Job Opening

Posting Title: Expert facilitator for Dialogues on Racism in the UN Workplace (SPANISH)
Department/Office: Office of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 15 August 2022 - 29 August 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Office of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services-188435-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The successful candidates will be placed on a roster to be assigned work as demand emerges. The objectives of the work assignments will be to raise a deeper understanding and awareness of the different manifestations of racism and racial discrimination in the workplace of the United Nations and to facilitate the institutionalization of ways to identify, prevent and address racism in the Organization.

Work Location


Expected duration

The consultancy contract is expected to be available on 1 September 2022 to 31 December 2022, with possible extension, subject to the availability of funds.

Duties and Responsibilities

Work Assignment

Reporting to the designated Focal Point in the Office of the Ombudsman and Mediation Services, the consultant will provide expertise in facilitating Dialogues on Racism in the UN Workplace under the Strategic Action Plan on Addressing Racism and Promoting Dignity for All.

The consultant will undertake the following tasks:

• Facilitate and co-facilitate virtual dialogues in the designated language and in different time zones.
• Ensure the sessions are delivered as designed and within the parameters of the project and in line with the principles of UNOMS.
• Ensure participants are engaged in a safe and brave space.
• Contribute to the collection and analysis of feedback from participants.
• Provide facilitation expertise and support the training of new facilitators.
• Contribute to the preparation and updating of facilitation materials, manuals, feedback surveys and other communication materials.
• Contribute to lessons learned exercises and prepare reports on activities undertaken.
• Adjust the delivery, format and contents of sessions as and when needed.

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Skills to provide environments that prioritize opportunities for individual dialogue, sharing and reflection in a virtual setting.

Ability to use techniques that promote growth mindsets, encouraging individuals to interrogate their long-held value and beliefs and to enhance their awareness about racism and racial discrimination.

Proficiency in emotional regulation, active listening, empathy, humility, authenticity, a nonjudging orientation, non-defensiveness and behaviours that promote human dignity.

Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in social and behavioural sciences, law, organizational development, public administration, human resources management, diversity & inclusion studies, anthropology, or related fields.

Experience: A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience is required, preferably at the international levels, working with diverse audiences.

Experience in conducting training and workshops in a virtual environment as well as facilitation of inclusion dialogues and difficult conversations around race is desirable.

Experience in developing and delivering equity, diversity and inclusion programmes that explicitly address issues of racism and racial discrimination is desirable.

Experience in collaborating with individuals from diverse backgrounds and teams in settings in which there is heightened sensitivity, tension, disagreement and, sometimes, conflict regarding perceptions about racism and racial discrimination and its manifestations is desirable.

Experience in developing and delivering learning and development programmes that target adult learners using blending learning, experiential modalities and web-based applications is desirable.

Language: Fluency in written and oral English and Spanish is required.

Additional Information

Background and Objectives:

The United Nations was founded on the principles of the dignity and worth of the human person, proclaiming the right of everyone to enjoy all human rights and fundamental freedoms, without distinction as to race, sex, language or religion. In the Charter of the United Nations, it is recognized that diversity, equity, and inclusion bring tangible benefits and efficiencies to the invaluable work of the United Nations, while racism, exclusion and marginalization affect staff morale, undermine solidarity and commitment, and hamper the delivery of mandates.

On 24 January 2022, the Secretary-General shared the Strategic Action Plan on addressing racism and promoting dignity for all in the United Nations Secretariat. One of the recommendations of the Strategic Action Plan is to conduct dialogues on racism in the workplace that enable staff to gain awareness and have honest conversations about the presence of racism within the Organization.

The dialogues are coordinated at the operational level by the Office of the United Nations Ombudsman and Mediation Services (UNOMS). The dialogue model provides a framework using conversation guidelines and carefully considered questions. The goal is to create a brave space for participants to exchange perspectives and experiences relating to racism in the workplace. By sharing their ideas and comments, participants contribute to changing the culture of the United Nations. In addition, the harvest of ideas (without attribution) helps inform the implementation of the Strategic Action Plan in the Organization.

UNOMS is seeking to recruit expert facilitators who have demonstrated their commitment to UN values and to protecting the rights, dignity and inherent worth of all human beings as enshrined in the UN Charter.

Additional information on the work of UNOMS can be found at Ombudsman and Mediation Services | (

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