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:
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.
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.