Intergovernmental Specialist

UN Women
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Aug 03

Position description

The duration of the assignment is until 31 December 2022. Whereas an external candidate will be offered a temporary appointment, subject to release agreements, staff members in UN Women may be administered as a temporary assignment and staff members in the UN Common system may be administered under a loan arrangement.

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Division (PPID) provides global support to UN Women offices at Headquarters and in all field locations to deliver results in support of UN Women’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025 and internationally agreed goals on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, including the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Division provides intellectual and strategic leadership on normative support and the delivery of integrated policy and programme advice, including through policy analysis and gender mainstreaming. The Division leverages innovation, knowledge management, and cutting-edge technical expertise to support UN Women programmes and to build the capacity of partners to deliver results on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

The Intergovernmental Support Section (IGS) in PPID is responsible for leading UN-Women’s strategic engagement with, and support for intergovernmental bodies and processes towards ensuring that a comprehensive and dynamic set of global norms, policies and standards on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls is strengthened and implemented. It manages and coordinates the Entity’s substantive engagement with intergovernmental bodies on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls, and drives the process of integration of normative frameworks into UN Women’s operational and UN system coordination functions.

Under the direct supervision of the Policy Adviser for Intergovernmental Support and the overall supervision of the Chief of the Intergovernmental Support Section, the Intergovernmental Specialist ensures that UN Women provides substantive support to intergovernmental processes, particularly those related to climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development. 



Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical support to intergovernmental processes with a focus on climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development:

  • Monitor intergovernmental discussions and negotiations in the General Assembly and the processes related to the Rio Conventions with regard to gender perspectives addressed;
  • Provide key messages on gender equality priorities for use in intergovernmental processes and negotiations;

Provide research and analysis support on gender perspectives in regard to  climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development: 

  • Conduct analysis of selected policy areas in intergovernmental processes and their implications on outcomes for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls;
  • Draft background and briefing notes and talking points, and provide policy inputs to relevant reports of the Secretary-General, as required; 
  • Organize side events, briefings and stakeholder events, and other knowledge-sharing and alliance building activities;

Build relationships with Member States, UN system entities, civil society organizations and other stakeholders with a particular focus on climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development:

  • Build and develop relationships with Member States in the context of relevant intergovernmental bodies;
  • Liaise with the Secretariats of relevant intergovernmental bodies and build relationships with other UN entities to support the mainstreaming of a gender perspective in the work of those bodies;
  • Organize and participate in inter-agency and expert group meetings on climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development;

Provide other support to the effective functioning of the Intergovernmental Support Section, as required:

  • Collaborate with colleagues at Headquarters and in Regional and Country Offices on linkages between normative and operational issues;
  • Provide technical support to information dissemination, including through UN Women’s website and social media;
  • Represent IGS in internal and external working groups and task forces, as required.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely and quality contributions to in intergovernmental processes and events;
  • Good relationships with Member States and other stakeholders;
  • Timely and quality written contributions;
  • Timely organization of  side events and briefings.




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

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Values and Competencies Framework: 


  • Good knowledge of gender equality issues in the context of climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development
  • Knowledge of intergovernmental bodies and processes;
  • Ability to establish and foster strong relationships with government delegates, UN agencies and other international organizations, civil society representatives and other stakeholders;
  • Ability to undertake research and write policy papers, speeches, briefings;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills.



Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master's degree (or equivalent) in international relations, development studies, gender studies, social sciences, or other related fields


  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in providing analysis and policy guidance on issues related to sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity and other environmental issues.
  •  Experience with a UN organization highly desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required
  • Knowledge of another UN official working language is an asset.

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