Gender Affairs Officer – Mogadisho

  • Full time
  • 2 years ago
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Job Information

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    Posted On Sep 17 ,2019
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Job Level : Officer
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    Job Experience : 7 years

Job Description

Gender Affairs Officer, P4

Closing date: 26 October 2019

Org. Setting and Reporting

The position is located in the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) based in Mogadishu. Under the direct supervision of the Senior Adviser within the Office of the Head of UNSOS, the Gender Affairs Officer will enable the Head of Mission to implement, monitor and report on the strengthening of gender mainstreaming and gender parity in all pillars, sections and units of the mission.


Within delegated authority, the Gender Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: Supports and guides mission implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and the Policy on DPKO/DFS Gender Equality in Peacekeeping Operations. • Supports and guides mission level implementation of the UN system wide Gender Parity strategy. • Assisted by designated gender focal points, supports all mission components with the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes promoting gender sensitive approaches and combating gender- based violence. • Drafts, edits and provides substantive inputs for periodic reports, briefings and speeches on women, peace and security issues. • Supports the delivery of gender training for all levels of civilian and uniformed personnel in the mission. • Conducts substantive research and analysis of gender issues in peacekeeping operations, utilizing analytical monitoring and evaluation processes, including indicators and benchmarks, to ensure measurement of progress in gender mainstreaming in peacekeeping activities. • Collaborates with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes and with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) as appropriate for the promotion of women and girl’s rights. • Represents the Mission on gender related issues when needed. • Establishes working relationships with all mission pillars and sections. • Provides inputs to planning processes, including results-based budgeting (RBB) and reporting. • Provides day-to-day supervision of one staff member. • Provides substantive guidance to, and coordinates the substantive work of the designated mission gender focal points. • Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: Knowledge of the work of the United Nations, expertise in the field of Women Rights, International Human Rights Law, Human Rights, International Relation, together with a thorough understanding of the concepts and practices related to gender equality, particularly gender mainstreaming and programing in conflict settings. Knowledge of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security; Demonstrated drafting, monitoring and reporting skills; ability to adapt to hardship missions and remote locations. Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, formulate options, draw conclusions and make effective recommendations, particularly in relation to addressing the rights and needs of women and girls in post-conflict situations; ability to formulate policy advice, position papers and reports for the attention of senior managers. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to gender issues. 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.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients. Planning and Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently. Communication (please add)


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in development studies, social studies in International Relations, Human Rights Law, Gender Studies, or in a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

At least seven years of progressively responsible policy advice and programme management experience related to the promotion of gender equality particularly with UN or international organizations in conflict or post-conflict settings required. Proven expertise for integrating gender perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes required. Experience working in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is required.


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


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, 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. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

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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