Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR WOMEN'S PROTECTION ADVISER, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR WOMEN'S PROTECTION ADVISER
Department/Office: United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq
Duty Station: ERBIL
Posting Period: 03 November 2021 - 02 December 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Political Affairs-UNAMI-167704-R-Erbil (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Erbil and is within the Women's Protection Unit under the Office of the SRSG. The incumbent will report to the DSRSG/HC through the Principal Human Rights Officer.

Responsibilities

Under the general supervision of the SRSG, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Erbil, the Senior Women’s Protection Adviser will support the implementation of Security Council Resolutions 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009) 1960 (2010), 2106 (2013), 2242 (2015) and 2331(2016) on Conflict-related Sexual Violence. The Senior Women’s Protection Adviser will work in close collaboration with the Human Rights Office and Gender Unit in order to ensure the reflection of conflict-related sexual violence perspectives in the work of all mission components. S/he will ensure the provision of advice and support to government and non-governmental counterparts in collaboration with relevant mission and UN counterparts, and will foster close working partnerships with all UN stakeholders, including the UN Country Team. Specifically, the Senior Women’s Protection Adviser will: Advise the SRSG and senior mission leadership, with the Human Rights and Gender components, on the integration of conflict-related sexual violence considerations into the mission’s implementation plan, guidance and operational activities, and efforts on engaging dialogue with state and non-state parties in order to seek commitments to prevent and address conflict-related sexual violence; Provide guidance on the conflict-related sexual violence agenda to UN system entities, as required; Establish, convene and coordinate the programme and activities of the UN Working Group on Conflict-related Sexual Violence (WG) at country level and ensure coherence of decisions made by its members, including with respect to the Protection Cluster and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Sub-Cluster, with the Gender and Human Rights Women’s Protection Advisers; Engage with the protection Cluster and GBV Sub-Cluster to ensure that decisions and actions from the WG are coordinated; Ensure members of the WG are provided with support for their analysis, reporting and programmatic responsibilities, including with respect to the Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Arrangement (MARA) under resolution 1960; Coordinate the implementation of reporting obligations on conflict-related sexual violence; Support the implementation of a mission wide strategy to address conflict-related violence; In coordination with mission and UNCT components, and in collaboration with the Government, NGOs and donors, promote the development and implementation of comprehensive strategies to implement the Joint Communique of the Republic of Iraq and the UN on Prevention and Response to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence, including advocacy and capacity-building strategies, to address sexual and gender based violence and conflict-related sexual violence that recognize and promote national ownership; Promote greater coherence and coordination of the peacekeeping operation with UN entities in response to conflict-related sexual violence; strengthen and reinforce coordination and cooperation with donor community, inter-governmental agencies and regional organizations in response to conflict-related sexual violence; Collaborate with the Human Rights and the Gender Advisory Unit to develop a work plan that addresses conflict-related sexual violence, and collectively develop procedures for the effective cooperation of the mission to integrate conflict-related sexual violence perspectives into respective responsibilities; Ensure that conflict-related sexual violence concerns are reflected in Integrated Strategic Frameworks (ISF), Results-based Budgeting (RBB) frameworks, and other strategic planning documents. Ensure regular and appropriate information exchange at mission level on conflict-related sexual violence developments, and with UN headquarters focal points; Implement responsibilities in line with the Terms of Reference for Women’s Protection Advisers, the UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict/SRSG-SVC Provisional Guidance Note, and other relevant UN guidelines and policies; and Perform other relevant duties, as required.

Competencies

Professionalism:
Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

Planning and organizing:
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Communication:
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Judgement/decision making:
Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly. Gathers relevant information before making a decision. Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them. Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization. Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information. Checks assumptions against facts. Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision. Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Managing performance:
Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority. Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member. Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills. Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines. Regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff. Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative. Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff. Appraises performance fairly.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, law, international relations, development studies, or a related field. A first-level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, protection of civilians, gender, humanitarian affairs, political affairs or a related area is required - a combination of experience in two or more of these areas is desirable.

A minimum of three years of field experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.

Experience supporting or facilitating multi-stakeholder policy and/or advocacy processes at the national level is required.

Experience engaging with and advising senior host Government officials is desirable.

Experience working in a UN Peacekeeping Operation, Special Political Mission, or other UN and related field operation is desirable.

Experience working in the Middle East is desirable

Languages

English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is desirable.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfil the lateral move requirements to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral moves in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover letter.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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