Job Opening

Posting Title: Gender Affairs Officer, P4
Department/Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 24 January 2018 - 09 March 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-DPKO-90069-R-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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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•Establishes 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.

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. 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.

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 gender and women’s rights, development studies, social science or related humanities field, international relations, human rights, law, gender studies, or 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 policy development or advice, or programme management related to promotion of gender equality and operational 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 and implementing the women, peace and security agenda 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 a competency-based interview.

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 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.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

Applicants from troop and police contributing countries who are found most suitable and recommended for selection will be given due consideration for positions in a peacekeeping operation or Headquarters support account funded positions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and the Department of Field Support, taking into account their contribution to United Nations peacekeeping, in accordance with General Assembly resolutions 66/265 and 67/287.

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. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

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 Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The 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 according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. 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 reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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