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Gender Officer

Kabul (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-26

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Office/Unit/Project Description

UNDP supports stabilization, state-building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan. UNDP support, in partnership with the Government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, has contributed to institutional development efforts leading to positive impact on the lives of Afghan citizens. UNDP is committed to supporting the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (GoIRA) with the achievement of its core objectives of self-reliance and peace and helping it to meet the challenge of the transition from a war to a peace economy. To meet these goals, the Government has identified a comprehensive set of national priorities in the Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework (ANPDF). To achieve the Agenda 2030, the Government has also developed a set of 16 Afghan Sustainable Development Goals (A-SDGs) and ten national priority programmes (NPPs) to place the country on a path towards sustainable development.

Progress towards self-reliance and peace across the country will be guided and measured by the targets and indicators described in each of these frameworks. To support the Government’s efforts to implement the ANPDF, NPPs and the A-SDGs, UNDP offers a unique and highly integrated model for sustainable development based mainly on its traditional strengths in three main areas: 1. Promoting Human Development to improve human wellbeing, resilience and support environmental sustainability, 2. Providing technical expertise in the use of a Multi-Dimensional Poverty approach to reduce vulnerabilities, inequalities and exclusions, and, 3. Promoting Human Rights to ensure a fair distribution of development opportunities and benefits in social, political, economic and environmental dimensions. Under the direct supervision and overall guidance of the Technical Advisor – HRDDP, and in close collaboration with the Project Management Specialist, the Gender Officer works in the HRDDP unit, which will be established by the Trust Fund Management Unit (TFMU).

According to the Policy, the Gender Unit contributes to the implementation of the HRDDP by providing available information on gender-based human rights abuses/violations perpetrated by non-United Nations security forces requesting or involved in United Nations support, in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and applicable international humanitarian and human rights law obligations on the rights of women and girls. The Gender Officer will liaise very closely with UNAMA, relevant Agencies, Funds and Programmes (AFPs), the Ministry of Interior Affairs (MoIA) as well as other relevant ministries and government officials, donor representatives, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). The duty station for the Gender Officer is Kabul, Afghanistan, and they will follow the working hours and weekends as applicable to UN staff in Afghanistan.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work 
Against this backdrop, UNDP Afghanistan is seeking to recruit a Gender Officer who will be responsible for the following:
1)Substantive support to implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) 
•Develop guidance in the specific thematic area of gender, and explore crosscutting opportunities in the implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (termed  Policy throughout the document).
•Coordinate and conduct gender analysis of data to distill relevant lessons from projects and programmes and inform guidance for gender mainstreaming.
•Identify capacity needs, develop training modules and conduct trainings on gender mainstreaming.
•Assist in the development and subsequent implementation of gender sensitive capacity building programmes in the field of human rights and rule of law.
•Guide adaptation of gender tools to crisis contexts to make them relevant for specific situations. 
•Performs other related duties as required.
2)Technical support in the mainstreaming of gender in the implementation of the HRDDP by focusing on the following results
•Coordinate internally with the Technical Advisors on the implementation of key gender components in the Policy.
•Guide and facilitate gender mainstreaming capacity building for MoIA, relevant ministries and government officials, donor representatives, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and CSOs.
•Design and delivery of capacity building for MoIA staff on addressing sexual and other harassment and gender discrimination in the workplace.
•Advocacy with MoIA on women’s rights and internal cases of sexual and other harassment.
•Develop and prepare training and awareness programmes on gender and violence against women.
•Monitor and report on the gender mainstreaming work in implementation of the HRDDP.
•Monitor and report on the gender development issues within Afghanistan that can affect implementation of the Policy.
•Performs other related duties as required.
3)Coordination, partnerships, and gender integration
•Engage in regular meetings with UN actors and with external actors on gender related issues in the implementation of the Policy, including but not limited to UNAMA and AFPs, the MoIA as well as relevant ministries and government officials, donor representatives, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and CSOs.
•Serve as gender focal point for the TFMU and coordinate gender activities related to the Policy and the Risk Assessment matrix.
•Performs other related duties as required.
4.Institutional Arrangement
The Gender Officer will work under the overall guidance of the Technical Advisor, HRDDP in collaboration with the staff of the TFMU and will liaise with relevant UN agencies, ministries and government officials, donor representatives, the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and CSOs.
The duty station for the Gender Officer is Kabul, Afghanistan, following the working hours and weekends as applicable to all UN staff in Afghanistan. Movement for meetings and consultations shall be coordinated by UNDP, and TFMU. The Gender Officer will at all times observe UN security and rules and regulations as well as advisories in Kabul, Afghanistan and comply with UN MOSS.


•Promotes ethics and integrity and creates organizational precedents.
•Builds staff competence and creates an environment of creativity and innovation.
•Builds and promotes effective teams.
•Creates and promotes an environment for open communication.
•Shares knowledge across the organization and builds a culture of knowledge sharing and learning. 
•Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreaming and capacity development and interagency collaboration and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
•Gender mainstreaming and analysis: Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective.

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education
Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in governance, gender or women’s studies, development, law, economics, political science, social sciences or related disciplines.
Min. years of relevant Work experience
2 years with Master’s degree, or 4 years with Bachelor’s degree of professional work experience providing support to policy advice and programme support in the general area of gender equality and women’s empowerment in different development contexts.
Desired skills
•Project and Programme Management: Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.
•Partnerships: Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships.
•Knowledge Management: Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.
•Trends and emerging areas analytics: Ability to scan the horizon and identify approaches and initiatives to bring into policy and programme design.
Required Language(s) (at working level)•Excellent written and oral English, required.
•Knowledge of the local language Dari and/or Pashto is required.



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