Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary, the Chief of the Gender Affairs Division will be responsible for the following duties:
- Formulates and implements the substantive work programme of the Branch/Service/Division under his/her supervision. Oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Branch/Service/Division, ensures that programmed activities are carried out in a timely fashion and co-ordinates work in the different areas both within the Division and Department, and with other organizations of the United Nations System, as appropriate.
- Prepares, leads, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Division and is responsible and accountable for the efficient use of the human and financial resources made available by the organization for that purpose. Co-ordinates the work carried out by different work units under the Division and with other agencies and bodies of the United Nations system;
- Co-ordinates and oversees the preparation of eeports to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.
- Directs and coordinates the provision of technical secretarial services to ECLAC Member States on women issues, and in particular to policy-making organs such as the Regional Conference on Women in LAC and the meetings of the Presiding Officers.
- Acts as the UN regional focal point on women issues and coordinates technical assistance, training activities and the service of meetings geared to the needs of national women's bureaus, and to governmental and non-governmental organizations involved in gender issues.
- Elaborates, supervises and monitors regional substantive activities involving research studies, institutional diagnosis, evaluations involved in gender issues and field projects related to the integration of women in development
- Ensures that the outputs produced by the Division maintain high-quality standards and comply with relevant mandates; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data.
- Undertakes or oversees the programmatic/administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Division, including preparation of budgets, reporting on budget/programme performance, evaluation of staff performance, interviews of candidates for job openings, evaluation of candidates and preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting. Recruits staff, taking due account of geographical balance.
- Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.
- Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Branch/Service/Division and across organizational boundaries.
- Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic/substantive expertise on an issue, or holds programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.
- Represents ECLAC at international, regional or national meetings on gender issues and at United Nations interagency meetings.
- Professionalism: Knowledge of the substantive field of work in general and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations. 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in social sciences or related area is required. A PhD degree is desirable. 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 fifteen years of relevant professional experience on gender issues in the context of development is required. Experience in research of gender issues, as reflected by a record of relevant publications, is required. At least 5 years of experience in the coordination of programme/project activities related to women’s issues at the national, regional or international levels is desirable. Experience in gender mainstreaming in the context of social development programmes/projects is desirable. Experience in the formulation of development policy, as evidenced by legislative initiatives and/or public records, is desirable. Experience providing technical assistance to governments on issues related with development is desirable. Experience working on gender issues in Latin America and the Caribbean region is desirable. Experience working with an international organization, such as the United Nations, is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in Spanish and English is required. Knowledge of Portuguese is desirable.
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