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This position is located in Kinshasa within the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). The Senior Gender Affairs Officer reports directly to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG).
Within delegated authority, the Senior Gender Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:
- Provides advice to the SRSG/DSRSGs and senior management on women, peace and security issues and mainstreaming a gender perspective into the tasks of the Mission.
- Provides senior management with analysis and guidance on ensuring effective implementation of the DPO Policy on Gender Responsive Peacekeeping Operations 2018 – 2021 and application of the Women Peace and Security mandates and Departmental policies on gender equality.
- Supports and assists senior management to meet their accountability goals on gender equality in line with the Security Council mandates on women peace and security and established benchmarks through the Gender Markers and the UN System-Wide Gender Parity Strategy.
- Steers the implementation of the mission-wide action plan for gender responsiveness gender responsiveness and MLT decisions on the Gender Markers through Mission's components, sections and offices, gender focal points and field offices for on-going gender analyses, defining and updating gender sensitive indicators and reporting with sex-disaggregated data.
- Ensures quality control for the for the monitoring, evaluating and reporting on gender mainstreaming and mission activities and gender parity across the Mission.
- Coordinates and collaborates with the Mission Senior Women Protection Adviser and supports the work of Conflict Related Sexual Violence/Sexual and Gender Based Violence (CRSV/SGBV) in accordance with comprehensive strategies to combat CRSV where is applies.
- Supports Mission leadership to engage with relevant international regional and national actors on the participation and inclusion of women in all phases of post conflict governance and peacekeeping/peacebuilding programmes.
- Contributes to all mission planning and strategic developmental processes especially inputs related to results-based budgeting and reporting.
- Ensures liaison and coordination with partners, internal and external as related to gender equality.
- Drafts, edits all final reporting and written materials from the Gender Team and reports regularly to HQ on gender activities.
- Oversees the work of the gender team, Gender Affairs Section and ensures performance and people management.
- Oversees all outputs related to gender from the Mission.
- Represents the Mission on women peace and security issues where needed.
- Performs any other duties as required.
- Professionalism: In-depth knowledge of the work of the United Nations, particularly in a post conflict peacekeeping operation setting. Recognized expertise in the field of gender equality and women's empowerment, particularly gender mainstreaming, gender accountability and sexual and gender-based violence. Experience in supporting the mainstreaming of gender and sexual violence perspectives, into intergovernmental processes and mechanisms; in-depth understanding of UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 on Women, Peace and Security, the DPO policy on Gender Responsive Peacekeeping Operations and operationalizing commitments towards implementing the women, peace and security agenda as outlined in the Secretary- General’s Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative. Excellent drafting, monitoring and reporting skills. Solid familiarity with monitoring gender deliverables, preferably in the field of peace and security. Ability to extract lessons learned and prepare good practices for broad use; ability to adapt to hardship missions and remote locations. Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, formulate options, draw conclusions and make effective recommendations, particularly in relation to addressing the needs of women and girls in post-conflict situations and in the development and use of gender markers. Ability to analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to organizational gender responsiveness. Track record on advising peers, senior management and uniformed personnel. Ability to formulate policy advice, position papers and reports for the attention of senior managers. Must possess solid drafting skills. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to gender issues. Experience in project development and implementation. 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.
- 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 the 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
- Judgment/ Decision-making: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision; Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.
- 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.
An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in international relations, human rights law, social science or related humanities field is required. A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible policy, advisory and programme management experience at the national and international levels related to the promotion of gender equality, including at least five years at the international level, particularly with international organisations in conflict or post-conflict settings, is required.
- Demonstrated expertise in successfully integrating gender perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes is required.
- Experience advising senior management is required.
- Experience managing a team is required.
- Experience working in a United Nations Common System field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) or a comparable international or non-governmental organization is desirable.
- Experience in a conflict or post-conflict setting is desirable.
- Experience in the conception, roll-out and monitoring of gender markers is highly desirable.
- English and French are the working languages for the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in both oral and written English and French is required.
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