Job Opening

Department/Office: Rosters Administered by Department of Operational Support
Duty Station: Field Locations
Posting Period: 01 September 2022 - 30 September 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Political Affairs-RADOS-188066-P- (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

These positions are located in the United Nations Field Peacekeeping Operations, Special Political Missions and Offices as applicable. The Security Council has stressed, in a series of resolutions on women, peace and security that conflict-related sexual violence, when used or commissioned as a tactic of war or terrorism or as part of a widespread or systematic attack against civilians, significantly exacerbates situations of armed conflict and impedes the restoration of international peace and security. The Security Council has mandated United Nations peacekeeping operations and special political missions to prevent and respond to conflict-related sexual violence. Within respective mandates and resources, the missions must pursue the prevention and protection of persons at risk of conflict-related sexual violence, fight impunity for conflict-related sexual violence, promote awareness and condemnation of conflict-related sexual violence, and build the capacity of national actors to effectively address conflict-related sexual violence. Senior Women’s Protection Advisers are part of the infrastructure created by the Security Council in 2009 to advance implementation of its resolutions on conflict-related sexual violence; and deployed to ensure the implementation of the conflict-related sexual violence mandate in line with the relevant international legal framework, Security Council resolutions, UN policies and guidance.

The Senior Women’s Protection Adviser typically reports to designated official at D1 or D2 level and/or SRSG/DSRSG, depending on the mission structure.


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Senior Women's Protection Adviser will be responsible for performing the following duties:

• Directs the implementation of Security Council Resolutions 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009) 1960 (2010), 2106 (2013), 2242 (2015), 2331(2016) and 2467 (2019) on Conflict-related Sexual Violence and mainstreaming of conflict-related sexual violence perspectives in the work of all mission components.
• Oversees the provision of advice and support to government and non-governmental counterparts in collaboration with relevant mission and UN counterparts, and fosters close working partnerships with all UN stakeholders, including the UN Country Team.
• Advises senior mission leadership on the integration of conflict-related sexual violence considerations into the mission's political efforts, peace and security work, implementation plan, guidance and operational activities, and on efforts to engage state and non-state parties and to strengthen coordination and cooperation with donor community, inter-governmental agencies and regional organizations on the prevention and response to conflict-related sexual violence.
• Provides guidance on conflict-related sexual violence to UN system entities, as required; promotes greater coherence and coordination of the mission with UN entities in prevention and response to conflict-related sexual violence.
• Establishes, convenes and coordinates the programme and activities of the UN Working Group on Conflict-related Sexual Violence (WG) at the country level and ensures coherence and complementary with activities by the Protection Cluster and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Sub-Cluster; ensures members of the WG are provided with support for their analysis, reporting and programmatic responsibilities, including with respect to the Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Arrangements (MARA) under Security Council resolution 1960 (2010).
• Coordinates the implementation of reporting obligations on conflict-related sexual violence.
• Supports implementation of a mission wide strategy to address conflict-related sexual violence, including as part of peace and reconciliation processes; In coordination with mission and UNCT components, and in collaboration with the Government, NGOs and donors, promote local ownership and prevention strategies on conflict-related sexual violence through advocacy, sensitisation, capacity-building and training activities at community level.
• Engages in dialogue with parties to conflict on the signing and implementation of commitments to halt and prevent conflict-related sexual violence, in line with Security Council resolutions and in coordination with the OSRSG-SVC and other relevant mission components; support parties to conflict in the implementation of commitments to address conflict-related sexual violence and regularly reviewing progress.
• Ensures that conflict-related sexual violence concerns are reflected in Integrated Strategic Frameworks (ISF), Results-based Budgeting (RBB) frameworks and other strategic planning documents.
• Provides substantive coordination and guidance and management oversight to Women Protection Advisors, ensuring a link between operations, strategic direction and results, including in its results-based work plan.
• Works closely with the Senior Human Rights Officer, the Senior Child Protection Advisor, Senior Gender Adviser, Head of the Political Unit and other relevant sections 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.
• Ensures regular and appropriate information exchange at mission level on conflict-related sexual violence developments, and with UN headquarters.
• Implements responsibilities in line with the UN Policy and Handbook for UN Field Missions on Preventing and Responding to Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (2020), and other relevant UN guidelines and policies.
• Performs other relevant duties, as required.


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. 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 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.

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.

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.


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 experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, protection of civilians, gender, humanitarian affairs, political affairs or a related area is required.

A minimum of three (3) years of experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required.

Experience in supporting or facilitating multi-stakeholder processes (e.g. policy, advocacy, planning, etc) is required.

A minimum of two (2) years of experience working on sexual and gender-based violence issues is desirable.

Experience engaging with and advising Government officials and/or representatives of non-state armed groups is desirable.

Management experience is desirable.

Experience working in, or in support of, a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position(s) advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of French is desirable.


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

Special Notice

The United Nations Secretariat maintains rosters of qualified and available candidates to fill anticipated job openings in peacekeeping operations, special political missions, and other field operations.

The purpose of this job opening is to generate a list of qualified candidates for inclusion in the Senior Women’s Protection Adviser, P-5, roster. The entire assessment process takes an average of six months; all applicants will be notified in writing of the outcome of their application (whether successful or unsuccessful) within 14 days of the conclusion of the process. Successful candidates will be placed on the roster and subsequently will be invited to apply for field mission vacancies open only to roster members. Roster membership does not guarantee selection.

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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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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