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

Posting Title:Senior Gender Affairs Officer
Duty Station:NEW YORK
Posting Period:19 April 2016 - 17 June 2016
Job Opening Number:57946
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 ( 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
Is a career at the United Nations right for you? 

Take the voluntary self-assessment questionnaire and get valuable insight into the working environment of the United Nations as well as the Political, Peace and Humanitarian Network (POLNET). 
This questionnaire is anonymous and has no impact on your potential candidacy for this position. Upon completion, you will receive feedback to help you decide if working in the United Nations is right for you.
Special Notice
This position is funded for a finite period of one year and may be subject to extension. This post is financed by the Support Account for Peacekeeping Operations. Extension of appointment will be subject to budgetary approval. 

Staff Members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by the Secretary-General. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Staff members of the United Nations Secretariat must fulfill the lateral move(s) requirements, or geographical to be eligible to apply for this vacancy. Staff members are requested to indicate all qualifying lateral or geographical move(s) in their Personal History Profile (PHP) and cover note.
Org. Setting and Reporting
This position is located in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO)/Department of Field Support in New York. New York is classified as H hardship duty station and a family duty station. The incumbent reports to the Under-Secretaries-General for Peacekeeping and Field Support.
Within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties: 
•Provide guidance and advice to DPKO and DFS senior leadership, offices and sections, on women, peace and security Issues and on mainstreaming a gender perspective into the development of departmental policies, gold SOP and other guidance materials for peace operations;
•Provide guidance and analysis to ensure effective implementation of Women, Peace and Security mandates relevant departmental policies, at HQ and in the field;
•Ensure that mission planning, management and, support, as well as departmental strategic priorities and plan include gender concerns with adequate resources for their implementation;
•Build capacity and support DPKO/DFS senior management to meet accountability goals on gender equality, with organizational policies and Security Council mandates on Women. Peace and Security and gender equality
•Establish and oversee mechanisms for monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on gender mainstreaming in DPKO/DFS and field missions, including in reports of the Secretary-General to the Security Council, the Special, Committee on Peacekeeping Operations, the General Assembly, and other intergovernmental forums;
•Act as focal point for back stopping and support on gender issues for peace operations and assist in building capacity of senior mission leaders on Women, Peace and Security and the inclusion of gender concerns in the implementation of mission mandates;
•Oversee research and analysis for gender issues in peace operations; develop, maintain and update took and resources in support of gender mainstreaming in peace operations; support the documentation of best practice lessons learned and support the development of monitoring and evaluation tools to ensure measurement of progress on the implementation of Women, Peace and Security mandates;
•Initiate and lead outreach activities both internal and external, developing privileged partnerships and cooperative networks to promote gender equality in peace operations with UN system and external stakeholders, such as UN Women, Member States, governmental and non-governmental policy and training institutions, think-tanks and society representatives; . 
•Coordinate and supervise activities related to programme planning (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial reports), budgeting and fund-raising and ensure preparation of rein documents, plans and reports;
•Oversee and lead the work of the Gender Team in PEPS, including ensuring effective utilization, supervision development of staff; evaluate and mentor staff.
Professionalism: Knowledge of the work of the United Nations, in international relations, international human rights law, women’s rights or other related areas, particularly, in conflict or post-conflict settings. Demonstrated professional competence in the areas of gender and in conflict/post-conflict environments. Ability to identify key strategic issues, opportunities and risks. Ability to generate and communicate broad and compelling organizational direction. Ability to communicate clearly links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing timelines and achieving results; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Demonstrated ability to negotiate and apply good judgment.

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.

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 final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

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.

Managerial competencies

Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands. 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.

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 degree) in development studies, international relations, human rights, law, social science or related humanities field, gender studies, or other related field is required. 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 ten years of progressively responsible policy development, advisory and programme management experience related to the promotion of gender equality and gender mainstreaming, is required. At least five years experience in integrating gender perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes at the international level in conflict or post-conflict settings is desirable. Experience managing a team is required.
English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.
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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