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Gender Mainstreaming Officer

Sanaa (Yemen)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Sanaa (Yemen)
  • Grade: LICA-8, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-25

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Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

UNOPS Hub in Amman

The UNOPS Hub in Amman implements projects in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen, in partnership with bilateral donors, national governments, and other UN agencies.  With an established presence across the region, the office runs operations including large-scale procurement, project development, and technical management, and provides financial, human resources, and infrastructure-related services. The functional objective of UNOPS Hub in Amman is to deliver its projects in an efficient and effective manner and in line with the principles, rules and regulations of UNOPS, in order to support the response to the current needs and national priorities in the region.

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS is undertaking a series of projects in Yemen, where gender mainstreaming and prevention of GBV are important elements. The first project aims at increasing access to primary and secondary health services facilities (general hospitals, local health centers, and COVID-19 isolation units) in Yemen, through restoring the physical infrastructure of selected health facilities (rehabilitation “maintenance and minor repairs works”) and through provisions of medical equipment and furniture and capacity building training in targeted areas. UNOPS will be responsible for the design, and rehabilitation works of the health facilities, ensuring highest standards in design and rehabilitation works, and respect of ‘state of the art’ requirements for safety, sustainability, security, and disability access. In addition, UNOPS will be responsible to provide the targeted facilities with priority medical equipment and supplies, as well as strengthening capacities of selected health facilities through conducting trainings and awareness raising activities.

The second project aims at enhancing and increasing the operational capacity of selected therapeutic feeding centres (TFCs) by rehabilitating and enhancing their basic functionalities and structure such as WASH, floors, and walls according to WHO pre-approved typical structural designs and UNOPS developed quality criteria.

The Gender Mainstreaming Officer will report directly to the Project Manager while referring to the Amman Operational Hub Gender Specialist based in Jordan for technical guidance on gender. The Gender Mainstreaming Officer will liaise regularly with local communities across Yemen. The incumbent will support the implementation of gender mainstreaming and GBV initiatives across UNOPS projects in Yemen, that include the health facility rehabilitation and TFC projects. The position requires an experienced person with gender mainstreaming and GBV knowledge and ability, aptitude to provide basic training on gender equality and GBV, as well as data collection and analysis skills. 

Functional Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Gender Mainstreaming Officer is responsible for performing the following duties:

Gender mainstreaming in project development

  • Support project managers in the mainstreaming of gender equality concerns in all UNOPS projects in Yemen, at the request of  the Amman Hub gender specialist

  • Contribute in the development of gender action plans for new and existing projects in Yemen

Technical assistance, documentation and reporting

  • Provide sound contributions to Yemen project stakeholders on gender-related activities, including on gender-sensitive engagement of community members

  • Document best practices and lessons learned on the most effective ways to mainstream gender in UNOPS Yemen projects and share these lessons with relevant actors, including the Amman Hub gender specialist and head of programmes

Gender-sensitive communication and capacity building

  • Assist in the revision of Yemen project communication material to make sure it is gender-sensitive and addresses gender-related issues as relevant to each project

  • Promote awareness raising activities on gender equality and gender-based violence (GBV) for Yemen project staff

Gender safeguards

  • Support in ensuring that safeguard instruments, including project Environmental and Social Management Frameworks and Plans (ESMF/P), include provisions on promoting gender equality and preventing gender-based violence (GBV) and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA)

  • Promotes that  Grievance Redress Mechanisms (GRM) for projects in Yemen include safe referral pathways for GBV and SEA survivors and that the referral pathways as well as the principle of survivor-centered approach to GBV are understood by all actors responsible for the GRMs

Coordination and knowledge sharing

  • Regularly attend GBV Sub-cluster meetings in Yemen at appropriate levels, to feed into Yemen project priorities

  • Act as the focal point for all Gender-related issues

  • Undertake any other duty as may be directed by the supervisor


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • First level University degree (Bachelor's Degree or equivalent) is required. Preferably in Gender Studies, Business Administration, Law or Social Science or any other related field with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience; OR

  • High school (secondary school) with a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience.

Work Experience 

  • Relevant experience is defined as experience in Gender Mainstreaming or Gender Analysis

  • Knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations would be an asset.  


  • Fluency in both English and Arabic is required

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA
Contract level: LICA 8
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.’

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • This position is open to national only.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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