SENIOR GENDER AFFAIRS OFFICER
Application deadline 3 months ago: Thursday 3 Dec 2020
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Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the Gender Affairs Unit within the Office of the Chief of Staff of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya. The position is based in Tripoli, Libya (Tripoli is classified as a Hardship "E" duty station and a non-family duty station). The incumbent will be under the overall supervision of the Chief of Staff.
With the mandate as renewed in SC resolution 2542 of 15 September 2020, The Security Council has tasked UNSMIL, as an integrated special political mission, in full accordance with the principles of national ownership, to exercise mediation and through its good offices to: (i) further an inclusive political process and security and economic dialogue; (ii) further the continued implementation of the Libya Political Agreement; (iii) help consolidate the governance, security and economic arrangements of the Government of National Accord, including support for economic reform in collaboration with international financial institutions; (iv) help to achieve a ceasefire and, once it is agreed by the Libyan parties, provide appropriate support to its implementation; (v) support subsequent phases of the Libyan transition process, including the constitutional process and the organisation of elections; (vi) coordinate and engage closely with international actors including neighboring countries and regional organisations; (vii) provide support to key Libyan institutions; (viii) support, on request, the provision of essential services and delivery of humanitarian assistance, including in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with humanitarian principles; (ix) monitor and report abuses and violations of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, including sexual violence in conflict, notably through the effective deployment of women and child protection advisers; (x) provide support in securing uncontrolled arms and related materiel and countering their proliferation; and (xi) co-ordinate international assistance, and provision of advice and assistance to GNA-led efforts to stabilise post-conflict zones, including those liberated from Da’esh.
Responsibilities Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:
- Provides advice to the HoE and senior management on women, peace and security issues and mainstreaming a gender perspective into the tasks of the Mission.
- Provides senior management with analysis and guidance on ensuring effective implementation of Women Peace and Security mandates and Departmental policies on gender equality.
- Supports and assists senior management to meet their accountability goals on gender equality in line with the Security Council mandates on women peace and security articulated in the mission’s strategy.
- Oversees the development of a mission-wide action plan to translate existing mandates and policies on the promotion of gender equality in all political actions and plans.
- Establishes and oversee mechanisms for monitoring, evaluating and reporting on gender mainstreaming in mission activities.
- Coordinates and collaborates with the Mission Senior Women Protection Adviser/Officer or Focal Point and supports the work of Conflict-related Sexual Violence (CRSV)/Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in accordance with comprehensive strategies to combat CRSV where is applies.
- Supports Mission leadership to engage with relevant international regional and national actors on the participation and inclusion of women in all phases of post conflict governance and peacekeeping/peace building programmes.
- Supports women’s participation in collaboration with UN agencies and Human Rights Division in the fight against violent extremism.
- Contributes to all mission planning and strategic developmental processes especially inputs related to results-based budgeting and reporting.
- Ensures liaison and coordination with partners, internal and external as related to gender equality
- Drafts, edits all final reporting and written materials from the Gender Team and reports regularly to HQ on gender activities; provides inputs to the Secretary-General’s reports on Women, Peace and Security
- Oversees the work of the gender team, the inputs of the Task Force members and all outputs related to gender from the Mission.
- Represents the Mission on women peace and security issues where needed.
- Contributes to the effective functioning of established coordination mechanism for gender mainstreaming and the advancement of women's rights in country.
- In collaboration with Mission and UNCT partners, advises and technically supports national authorities, civil society organizations and human rights machineries on advancing the Women, Peace and Security agenda.
Performs any other duties, as required
Competencies Professionalism: Demonstrated knowledge of and exposure to women/gender rights issues including approaches and techniques to address and advise on gender mainstreaming in political and dialogue processes and complex, sensitive negotiations and development programmes; Full familiarity with institutional mandates on gender rights, prevailing policies and procedures, including UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security; Ability to advise senior management and other senior officials on gender equality and women's and girls’ rights in the context of the UN Security Council resolutions on Women, Peace and Security; Strong interpersonal skills; ability to conduct high-level discussions and negotiations in a productive manner; Ability to evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of gender-related issues, including sexual violence, and prepare succinct, analytical reports; Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment; Shows pride in work and in achievements; 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.
Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
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 client.
Managerial Competencies Vision: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.
Judgement/ Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.
Education Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in international relations, human rights law, social science or related humanities field. 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 A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible policy, advisory and programme management experience at the national and international levels related to the promotion of gender equality, including at least five years at the international level, particularly with international organisations in conflict or post-conflict settings, is required. Demonstrated expertise in successfully integrating gender perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes is required. Experience advising senior management is required. Experience working in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization, is required. Experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable. Experience managing a team is desirable.
Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required and fluency in Arabic is desirable.
Assessment Evaluation of qualified candidates may include a written assessment and an interview.
Special Notice - This position is temporarily available for a period of 364 days. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.
While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
Due to the ongoing temporary suspension of hiring for regular positions in the UN Secretariat, this Job Opening is posted to advance the hiring process, but no hiring will be made until after the suspension is lifted.
Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.
Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.
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.
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