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Posting Title: Senior Gender Affairs Officer, P5
Job Code Title: SENIOR GENDER AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office: FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station: BAMAKO
Posting Period: 17 February 2017 - 18 March 2017
Job Opening Number: 17-Political Affairs-FMADPKO-70307-R-Bamako (M)
Staffing Exercise SE5(POLNET 2017 Semi-Annual 1)
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Assessment Period

STANDARD PRE-SELECTION TEST SCHEDULED for 1-3 April 2017.
Screened-in applicants will be invited by email to take the Standard Pre-selection Test (SPT); please ensure that your primary email address in Inspira is correct as this will be used for the invitation. No communications will be sent to your secondary email address.
Information on the SPT will also be available on your "My Upcoming Test Schedule" page in Inspira. The SPT will take place between 10:00 a.m. on 1st April to 9:59 a.m. on 3rd April 2017 (EST, New York time). Applicants must complete the test during this 48-hour testing window in order to remain under consideration.

All applicants should regularly check the United Nations HR Portal at https://hr.un.org/page/assessment or their "My Upcoming Test Schedule" page in Inspira for any updates/changes after the closing of this job opening, particularly during the week before the scheduled testing dates.

Please note that applicants who apply as rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and accordingly, will not be invited to participate in the SPT or any other assessments (including any written exam, interview, etc.) throughout the selection process. For more information about the assessment process, please visit the United Nations HR Portal.

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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.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) or geographical requirements as set out in ST/AI/2016/1 to be eligible to apply for this job opening. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Gender Affairs Section of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) in Bamako is classified as a C hardship duty station and a non-family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG-Political).

Mandate
The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) was established by Security Council resolution 2100 of 25 April 2013 to support political processes in that country and carry out a number of security-related tasks. By unanimously adopting resolution 2227 of 25 June 2015, the Council further decided that the Mission should focus on duties, such as ensuring security, stabilization and protection of civilians; supporting good offices, national political dialogue and reconciliation; and assisting in the implementation of the Peace Agreement the reestablishment of State authority, the rebuilding of the security sector, and the promotion and protection of human rights in that country. For more information on the mission mandate visit http://www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/minusma/

Responsibilities

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

• Provides strategic advice in the planning, programming, operational and decision-making processes and mechanisms at all levels of the mission, for the integration of gender perspectives on the same, and to ensure that Gender Equality and Women, Peace and Security issues are adequately addressed in mission mandate implementation.
• Ensures the integration of a gender perspective in the work of all substantive and support components of the mission by facilitating, supporting, guiding and monitoring the implementation of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations/Department of Field Support (DPKO/DFS) Policy on Gender Equality in Peacekeeping Operations and the United Nations Security Council resolutions on Women, Peace and Security Provides senior management with analysis and guidance on ensuring effective implementation of existing mandates and policies for the promotion of gender equality, women's rights, protection from and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence, including conflict-related sexual violence, in all mandated mission tasks.
• Oversees the development of a mission-wide action plan to translate existing mandates and policies on the promotion of gender equality in all civilian and uniformed activities in peace operations.
• Establishes and oversee mechanisms for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on gender mainstreaming in mission activities.
• Coordinates and collaborates with the Mission Senior Women Protection Adviser and supports the work of CRSV/SGBV in accordance with comprehensive strategies to combat CRSV where is applies.
• Supports Mission leadership to engage with relevant international regional and national actors on the participation and inclusion of women in all phases of post conflict governance and peacekeeping/peacebuilding programmes.
• Oversees the work of the gender team, the inputs of the Task Force members and all outputs related to gender from the Mission.
• Represents the Mission on women peace and security issues where needed.
• Performs any other duties as required.

Competencies

Professionalism: Knowledge of the work of the United Nations in West Africa. Expertise in the field of International Development, Human Rights, Gender Affairs/Women's Rights. Knowledge of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and the DPKO/DFS Policy on Gender in Peacekeeping Operations; Familiarity with the military and police roles in peacekeeping operations; Ability to advise senior management and other senior officials on gender equality, and women's and girls’ rights in the context of the UN Security Council resolutions on Women, Peace and Security. Conceptual and strategic ability to analyse and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of gender-related issues, including sexual violence. Strong interpersonal skills; ability to conduct high-level discussions and negotiations in a productive manner. Ability to prepare succinct, analytical reports. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment. 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.

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow; empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvement, does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

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 creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

Education

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in international relations, human rights law, social science or related field. 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 ten years of progressively responsible experience in policy, advisory and programme management preferably is required, preferably related to the promotion of gender equality. Experience in integrating gender perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes is required. Experience advising senior management is required. Experience managing a team is required. Experience working on conflict or post-conflict issues is desirable.

Languages

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

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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