Gender Expert

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    May 14

Position description

The Arab region particularly susceptible to climate change, with temperatures rising faster than the global average. Moreover, it is also one of the most-water scarce and food-import dependent region in the world. In catalyzing greater levels of water insecurity, reduced agricultural productivity, and fragility of land and ecosystem services, climate change is now increasing social vulnerability, exacerbating conflict and triggering displacement in the region. Growing risks to food, water and ecosystem services in the natural sphere (drought, ground water scarcity, land degradation) and in the social sphere (poverty, social instability, displacement) are being exacerbated by rising temperatures and increased climate variability. The current and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is likely to put additional burdens on the ability of the state, host communities of internally displaced people (IDPs) and refugee communities to cope with the fall-out from this global crisis. Without effective preventive solutions or responses, displaced communities face challenges in re-establishing livelihoods and other aspects of human security.

Countries in the region face a wide range of risks, shocks and crises, ranging from localized, short-term events like rapid onset of climatic hazards, to protracted crises from multi-year droughts. Failing to address multi-dimensional risk and take integrated approaches to these converging stressors is having adverse impacts on poverty and social cohesion, reversing development gains in some cases, and calling into question the ability of the region to recover from crisis and resume a positive development pathways towards the SDGs 2030 targets.

Against this background, multiple UN agencies (UNDP, UNEP-FI, WFP, UN-Habitat, UNDRR) together with the League of Arab States and the Arab Water Council have initiated a new regional project (the SDG-Climate Facility Project) that aims to enhance the capacity of regional and national institutions to address climate change in a way that brings benefits across multiple goals, while also reducing the impacts of conflict and crises. Through joint action, the project will: a) promote integrated solutions for climate action that brings benefits across the SDGs, and crisis and recovery efforts; and b) scale up local partnerships and finance towards those efforts.       

The programme was launched in January 2019 and will end in December 2022. The programme addresses the need to mainstream climate risk into development and crisis prevention/recovery strategies, thereby helping to generate integrated solutions. This includes ways to take integrated approaches and facilitate cross-thematic synergies to achieve the aims of existing regional strategies, which are often implemented in silo or sectoral approaches, including strategies for poverty, water, food, land, environment, urban development and other issues. The vision for integrated solutions promoted by the 2030 Agenda calls on regional entities and international partners to go beyond conventional siloed approaches and take a nexus approach to development interventions, thinking through connections and looking for synergies and/or dividends across areas of work. Achieving the SDGs in an era of climate disruption will be impossible unless countries and communities are able to address risks from a range of factors and with systems that are able to anticipate and adapt to challenges facing the region.

With the spread of COVID-19 and its associated negative impacts – economic and social - women in the Arab States, in particular those who also identify as refugees/IDPs are likely to face a disproportionate burden as a consequence of the pandemic. Their ability to cope with not only the health impacts, but equally other consequences – access to livelihood opportunities, food security, access to health care and other longer-term effects need to be assessed and understood to ensure that recovery processes are inclusive. At the same time, the crisis creates an opportunity to foster low emission and climate resilient, and gender sensitive solutions to increase the resilience and sustainability of the recovery processes while tackling inequality.

The SDG-Climate Facility Project is looking to bring on board a Gender Expert to investigate the impact of COVID-19 on women, and provide recommendations for inclusive recovery opportunities, with a particular emphasis on climate solutions that can instill short and longer-term resilience



Duties and Responsibilities

The objective of this assignment is to identify climate-change related solutions to address the specific soci-economic challenges faced by women who are IDP/Refugees in the aftermath of COVID-19.                                                     The recommendations are expected to lead to the design of potential projects to be supported through the SDG-Climate Facility as an integral part of broader climate-security projects in select recipient countries in the region, and/or be presented to potential donors for funding.

Expected Outputs:

  1. Assessment of the socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on women in the Arab States, with a focus on women who are Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees;
  2. Identify entry points to address the new socio-economic challenges faced by women IDP/Refugees in the aftermath of COVID-19, and specify recommendations to integrated climate-change related solutions that can lead to specific project ideas/initiatives. 


Expected Outputs and Deliverables

Expected number of working days for each deliverable 

Targeted Due Dates

Review and Approvals Required

Deliverable 1: Have a thorough understanding of the gender dimensions of Internally Displaced People/ Refugee communities in the Arab States;

Up to two (02) working days from contract signature date

Within one (01) calendar week from contract signature date

Sujala Pant, SDG Climate Facility Project Manager and CTA

Deliverable 2: Assess the specific socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 on women IDPs / refugees, using existing materials, or recent analyses that have been undertaken by relevant global and/or regional institutions;

Up to four (04) working days following satisfactory completion of deliverable (1)

Within three (03) calendar weeks from contract signature date

Sujala Pant, SDG Climate Facility Project Manager and CTA

Deliverable 3: Based on the assessment, identify a set of entry points that can help address the consequence of COVID-19 on women IDPs/refugees that are aligned to the overarching objectives of the SDG-Climate Climate Facility project;

Up to six (06) working days following satisfactory completion of deliverable (2)

Within four (04) calendar weeks from contract signature date

Sujala Pant, SDG Climate Facility Project Manager and CTA

Deliverable 4: Draft initial set of recommendations for potential  solutions to strengthen post-COVID-19 recovery through integrated, climate change-related technologies, business models and pilot projects;


Up to six (06) working days following satisfactory completion of deliverable (3)

Within six (06) calendar weeks from contract signature date

Sujala Pant, SDG Climate Facility Project Manager and CTA

Deliverable 5: Consult with project team to share initial findings, and incorporate technical feedback before developing introductory outlines/concept notes;


Up to two (02) working days following satisfactory completion of deliverable (4)

Within seven (07) calendar weeks from contract signature date

Sujala Pant, SDG Climate Facility Project Manager and CTA

Deliverable 6: Develop introductory outlines/concept notes for project ideas/initiatives (for up to 3 specific ideas) based on all the above. The initiatives can be country specific, or regional in their scope.

Up to ten (10) working days following satisfactory completion of deliverable (5)

Within eight (08) calendar weeks from contract signature date

Sujala Pant, SDG Climate Facility Project Manager and CTA




  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


  • Time management and organizational skills, with the ability to undertake multiple tasks and deliver under pressure;
  • Strong analytical and synthesis skills;
  • Ability to work independently and achieve quality results with limited supervision and within tight schedules;
  • Experience in reports production;
  • Ability to write in a clear and concise manner;
  • Good teamwork and interpersonal skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks and work under pressure;
  • Excellent computer skills especially Word, Excel and Power Point


  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to provide credible leadership;
  • Demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and/or overseeing the analysis/resolution of complex issues;
  • Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision from the spectrum of development experience.

Managing Relationships

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strategic partnerships;
  • Demonstrated well developed people management and organizational management skills;
  • Excellent negotiating and networking skills with strong partnerships in academia, technical organizations and as a recognized expert in the practice area.

Managing Complexity

  • Ability to address global development issues;
  • Demonstrated substantive leadership and ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives.

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Ability to strongly promote and build knowledge products;
  • Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information and best practices from within and outside of UNDP;
  • Demonstrates a strong capacity for innovation and creativity in providing strategic policy advice and direction.


  • Mature judgment and initiative;
  • Proven ability to provide strategic direction to the project implementation process;
  • Independent judgment and discretion in advising on handling major policy issues and challenges, uses diplomacy and tact to achieve result.



Required Skills and Experience


  • Masters’ Degree/ in Gender and Development, Gender and Climate Change, Gender and Crisis, Sustainable development or other relevant fields.  

Work experience:

  • At least 10 years of proven experience in developing innovative initiatives/ projects that relate directly to women and sustainable development, in particular in crisis contexts;
  • At least 5 years of proven experience of working on gender and climate-change related issues in both adaptation and mitigation;
  • Good knowledge of the Arab States region and its development related challenges, including climate change, and crisis/conflict dimensions;
  • At least 2 years of professional experience working on IDPs/refugees communities;
  • At least 2 years of proven experience of working on gender-focused initiatives. Such experiences in the Arab States region and/or conflicted affected contexts are an advantage.
  • Previous working experience with the United Nations (UN) is an advantage;

Language Requirements:

  • Language proficiency in both written and oral English is required. Knowledge of any other UN language, particularly Arabic, is an asset;


  • The individual is required to exhibit his or her full-time commitment with UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS);
  • S/He shall perform tasks under the general guidance and direct supervision of the SDG Climate Facility Chief Technical Advisor.
  • The supervision will include approvals/acceptance of the outputs and deliverables as identified in the previous section;
  • The individual is expected to liaise and collaborate in the course of performing the work with other consultants, suppliers and UN colleagues;
  • The individual is required to provide periodical progress reports on regular and needed basis throughout the assignment to monitor progress;
  • The individual is required to maintain close communication with UNDP-RBAS on regular and needed basis at any period throughout the assignment in order to monitor progress. In the event of any delay, S/he will inform UNDP promptly so that decisions and remedial action may be taken accordingly;
  • Should UNDP deem it necessary, it reserves the right to commission additional inputs, reviews or revisions, as needed to ensure the quality and relevance of the work.

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