Gender Coordinator

UN Department of Safety and Security
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Sep 28

Position description

• Appointment or assignment against this position is subject to availability and approval of funding. 
• The duration of need for this temporary job opening is through 31 December 2017, with possibility of extension. 
• Subject to the funding source of the position and the urgency to fill this role, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade. However, a current staff member who holds an appointment at the G-6 or G-7 level may also apply to temporary positions in the Professional category up to and including the P-3 level, subject to meeting all eligibility and other requirements for the position. A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions, and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.
• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.
• 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.
• Subject to the funding source of the position, this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.
• 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. An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.
• The expression “Internal candidates”, shall mean staff members who have been recruited after a competitive examination under staff rule 4.16 or after the advice of a central review body under staff rule 4.15.
• Please note that candidates will be required to meet the requirements of Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter as well as the requirements of the position. The United Nations is committed to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity for all its human resources, including but not limited to respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to whether they have committed, or are alleged to have committed criminal offences and/or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
• For information on special post allowance, please refer to ST/AI/1999/17. For more details on the administration of temporary appointments please refer to ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1.
• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuances governing staff appointments can be viewed at:
• 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.
• Staff members are not eligible to apply for the current temporary job opening if they are unable to serve the specified duration of temporary need before reaching the mandatory age of separation. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

Org. Setting and Reporting

The Department of Safety and Security (DSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the security programmes and activities of the United Nations System. This position is located in the Office of the Under-Secretary General for the Department of Safety and Security. The incumbent will report to the Assistant Secretary-General.


The Gender Coordinator’s primary aim is to ensure the implementation of the UNDSS Gender Strategy in line with the forthcoming system-wide Gender Parity Strategy, including the development and implementation of the UNDSS Parity Plan. Beyond the implementation of the Strategy, the Coordinator will maintain the gender mainstreaming and equality outcomes accomplished in the establishment of the departmental Strategy. Accordingly, within delegated authority the Gender Coordinator will be responsible for the following duties:

1. Implementation of Gender Strategy: 
Revises and updates the UNDSS Gender Strategy in line with the forthcoming Gender Parity Strategy; Develops the UNDSS Parity Plan, based on the forthcoming Gender Parity Strategy and related parity targets and benchmarks, and rolls out implementation of the Parity Plan; Initiates and conducts outreach in support of the Parity Plan; Coordinates, reviews and provides updates on the progress of the Implementation Strategy to the Gender Coordination Team and Gender Steering Group; assists the Communications Officer in the production, review and response to staff surveys on Gender-related issues; provides support to the Executive Office in regards to the policy on work/life balance in UNDSS, statement on the Secretary-General’s Bulletin on the Prohibition of Discrimination, Harassment and Abuse of Authority, and tasking related to gender parity; participates in the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN) Working Group on Gender Inclusion in the United Nations Security Management System (UNSMS), in particular acting as liaison between the Gender Coordination Team and Gender Steering Group and the IASMN Working Group; and provides support to the UNDSS Training and Development Section in regards to Gender mainstreaming of training programs, with consideration of input from the IASMN Working Group. Identifies and, where necessary, develops, additional Gender-related training for UNDSS staff and rolls-out training courses, brown bag lunches, and related events in furtherance of the UNDSS Gender Strategy.  

2. Supports the Assistant Secretary-General, including: 
Provides ad-hoc support to the Assistant Secretary-General, including preparation of presentations, updates or advice on matters relating to Gender and the UNDSS Gender Strategy, as required; initiates meetings to advance implementation of the Gender Strategy. At the request of the Under-Secretary-General or Assistant Secretary-General, the Gender Coordinator represents the Department on Gender-related matters within the UN system, as required.

3. UN-SWAP Reporting: 
Coordinates, drafts and submits to the OUSG for review, UNDSS input to the UN System-Wide Action Plan on Gender (UN-SWAP); liaises and provides feedback to the relevant focal points in UN Women on UN-SWAP, as appropriate; and attends UN-SWAP meetings on behalf of UNDSS.

4. Gender Focal Point Team (GFPT) and Gender Field Reference Group (GFRG): 
Leads, coordinates and supports the GFPT and GFRG; and holds regular meetings and communications with the GFPT and GFRG.

5. Secretariat Services: 
Supports OUSG in the organization, coordination, agenda and minutes for regular Gender Coordination Team and Gender Steering Group Meetings; and Provides regular background, reference or update documents to the ASG, the Gender Coordination Team and Steering Group, as appropriate.

6. Performs other duties as required.


• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to gender equality and parity as well as organizational change. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. Ability to interact well with others, apply judgment in the context of assignments given, take initiative, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning and monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary, 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. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
• 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.
• Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in business administration, public administration, international relations, human resources management, social sciences, gender studies or a 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.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in policy, advisory and programme management experience related to the promotion of gender equality. A minimum of 2 years experience working on gender-related projects within the United Nations or similar International Organizations or public sector at an International level is desirable. Experience in project implementation and developing change campaigns for large organizations is desirable. Experience in organizational development, learning and career development, outreach and recruitment, policy development or related fields with a gender parity focus is desirable. Experience working with a field mission environment is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of other UN official languages is an advantage.


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

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, including but not limited to, respect for international human rights and humanitarian law. Candidates may be subject to screening against these standards, including but not limited to, whether they have committed or are alleged to have committed criminal offences or violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law. 

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.

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The screening and 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, including but not limited to, their education, work experience, and language skills, according to the instructions provided on inspira. Applicants will be disqualified from consideration if they do not demonstrate in their application that they meet the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations. Applicants are solely responsible for providing complete and accurate information at the time of application: 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 a reference-checking process to verify the information provided in the application.

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