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Gender Equality Senior Officer (Gender Mainstreaming)

Cotabato (Philippines)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Cotabato (Philippines)
  • Grade: LICA-9, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-28

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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 – Philippines Established in 2016, UNOPS Philippines provides expert support to ensure sustainable project management, procurement and infrastructure activities in projects. With funds from the European Union (EU), UNOPS supports the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government under the Governance in Justice (GOJUST) Programme (GOJUST2) through procurement, logistics, and grants management to push forward the justice reform agenda of the Philippine government through innovations and interventions; as well as providing grants to civil society organisations to improve access to justice of marginalised groups. In the Support to the Bangsamoro Transition (SUBATRA) Programme, UNOPS is working with the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Government strengthening capacities of the executive, legislative and judicial branches to ensure a smooth transition, also with funds from the EU.

In the health sector, UNOPS works with the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) for the construction of health facilities in Eastern Samar, and with the DOH / ADB in the HEAL project (Health System Enhancement to Address and Limit COVID-19).

The UNOPS Philippines Office is part of the UNOPS Cambodia Multi-Country Officer (KHOH), which provides oversight, support and services to UNOPS operations in the country offices.

UNOPS Philippines is in the process of expanding its area of engagement in cooperation with its development partners, focusing mainly on a portfolio of projects and programs in the infrastructure, logistics management, procurement in health, rule of law,  and governance sectors and subsequently is looking for qualified and committed experts.

Background Information - Job-specific As part of UNOPS sustainability agenda, several initiatives have been carried out to better incorporate gender issues and social inclusion and other cross cutting issues into UNOPS project management and monitoring and reporting methodologies. Sustainability aspects, especially gender equality is a key focus area in UNOPS 2018-2021 strategic plan and UNOPS has launched in 2018 a Gender Mainstreaming strategy and Action plan, which positions gender equality as a key component of the projects UNOPS implements on behalf of partners around the world.

Support to the Bangsamoro Transition (SUBATRA) Programme, the Action, is a 5-year programme funded by the European Union to contribute to a smooth and timely undertaking of the transition, through capacity building of the three branches of the Bangsamoro Government. This will promote an enabling good governance environment and support the efficient implementation of policies set up by the transition plan, with a focus on capacities that are critical for a sound functioning of interim institutions. These include: capacity of the BTA’s executive branch superstructure to drive and coordinate key transitional policies; capacity of the Parliament to exercise its law making and oversight functions; capacity of the Justice System to adjudicate litigations and improve access to justice, and capacity of the civil society to contribute to a peaceful transition to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (BARMM). 

The Action supports the institutional components of the peace process set out by the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, Bangsamoro Comprehensive Agreement and their implementing arrangements as well as BOL’s art. XVI provisions on the transition, through an integrated approach combining institution building and capacity building of core Bangsamoro democratic governance institutions, to efficiently undertake the transition, including post-transition.

UNOPS is one of the implementing partners of  the SUBATRA Programme under Indirect Management and will be responsible for the provision of logistical and administrative support, which may include the organization of training, workshops, seminars and study tours; procurement of goods and services; infrastructure; and communication and visibility.   

Role Specific: 

The Gender Equality Senior Officer - Gender Mainstreaming shall, under the guidance of the Senior Project Manager act as catalyst and support the process of gender parity and mainstreaming in the Bangsamoro Transition (SUBATRA) Programme funded by European Union, leading the mainstreaming of gender in the project implementation, and ensuring women empowerment employing appropriate strategies for women targeted actions throughout the project activities implementation.

Functional Responsibilities

  • The Gender Equality Specialist will ensure implementation of, and compliance with UNOPS and EU’s gender policy in general and develop the Gender Action Plan (GAP) for this project
  • Provide input for Gender Action Plan to effectively integrate gender concerns into the implementation of project activities, including strategies to ensure participation of women in the implementation of various project components and activities
  • Facilitate consultations in all project target agencies and areas; and capture gender considerations ensuring equal participation of women in identified stakeholder groups
  • Provide support in establishing and maintaining close dialogue/open channels of communications with all project stakeholders, especially partners engaged in the project for delivery of specific activities
  • Contribute to the Project’s communication and visibility activities
  • Support in developing, building, strengthening the understanding of the gender mainstreaming by providing appropriate training to stakeholders, as required; 
  • Document gender considerations from consultations and support the Senior Project Manager in prioritizing and implementing gender-equitable project interventions
  • In collaboration with project team, development and dissemination of outreach materials such as brochures, fact sheets and presentations, ensuring they are gender sensitive and promote gender equality
  • Contribute to identification and assessment of issues and risks related to the complementary social inclusion and implement responses in accordance with the Project’s Risk Management Strategy
  • Capture good practices and lessons learned, related to areas of gender and social inclusion, and access to social services
  • Provide subject matter input on gender and social inclusion issues, with particular attention on coordinating activities with other results
  • Preparing gender mainstreaming reports as part of periodic project progress report
  • Follow up on the Gender Action Plan (GAP) making sure targets are revisited on a quarterly basis
  • Contribute to the development of Terms of Reference for engagement of consultants/companies needed for the complementary gender and social inclusion related activities, monitor and evaluate their performance
  • Support and strengthen  the project team ‘s knowledge on the gender and cultural context in the Region to for more effective project planning, implementation and delivery, monitoring and governance according to UNOPS policies.


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.


  • Advanced University Degree in Gender Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Development Studies, Political Science, or other relevant disciplines.
  • A combination of a Bachelor's degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.


  • Minimum of two (2) years of professional level experience in gender mainstreaming, analysis, research, designing gender policies, strategies, guidelines, and training manuals.
  • Local level experience and substantial knowledge of the social, cultural and gender issues in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao is an asset.
  • Practical work exposure to municipalities and understanding of environmental, social and economic dynamics of gender in the BARMM Region is strongly desirable.
  • Extensive practical experience in leading gender mainstreaming and implementation of gender-sensitive projects and programmes in the context of peace and conflict areas is an advantage.
  • Practical expertise in designing training activities appropriate for community and government experts and providing training on gender analysis and mainstreaming is an advantage.
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal and motivational skills and sensitivity to the local environment as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision and proven ability to accomplish and present work with a high degree of accuracy and technical quality is desirable.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, technical information to both technical and general audiences is desirable.


Fluency in both written and spoken English and Tagalog is desired.

Contract type, level and duration

  • Contract type: Local Individual Contract Agreement (LICA) 
  • Contract level: LICA 9 / ICS 9
  • Contract duration: Open-ended
  • Duty station: Cotabato, Philippines. Cotabato is a non-family duty station.
This is a local position, so only Philippine nationality is eligible to apply.

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

Additional Considerations

  • 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
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • 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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