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Senior Gender Affairs Officer, P-5
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   19 Dec 2012
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Department of Field Support

This position is located within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), headquartered in Juba, South Sudan.
Depending on professional background, experience and family situation, a competitive compensation and benefits package is offered.
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United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
The Senior Gender Affairs Officer/Gender Adviser, P-5, reports to the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General/Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative (DSRSG/RC/HC/RR). Within delegated authority, the Senior Gender Adviser will be responsible for the following duties: Supports and guides the implementation of United Nations (UN) Security Council resolutions on Women, Peace and Security in South Sudan; Advises the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and senior mission leadership on strategies for ensuring effective implementation of existing mandates and policies for the promotion of gender equality and women’s rights and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in all mandated mission tasks, and supports the mission’s Women’s Protection Adviser in order to strengthen coordination and effective response to conflict-related sexual violence; Oversees the design and implementation of a mission-wide action plan to translate existing mandates and policies on the promotion of gender equality in all activities of the peacekeeping mission; Contributes to the development and implementation of comprehensive strategies to combat conflict-related sexual violence; Supports mission leadership to ensure that UNMISS, the UN Country Team and partners give priority to gender issues in their policies and programmes, contributes to the effective functioning of established inter-agency coordination mechanisms for gender mainstreaming and the advancement of women’s rights in the country; Develops and oversees the delivery of appropriate gender and, in collaboration with the Women’s Protection Unit, sexual violence training for all civilian, police and military personnel; Ensures full liaison and partnership with other UN entities who have complementary mandates for the promotion of women and girls’ rights, in particular UN Women and civil society organisations; coordinates with other relevant country-level arrangements for humanitarian coordination on GBV such as the Protection Cluster and GBV sub-clusters/working groups, as well as coordination with relevant national institutions and NGOs; Oversees the implementation of reporting obligations, documentation and good practices, the preparation of policy papers, and related submissions for senior mission leaders and DPKO/DFS; Establishes accountability mechanisms to capture impact, lessons learned and to evaluate the mission’s progress and successes in advancing gender equality and enhanced response and monitoring of sexual violence; Supervises the work of personnel in the UNMISS Gender Unit and provides substantive guidance and direction to the work of gender focal points in other mission components, including championing the Mission Gender Task Force and Action Plan; Ensures that policies to combat gender-based discrimination and sexual violence are mainstreamed throughout mission planning and strategic developmental processes through working with UNMISS civilian, police and military components and supports the inclusion of prevention and response activities in strategies, standard operating procedures, etc.; Works in close collaboration with the Chief Human Rights component and Senior Women’s Protection Adviser to ensure coordination regarding the implementation of the conflict-related sexual violence mandate in the mission; In collaboration with the UN Country Team in South Sudan, provides gender-sensitive technical assistance in all gender-related issues to national authorities in areas such as Security Sector Reform, Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR), Protection of Civilians (PoC), legislative reform, rule of law and the justice sector; Consults and ensures regular liaison and substantive reporting to the DPKO/DFS Gender Adviser at UN headquarters; Performs other duties as required.

PROFESSIONALISM: Recognized expert in the field of International Development, Human Rights, Gender Affairs/Women’s Rights; ability to advise senior management and other senior officials on gender equality and women’s rights; Excellent knowledge of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and the DPKO/DFS Policy Directive on Gender Equality in UN Peacekeeping Operations; Familiarity with the military and police roles in peacekeeping operations; Conceptual and strategic ability to analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of gender-related issues, including sexual violence; Ability to conduct high-level discussions and negotiations in a productive manner; Ability to prepare succinct, analytical reports. Ability to work under extreme pressure, on occasion in a highly stressful environment; Shows pride in work and in achievements; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations; 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. 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 group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts responsibility for team shortcomings. PLANNING and 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. CREATIVITY: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; Offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; Promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; Takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas, thinks “outside the box”; Takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; Is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches. VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; Clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; Generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; Conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities. MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; Makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; Accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; Monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; Encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; Actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; Appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international relations, human rights law, gender, women’s studies, development studies, social studies or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience related to the promotion of gender equality is required. Demonstrated expertise in successfully integrating gender perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes is required. Prior field experience in a conflict or post-conflict environment, preferably with the United Nations, is required.

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required.

Other Skills

The United Nations shall place no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. (Charter of the United Nations - Chapter 3, article 8).   English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.



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