Under the direct supervision of the Policy Advisor/Intergovernmental Support and the overall supervision of the Chief of the Intergovernmental Support Section, the Intergovernmental Specialist ensures that UN Women provides substantive support by engaging with Member States and other stakeholders towards strengthening attention to gender perspectives in intergovernmental processes, particularly those related to sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity and other environmental issues.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide substantive and technical support to the Intergovernmental Support Section’s engagement with intergovernmental processes with a particular focus on sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity and other environmental issues:
- Develop engagement strategies and activities to guide UN Women’s work in specific intergovernmental processes and events, in particular in the focus area, to help advance the global normative framework for gender equality;
- Engage in intergovernmental meetings and negotiations, identify key messages on gender equality issues, propose action points for UN Women and undertake follow up;
- Liaise and coordinate with the Secretariats of relevant intergovernmental bodies to ensure that gender equality issues are mainstreamed in the work of those bodies and in negotiated outcomes.
Undertake research and analysis on gender perspectives in regard to sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity and other environmental issues:
- Monitor policy approaches and intergovernmental debates with regard to gender perspectives in sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity and other environmental issues;
- Undertake analysis of selected policy areas in intergovernmental processes and on the implications of discussions and outcomes on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls;
- Draft substantive papers, background and briefing notes, talking points and key messages, and provides policy inputs to relevant of the Secretary-General.
Strengthen partnerships with Member States, international organizations, civil society organizations and other stakeholders with a particular focus on sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity and other environmental issues:
- Build and strengthen relationships and informal networks with Member States and other stakeholders;
- Build partnerships with UN entities and other organizations for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls;
- Organize and participate in inter-agency and expert group meetings with a particular focus on sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity and other environmental issues;
- Organize panel discussions, side events, briefings and stakeholder events, and other alliance building activities;
- Provide technical inputs to information dissemination, including through UN Women’s website and social media.
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;
- Contribute to internal monitoring and reporting processes in the framework of the UN Women Strategic Plan and Strategic Framework;
- Update UN Women internet and intranet webpages on sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity and other environmental issues.
Key Performance Indicators
- Timely engagement in intergovernmental processes and events, including provision of technical support on gender issues;
- Strong relationships with Member States and other stakeholders;
- Timely and quality research and analysis, drafting of key messages, documents and reports;Timely organization of meetings, panel discussions, side events, briefings and other activities of high quality.
- Respect for Diversity;
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Effective Communication;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Leading by Example.
- Substantive knowledge of gender equality issues in the context of sustainable development, climate change, biodiversity and other environmental issues and of relevant intergovernmental processes;
- Effectiveness in establishing and fostering strong relationships with government delegates, UN agencies and other international organizations, civil society representatives and other stakeholders;
- Proven communications and presentation and networking skills;
- Ability to write policy papers, speeches, briefings;
- Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
- Excellent 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 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 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.
- Fluency in English is required;
- Knowledge of another UN official working language is an asset.
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