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This position is located in the United Nations Global Compact Office (GCO), at United Nations Headquarters, New York. The incumbent reports to the Senior Programme Officer, of the Programmes, team in the United Nations Global Compact Office.
Within delegated authority, the Programme Officer (Human Rights and Gender) will be responsible for the following duties:
- Develops, implements and evaluates assigned programmes/projects to advance UN Global Compact’s human rights principles and strategy on gender equality; monitors and analyzes programme development and implementation on business and human rights including gender dimensions; reviews relevant documents and reports on business and human rights, gender equality and sustainable development; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with UN and strategic partners on business and human rights and gender equality topics; ensures follow-up actions.
- Performs consulting assignments, in collaboration with the private sector, UN, civil society and other key stakeholders, by planning, facilitating workshops, through other interactive sessions and assisting in developing action plans for Global Compact Local Networks and companies to mainstream gender equality and respect/support human rights principles including building coherence to support the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights at the global and local levels.Researches, analyzes and presents information on business and human rights and gender equality considerations gathered from diverse sources.
- Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies on business and human rights, gender equality and intersectionality with the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Generates survey initiatives on the uptake of human rights principles and gender dimensions; designs data collection tools; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identify problems/issues and prepares conclusions.
- Organizes and prepares written outputs, e.g. draft background papers, analysis, sections of reports and studies, inputs to publications on business and human rights topics, gender equality and interlinkages to the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.
- Provides substantive backstopping to consultative meetings, conferences on business and human rights including gender equality by proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparation of documents and presentations; coordinates participation of Global Compact’s engagements and participation to key UN conferences including Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights and Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).
- Initiates and coordinates outreach activities; conducts training workshops, seminars and makes presentations on to mobilize business to implement the human rights principles and gender equality including the Women’s Empowerment Principles.
- Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
- Performs other duties, as required.
- Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to corporate sustainability, business and human rights, gender equality as well as the overall UN Human Rights system. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. 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 apply judgment in the context of assignments given, 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, 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 degree) in international affairs, law, economics 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.
- A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in project or programme management is required.
- Experience working with business/corporates on human rights is required.
- Experience working with business/corporates on gender equality is required.
- Experience in corporate sustainability, especially as it relates to collaboration between business and the United Nations, or other similar large international organizations, is required.
- Experience managing strategic alliances and outreach on business and human rights and/or gender equality is desirable.
- Experience in resource mobilization is desirable.
- English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.
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