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This is a NO-2 contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. More about NO-2 contracts.

Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in Gender Affairs Unit, United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS), Bentiu Field Office. The incumbent will report to the Head of Field Office in Bentiu and to the Chief of Gender Affairs Unit/Senior Gender Advisor.

Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the Associate Gender Affairs Officer at the NOB level will be responsible for the following duties: •Assist the Gender Affairs Officer in the design and implementation of a mission-wide action plan, as appropriate, to translate existing policies and mandates on the promotion of gender equality in activities of the peacekeeping mission and support the delivery of appropriate training for different levels of personnel where required, to facilitate implementation of the plan. •Carry out research on selected aspects gender equality issues including collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources to assist in the preparation of advice which may be provided by the Section/Unit to the management team, as a contribution towards the efforts of mainstreaming gender equality concerns into the mission mandate, or in preparation for other outputs of the office, such as outreach programmes for training of national police, armed forces and their larger populations to build and expand capacity for gender analysis and the design of gender-sensitive policies and programmes. Participate in and draft substantive contributions to the work of established inter-agency coordination mechanisms for gender mainstreaming and partnership efforts with UN agencies that have complementary mandates for the promotion of women and girl's rights. •Contribute to the support, liaison and partnerships with civil society organizations and women groups enduring that all information and outreach activities of the Mission reach and involve women as well as men. •Undertake additional outreach activity in assigned areas, providing presentations and other inputs (e.g. articles, publications), and attending professional and NGO meetings. •Assist Gender Affairs Officers with consultation as necessary with counterparts in the Office of the DPKO Gender Advisor at UN Headquarters and with the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender issues and the Advancement of Women in the UN Secretariat; contribute to the implementation of reporting obligations, documentation of good practices, the preparation of policy papers and related submissions for senior mission leaders and DPKO. •Conduct fact finding to assist senior officers in the Section/Unit in monitoring resources, preparing or reporting on budgets and identifying resource specific technical/management problems. •Perform other duties, as assigned.

Competencies •Professionalism: Working knowledge of the United Nations; expertise in the field of International Human Rights Law, Gender affairs, Human Rights, and/or International Affairs; knowledge of gender mainstreaming and in-depth understanding of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security; conceptual and strategic analytical capacity and ability to analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of gender-related issues; ability to advise civilian and uniformed personnel on implementing and integrating existing policies; ability to remain composed while working in stressful situations. 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; •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 team shortcomings. •Planning& 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.

Education An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, international relations, social studies, gender studies, or related area. 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 Two years of progressively responsible experience in policy development and/or programme implementation related to gender equality and/or women's rights is required. Prior experience with United Nations agencies is desirable.

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in English (oral and written) is required; knowledge of Arabic language is desirable.

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

Special Notice Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.

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.

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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.

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