UN Women: Head of Office
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of sustainable development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
Geneva is the internationally recognized center of expertise in many priority areas of UN Women’s engagement and in related global issues, including human rights, health, peace and security, labour, economics, trade, migration, humanitarian affairs, disaster risk reduction, science, telecommunications, the environment and sustainable development. In line UN Women’s normative and coordination mandate, the UN Women Office in Geneva engages with intergovernmental processes and a broad range of UN entities and stakeholders in Geneva in these issue areas to effectively contribute to normative advancements towards the full realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls and their human rights.
The UN Women Office in Geneva delivers on UN Women’s normative support functions and strengthens linkages between normative work and operational activities. It contributes to the Entity’s support for the development and strengthening of a comprehensive set of global norms, policies and standards on gender equality and women’s empowerment that is dynamic, responds to new and emerging issues, challenges and opportunities and is applied through action by Governments and other stakeholders at all levels.
The UN Women Office in Geneva is organizationally integrated into UN Women’s Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Division (PPID). The Division provides global programme and policy support to allow UN Women at Headquarters and in all field locations to deliver effective and efficient initiatives to support the implementation of UN Women’s Strategic Plan based on international goals on gender equality and women’s empowerment, including the Beijing Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Division provides intellectual and strategic leadership on normative support and the delivery of integrated policy advice, including through policy analysis and gender mainstreaming. The Division leverages innovation, knowledge management, and cutting-edge technical expertise to support UN Women programmes and to build the capacity of partners to deliver results on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
Under the overall supervision of the Director of the Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Division, and working in close coordination with HQ Sections and other Divisions, the Head of UN Women´s Office in Geneva, will (a) Strategically influence, engage and deepen partnerships with the broad range of stakeholders and intergovernmental processes at UNHQ Geneva on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls; (b) Enhance UN-Women’s global voice for women and girls and establish its leadership role in International Geneva and at UNHQ Geneva to support the accelerated implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; (c) Accelerate operational results for women and girls in sectors covered by the Geneva-based UN entities and intergovernmental processes.
Duties and Responsibilities
Lead the engagement with intergovernmental processes and stakeholders on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls:
- Develop and implement an engagement strategy for UN Women in Geneva-based intergovernmental processes to increase attention to gender equality issues;
- Advocate for the inclusion of gender perspectives in the outcomes of intergovernmental processes in all areas of UN Women’s mandate and provide technical advice and inputs for the integration of gender perspectives including through the delivery of statements, organization of events, convening of stakeholders for exchanges of views, and facilitation of consensus-building;
- Lead the engagement with permanent missions, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, research and academic institutions in Geneva to strengthen efforts towards the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.
Enhance UN Women’s global voice and its leadership role for gender equality in the peace, development, human rights and humanitarian community, and inter-agency mechanisms and fora in Geneva and at UNHQ Geneva:
- Regularly update Geneva-based stakeholders on the work of UN Women and that of New York-based gender-specific intergovernmental processes and bodies, such as the Commission on the Status of Women and provide opportunities to enhance linkages between Geneva and New York-based processes;
- Represent UN Women in United Nations system inter-agency meetings and task forces, build alliances, collaboration and joint approaches for enhanced attention to gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls;
- Consolidate UN Women’s system coordination role vis-à-vis the Geneva-based UN entities through advocacy and technical support;
- Identify opportunities and provide technical support to UN Women senior management participating in high-level interagency and other meetings in Geneva.
- Build, strengthen and consolidate partnerships and accelerate operational results for women and girls
- Build, strengthen and consolidate partnerships with civil society organizations, private sector companies, philanthropic organizations/foundations, academic institutions and UN entities headquartered in Geneva around opportunities for support to gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls;
- Engage with development partners and make the case for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in operational results.
Lead in coordination with relevant HQ section chiefs, the management of human and financial resources of the Office:
- Lead the preparation and submission of the Biennial Workplan and budget of the office and monitor implementation;
- Lead the management of material and financial resources of the office, in line with UN Women policies, rules and procedures;
- Finalize terms of reference for new staff, consultants and contractors and oversee the recruitment process, as necessary;
- In coordination with relevant chiefs of section in HQ, manage, coach and guide staff and other personnel as applicable and provide performance feedback;
- Provide technical support to the development of the Office security strategy and plan as required.
Impact of results:
The Head of Office impacts on the effective development of a comprehensive set of global norms, policies and standards on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls that is dynamic, responds to new and emerging issues, challenges and opportunities and is applied through action by Governments and other stakeholders at all levels.
Key Performance Indicators
- Targeted engagement strategy with Geneva-based intergovernmental processes, UN entities and other stakeholders developed and implemented;
- Strategic engagement with intergovernmental processes to promote gender perspectives;
- Timely and regular updates to Geneva-based stakeholders on the work of UN Women resulting in greater awareness of the work of UN Women to implement its strategic plan and fulfill its mandate;
- Key partnerships established and maintained with civil society organizations, private sector companies, philanthropic organizations/foundations, academic institutions headquartered in Geneva to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls;
- UN Women Office in Geneva is managed in line with UN Women policies and processes;
- Work is implemented according to timeline and budgets as indicated in workplan.
- Respect for Diversity.
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Effective Communication;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Leading by Example.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Values and Competencies Framework: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf
- Substantive knowledge of gender equality issues, the UN system and intergovernmental processes;
- Understanding of, and ability to evaluate political situations, intergovernmental discussions and negotiations, and to create strategic entry points for gender equality considerations;
- Effectiveness in establishing and fostering good relations with government counterparts, UN agencies, civil society representatives and other key stakeholders;
- Ability to interact with high-level decision-makers;
- Proven ability to develop and maintain productive partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders;
- Proven communications and presentation skills, including ability to produce concise and clear messages on gender perspectives in sectoral areas;
- Proven analytical and problem solving skills;
- Proven ability to manage teams and work independently;
- Outstanding leadership skills;
- Proven planning, goal-setting and prioritization skills.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master's degree (or equivalent) in gender studies, development, law, political affairs, international relations, social sciences, or related fields.
- A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of 10 years progressively responsible experience in gender equality, development or related issues, of which ideally 5 years on development, policy analysis or related areas;
- Substantive experience and record of accomplishment in intergovernmental processes, partnership development, team building and UN coordination focused on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
- Experience in an international organization or in diplomacy is a distinct advantage
- Fluency in written and oral English is required. Fluency in French and or other UN language is a distinct advantage.
All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-P11-Personal-History-Form.doc. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.
Diversity and inclusion:
At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need.
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