Job Opening

Posting Title: SENIOR GENDER AFFAIRS OFFICER, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen
Duty Station: AMMAN
Posting Period: 22 January 2023 - 18 February 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-SESG-YEMEN-199957-J-Amman (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 Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESGY). The Senior Gender Advisor will provide systematic and strategic guidance and support to the Head of Mission and senior management to ensure that gender is mainstreamed throughout the office’s activities in support of women’s leadership and effective engagement in any political process and mediation effort where the Office is engaged. Such efforts include the direct meaningful participation and representation of Yemeni women in all tracks, in informal consultations and dialogues, internal and external policy making, as well as addressing women’s needs in conflict resolution through dialogue across women’s groups, women leaders, and women’s rights actors operating inside and outside Yemen. The Senior Gender Adviser will be part of the preparations and planning for an inclusive, peaceful political transition and a sustainable settlement of the conflict, including by undertaking gender conflict analysis to ensure the inclusion of women’s priorities for peace. The position is based in Amman, Jordan, and reports directly to the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen. This position entails travel to Yemen.


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Senior Gender Advisor is responsible for performing the following duties:
• Provides systematic and strategic guidance and support to the Special Envoy and senior management on the meaningful participation of women in any UN-facilitated political process for Yemen in line with UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (WPS). Mainstreams a gender perspective into the substantive work of the Mission. Provides senior management with contextual gender analysis and guidance on ensuring effective implementation of the women peace and security agenda throughout departmental policies, in collaboration with human resources and the Chief of Staff.
• Reports regularly to senior management and HQ on gender activities and supports senior management to meet accountability goals on gender equality in line with the Security Council resolutions on women peace and security and the mission’s mandate.
• Oversee the development of a mission-wide action plan to ensure that gender is mainstreamed in all activities and policies and that the promotion of gender equality is integrated in all substantive engagements.
• Liaises with key with international, regional and national actors and supports mission leadership to purposefully engage with relevant actors on the promotion of gender equality and Yemeni women’s leadership, strengthening strategic partnerships to facilitate effective engagement in the political process and the participation and inclusion of women in all phases of conflict resolution, governance and peace building.
• Facilitates the participation of Yemeni women, and the inclusion of their priorities, needs, concerns and perspectives in a political process and the Office’s mediation efforts.
• Drafts, edits and provides substantive inputs to the Special Envoy’s monthly briefings to the UN Security Council and to the Secretary-General’s reports on Women, Peace and Security.
• Undertakes and oversees the gender analysis of political and legal developments in Yemen and drafts gender conflict analysis to support policy briefs, including the different experiences and impacts of the conflict on women, men, girls and boys.
• Supports in identifying relevant interlocutors, actors and forums and oversees the mapping of women’s groups, women leaders, and women’s rights actors to strengthen diversity and inclusivity in the political process. Maintains relationships across a range of national and international interlocutors in order to facilitate the above. Ensures coordination with partners, internal and external, including in support of the UN system-wide coordination on the Women, Peace and Security agenda.
• Collaborates with key stakeholders that work to promote and protect women and girls’ rights, including the UNCT, national authorities, civil society organizations and human rights mechanisms, and coordinates with these stakeholders on advancing the Women, Peace and Security agenda in Yemen.
• Contributes to all mission planning, including results-based budgeting and reporting. Support the management of gender-related components and gender mainstreaming of extra-budgetary projects, including planning and implementation, grant management, reporting and relations with relevant donor. Establishes and oversees mechanisms for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on gender mainstreaming in mission activities.
• Contribute and provides substantive inputs to established coordination mechanisms for gender, peace and security related to Yemen.
• Represents the mission on women, peace and security, and other issues where needed.
• Performs other duties, as required.


Professionalism: Demonstrated experience in integrating the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in the field of dialogue, conflict resolution, peace-making, and peace processes and agreements; Solid knowledge of the ten UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security, DPPAs Women, Peace and Security Policy and a range of gender rights issues, approaches and techniques to address and advise on gender inclusion in dialogues, peace and political processes, and other highly-sensitive and complex negotiations; Experience providing mediation support to advise envoys, mediators, senior management and other senior officials on the inclusion of women, their meaningful participation and the integration of gender perspectives into peace and dialogue processes and agreements; Knowledgeable about gender-sensitive and gender-responsive provisions in other peace and transitional agreements; Well-honed analytical abilities at a strategic level to analyse and evaluate key policy issues of relevance to the peace process and agreements using intersectional gender perspectives; Innovative conceptual abilities to strategize and develop operational options and engagements for advancing women’s participation in the peace process; Experienced in assessing, designing and developing dialogues, seminars and workshops; Strong interpersonal skills; ability to conduct high-level discussions and negotiations in a productive manner; Ability to prepare succinct, 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 and 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.

Managerial Competencies:

Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

Building Trust: Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; Manages in a deliberate and predictable way; Operates with transparency – has no hidden agenda; Places confidence in colleagues, staff members and clients; Gives proper credit to others; Follows through on agreed upon actions; Treats sensitive or confidential information appropriately.


An advanced university degree, (Master’s degree or equivalent) preferably in peace and conflict studies; international law, sociology, gender and/or women’s studies; or in a related social science field is required.
A first level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible policy, advisory and programme management experience at the national and international levels related to the promotion of gender equality, including at least five years at the international level, particularly with international organisations in conflict or post-conflict settings, is required.

Demonstrated expertise in integrating gender perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes is required.

Experience in providing policy advise to senior management and contributing to drafting public reports is required.

Experience managing a team is required.

Experience working in or supporting a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international, governmental or non-governmental organization, particularly a political mission, in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.

Experience working in the Middle East is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required and knowledge in Arabic (both oral and written) is required.


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

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2023. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

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.

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.

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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