Gender Affairs Officer, P4

Gender Affairs Officer, P4

United Nations -  Executive Office of the Secretary-General

New York, United States

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Secretary General of the United Nations has prioritized gender issues, including gender parity in the UN, gender mainstreaming, greater accountability to gender outcomes in programming of SDGs as well as in peace and security and human rights. Commitments have been made to ensure strong integration of gender messaging in communications and strategic leadership of the system. Crucially, in this first phase of the new SG’s administration, a commitment has been made to ensure strengthened gender equality outcomes in all efforts of reform – including in reforms of the development system, peace and security, management reforms and related efforts on whistleblowers, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, and gender parity. The position will have a key role in supporting organizational change with a view to ensuring that the United Nations as a whole more effectively contributes to gender equality.


Within delegated authority, the Gender Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Reviews and monitors activities with regards to internal reforms and gender parity and externally in relation to SDG 5-related matters; assesses all relevant political trends from a gender perspective, including those with a specific impact on the gender agenda; recommends solutions/possible action by United Nations. Provides support to the system to mainstream gender.
  • Prepares and reviews analytical reports and papers from a gender perspective; drafts notes, background papers, talking points, speeches and other correspondence for senior UN officials.
  • Acts as focal point for collection and analyses of information on gender issues of assignment; tracks trends and priorities; identifies challenges and builds strategic partnerships for meaningful investment in gender equality.
  • Supports women, peace and security and gender-related senior official missions.
  • Meets regularly with operational teams and gender focal points including UN staff, to plan projects and review project activities.
  • Provides up-to-date information to senior officials regarding substantive gender matters and country or regional issues and makes recommendations on actions to take.
  • Maintains contacts with other sectors of the UN, other international organizations and governments on coordination and policy matters; briefs representatives and provides, as appropriate suggestions and recommendations.
  • Participates in conferences, seminars and academic fora related to his/her assigned area of expertise.
  • Carries out, in consultation with the Principal Adviser on Gender and the Senior Advisor on Policy administrative functions on staff planning and budget.
  • Drafts plans for proposed projects and participates in the activities of implementation.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive gender equality role of the UN and of UN interventions on specific areas/themes. Shows ability to produce reports and papers on substantive issues and to coordinate, review and edit the work of others. Shows ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis. Ability to identify issues, formulate opinions, make conclusions and recommendations. 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.

Communication: Excellent drafting skills; 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 as appropriate;

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 Unit’s shortcomings.


An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in gender, development, human rights, political science, international relations or other related social science fields is required. A first-level degree with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree in the specified fields of studies.

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in gender and women’s rights in combination with, human rights, political analysis, peace and security or development is required
  • Substantive and technical experience on gender issues – ideally covering both policy advice and programming
  • Field experience obtained outside the applicant's country of nationality in a transitional, developmental, conflict or post conflict setting is highly desirable
  • Experience preparing reports, background papers, talking points, and correspondences on gender for senior management is required.
  • Experience working with the UN system is an asset


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

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