Job Opening

Posting Title: Gender Affairs Officer, P3
Department/Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 17 August 2018 - 30 September 2018
Job Opening Number: 18-Political Affairs-DPKO-96976-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 Strategic Policy and Development Section of the Police Division in the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI), Department of Peacekeeping Operations. The Incumbent reports directly to the chief of the section.

The overall objectives of the Police Division are to effectively direct police components in peacekeeping operations and special political missions; to strengthen the strategic direction, planning, and management of police components in peacekeeping operations; and, to work towards a shared understanding among all stakeholders on the future direction of police peacekeeping. Additional information available in shtml

Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) was established in 2007 to strengthen the links and coordinate the Department’s activities in the areas of police, justice and corrections, mine action and weapons/ammunition management, the disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants and security sector reform. (


Within delegated authority, the Gender Affairs Officer will:

• Provide support to the Police Division of DPKO and to police components in field missions with regard to gender mainstreaming and operational issues;
• Support and guide the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security as well as the DPKO/DFS policy directive on gender equality in peacekeeping and the guidelines for gender advisers, and the Police Division gender strategy and action plan of 2016;
• Implement the police and law enforcement-specific activities and the police gender-related actions resulting from the recent peacekeeping strategic reviews and the United Nations Chiefs of Police Summits, which placed particular emphasis on efforts with respect to gender-sensitive policing and gender balance;
• Enhance analysis and planning, strengthen legislative reporting, reinforce partnerships and cooperation with regional organizations, work on strategic police guidance and generation, and improve leadership and accountability in the areas of police/gender activities;
• Engage actively in provision of a wide range of trainings in relation to gender mainstreaming in support of police components in the field;
• Work in close collaboration and coordination with other components of the Police Division (Mission Management and Support Section and Selection and Recruitment Section); and
• Engage in data management and updating police gender related statistics by utilizing available technology tools.


Professionalism: Demonstrated ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, present conclusions and offer recommendations. Knowledge of international relations, international human rights law, or other related areas, particularly in conflict or post-conflict settings. Knowledge in the areas of gender and peacekeeping. 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;takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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’ idea and expertise; demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds. Is willing to learn from others and shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings


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 five years of progressively responsible experience in gender policy development is required. Experience in the promotion of gender equality and gender mainstreaming is required. Experience in integrating gender perspectives into policies or programmes in conflict or post-conflict contexts are required. Experience working with the United Nations or similar international organizations is desirable.Experience working in a police or law enforcement institution implementing gender strategies 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 a second official UN language is an advantage.


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

Special Notice

This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. The appointment or assignment and renewal thereof are subject to the availability of the post or funds, budgetary approval or extension of the mandate.

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.

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.

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