Diversity and Inclusion Specialist
Application deadline 7 months ago: Tuesday 12 Apr 2022 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.
Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our human rights work at OHCHR. For OHCHR, reflecting human rights principles, including non-discrimination and gender equality, is not only part of our organizational values, but also core to our organizational mandate.
In 2020 the Deputy High Commissioner established an internal Working Group on Inclusion (WGI) composed of volunteers from across Headquarters and its field presences. The Working Group was established to prepare the Organizational Effectiveness Action Plan (OEAP) on Diversity and Inclusion through an additional focus on race and update the existing components, taking into consideration the existing institutional commitments, Secretary-General’s priorities/strategies and other emerging developments. This new OEAP on Diversity and Inclusion sets out our strategic priorities and commitments over the next two years to ensure a diverse and gender balanced workforce and foster an inclusive culture within OHCHR.
In 2021, OHCHR appointed a Senior Diversity and Inclusion Adviser to lead the implementation of the OEAP and to support the High Commissioner in fulfilling her responsibilities for the achievement of equitable geographic representation and a diverse workforce. This UNV position will directly support the Senior Diversity and Inclusion Adviser and work closely with relevant teams across the Office to enhance OHCHR’s commitment to maintain a diverse and gender-balanced workforce and strengthen accountability mechanisms to ensure progress on implementing our diversity and inclusion objectives.
Under the direct supervision of the Senior Diversity and Inclusion Adviser, the UN Specialist Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Support the development, monitoring, and implementation of OHCHR’s organizational effectiveness action plan on Diversity and Inclusion; • Contribute to the development and implementation of OHCHR strategies, policies, and practices on Diversity and Inclusion; • Research, review, and analyse information related to human rights and diversity and in-clusion; • Review existing policies and practices; and analyse operational data in liaison with in-ternal OHCHR counterparts to feed into the development and integration of diversity and inclusion objectives in new processes and practices; • Strengthen OHCHR field office capacity related to diversity and inclusion through provi-sion of direct technical support and development of appropriate tools, training and ca-pacity-building activities; • Contribute towards OHCHR reporting commitments e.g UN Disability Inclusion Strate-gy, by collecting, analysing and reporting related data; • Contribute to the development of strategic institutional partnerships and joint activities in the field of diversity and inclusion; • Support OHCHR advocacy related to sustainable environmental management; and • Contribute to statements, speeches, and reports by the High Commissioner and other senior staff on the issue of sustainable environmental management; • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders including participating in inter-agency meetings; • Assist with secretariat support for the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion meetings; • Perform other related duties as required.
Results/Expected Outputs: On completion of the assignment, the UNV will be able to: • Draft substantive briefing notes, talking points, and reports on human rights and diver-sity and inclusion; • Develop tools and materials on diversity and inclusion and human rights and carry out capacity-building activities; • Access and analyze data to help identify trends, insights, and gaps to inform strategy; and • Critically assess developments in the area of diversity and inclusion; • Age, Gender, and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated, and documented in all activities throughout the assignment; • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities partici-pated in, and capacities developed.
• Integrity and professionalism • Accountability • Commitment to continuous learning • Planning and organizing • Teamwork and respect for diversity • Communication • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently • Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes soli-darity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.
human rights, diversity and inclusion and/or change management; Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded.
The UN Volunteer will be based in Geneva, Switzerland. Currently, there are no direct threats to UN personnel or assets within the country. It is the incumbent’s responsibility to comply with immigration, customs and health requirements while entering/exiting the country. The incumbent is responsible for finding and securing their own accommodation. Geneva is a cosmopolitan metropolis with modern amenities, cultural attractions, public transportation restaurants, and nightlife.