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Gender Equality Advisor - Engaging Men and Boys

Amman (Jordan)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: LICA-11, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • 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.


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

UNOPS issued in January 2018 a Gender Parity Strategy aiming to achieve an equal representation of women and men across the organization. To support UNOPS gender parity strategy, temporary special gender parity measures were implemented in 2019 with a main focus on talent outreach and recruitment. Enabling gender parity requires broader cultural shifts and perception changes.

In this context, UNOPS Operational Hub in Amman is organising a series of male-only group sessions for all of it’s male staff (approx 145) during which a consultant will facilitate the discussion among male colleagues (around 25 participants in each group) to hear and address their concerns, feelings and perceptions of the implementation of the UNOPS gender parity strategy. Given the Covid-19 context these sessions may have to take place virtually although real presence sessions are to be preferred, if the situation allows it. 

The expectations from the sessions facilitated by the consultant is that participants will voice their concerns about how UNOPS is implementing gender parity, they will understand their own misconceptions and biases, dismantle myths and reduce their resistance to the gender parity strategy. 

Functional Responsibilities


1- The Gender Equality Advisor will prepare the sessions, including an introduction call with Amman Hub leadership and the UNOPS gender specialist.

2- The Gender Equality Advisor Will share a general overview of how they will run the sessions, including suggested draft agendas.

3- The Gender Equality Advisor Will facilitate a series of 3-4 participatory sessions of 90-120 minutes for 6 groups of male staff, to understand male colleagues' perspectives (including at senior level), and create a safe space for men to raise their concerns. 

4- The Gender Equality Advisor will debrief the UNOPS gender specialist after each round of 6 sessions (on the same topic) to share outcomes and recommendations on adjustments to be made in the following sessions and/or suggest follow-up activities. 

Work days and payment fees

The estimated work days are as follows:

2 days of preparation for the 4 sessions

2 hours x 4 sessions x 6 groups of men = 48 hours or 6 days of facilitation of the sessions

1,5-2  days for adjustments, debriefing with UNOPS gender specialist and reporting on the results

In total approximately 10 days of work over a period of 4-5 months (one series of 6 sessions per month)


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 or equivalent in a relevant discipline.

  • Bachelor’s Degree with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of a Master’s degree (total 9 years of experience)

b. Work Experience 

  • A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in gender equality, human rights, capacity building, personal development, coaching, teaching or in any other relevant area is required.

  • The consultant must have regional (Middle East) expertise in the field of engaging men in gender. 

  • The consultant must have experience in engaging men in gender conversations in the United Nations including at senior levels, and in male dominated sectors.

  • The consultant must have demonstrated capacity to work with a group of diverse men, including of Middle Eastern background.

  • Fluency in both Arabic and English is required

Contract type, level and duration

  1. Contract type: ICA
  2. Contract level: Local ICA Specialist - level 11
  3. Contract duration: Short-Term ICA

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.
  • 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.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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