Gender Programme Officer

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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.

The UNDP office in Bosnia and Herzegovina’s programme of work, as described in the Country Programme Document 2021-2025, is fully aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework in Bosnia and Herzegovina, signed with BIH authorities in 2021. It is also supporting the SDG Framework of the country, approved in April 2021. The roll-out of the SDGs and accelerated progress in selected priority areas is the paramount priority for the UNDP as part of the UNCT in BIH. One of the key dimensions of work is gender equality and empowerment of women; in BIH the gender gap and inequality between men and women is still significant, as confirmed by the female Human Development Index value for BIH (0.753,in contrast to 0.803 for males) and the Gender Development Index at 0.937. UNDP aims to address gender dimensions throughout its programme and also through dedicated interventions focused on gender issues.

UNDP BIH has also embarked on a process of internal organizational certification on advancing gender equality in all areas of work (the Gender Seal). The baseline assessment is completed in February 2022, and UNDP BIH will have to implement a plan of action over the next 12 months. The actions area wide-range, covering 7 areas of work both internal to the organization and in programmes and projects with partners and beneficiaries.

The UN Volunteer is expected to work closely on implementation of the CO Gender Equality Strategy and Action Plan and Gender Seal Improvement Plan, as well as work on development of new programme interventions and on strengthening gender dimensions in existing programme.

Under the direct supervision of the Gender Advisor/Gender Seal Focal Point and overall supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Ensures effective contributions to the Country Office (CO) programme from a gender perspective, fo-cused on support to quality assurance of the full cycle of programming from formulation to implementation • Supports through concrete assigned actions and tasks the implementation of the UNDP CO gender equality strategy and action plan • Analyses and interprets gender issues and data through research and preparation of quality analysis and reports • Provides inputs on possible areas for UNDP support and adjustment of the on-going programme to ensure that it complements national policies and priorities on gender mainstreaming and gender equality • Supports the development of gender indicators, baselines and targets, as well as collects gender disaggregated results • Supports the design and formulation of CO projects from the gender mainstreaming perspective • Reviews donor reports and ensures gender mainstreaming is clearly indicated and strengthened with data • Proactively explores opportunities for new gender focused projects also considering complementarity with gender components of ongoing programme • Undertakes desk review on emerging development concerns that will feed into the dialogue with government, development partners and UN Bosnia and Herzegovina Team • Identifies, collects and promotes good practices and lessons learned related to gender equality and women’s empowerment • Drafts communications pieces, news, blogs, speeches, presentations related to gen-der equality and women’s empowerment • Performs other relevant duties assigned by the Gender Advisor/Gender Seal Focal Point and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative within the scope of assignment.

☒ Accountability ☒ Adaptability and Flexibility ☒ Building Trust ☒ Client Orientation ☒ Commitment and Motivation ☒ Commitment to Continuous Learning ☒ Communication ☒ Creativity ☒ Ethics and Values ☒ Integrity ☒ Planning and Organizing ☒ Professionalism ☒ Respect for Diversity ☒ Self-Management ☒ Working in Teams

gender-related areas, including specific skills in research, project support, advocacy or related fields
• Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a 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; and of-fice technology equipment • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines
• Previous experience as a volunteer at local, national or international levels a distinct advantage.

Sarajevo is the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and the largest urban center with an estimated population of 370.000. The city is situated along the Miljacka river and surrounded by the Dinaric Alps. The city is famous for its traditional religious diversity, with adherents of Islam, Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and Judaism coexisting there for centuries. There are no administrative or other restrictions, apart from visa (exceptions possible), on international staff members’ travelling in/within/from the country and in the past two years restrictions imposed by Covid-19 pandemic.

In general, regular medical facilities are available, with two main hospitals and a significant number of small private clinics. General sanitary and hygiene conditions are adequate. Good local banking facilities are available (use of credit cards, ATMs).

Communication services (domestic and international) are available on a regular basis. Availability of food, furnishings and other necessities is adequate (various grocery stores and markets with fresh food products, shopping centers, etc).

Public transportation is available (tram, bus, trolleybus, taxi). International airport is 20 minutes drive from the UN building in Sarajevo. Public water supply, electricity and sewerage system are in place.

Sarajevo offers numerous cultural events open also for international population. The most famous ones are Sarajevo Film Festival, MESS (international theatre festival), Jazz Festival, Sarajevo Winter, Bascarsija’s Nights in summer time, Novi Grad’s Days, Agro-food, International Book Fair, etc.

There are number of galleries and museums, sports facilities open for public use and annual international sports competitions.

There are several Cinema multiplex that regularly offers a rich repertoire of latest films, both blockbusters and masterpieces of independent cinema.

The UN designated state of alert for Bosnia and Herzegovina is Security Level 1 which is minimal and lowest security level in the Security Level System for the entire country, including the capital of Sarajevo.

The situation in BiH is generally quiet; all international agencies consider threats to their staff to be low at this time. However, BiH has the same problems as much of Europe, from pickpockets to traffic accidents, so all staff must exercise appropriate personal security awareness and common sense. Bosnia and Herzegovina is still the country with the largest mine contamination problem. Staff are advised not to deviate from well-travelled routes while in the country. See

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