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Senior Women’s Protection Adviser, P-5
DATE OF ISSUANCE:   06 Feb 2013
ORGANIZATIONAL UNIT:   Department of Field Support

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
Under the general supervision of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in South Sudan, the Senior Women’s Protection Adviser will support the implementation of Security Council Resolutions 1820, 1888 and 1960 on Conflict-related Sexual Violence. The Senior Women’s Protection Adviser will work in close collaboration with the Human Rights and Gender components, more specifically with Women’s Protection Advisers in the two components, in order to ensure the reflection of conflict-related sexual violence perspectives in the work of all mission components. S/he will ensure the provision of advice and support to government and non-governmental counterparts in collaboration with relevant mission and UN counterparts, and will foster close working partnerships with all UN stakeholders, including the UN Country Team. Specifically, the Senior Women’s Protection Adviser will: Advise the SRSG and senior mission leadership, with the Human Rights and Gender components, on the integration of conflict-related sexual violence considerations into the mission’s implementation plan, guidance and operational activities, and efforts on engaging dialogue with state and non-state parties in order to seek commitments to prevent and address conflict-related sexual violence; Provide guidance on the conflict-related sexual violence agenda to UN system entities, as required; Establish, convene and coordinate the programme and activities of the UN Working Group on Conflict-related Sexual Violence (WG) at country level and ensure coherence of decisions made by its members, including with respect to the Protection Cluster and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Sub-Cluster, with the Gender and Human Rights Women’s Protection Advisers; Engage with the protection Cluster and GBV Sub-Cluster to ensure that decisions and actions from the WG are coordinated; Ensure members of the WG are provided with support for their analysis, reporting and programmatic responsibilities, including with respect to the monitoring and reporting arrangement under resolution 1960; Coordinate the implementation of reporting obligations on conflict-related sexual violence; Support the implementation of a mission wide strategy for the Protection of Civilians; In coordination with mission and UNCT components, and in collaboration with the Government, NGOs and donors, promote the development and implementation of comprehensive strategies, including advocacy and capacity-building strategies, to address sexual and gender based violence and conflict-related sexual violence that recognize and promote national ownership; Promote greater coherence and coordination of the peacekeeping operation with UN entities in response to conflict-related sexual violence; Provide the necessary support to the Senior Mission Focal Point on Conflict-Related Sexual Violence in order to strengthen and reinforce coordination and cooperation with donor community, inter-governmental agencies and regional organizations in response to conflict-related sexual violence; Collaborate with the Human Rights and Gender Women’s Protection Advisers to develop a work plan that addresses conflict-related sexual violence, and collectively develop procedures for the effective cooperation of the mission to integrate conflict-related sexual violence perspectives into respective responsibilities; Ensure regular and appropriate information exchange at mission level on conflict-related sexual violence developments, and with UN headquarters focal points (DPKO, OHCHR, Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, O/SRSG-SVC); Implement responsibilities in line with the Terms of Reference for Women’s Protection Advisers, the UN Action against Sexual Violence in Conflict/SRSG-SVC Provisional Guidance Note, and other relevant UN guidelines and policies; and Perform other relevant duties, as required.

Professionalism - Substantive knowledge of international human rights and humanitarian legal frameworks, international relations, protection of civilians, and gender/SGBV; Sound knowledge of UN institutional mandates, organizational structures, relevant Security Council resolutions and mandates; Substantive experience of working in peacekeeping, with a good understanding of administrative, planning and operational structures and frameworks; Substantive experience in conflict and post conflict settings, in particular working on issues of conflict-related sexual violence; Capacity to establish and maintain effective partnerships with relevant stakeholders to further the mandate of the organization, and to strategically advise and advocate for the integration of conflict-related sexual violence considerations in various fora; Ability to advise high level officials and to undertake dialogue with parties to armed conflict; Demonstrated independent judgement and discretion in advising on and handling sensitive information; Ability to advise senior management and other senior officials; Conceptual and strategic ability to analyze and evaluate critical matters and assess their impact on the protection of civilians from conflict related sexual violence; 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. 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. 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. Judgement/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 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.


Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in social sciences, political science, law, international relations, development studies, or a related field. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience
A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in human rights, protection of civilians, gender, humanitarian affairs, political affairs or a related area is required - a combination of experience in two or more of these areas is preferred. A minimum of three years of field experience working in a conflict or post-conflict setting is required. Experience supporting or facilitating multi-stakeholder policy and/or advocacy processes at the national level is required. Experience engaging with and advising senior host Government officials is desirable. Experience working in a UN Peacekeeping Operation, Special Political Mission, or other UN field operation is desirable. Experience working in South Sudan or the broader region would be an advantage.

Fluency in spoken and written English is required; knowledge of Arabic and/or a local language would be an advantage.

Other Skills

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