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JPO - Gender Analyst, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and Communication


  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Brazzaville
  • Grade: Junior level - P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: Closed

Important: This post is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of Canada and is addressed exclusively to nationals of Canada. For more information about the JPO Programme and eligibility criteria, please visit the site of the JPO Service Centre.

The UNDP Junior Professional Officer (JPO) Programme:

The UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) JPO Programme equips outstanding young leaders with the skills and experience required to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and make a positive difference in the world. As a pathway into the world of development, the programme offers young professionals’ excellent exposure to multilateral cooperation and sustainable development while providing a valuable entry point into the UN system. 

During their assignments, JPOs benefit from the guidance of experienced UNDP staff members and are actively involved in supporting the design and implementation of UNDP’s programs within UNDP’s headquarters, regional or country offices. Additionally, the JPO will undergo a journey of exposure and growth which will build both personal and professional capacity for a career within the multilateral development sector. As a JPO and young professional in UNDP you should be interested in pursuing a global career with aspiration to work for a field-based organization in support of the development agenda. 

The JPO will work as part of a team and be supervised by an experienced UNDP staff member, including:

  • Structured guidance and feedback, especially in the beginning of the assignment, with the purpose of gradually increasing of responsibilities
  • Establishment of a work plan, with clear key results
  • Guidance and advice in relation to learning and training opportunities within the field of expertise
  • Completion of the yearly UNDP Annual Performance Review (APR) including learning and development objectives.

The JPO will benefit from the following learning and development opportunities:

  • Participation in a virtual Programme Policy and Operations Induction Course within the first 4 to 6 months of assignment
  • Use of yearly JPO duty-related travel and training allocation (DTTA), as per the online DTTA guide
  • On-going Masterclasses on relevant and inspiring themes
  • Career development support mechanisms and activities
  • Networking with fellow JPOs, young professionals and senior UNDP colleagues
  • Mentoring programme
  • Other training and learning opportunities, as presented in the UNDP JPO Orientation Programme 

Organizational context

UNDP's Regional Service Centre for Africa is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. With additional offices in Dakar, Senegal and Nairobi, Kenya, it serves 45 Country Offices in sub-Saharan Africa, develops high quality knowledge and policy, and is the organization’s main interface with regional and continental bodies such as the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities. The Center also implements a continent-wide Regional Programme supporting Africa’s transformation agenda by: 1) enhancing inclusive and sustainable growth, 2) widening political participation and giving everyone a voice, and 3) developing responsive institutions which deliver desired services and promote inclusive processes of state-society dialogue.

UNDP has been present in the Republic of Congo since October 23, 1976, and through its network of partners in 177 countries, aims to support the development efforts of the Republic of Congo and promote sustainable development through institutional capacity building, advisory services, strong and strategic partnerships, and support to national execution. As part of the 2021-2023 cycle of the Gender Seal Initiative, UNDP Congo intends to have the capacity to monitor efforts to promote gender equality and the full integration of gender in all its activities. Furthermore, it strives to support the Regional Bureau for Africa gender initiative by working to implement gender equality through a two-pronged approach (i) mainstreaming gender in all core practices; and (ii) dedicated interventions that empower women and promote gender equality thus supporting the Administrator and senior management in addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment in their convening and representational functions.

The JPO staff will be part of the Congo Office Gender Team. The JPO will support the positioning of the Country Office gender work and contribute to the overall implementation of the UNDP and Country Office Gender Strategy.

Key Duties and Accountabilities

1.) Supports gender inclusion in UNDP Programme activities from design through implementation, focusing on achievement of the following results: (40%)

  • Provide substantive inputs to the design and formulation of programme/ project proposals and initiatives
  • Provide substantive technical support to the implementation and management of the Gender Programmes
  • Support conducts thorough analysis and research of the gender dimension in political, social, and economic situation in the country and collaborates in preparation/revision of project documents, AWP and other documents in the area of work. 
  • Facilitate assessment of the country’s policies and their impact on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment

2.) Supports effective management of the CO portfolio: (40%)

  • Supports mainstreaming of the Gender priorities across all programmatic activities of the CO and follow up on Gender marker
  • Support on timely reporting on projects and submission of IWP (Integrated Work Plan) on time with appropriate indicators and targets.
  • Contribute to the Programme Unit activities especially in launch events, preparation of annual and quarterly reports, updates to the CO ROAR, CO Annual Workplan, UN Annual Progress Reports, Midterm reviews etc.
  • Support and contribute to identifying strategic partnership opportunities for UNDP CO at the level of both policy dialogue and financing and support the CO in developing an integrated programme and financial support solutions 
  • Effective application of RBM (Result Based Management) tools, establishment of targets and monitoring results.

3.) Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies (20%)

  • Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies; analyze and maintain information and databases.
  • Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles.
  • Participate in donor meetings and public information events, as delegated

Core Competencies 


  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
  • Learn Continuously LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
  • Adapt with Agility  LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
  • Act with Determination LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
  • Engage and Partner LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Technical/Functional Competencies

  • Communication - Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Leadership - Ability to build strong and sustainable relationships and capability to interact at all levels within the organization
  • Autonomy - Self-motivated and able to work with a high degree of autonomy
  • Technical writing - Strong niche knowledge to create accurate documentation about the products and services such as Press Release, speeches, reports
  • Teamwork - Ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relationships in a multicultural, multi-ethnic and mixed environment, respecting the principles of diversity
  • Integrity - Demonstrate UN and UNDP values and ethical standards in daily activities and behaviors while acting without regard to personal advantage



Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender / women's studies, international development, or a related field is required

Skills and Experience

  • At least 2 years of progressively responsible paid work experience in development programme / project implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building.
  • Experience in the promoting the mainstreaming of gender equality and women’s empowerment in conflict contexts and emergency situations
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies is an asset.
  • Experience of working on gender and conflict programming

Language requirements

  • Fluent written and spoken French is required
  • Functional knowledge of English is desirable


  • This post is opened in the context of the Junior Professional Officer (JPO) scheme sponsored by the Government of Canada and is addressed exclusively to nationals of Canada.

Age of applicant

  • The applicant will be maximum 32 years of age on 31 December 2022

Attachments needed:

  • Brief motivation letter
  • Copy of your passport
  • Copy of your Master’s degree

For more information about the JPO Programme and eligibility criteria, please visit the site of the JPO Service Centre.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment. 
UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.
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