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Gender Equality Officer - Gender Based Violence (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse)

Amman (Jordan)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: LICA-8, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Gender-based violence
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
    • Criminology, Extremism, Police Affairs and Anti-Corruption
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-26

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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.

Diversity

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.


Background Information - Job-specific

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.

UNOPS is providing human resources (HR), personnel management, and operational support services to a number of UN agencies including UNHCR, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP, UNRWA and WHO across the Amman Hub.

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

UNOPS is committed to achieving a fully diverse workforce.

Functional Responsibilities

In line with UNOPS policies and guidelines, the Gender Equality Officer - Gender Based Violence will perform various tasks and provide vital technical inputs to all activities pertaining to the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) in the Amman Operational Hub.


To achieve the job purposes, the Gender Equality Officer - Gender Based Violence will perform the following specific tasks: 

Strengthen the PSEA efforts of the Amman Operational Hub 


The presence of the Gender Equality Officer - Gender Based Violence does not lessen the responsibility of project managers and other personnel to mainstream PSEA throughout their projects and activities. The Gender Equality Officer - Gender Based Violence supports project managers and other UNOPS personnel to follow good practices in PSEA implementation, while final responsibility for institutional PSEA efforts lies with the Hub Director.


The Gender Equality Officer - Gender Based Violence responsibilities include:

  • Support in implementing the Amman Hub PSEA action plan for 2021 and beyond

  • Support the elaboration of  PSEA risk assessments for the countries of operation of the Hub (Jordan, Iraq, Yemen, Syria, Djibouti, Lebanon)

  • Support the training of UNOPS contractor/implementing partner staff and raise awareness of end beneficiaries (communities) on PSEA


More specifically, the Gender Equality Officer - Gender Based Violence will take on the following tasks:


  • Support Amman Hub personnel to implement SEA prevention, risk mitigation, and put in place response measures during planning and project development, and programming

  • Develop and conduct trainings for UNOPS and contractor/implementing partner staff on PSEA including appropriate conduct and mandatory reporting obligations, with support and guidance from the Gender Equality Specialist

  • Develop and conduct awareness raising activities/sessions for local communities across the Hub countries on PSEA and reporting pathways, with support and guidance from the Gender Equality Specialist

  • Develop, produce and facilitate the dissemination of PSEA awareness communication materials to field staff, project sites as well as contractors/implementing partners, with support and guidance from the Gender Equality Specialist

  • Follow-up on the inclusion of PSEA content in new staff induction, contracts and subcontracting, and job evaluation criteria

  • Support the development of a system for the assessment of implementing partner/contractor contact with beneficiaries and capacity to implement PSEA measures, with support and guidance from the Gender Equality Specialist

  • Support the establishment of a system of Field-Level PSEA Focal Persons at all project sites, with support and guidance from the Gender Equality Specialist

  • Support the inclusion of SEA reporting modalities in new project GRM for all Amman Hub projects, as appropriate, while taking into consideration confidentiality criteria, with support and guidance from the Gender Equality Specialist



The objectives for the Gender Equality Officer - Gender Based Violence are:

  1. Contribute to the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment in the hub and reinforce and implement UNOPS zero tolerance approach for inaction (with UNOPS partners), through trainings and capacity building 

  2. Increase knowledge of the principles of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment amongst UNOPS Amman Hub personnel, implementing partners, suppliers and contractors

  3. Increase the ability of UNOPS Amman Hub personnel, implementing partners, suppliers and contractors to implement measures to prevent and respond to sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment

Competencies

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

a. Education 

  • Advanced University degree (Masters or equivalent) in monitoring and evaluation, social work, social sciences, gender, international development, public management and administration or other relevant related fields is required.

  • A first-level degree combined with one additional year of work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.


b. Work Experience 

  • One year of experience in any of the following areas (including a combination): prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse, gender, gender based violence, sexual harassment, protection or workplace conduct is required.

  • Understanding of the international development and humanitarian architecture 

  • Strong quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills are preferable.

  • Previous involvement with and knowledge of the UN system would be an asset.

  • Previous involvement with and/or experience working with government, international Non-Governmental Organizations and Local Civil Society Organizations in Jordan and/or the wider Middle East is preferable.

  • Experience in developing and facilitating training and capacity-building activities is required

  • Familiarity with data protection and confidentiality measures is an advantage.

  • Computer literacy is required. Experience with google platform and tools (google docs, sheets etc.) is an advantage

c. Language:

Fluency in English and Arabic is required.

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type: ICA
  2. Contract level: Local ICA Specialist - Level 8
  3. 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:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

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.
  • 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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