Job Opening

Posting Title: GENDER AFFAIRS OFFICER (Women's Protection)
Duty Station: KINSHASA
Posting Period: 11 December 2015 - 25 December 2015
Job Opening Number: 15-Social Affairs-FMADPKO-50593-F-Kinshasa (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

The Gender Affairs Officer (Women's Protection) position is located within the Security Sector Reform Unit (SSRU) in Kinshasa. The Gender Affairs Officer (Women's Protection) reports to the Chief SSRU and works closely with the Senior Women Protection Advisor.


Within delegated authority, the Gender Affairs Officer (Women's Protection) will be responsible for the following duties:
• Supports the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and the DPKO/DFS Policy on Gender in Peacekeeping Operations.
• Supports the process of implementing the mission’s Gender Action Plan to mainstream gender and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) considerations into the work of the SSRU, and technically supports the SSRU to integrate gender and SGBV into the Unit’s mandated priorities, in particular in capacity building efforts for the FARDC and PNC.
• Drafts, collates and edits specified results based inputs for all gender and SSR related reports and documentation as required.
• Coordinates, as needed, with other UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, international NGOs and donors that have complementary mandates on SGBV and gender related issues in SSR through participating in working-level mechanisms, as well as coordinates with relevant national institutions.
• Supports the provision of technical expertise as required to relevant partners, in particular the FARDC and PNC and mission components on strategies for mainstreaming gender and fighting SGBV, in particular the FARDC Action Plan against sexual violence including expanding the capacity for gender/SGBV analysis and designing gender-sensitive policies and programmes.
• Supports the results-based budgeting (RBB) process and provides substantive inputs to results based reporting and analysis;
• Collaborates and supports the delivery of training to SSRU, uniformed and civilian mission personnel, FARDC and PNC on the fight against SGBV in SSR..
• In close collaboration with the SWPA and OSRSG-SVC, maintains close working relationships with all Government actors involved in national action plans for gender and to fight sexual and gender based violence in security sector: FARDC, PNC, Minister of Defense, Minister of Interior, Minister of Gender, Special Advisor to the President on Sexual Violence and the Senate Commission on Sexual and Gender-based Violence.
• Strengthens the work of the Gender component in responding to Conflict Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) with respect to mainstreaming policies to combat Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV);
• In collaboration with Human Rights Officers (Women Protection), provides training to mission components on sexual violence concerns at the working level.
• Supports the knowledge management and data collection process on CRSV and SGBV and facilitates the collection and exchange of information between partners and the Senior Women Protection Advisor Performs other duties as required.


• Professionalism: Working knowledge of the United Nations; expertise in the field of, Security Sector Reform, Gender Affairs, Human Rights, and/or International Affairs, International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; in-depth understanding of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security; knowledge of Security Sector Reform, gender mainstreaming and capacity building in a post-conflict setting; able to translate resolutions on women, peace and security into realistic goals and outcomes. 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.
• 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
• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; Places team agenda before personal agenda; Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, international relations, security policies, gender studies or in a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of international relations, security sector reform, post-conflict peacebuilding, law, gender and/or peacekeeping issues at policy and operational levels. Strong experience in the promotion of gender equality in the security sector in a post-conflict setting is required. Prior experience in a peacekeeping environment is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the UN. For this post fluency in English and French (both oral and written) is required.

Assessment Method

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by an informal interview.

United Nations Considerations

Candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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