UN Women: Inter-Governmental Support Programme Analyst
New York City (United States of America)
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.
The Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Division provides global programming and policy support to allow UN Women offices at Headquarters and in all field locations to deliver effective and efficient initiatives to support the implementation of UN Women’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and internationally agreed goals on gender equality and women’s empowerment, including the Beijing Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Division provides intellectual and strategic leadership on normative support and the delivery of integrated policy advice, including through policy analysis and gender mainstreaming. The Division leverages innovation, knowledge management, and cutting-edge technical expertise to support UN Women programmes and to build the capacity of partners to deliver results on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The Intergovernmental Support Section is UN Women’s interface with intergovernmental bodies, including the Commission on the Status of Women, the Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly, as well as with other intergovernmental processes and events. Its functions are to:
- Support the smooth functioning of intergovernmental bodies, by coordinating and overseeing preparatory and reporting processes within UN Women and providing advice to, and sharing institutional knowledge with, Member States on intergovernmental working methods and programmes of work;
- Engage with Member States towards strengthening attention to gender perspectives in intergovernmental work, by gathering information, identifying challenges and creating opportunities for UN Women to help advance the global normative framework for gender equality;
- Drive the process of integration of normative frameworks into UN Women’s operational and coordination functions, for wider UN system action.
Under the direct supervision of the Executive Secretary of the Commission on the Status of Women and Policy Advisor, and the overall supervision of the Chief of the Intergovernmental Support Section, the Programme Analyst will assist in all functions related to the support of normative intergovernmental bodies in their work on gender equality and women’s empowerment, in particular the Commission on the Status of Women and the General Assembly.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide substantive and technical support to UN-Women’s engagement with intergovernmental processes with a particular focus on support for the Commission on the Status of Women:
- Provide coordination support for UN-Women’s preparations for the annual sessions of the Commission on the Status of Women, including preparation of meetings of coordination working groups and follow-up, and responding to inquiries regarding normative intergovernmental processes,
- Make arrangements for meetings and briefings of the CSW Bureau, including preparation of briefing notes, background papers and proposed agendas, drafting of minutes of meetings, and follow-up to Bureau decisions as directed, drafting of statements for the CSW Chair, and liaising with DGACM on procedural and logistical matters.
Organize panel discussions, side events, briefings and other alliance building activities:
- Prepare concept notes and issues papers, and identify possible speakers, for interactive events and advocacy initiatives;
- Make organizational and logistical arrangements, including draft budgets, and draft summaries of meetings;
- Provide technical inputs to information dissemination, including through UN Women’s website and social media.
Undertake research and analysis on gender perspectives in regard to assigned areas of work, in particular in relation to themes covered by the Commission on the Status of Women and/or the General Assembly:
- Keep track of trends in reflection of gender perspectives in the work of intergovernmental bodies and draft reports of the Secretary-General on assigned issues, for submission to the General Assembly, and prepare substantive papers, background and briefing notes, talking points and key messages;
- Prepare annotated agenda and organization of work for Commission sessions, in accordance with mandates and practice, as well as documentation forecasts;
- Review draft work of others and provide comments and inputs towards strengthening gender perspectives.
Provide substantive and technical support to the servicing of intergovernmental bodies:
- Prepare in-session analytical summaries of debates, and support intergovernmental negotiations on resolutions and agreed conclusions, as applicable;
- Monitor assigned intergovernmental processes and prepare minutes on deliberations, with proposed action points for UN-Women, and ensure follow-up as directed.
Provide other support to the effective functioning of the Section, as required:
- Serve as UN-Women’s documentation management focal point by preparing UN-Women’s documentation forecasts, and follow up on compliance with established mandates, schedules and practice;
- Draft articles and newsfeeds for UN Women websites and Intranet sites, with a focus on preparations for and outcomes of intergovernmental meetings;
- Participate in UN Women cross-organizational and thematic working groups to represent the Section.
Perform any other duties as requested by the supervisor.
Key Performance Indicators:
- Timely organization of meetings, panel discussions, side events, briefings and other activities as per annual workplan;
- Timely and quality tracking and covering of intergovernmental processes and events;
- Timely and quality research and analysis, and drafting of documents and reports;
- Information pertaining to intergovernmental issues on website and intranet are up to date.
- Respect for Diversity.
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Effective Communication;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Leading by Example.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Values and Competencies Framework: https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637
- Demonstrates commitment to UN Women’s mission, vision and values;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Produces qualitative, accurate outputs with considerable attention to detail, in a timely manner;
- Manages complexities, shifting priorities, and is able to work effectively without constant supervision;
- Strong networking and partnership skills;
- Adheres to deadlines and follows up on time-bound issues;
- Maintains diplomacy, tact and strict confidentiality with internal and external partners and clients;
- Strong interpersonal and communication (verbal, listening, writing) skills;
- Strong organization skills (time management, efficient administration, multi-tasking and fast-paced);
- Ability to work under pressure within strict deadlines;
- Ability to adapt quickly to work demands, and changing deadlines;
- Willingness to “inter-change” work functions with other staff within the Unit, when required.
Required Skills and Experience
- A minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent in the field of communications, political sciences, law, economics, public relations, journalism, public administration or other relevant/similar field. 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 2 years of professional experience in law and/or gender equality, at the national and international level.
- Experience working in communications and advocacy, and/or research and analysis at the national and international level is an asset.
- Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and in handling web-based management systems.
- Fluency in English, both oral and written, is required;
- Working knowledge of at least one other UN official language is an asset.
All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558. 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.