Senior Gender Advisor
United Nations - Department of Political Affairs
New York, United States
Org. Setting and Reporting
This post is located in the Policy and Mediation Division (PMD), in the Department of Political Affairs (DPA). The incumbent works under the direct supervision and overall guidance of the Director of PMD.
Within delegated authority, the Senior Gender Advisor will be responsible for the following duties:
- Formulates political affairs strategies and provide strategic guidance and advice to DPA's senior leadership, divisions, units, special political missions and UN Good Offices on mainstreaming gender, women, peace and security (WPS) perspectives; develops a vision or direction for work; proposes policy directives and plan of action; identifies emerging WPS issues pertaining to DPA's conflict prevention and resolution mandates; analyses implications and makes recommendations on possible strategies and measures.
- Plans and implements the operational activities related to the gender, WPS work of the DPA, i.e., peacekeeping, disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, conflict prevention and resolution, post-conflict rehabilitation, election administration, political and governance institution-building, civil society support work, etc.; incorporates an integrated approach that includes a rights-based dimension, conflict prevention sensitivity, and a gender, WPS perspective into the policy, planning and operational activities of the Department.
- Plans, coordinates and manages programmes, projects and activities requiring cooperation with other PMD units and more broadly within DPA, interdepartmental and/or interagency involvement and participation.
- Leads the preparation of briefing notes, inputs and talking points for the Secretary-General, Senior Advisers, Under-Secretary-General/Assistant Secretary-Generals and Senior Management.
- Designs initiatives and provide operational support on gender, WPS issues to peace operations and UN Good Offices, including through deploying to the field as needed.
- Provides substantive and technical support to gender- and WPS-related mediation processes.
- Advises on and participates in the negotiation to establish operations and develops gender, WPS and mediation guidelines, terms of reference, operational plans and time frames for new operations.
- Contribute to reporting to intergovernmental bodies concerning the organization of work, budget/programme performance or on programmatic/substantive issues.
- Leads and directs the Gender Unit; plans and allocates work assignments; coaches, mentors, and evaluates staff; participates in the recruitment and selection of new staff and in the development of training programs.
- Manages, coordinates, organizes and supervises research on a variety of gender and mediation as well as women, peace and security issues in a region and or country or major conflict; oversees the management of gender, WPS and mediation knowledge and the development and dissemination of guidance, including through training.
- Represents the Organization at round tables, seminars and conferences.
- Be overall responsible for the programmatic and administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the unit, including personnel management and the preparation and management of the budget and medium-term plan of the unit and matters concerning the Unit; coordinates and oversees work of colleagues and unit.
- Develops and maintains relations with senior government officials and advises them on issues and policies of mutual concern regarding gender and the WPS agenda; oversees the development and management of DPA's gender, WPS-related partnerships with Member States, donors, regional organizations, INGOs, including women's organizations and other relevant actors and networks.
- Performs other related duties as required.
- PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of the work of intergovernmental bodies, the work of the United Nations and its related bodies concerned with political, economic, social and related matters. Demonstrated expertise in successfully integrating a gender perspective into mainstream policies and programmes. Ability to evaluate international political situations in area of assignment. Ability to manage and coordinate many different levels and participants in operations in both the field and UN common system. 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.
- 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 audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
- 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.
- LEADERSHIP: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. 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.
- 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.
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in political science, international relations, international economics, law, public administration, or related 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.
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in political science, international relations, law, disarmament, security, development management, conflict resolution or related area is required. At least five years at the international level dealing with women, peace and security issues is required. Experience in conflict prevention, peacemaking or peacebuilding is required. Experience in advising senior management is required. Experience in managing a team is required. Experience working in support of a mediation process is desirable. Experience working in a field mission or similar operational environment is desirable.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.