Job Opening

Department/Office: Department of Peace Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 24 March 2022 - 07 May 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-DPO-175363-R-New York (R)
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 Gender Unit in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations of the United Nations headquarters, New York. The incumbent reports directly to the Senior Gender Adviser, who is the Chief of the Gender Unit. The Department of Peace Operations (DPO) serves as an integrated "center of excellence" for United Nations Peace Operations, responsible for preventing, responding to and managing conflict and sustaining peace in context of mandates in countries where peace operations its purview are deployed. This includes facilitating and implementing political agreements, providing integrated strategic, political, operational and management advice, direction and support to peace operations, developing political, security and integrated strategies, leading integrated analysis and planning of peace operations and backstopping those operations.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

• Supports and guides the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on Women, Peace, and Security and the United Nations related tools for gender equality.

• Supports the integration and implementation of departmental guidance on Women, Peace and Security in all aspects of peace and security processes and provides backstopping to field missions on the operationalization of the policies and guidance in all mission components.

• Contributes to the design and implementation of a department-wide action plan to translate existing mandates, commitments, and policies on the promotion of gender equality.

• Supports/and or advices the various department divisions, components, offices and sections on the formulation and implementation of policies, strategies and programmes promoting gender responsive approaches and combating conflict-related sexual violence and gender-based violence, including working closely with the conflict-sexual violence team.

• Establishes working relationships with the different offices of the Departments (DPPA-DPO) and other UN entities such as UN Women. Supports the USG's Women, Peace and Security (WPS) task force and DPO Gender Focal Points Working Group at the United Nations Headquarters.

• Drafts, edits and provides substantive results-based inputs for periodic briefings and speeches on Women, Peace and Security issues at the strategic and operational levels.

• Provides inputs on planning processes, including mission concepts and operational planning; results-based budgeting frameworks for field missions and Headquarters; staffing tables and other operational tools.

• Supports the development and roll-out of gender related training modules and scenario-based training materials for all levels of peacekeepers: civilian, police and military.

• Conducts substantive research and analysis of gender and WPS issues in operations, utilizing analytical monitoring and evaluation processes, including indicators and benchmark, to ensure measurement of progress in the integration of gender equality and Women, Peace and Security perspectives in programmes and policies as well as responses to sexual and gender-based violence in conflict settings.

• Collaborates with key stakeholders, including Member States, UN entities, civil society and other organizations that have complimentary mandates for the promotion of women's and girls' rights and coordinates with them through participation in relevant interdepartmental and interagency mechanisms and forums for coordination, as well as with relevant regional organizations, national institutions and NGOs.

• Represents the Department on gender related issues at workshops, conferences and events, as needed.

• Provides day-to-day supervision of staff, when needed; carries out programmatic/substantive reviews of staff work and reports prepared by others.

• Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of international relations, international human rights law, women’s rights or other related areas, particularly, in conflict or post-conflict settings. Knowledge in the areas of gender and peacekeeping or gender conflict/post-conflict environments. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to prepare well written analytical reports. 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in gender and women’s rights, development studies, social science or related fields, international relations, human rights, law, gender studies, or in related areas is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in policy development or advisory or programme management experience related to promotion of Gender Equality and operational gender mainstreaming, particularly in an international organization is required.

Experience in integrating gender perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes in conflict post-conflict settings is required.

Experience in field operations of the United Nations Common System or comparable international organizations particularly on gender mainstreaming, and Women, Peace and Security is required.

Experience implementing the Women, Peace and Security agenda is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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