Gender Specialist

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    negotiable / YEAR
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  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Gender and Diversity, Social and Inclusive Development
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UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP is the leading United Nations organization fighting to end the injustice of poverty, inequality, and climate change. Working with our broad network of experts and partners in 170 countries, we help nations to build integrated, lasting solutions for people and planet. The Fiji multi-country office covers ten countries including Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu as well as provides support to regional initiatives.

UNDP in the Pacific has developed its multi-country programme document (MCPD, 2023-2027) to guide its interventions in the next five years in full alignment and directly to contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF, 2023–27). The Office covers 10 countries in the Pacific with an extensive portfolio which has grown over time. The UNSDCF and UNDP MCPD are designed in full alignment with the 2030 agenda, Samoa Pathway, and 2050 Blue Content Strategy, which is endorsed by the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) among others.  The UNDP Pacific Office next five-year plan strategic priorities are encapsulated under three outcome areas: (i) Planet, (ii) Prosperity, and (iii) Peace.

Following a strategic review process which was completed in June 2022, UNDP Pacific office structure is aligned to the emerging priorities of the office. In this regard, the programme portfolio will include mutually reinforcing work streams crafted around two clusters (i) Resilience and Climate Change; and ii) Inclusive growth and Effective governance, supported by a policy and innovation team, Operations team, Management and Oversight team that provides strategic guidance on  results Management  and compliance entrusted with the corporate alignment, programme finance management and quality assurance,  and strategic communications  team that provides knowledge management and communication support to all programme interventions.

The Governance team desires to recruit a Gender Specialist who will work under the direct supervision of the Team Leader and in close coordination with Programme/Project Managers.

The Gender Specialist advises on gender policies and trends and relevant linkages to EG’s programmes. He/she advocates for  and represents UNDP in the area of gender equality and women empowerment in governance as requested by his/her supervisor. He/she is expected to maintain a network with colleagues from UNDP, UN Agencies, Government officials, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society.

The Gender Specialist is to provide advice and support to EG on gender equality and women empowerment/leadership (GEWE) and gender based violence (GBV) issues; facilitation of knowledge building on GEWE/GBV issues; creation of strategic partnerships and support to resource mobilization in supporting GEWE/GBV in governance and advocacy/promotion of UNDP’s mandate and mission in GEWE/GBV.

Duties and Responsibilities

The successful candidate will work directly under the supervision of the Team Leader  of the IGEG. The candidate will work with all project’s partners and stakeholders at local and national levels

Provides advice and support to EG on GEWE/GBV issues

  • Compilation, analysis and interpretation of gender, women empowerment and GBV issues and statistical data, thorough research and preparation of top quality analysis and reports.
  • Provision of top quality analysis and substantive inputs to UNDP’s strategic documents related to GEWE and GBV.
  • Advice on possible areas for EG’s support and adjustment of on-going programmes to ensure that EG’s programmes are in line with national policies and priorities on gender.

Ensures effective gender mainstreaming into EG’s programme and gender specific portfolio and reports on gender results:

  • Production and launch of gender reports.
  • Contribution to sub-regional, regional and inter-agency initiatives related to gender issues.
  • Representation of UNDP in different working groups and interagency working groups
  • In charge of report on gender results at project and programme level, including the gender part on the results-oriented annual report (ROAR)
  • Serves as the Governance’s focal point on implementation of the MCO’s Gold gender seal.

Provides policy advice and facilitation of knowledge building and management in gender issues:

  • Facilitates knowledge building and mainstreaming of gender equality in related perspectives within EG’s programmes and actively participates in corporate UNDP knowledge creation.
  • Provision of policy options and high quality advisory inputs relating to gender equality to EG’s programmes and projects to ensure these are responsive to the PIC’s national policies, priorities and strategic plans, and advance UNDP’s corporate goals.
  • Assessment of the PIC’s gender policies and their impact on governance, poverty reduction, growth, equity, etc.
  • Training and capacity building support for UNDP staff and Government officials, public institutions on gender issues.

Advocacy and promotion of awareness of UNDP mandate on gender equality, GEWE, GBV, women leadership

  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice through identification of best practices and lessons learned in gender issues
  • Management of events and publications on gender issues.
  • Public and policy advocacy for corporate gender policies, the Sustainable Development Goals, pro-poor and equitable economic growth by participating in relevant forums, conferences and trainings.

Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and support to resource mobilization for gender issues:

  • Support to monitoring progress and formulation of strategies towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 5 on Gender with collaboration with other UN agencies
  • Development of partnerships with other UN Agencies and task teams, including the Joint UN working groups on on Gender, Health, and Governance and other task teams.
  • Strengthens partnerships with governmental institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society based on strategic goals of UNDP, PICs’ needs and donors’ priorities.
Core competencies:
  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
  • Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
  • Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

Cross Functional & Technical competencies

Business Development

  • Knowledge Generation: Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need

2030 Agenda: People

  • Gender: UNDP’s Gender Equality Seal Initiative

2030 Agenda: Peace

  • Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights: Impact assessment services to countries on stigma, discrimination, gender and human rights concerns / inclusive and rights-based approach to basic services and livelihoods

Business management

  • Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results
  • Resource Management: Ability to allocate and use resources in a strategic or tactical way in line with principles of accountability and integrity
  • Portfolio Management: Ability to select, prioritise and control the organization´s programmes and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity; ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimising return on investment

Business Direction and Strategy

  • System Thinking:  Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system
Required Skills and Experience
  • Advanced University Degree (Master’s degree) in Social Sciences, Gender or Women’s Studies or other relevant field with a focus on Gender is required; OR
  • A first-level University degree (Bachelor’s degree) in Social Sciences, Gender or Women’s Studies or other relevant field in combination with additional 2 years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master´s degree.
  • Forensic and Criminal Psychology Degree will be an added advantage.
  • Minimum 5 years (with Master´s degree) or 7 years (with Bachelor´s degree) of work experience in/with law enforcement bodies, SGBV state institutions or other justice stakeholders, including relevant CSOs including 2 years in working in GEWE, GBV issues and in Pacific Island Countries.
  • Experience in organizing capacity building trainings and knowledge sharing initiatives on gender and GBV is required.
  • Drafting of SOPs and other legal/strategic framework
  • Senior level experience of leading the gender/GBV related work in state institution or CSO
  • Experience of working on GBV with law enforcement and prosecutions agencies is an added advantage.
  • Extensive experience in research and policy-level analysis.
  • Substantial experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of gender projects is required.
  • Experience of working in/with law enforcement bodies, SGBV state institutions or other justice stakeholders, including relevant CSOs is an added advantage

Language Requirement

  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of local language is an asset.
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