF India to build the capacity of staff to understand and practice gender-responsive programme development, management and reporting
  • Respond to request for gender training of implementation partners, including senior government staff either by identifying trainers who can develop engaging, relevant and technically sound content or by developing and implementing such training directly.

 To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

Requirements of the position (QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES):-

Education:

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or higher) in the social sciences (i.e. sociology, demography, psychology, political science, social policy, or economics), public health, public policy, public administration, or international development. A concentration in gender is a strong asset

Experience:    

  • Minimum five years of progressively responsible professional experience and demonstrated track record of having undertaken and led substantive programming and research on gender and development in key issue areas that are the focus of UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan.
  • Experience in designing, implementing, managing, and delivering results-based programmes/projects on gender and development or any other cross cutting programme, especially at country/field level is required.

Language Requirements:      

  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of Hindi and other Indian languages is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

Core Values (Required)

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability

Competency Areas

  • Builds and Maintains Parternships [ I ] 
  • Demonstrates Self and Ethical Awarenesss [ I ] 
  • Drive to Achieve Impactful Results [ I ]
  • Innovates and Embraces Changes [ I ]
  • Works Collaboratively with Others [ I ]
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically [ I ]
  • Manages Ambiguity and Complexity [ I ]

 UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all national, religious, gender and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

UNICEF has recently become the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification – the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace. UNICEF’s commitment to EDGE reaffirms our pledge to gender equality and inclusion all UNICEF staff worldwide.

This certification recognizes UNICEF’s commitment to achieving significant milestones in gender equality for all its staff, including strong gender balance at all levels of the organization, pay equity, a solid framework of policies and practices, and an inclusive workplace culture.

“UNICEF’s most important asset is our staff — all of our staff. Gender diversity and equal opportunities for men and women is not only a matter of rights. It makes us more effective as an organization.” Henrietta H. Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.

We are the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification – the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace.

For more information on UNICEF EDGE Certification, kindly view the video here.

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.

Remarks:  

  • This position is based in New Delhi (India).
  • Selected applicant will have a 364 days Temporary Appointment contract.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process including application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training etc. UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. 

 For more information about UNICEF India, please refer to the link below: - http://unicef.in

 

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