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This is a P-5 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 10 years of experience, depending on education.


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Org. Setting and Reporting This position is located in the Office of the Deputy Executive Secretary (DES) of the Economic Commission for Europe, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

The incumbent acts as gender focal point for ECE, and promotes the implementation of the 2030 Agenda SDG agenda, in particular of SDG 5. The incumbent is the focal point for matters related to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse. The incumbent advises the Executive Secretary and the Deputy Executive Secretary, and works closely with the Sustainable Development Unit and the 8 subprogrammes of ECE on a broad range of strategic issues pertaining to social issues, such as gender mainstreaming in the programme of work, Leave No One Behind, and other key elements of the Agenda 2030. The incumbent will act as ECE focal point for the implementation of the UN Secretary-General’s Common Agenda and other key processes of direct relevance to the organization-wide elements of the ECE mandate. As the Gender Focal Point, the incumbent will support the advancement of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in the region, and organise ECE contributions and activities for the preparation and review of UN gender-related and other relevant events at regional and global levels.

This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2022, with possibility of extension. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

Responsibilities Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary (ES), and the direct supervision and direction of the Deputy Executive Secretary (DES), the incumbent is responsible for:

1. Promoting and monitoring gender mainstreaming in the ECE programme of work by: - Regularly updating and following up on the implementation of the UNECE Policy for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and the related UNECE Gender Action Plan in cooperation with divisional gender focal points and providing guidance and advice to the ECE divisions. - Providing the annual UNECE report for the UN-SWAP (System Wide Action Plan for the Achievement of Gender Parity) reporting cycle in cooperation with the divisional gender focal points and participating in SWAP related meetings of UN Women. - Assessing UNECE technical cooperation projects through the gender dimension and the incorporation of the gender perspective and providing recommendations. - Preparing briefing notes and talking points for the Executive Secretary and other senior officials on gender issues and contributing to ECE participation in the International Gender Champion’s initiative.

2. Supporting the advancement of gender equality and women’s economic empowerment in the ECE region by: - Organizing and contributing to capacity-building activities for women’s economic empowerment in Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, in close cooperation with ECE member States, the Regional Office of UN Women for Europe and Central Asia and other stakeholders, including in the context of the region’s priorities to recover better from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the other crises in the region. - Strengthening cooperation among SPECA countries and key UN entities in the achievement of SDG 5 and other SDGs.

3. Additional duties: - Advising the ES and DES on the implementation of the UN Secretary-General's “Our Common Agenda” and other key processes, as part of ECE’s broader contribution to the Agenda 2030. - Providing regional inputs, including through the organisation of ECE regional meetings, to gender-related and other relevant UN global conferences and events in cooperation with the regional UN system, other regional concerned organisations and stakeholders; - Participating and contributing to the work of the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE), the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the Issue-Based Coalition on Gender in Europe and Central Asia and other relevant fora. - Providing support to staff, and acting as focal point to receive reports on cases of sexual exploitation and abuse as per ST/SGB/2003/13. - Developing, updating, monitoring and implementing the UNECE Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) annual action plan and related activities.

Competencies Professionalism: Ability to advise senior management and other senior officials of approaches and techniques to address highly complex/sensitive issues. Recognized expert in the field of gender mainstreaming/advocacy with demonstrated capacity for intellectual leadership. Ability to thoroughly analyse and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of socio-economic issues. Ability to demonstrate original and creative thinking. Ability to use independent judgment and discretion in advising on and handling major policy, project and other issues/problems. Strong negotiating skills and ability to influence others to reach agreement on difficult issues. 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. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

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.

Planning and 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.

Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments. Takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and those of the work unit, where applicable.

Education An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in economics, sociology, gender studies, law, or a related field is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience A minimum of 10 years relevant work experience in economic, political, social affairs or a related area is required.

Experience in preparing briefing notes, talking points, and speeches for senior level officials is required.

At least three years' experience in gender advocacy, gender mainstreaming, gender policy analysis, or a related area is desirable.

At least five years' experience in an international organisation or similar is desirable.

Experience in the implementation or monitoring of prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse policies is desirable.

Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat; and Russian is a working language of ECE. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required; and knowledge of Russian and French are desirable.

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

Special Notice At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

  • This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2022, with possibility of extension. 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.

  • 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.

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.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

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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