Gender Affairs Officer - United Nations, Gabon, Deadline: Jun-17-2016

Posting Title:Gender Affairs Officer
Job Code Title:GENDER AFFAIRS OFFICER
Department/Office:FIELD MISSIONS ADMINISTERED BY DPKO
Duty Station:LIBREVILLE
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:58920
Staffing ExerciseSE3(POLNET 2016 Semi-Annual 1)

Assessment Period
Eligible applicants will be invited to sit a general abilities test, which they will be informed of by email and/or on the "My upcoming test schedule" page in Inspira. The general abilities test will be given during the period of 30 June-1 July. Candidates will be given a 48-hour testing window during which they need to complete the test in the prescribed time in order to remain under consideration. 

Following the evaluation of an applicants' performance on the general abilities test, all passing candidates will be screened for suitability for the position they applied for. Those applicants who are deemed eligible through the Inspira eligibility screening and the general test, as well as suitable through the suitability screening, will be invited to complete a substantive test, which will be given during the weeks of 11 July – 3 August. Applicants will need to check the "My upcoming test schedule"page prior and during this period to find the 48-hour testing windows for all substantive tests they are invited to take. They will further be receiving email notifications shortly before the testing windows open. If an applicant did not pass the general test and suitability screening, no subsequent tests will be announced on the “My upcoming test schedule page”. 

All applicants are encouraged to check the exact testing windows for the general and the substantive tests in Inspira on the “My upcoming test schedule page” as well as on a dedicated page on the United Nations HR Portal (hr.un.org/page/mobility) after the closing of this job opening. Applicants should check regularly, in particular during the week before above referenced testing windows.

Previously rostered candidates, who are already on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body, will not be subject to any further assessment and, accordingly, will not be invited to sit for any part of the test or interview.
Self-Assessment Questionnaire
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Special Notice
Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) in Libreville, Gabon. Libreville is classified as an A hardship duty station and a family duty station. The Political Affairs Officer is part of UNOCA’s Political Affairs Section and will report to the Chief Political Affairs Officer and. UNOCA covers the countries of the Economic Community of Central African States, namely: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda and Sao Tome and Principe.
Responsibilities
Within delegated authority, the Political Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties: 

•Monitor and report on Women, Peace and Security-related trends and developments in the sub region, including the use of conflict-related sexual violence. 
•Support the women’s effective participation and consultation in the design and implementation of UNOCA’s preventive diplomacy, good offices, national dialogue and mediation initiatives.
•Conduct gender-sensitive conflict analysis and help design response strategies to cross-border security threats.. 
•Promote greater involvement of women in regional peace and security efforts, including by promoting women’s effective participation in political-decision making processes in Central Africa. 
•Facilitate the effective gender mainstreaming of initiatives. 
•Help identify specific areas for potential research and analysis pertaining to gender mainstreaming. 
•Collate, evaluate and provide short- or long-term analysis on developments/events related to armed violence, governance and/or any other specific factor affecting the condition of women in the region, using various sources.
•Foster effective working relationships with other components of the Office, and the Department of Political Affairs’ Gender Advisor, as well as Peace and Development Advisors, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, national military/civilian authorities, international and multilateral organizations, civil society, media and other key stakeholders in Central Africa. 
•Represent the Office in meetings, as directed.
•Perform other duties as required.
Competencies
Professionalism: Strong analytical skills, and experience in information collection and management; excellent drafting and editing skills with the proven ability to complete in-depth studies and reach conclusions on possible causes and solutions to political problems in specific areas and/or countries; proven analytical ability and experience in building information networks in a complex conflict and post conflict environment; ability to produce forward-looking, preemptive analytical products and relevant leadership advice; proven ability to integrate different perspectives, inter alia, political, civil affairs, military, police, security, humanitarian, human rights, rule of law, gender, child protection, development, environmental and electoral affairs, into analytical products; ability to coordinate with many different actors, to develop and foster collaboration and contact networks and to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and maintain effective working relations with people of different national, professional and cultural backgrounds; conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; and 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. Experience in developing and executing a program throughout its life cycle. 

Integrity: Demonstrates the values of the United Nations in daily activities and behaviours; acts without consideration of personal gain; resists undue political pressure in decision-making; does not abuse power or authority; stands by decisions that are in the Organization’s interest, even if they are unpopular; takes prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour.

Respect for Diversity: Works effectively with people from all backgrounds; treats all people with dignity and respect; treats men and women equally; shows respect for and understanding of diverse points of view and demonstrates this understanding in daily work and decision-making; examines own biases and behaviours to avoid stereotypical responses; does not discriminate against any individual or group.

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. 

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.
Education
Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in development studies, social studies in International Relations, Human Rights Law, Gender Studies, or in a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Work Experience
A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in social sciences, political affairs, human rights, gender, diplomacy, or a related field is required. Experience of political issues related to Central Africa is desirable. Previous experience on issues dealing with women, peace and security and the integration of gender perspectives in policy and programme development processes is highly desirable.
Languages
English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in French and English is required.
Assessment
Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview. Core values and competencies will be assessed throughout the evaluation process.
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