Background: UNMAS Syria Response
Operating under the mandate of Security Council resolution 2165 (renewed in 2017 with SCR 2393) allowing cross-border assistance in Syria, UNMAS deployed the Syria Response programme at the request of the Deputy Regional Humanitarian Coordinator in August 2015 and subsequently activated the Mine Action Sub Cluster under the Protection Cluster to address the impact of explosive hazards within Syria. UNMAS is the lead agency for the Mine Action Sub Cluster for the Syria Response, working in support of the mine action response within Syria.
UNMAS provides leadership for the humanitarian mine action sector, working to reach affected civilian populations through the expansion and provision of humanitarian mine action services inside Syria, strengthening participatory approaches to programming, and mainstreaming mine action into wider humanitarian activities.
In Syria, 8.2 million people live in communities reporting explosive hazard contamination; men, women, and children, are exposed to the threat of debilitating injuries and death on a daily basis. According to the 2018 HNO, 2.9 million people inside Syria live with a permanent disability and there are 30,000 new conflict-related trauma cases per month leading to thousands of permanent disabilities requiring long-term and multi-dimensional support. Protracted conflict has eroded and overburdened the health system in Syria, so that large gaps remain in the provision of post-operative rehabilitation care. The conflict in Syria has been characterized by the extensive use of explosive weapons. Between January 2015 and May 2018, an average of 165 explosive hazard incidents were reported per day across the country.
The role and responsibilities of the Gender Advisor (under the supervision of the Senior Programme Manager will include the following:
Map, Assess and Analyse:
- Ensure the UN Gender Guidelines for mine action programmes are applied across the full programme management cycle in order to ensure gender objectives, as set out in the Guidelines, are translated to analysis, initiatives and operations, as well as decision-making processes and the development of good practices;
- Introduce gender mainstreaming into operational practice in the field by producing a single, coordinated plan incorporating initiatives undertaken and planned among stakeholders working on gender mainstreaming and Mine Action activities;
- Collect information pertaining to how gender is considered in mine action training, survey/clearance and risk education using mine action coordination forums as a source;
- Review planned Syria Response Programme capacity enhancement initiatives with relevant civil society organizations for comment/input regarding barriers to women’s empowerment and gender equality; and
- Collect, supervise and analyses sex and disability disaggregated data and measure progress against gender indicators.
Provide Technical Guidance and Support:
- Propose revisions, introduction of best practices and adoption of gender guidelines within the local/international mine action partners’ policies/SOP/manuals and practices to mainstream gender equality and improve prioritization and planning processes. Processes must take into consideration the specific needs of women in order to overcome social barriers, perceptions and challenges impeding women’s participation and influence in forums to prioritize areas for survey and clearance of explosive hazards, as well as priority areas for risk education;
- Facilitate multiple training/workshops for the Syria Response Programme and mine action partners managers and technical staff on gender mainstreaming in MA response. Examples include: information management, protection mainstreaming, prioritization setting, planning, and costing of mine action activities, ensuring meaningful engagement of women and men in prioritization and planning process, community liaison, and risk education activities;
- Propose a data collection system so that MA operators and authorities collect gender, disability, and age disaggregated data on beneficiaries;
- Facilitate multiple training/workshops for UNMAS partner staff to endorse the changes in SOPs and practices in gender mainstreaming in mine action (i.e. on topics of management of gender mainstreaming, quality assurance of gender mainstreaming activities in mine action and community liaison);
- Deliver limited target training for international and national mine action stakeholders as required in the short term;
- Provide Syria Response Programme management team with advice on how to strengthen and improve Syria Response Programme engagement and activities concerning gender as well as support with gender mainstreaming in Syria Response Programme proposals and other documentation;
- Proactively make recommendations on gender sensitive approaches, and support on specific initiatives as requested by MA partners;
- Advise gender mainstreaming to existing contractors and grantees to further improve and monitor its progress;
- Include specific gender indicators and describing strong and critical aspects related to the implementation of the planned activities quarterly internal reports for Syria Response Programme;
- Provide, on Syria Response Programme request, technical support to ensure that gender is further mainstreamed into all areas of the Syria Response Programme strategy;
- Supports the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security;
- Coordinates, as needed, with other UN agencies, Funds and Programmes that have complementary mandates on gender related issues through participating in working level mechanisms, as well as coordinates with relevant institutions; and
- Supports the provision of technical expertise as required to relevant partners on strategies for gender mainstreaming, including expanding the capacity for gender analysis and designing gender-sensitive policies and programmes.
- Perform any other duties as requested and tasked by the Senior Programme Manager.
Education and Relevant Years of Experience:
- Advanced University Degree (Master’s Degree or equivalent) in development related disciplines, gender issues, human rights, political science, behavioral science, or other relevant social science fields, with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience; OR
- First level University degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) in development related disciplines, gender issues, human rights, political science, behavioral science, or other relevant social science fields, with a minimum of 9 years of relevant experience.
- Relevant experience is defined as experience in gender and development, gender and security, gender analysis, or gender training
- Experience implementing gender-responsive initiatives is required
- Experience working on gender related issues in conflict / post-conflict environments is required
- Experience in humanitarian affairs and experience in mine action is highly desired
- Experience training on gender responsive mine action desired
- Fluency in English is required (reading, writing, speaking)
- Fluency in another UN official language is desired
- Willingness to travel to Damascus/Amman/Gaziantep is required
About the Organization Background Information - UNOPS
UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.
With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.
A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale.
Background Information - PSC
The UNOPS Peace and Security Cluster (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners.
The Center is responsible to administer, provide support and oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations.
It is headed by the Center Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Cluster on behalf of its clients.
United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is a division of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNMAS is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly (RES/68/72) to ensure an effective, proactive and coordinated response to the problem posed by a wide range of explosive hazards. Legislative mandates also recognize UNMAS technical expertise in responding to threats posed by unsecured and unsafe conventional weapons and ammunition stockpiles. As an office within DPKO, UNMAS supports peacekeeping and special political missions in accordance with Security Council mandates.
UNMAS as a component of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) provides explosive hazard management capacities, including mitigation, to AMISOM as part of a logistical support package. Non-lethal tactical advice and analysis is delivered by UNMAS technical advisors located in each AMISOM Sector Headquarters and at AMISOM Force Headquarters, who support AMISOM planning and operations. UNMAS support includes both enabling (“operate in spite of IEDs”) and response (“defeat the device”). As a component of the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) UNMAS also supports the Federal Government of Somalia, including the Somali Police Force, Somali Explosive Management Authority and National Security Advisor.