Gender in Humanitarian Action Officer

UN Women
  • Location
    Yangon, Myanmar
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 04

Position description

UN Women is seeking a Gender in Humanitarian Action/DRR Specialist to support the efforts of the Myanmar Country Office to promote gender equality and empowerment of women in humanitarian action and across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus.

Reporting to the Country Representative in Myanmar, Gender in Humanitarian Action Officer will lead the country office’s work on Gender in Humanitarian Action/DRR by overseeing the design and formulation of Humanitarian/DRR and nexus programming, supporting the implementation and management of programmes, providing capacity building to partners, establishing and strengthening partnerships, supporting resource mobilization, supporting inter-agency coordination and managing advocacy, communication and knowledge management.

Duties and Responsibilities

Design and develop programme strategies on Gender in Humanitarian Action/DRR

  • Design and formulate programme/project proposals and initiatives on Gender in Humanitarian Action/DRR and nexus programming;
  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to Humanitarian Action/DRR and nexus programming;
  • Provide technical inputs to programme proposals from other program teams within the country office.

Manage the implementation and management of the humanitarian/DRR program

  • Finalize the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation;
  • Manage the technical implementation of the programme/project; ensure synergies with other teams;
  • Manage the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;
  • Organize Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed;
  • Manage monitoring and reporting of the programme;
  • Manage human and financial resources of the programme.

Provide capacity building support to Country Office teams and partners

  • Provide technical and policy support to country office teams in developing and strengthening projects/ programmes;
  • Implement and monitor capacity building initiatives;
  • Provide technical support to partners on integration of gender in humanitarian action and DRR.

Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with stakeholders, regional/ international actors and development partners

  • Build and maintain alliances and strategic partnerships for the advancement of gender in humanitarian action/DRR;
  • Build and maintain close liaisons with relevant donors and other actors supporting efforts towards humanitarian action, as delegated;
  • Contribute inputs to updates and briefs on country development situation to be used by stakeholders, CO and HQ;
  • Maintain close contact with relevant staff in UN Women Asia-Pacific regional Office and HQ.

Manage the resource mobilization strategy for humanitarian action in the region

  • Participate in the implementation, monitoring and periodic updating of the resource mobilization strategy on humanitarian action;
  • Provide technical support to the country office in mobilizing resources for the implementation of humanitarian action;
  • Research and analyze information on donors.

Manage the advocacy of humanitarian action/DRR through inter-agency coordination

  • Provide technical support to the Representative on inter-agency coordination on humanitarian action including through the Humanitarian Country Team;
  • Work closely with and provide advice to national bodies and interagency groups that influence national policies related to humanitarian action/DRR;
  • Participate and contribute inputs to the Myanmar Humanitarian Protection Cluster;
  • Coordinate specific efforts in mainstreaming gender and protection in disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts of other clusters and relevant working groups;
  • Advocate for the engagement and participation of local organizations and civil society networks in humanitarian coordination mechanisms.

Manage advocacy and communication efforts of humanitarian action

  • During emergency response, develop and implement communication and advocacy messages and contribute inputs to strategies on key gender and protection concerns;
  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to humanitarian action and DRR as necessary;
  • Develop information, education and communication (IEC) materials, press releases, situation reports, alerts and contribute gender and protection-related inputs to documents prepared by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Manage knowledge building and sharing for humanitarian action

  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to gender in humanitarian action and DRR;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on gender in humanitarian action/DRR.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality programme design and inputs to Strategic Note;
  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget and workplans, and in line with all UN Women operational rules and regulations, including security;
  • Timely and quality technical advice and support;
  • Quality reports and other strategic documents drafted and submitted in a timely manner;
  • Strong relationships with various partners and stakeholders;
  • Contributions to resource mobilization;
  • Timely and quality knowledge products.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Functional Competencies

  • Strong knowledge and experience related to current policies and practices in the fields of gender equality, protection and humanitarian action, including humanitarian coordination;
  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Strong networking skills;
  • Ability to interact with donors, identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising;
  • Ability to perform qualitative and quantitative policy research;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Strong analytical skills;;
  • Ability to write policy papers, speeches, briefings;
  • Strong knowledge of programme development, implementation, results based management and reporting.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in human rights, gender, international relations, international development, international law or other social science fields is required;
  • 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 project/programme management certification (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) would be an added advantage.

Work Experience:

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in designing and managing humanitarian programmes, with a particular focus on gender and protection in emergencies;
  • Technical experience in inter-agency coordination, preferably protection cluster coordination, and/or ProCap/GenCap in a natural disaster setting;
  • Experience in policy analysis and strategic planning;
  • Experience working with, and building partnerships with governments, donors and civil society organizations internationally and in the field;
  • Experience working with the UN is an asset; and
  • Experience working in the region is an asset.

Language Requirement:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;
  • Knowledge of Burmese is an asset.

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