Job Opening

Posting Title: Gender Affairs Officer
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Political Affairs-DPKO-57870-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise SE3(POLNET 2016 Semi-Annual 1)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Assessment Period

Eligible applicants will be invited to sit a general abilities test, which they will be informed of by email and/or on the "My upcoming test schedule" page in Inspira. The general abilities test will be given during the period of 30 June-1 July. Candidates will be given a 48-hour testing window during which they need to complete the test in the prescribed time in order to remain under consideration.

Following the evaluation of an applicants' performance on the general abilities test, all passing candidates will be screened for suitability for the position they applied for. Those applicants who are deemed eligible through the Inspira eligibility screening and the general test, as well as suitable through the suitability screening, will be invited to complete a substantive test, which will be given during the weeks of 11 July – 3 August. Applicants will need to check the "My upcoming test schedule"page prior and during this period to find the 48-hour testing windows for all substantive tests they are invited to take. They will further be receiving email notifications shortly before the testing windows open. If an applicant did not pass the general test and suitability screening, no subsequent tests will be announced on the “My upcoming test schedule page”.

All applicants are encouraged to check the exact testing windows for the general and the substantive tests in Inspira on the “My upcoming test schedule page” as well as on a dedicated page on the United Nations HR Portal ( after the closing of this job opening. Applicants should check regularly, in particular during the week before above referenced testing windows.

Previously rostered candidates, who are already on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body, will not be subject to any further assessment and, accordingly, will not be invited to sit for any part of the test or interview.

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Special Notice

This position is funded for a finite period of one year and may be subject to extension. This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval.

Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by the Secretary-General. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Peacekeeping Best Practices Section (PBPS) in the Policy, Evaluation and Training Division (DPET) of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)/Department of Field Support in New York. The incumbent reports to the Senior Gender Affairs Officer.


Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

1.Supports and guides the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and the UN related tools for gender equality
•Supports the implementation of departmental guidance on gender mainstreaming in all aspects of peace and security processes and provides backstopping to field missions on the operationalisation of the policies and guidance in all mission components
•Contributes to the design and implementation of a department-wide action plan to translate existing mandates and policies on the promotion of gender equality
•Supports and/or advises the various departmental divisions, offices and sections on the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes promoting gender-sensitive approaches and combating sexual and gender-based violence, including conflict-related sexual violence
•Established working relationships with the different offices of the two Departments, supports the management of the gender task force at the HQ.

2.Drafts, edits and provides substantive results based inputs for periodic reports, briefings and speeches on women, peace and security issues at strategic and operational levels
•Provides inputs to planning processes, including mission concepts and operational planning; results-based budgeting frameworks for field missions and HQ; staffing tables and other planning tools.

3.Supports the development and roll-out of gender related training modules and scenario-based training materials for all levels of peacekeepers: civilian, police and military.

4.Conducts substantive research and analysis of gender issues in peace operations, utilizing analytical monitoring and evaluation processes, including indicators and benchmarks, to ensure measurement of progress in gender mainstreaming in programmes and policies as well as responses to sexual and gender-based violence in conflict settings.

5.Collaborates with key stakeholders, including Member States, UN entities, civil society and other organizations that have complementary mandates for the promotion of women’s and girls’ rights and coordinates with them through participation in relevant inter-departmental and inter-agency mechanisms and forums for coordination, as well as with relevant regional organizations, national institutions and NGOs
•Represents the Departments on gender related issues at workshops, conferences and events, as needed.
•Establishes working relationships with the different offices of the two Departments, supports the management of the gender task force at the HQ.

6. Acts as Office-in-Charge of the Gender Team and provides day-to-day supervision of staff, when needed; carries out programmatic/substantive reviews of staff work and reports prepared by others and performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of international relations, international human rights law, women’s rights or other related areas, particularly in conflict or post-conflict settings. Knowledge in the areas of gender and peacekeeping or gender in conflict/post-conflict environments. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to prepare well written, analytical reports. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

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.

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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent degree) in development studies, social science or related humanities field, international relations, human rights, law, gender studies, or related area is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience maybe accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible policy development, advisory and programme management experience related to promotion of gender equality and gender mainstreaming is required. Experience in integrating gender perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes in conflict or post-conflict settings is desirable. Experience advising senior management is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.

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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