Job Opening

Posting Title: Gender Affairs Officer
Job Code Title: GENDER AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station: PRISTINA_ISC
Posting Period: 26 August 2016 - 24 September 2016
Job Opening Number: 16-Political Affairs-FMADPKO-64728-R-Pristina (M)
Staffing Exercise SE4(POLNET 2016 Semi-Annual 2)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Assessment Period

STANDARD PRE-SELECTION TEST SCHEDULED for 15-17 October 2016.
Eligible applicants will be invited to take a standard pre-selection test, which they will be informed of by email (please make sure your email address in inspira is correct) and/or on the "My Upcoming Test Schedule" page in Inspira. The standard pre-selection test will be given between 10:00 a.m. on 15 October to 9:59 a.m. on 17 October 2016 (EST, New York time). Applicants must complete the test during this 48-hour testing window in order to remain under consideration.

Please go to the following page to learn about the assessment process and the schedule of testing dates:
https://hr.un.org/page/assessment

All applicants must check the exact testing windows for all tests in Inspira on the "My Upcoming Test Schedule" page as well as on a dedicated page on the United Nations HR Portal (https://hr.un.org/page/assessment) 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

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

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) in Pristina. Pristina is classified as an “A” hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Senior Gender Affairs Officer.

Mandate
The mandate of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) was established by the Security Council in its resolution 1244 (1999). The Mission is mandated to help ensure conditions for a peaceful and normal life for all inhabitants of Kosovo and advance regional stability in the Western Balkans.

The Mission is headed by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General. The Special Representative ensures a coordinated approach by the international civil presence operating under Security Council resolution 1244 (1999), including the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), which retains the status of UNMIK's pillar for institution building. The Special Representative also ensures coordination with the head of the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX), which has operational responsibility in the area of rule of law. EULEX is deployed under Security Council resolution 1244 (1999), and operates under the overall authority of the United Nations.

The Mission has its headquarters in Pristina and is supported by field offices in Mitrovicë/Mitrovica and Pejë/Pec. In addition, the UN Office in Belgrade plays an important political and diplomatic role and liaises with political leadership of Serbia.

UNMIK implements its mandate in a status neutral manner and operate under Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).
http://www.unmikonline.org/Pages/about.aspx

Responsibilities

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

•Monitor and report on Women, Peace and Security-related trends and developments in the sub region, including the use of conflict-related sexual violence;
•Support the women’s effective participation and consultation in the design and implementation of UNMIK’s preventive diplomacy, good offices, national dialogue and mediation initiatives;
•Conduct gender-sensitive conflict analysis and help design response strategies to cross-border security threats;
•Promote greater involvement of women in regional peace and security efforts, including by promoting women’s effective participation in political-decision making processes in the region;
•Facilitate the effective gender mainstreaming of initiatives;
•Help identify specific areas for potential research and analysis pertaining to gender mainstreaming;
•Collate, evaluate and provide short- or long-term analysis on developments/events related to armed violence, governance and/or any other specific factor affecting the condition of women in the region, using various sources;
•Foster effective working relationships with other components of the Office, and the Department of Political Affairs’ Gender Advisor, as well as Peace and Development Advisors, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, national military/civilian authorities, international and multilateral organizations, civil society, media and other key stakeholders in the region;
•Represent the Office in meetings, as directed; and
•Perform other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Expertise in the field of gender and Women’s Rights, particularly gender mainstreaming and 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. 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. Provides leadership and 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.

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.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in development studies, social studies in International Relations, Human Rights Law, 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 seven years of progressively responsible experience in social sciences, political affairs, human rights, gender, diplomacy, or a related field is required. Experience of political issues related to Central Africa is desirable. Experience on issues dealing with women, peace and security and the integration of gender perspectives in policy and programme development processes is highly desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations. For this position, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.

Assessment

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

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, 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 or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

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.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the At-a-Glance on "The Application Process" and the Instructional Manual for the Applicants, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The screening and evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: no amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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No Fee

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