Job Opening

Duty Station: MONROVIA
Posting Period: 13 January 2016 - 11 February 2016
Job Opening Number: 15-Political Affairs-FMADPKO-52081-F-Monrovia (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This is a re-advertisement for previous job opening to attract more candidates.

This position is located in the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). The Gender Affairs Officer (P-4) leads the Office of the Gender advisor. The Gender Affairs Officer reports through the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Peace Consolidation & Support.


Within delegated authority, the Gender Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

•Supports the DSRSG and advices on the implementation mission gender related mandate in particular on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 on Women, Peace and Security.

•Advises and supports the various mission components on the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes promoting gender-sensitive approaches. Drafts, edits and provides substantive inputs for periodic reports, briefings and speeches to ensure gender perspectives are adequately addressed. Carries out programmatic/substantive reviews of work and reports prepared by the Gender Affairs team;

•Designs and ensures implementation of a mission-wide action plan to translate existing mandates and policies on the promotion of gender equality in all activities of the mission; establishes and provides guidance and support to Women Focal Point in the mission.

•Contributes to developing and delivering induction and in-mission training with the Mission's training unit on gender mainstreaming, gender equality, and conflict related sexual violence for all levels of personnel and other topics as requested by senior management.

•Conducts substantive research and analysis on gender issues relevant to the mission’s mandate, utilizing analytical monitoring and evaluation processes, indicators and benchmarks, to ensure adequate measurement of progress in mainstreaming Gender.

•Work in an integrated manner with the United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes that have complementary mandates for the promotion of gender equality, women’s and girls’ rights, including through the UN Gender Task Force, to ensure United Nations support to the country is provided in a coordinated and efficient manner achieving maximum impact.

• Coordinate with other UN agencies, national institutions and NGOs through participating in and leading, as appropriate, relevant country-level mechanisms on gender-based violence such as the Sexual and Gender-Based Violence working group; actively support the joint GoL/UN SGBV programme;

•Represents the mission at relevant national and/or regional meetings, workshops and training programmes on gender.

•Provides inputs to planning processes, including results-based budgeting (RBB) and reporting.

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

•Performs other duties as required.


•Professionalism: In-depth knowledge of the work of the United Nations, particularly in a post conflict political mission setting; expertise in the field of gender and Women’s Rights, particularly gender mainstreaming, sexual, and gender-based violence. Experience in supporting the mainstreaming of gender and sexual violence perspectives, into inter-governmental processes and mechanisms; in-depth understanding of UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 on Women, Peace and Security; excellent drafting, monitoring and
reporting skills; ability to adapt to hardship missions and remote locations. Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, formulate options, draw conclusions and make effective recommendations, particularly in relation to addressing the needs of women and girls in post-conflict situations; ability to formulate policy advice, position papers and reports for the attention of senior managers. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to gender issues. 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.

• Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments; Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

• Planning& 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.

•Empowering Others: Delegates responsibility, clarifies expectations and gives staff autonomy in important areas of their work; Encourages others to set challenging goals; Holds others accountable for achieving results related to their area of responsibility; Genuinely values all staff members’ input and expertise; Shows appreciation and rewards achievement and effort; Involves others when making decisions that affect them;

• 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 staff when they make mistakes; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly;


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in International Relations, Human Rights Law, Gender studies. Women’s studies, development studies, social sciences or in a related area. A first-level university in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international levels in international relations, law, gender and/or peacekeeping issues at policy and operational levels is required. Demonstrated experience in successfully integrating gender or women’s rights perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes is required. Experience working in a United Nations common system or field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies , funds, and programmes) – or similar international organization or non-governmental organization – in a conflict or post – conflict setting is highly desirable. Experience working on Gender issues in the West Africa Region is highly desirable


English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Working knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment Method

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

The United Nations shall place 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. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8). The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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