Assistant for Gender Equality and Empowerment

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This is a UNV International Youth contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Youth contracts.

The actions of the UNESCO Office for the Caribbean are framed within the United Nations Multi-Country Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UN MSDCF) for the Caribbean. In particular in the field of youth engagement, UNESCO supports the implementation of the MSDCF through interconnected interventions addressing inequalities, encouraging youth empowerment, and building socio-environmental resilience in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Gender equality is a global priority for UNESCO. UNESCO believes that all forms of discrimination based on gender are violations of human rights, as well as a significant barrier to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In this regard, women and men must enjoy equal opportunities, choices, capabilities, power and knowledge as equal citizens. Equipping girls and boys, women and men with the knowledge, values, attitudes, and skills to tackle gender disparities is a precondition to building a sustainable future for all. Being the UN System’s specialized agency on Education, the Sciences and Humanities, Culture, Communication and Information, UNESCO leverages knowhow in all areas of its mandate and brings extensive expertise in working to advance gender equality.

UNESCO in the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean works to equip stakeholders with the capacities, tools and resources to produce and make meaningful use of policy-relevant, whole-of-society and human-rights-based social and human scientific research and knowledge, thus promoting resilient, inclusive and peaceful societies. UNESCO actions are anchored in Agenda 2030’s principle of leaving no one behind. In this regard, this UNV assignment contributes UNESCO’s gender-focused programming in the Caribbean.

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist for Social and Human Sciences, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

• Contribute to the organization of capacity development actions such as workshops, trainings and webinars on gender equality with different stakeholders including youth. • Contribute to strengthening UNESCO’s network of gender experts by liaising with stakeholders from public and private sectors, NGOs, universities, and civil society organizations. • Contribute to expanding UNESCO’s positioning on gender equality in UN coordination mechanisms, including reporting. • Support the Office Gender Focal Point in project proposal development by conducting background research. • Contribute to strengthening intersectoral actions with an emphasis on mainstreaming gender equality. • Support with the elaboration of knowledge products, documenting success stories, lessons learned and best practices including drafting news items and human-interest stories, linked to gender equality, women’s empowerment, and gender norms. • Provide inputs for the preparation of reports, briefings, presentations, and talking points, including Office-wide reporting documents. • Conduct additional tasks pertaining to enhance gender equality in the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean, as required.

☒ Accountability ☒ Adaptability and Flexibility ☒ Commitment to Continuous Learning ☒ Respect for Diversity ☒ Self-Management ☒ Knowledge Sharing

specific fields required. However, demonstrated interest in gender equality, gender empowerment and gender issues is required. • Knowledge of development agenda of Small Island Developing States and related international processes. • Excellent oral and written skills including conducting research and drafting documents. • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a multi-skilled and multicultural team of international and national personnel. • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management. • Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded.

The incumbent will be based at the UNESCO Office for the Caribbean in Kingston, Jamaica. Kingston is designated a Hardship Category “A” duty station. No special precautions or conditions apply to staff members locating to this duty station.

Jamaica is a Caribbean country with a total population of approximately 2.9 million inhabitants and Kingston is its capital city. Living conditions are relatively good depending on the location. There is a good supply of water and electricity supply island wide. Housing conditions are of varying quality depending on the area. Travelers to Jamaica are advised to take normal security precautions required in larger cities and will receive a security briefing upon arrival to note areas to avoid.

Specific UN Volunteer entitlements, including insurance coverage, Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) and Deployment / Repatriation lump sums, among others, are available at

Note: International Volunteers in Jamaica are entitled to an additional Well-being Differential allowance.

The complete UN Volunteer Conditions of Service is available at

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