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Diversity and Inclusion Specialist (Gender parity, disability inclusion, anti-racism and LGBTQI) - Retainer/Multiple hires, Multiple positions

Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Remote | Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Documentation and Information Management
    • Human Rights
    • Disability Rights
    • LGBTQ+ rights
    • Poverty Reduction
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: 2022-01-30

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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.

Functional Responsibilities

Purpose and Scope of Assignment 

The Diversity and Inclusion Specialist Retainers will work under the overall supervision of the Diversity and Inclusion HR Specialist in Copenhagen Headquarters and provide specific expertise on relevant identity groups (particularly Gender parity, disability inclusion, anti-racism and/or LGBTQI). The Specialists will be responsible for supporting with building internal capacity on these topics and also supporting the People and Change Group with the rollout and implementation of the corporate Gender, Diversity and Inclusion (GD&I) Workforce Strategy. Specifically the incumbents will:

  • Support Regions in the roll out of the GD&I Strategy; support with the development of their GD&I Action Plans.

  • Provide technical expertise in one or several of the focus areas (Gender Parity, Disability inclusion, anti-racism, LGBQTI+) to the regions/business units to enable strategy implementation.

  • Advise Corporate D&I Panel as required (on Disability inclusion, anti-racism and/or LGBQTI+).

  • Review HR policies and processes to ensure inclusion of identity groups.

  • Support development of a disability inclusion action plan to achieve UN System Wide priorities for example around UNDIS indicators, UN Globe recommendations, etc.

  • Support with implementing our D&I related standard of conduct ambitions (victim-centered approach, trusted by personnel etc).

  • Provide sound subject matter expertise and advice to the People and Change Group, and other relevant stakeholders as required.

The incumbents will be offered retainer contracts, i.e. one issued for a period of time during which the services of the Individual Contractor will be required to work when and as required. There is no expectation of a minimum number of working days, and the workload will depend on the needs of UNOPS.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Qualifications and Experience

a. Education 

  • An advanced university degree ideally in human resources, social justice, diversity and inclusion, social inclusion, disability inclusion, special education, behavior sciences, inclusiveness, psychology, social pedagogy, social sciences or other relevant discipline.

  • First university degree ideally in human resources, social justice, diversity and inclusion, social inclusion, disability inclusion, special education, behavior sciences, inclusiveness, psychology, social pedagogy, social sciences or other relevant discipline in combination with two additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree.    

b. Work Experience

  • 5 years of experience in one or several of the following areas: disability inclusion, anti-racism, anti-oppression, social justice, SOGI, LGBTQI+ Inclusion and/or diversity and inclusion, belonging or other relevant experience.

  • Substantive expertise in one or several of the following focus areas: gender parity, disability inclusion, anti-racism/anti-oppression and/or LGBTQI+ is required.

  • Experience in international development and/or humanitarian aid, or working for the UN and/or an NGO is an asset.

  • Experience in  human resources is an asset.

c). Language Requirements

  • Written and oral proficiency in English is required.
  • Fluency in Spanish or French is an asset.


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.
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.

Additional Considerations

UNOPS makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If an accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please make us aware, we want to ensure you perform at your best.

People self-identifying as living with a long-term disability are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

UNOPS defines long term disability as a long term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. (Article 1, paragraph 2 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons  with Disabilities)

These include: 

  • Physical disabilities (difficulty moving, walking, bathing, climbing stairs, kneeling etc)

  • Sensory disabilities (difficulty seeing even if wearing glasses, difficulty hearing even if using hearing aid etc)

  • Intellectual disabilities (learning difficulties, dyslexia, restriction in cognitive functions and adaptive skills- Down syndrome, autism, etc)  

  • Psychosocial and mental health disabilities (mood, personality, eating, substance-related or psychotic disorders, etc)

  • Other difficulties as per ILO definitions.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA
Contract level: I-ICA2
Contract duration: One year contract renewable (Ad-hoc assignments, up to a maximum of 200 working days per year)

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

Background Information - PCG

The People and Change Group (PCG) helps UNOPS empowering people, driving organizational excellence and managing change across the organization in order to help UNOPS deliver on its strategic intent.

We are a newly formed team, bringing together experienced professionals with strategic HR management, organizational design, change management expertise – all of us having a passion for achieving results and building innovation into our way of doing business. To get the job done, we structured our deliverables into six core work streams: Change management, Organizational excellence, Innovation, Talent management, Business partnering and Learning.   

We work in a dynamic, team based approach, with a diverse international team, and a drive to get things done. We are currently looking for new colleagues to join our team across a range of areas, to make our vision come to life.

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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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