Gender Specialist

Copenhagen, Denmark
Apply by 11 April 2018
Senior-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 7 March 2018

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific
In March 2017, the Secretary General made a pronouncement on International Women’s Day: “Denying the rights of women and girls is not only wrong in itself it has a serious social and economic impact that holds us all back. Gender equality has a transformative effect that is essential to fully functioning communities, societies and economies.” The goal of the UN System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity is to create a working environment that embraces equality, eradicates bias, recognizes geographic diversity and is inclusive of all staff. UNOPS aspires to be an equitable workplace leader. To that end, we are looking for a consultant who can assist us in evaluating UNOPS performance against best practices and recommend ideas to promote positive lasting developments in UNOPS workforce globally.

UNOPS and Gender Parity

With over 11,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it. Gender is a key focus area in the UNOPS Strategic Plan 2018-2021. Recently, several initiatives have been launched to better increase focus and prioritise gender parity in our internal workforce, such as the establishment of a senior Gender Advisory Panel. In January 2018, the UNOPS People and Change Group introduced the new UNOPS Gender Parity Strategy.

Functional Responsibilities
Under the general guidance of the Director of Internal Audit and Investigations Group (IAIG), and under the supervision of the Manager of Internal Audit, the individual will:

1. With the guidance from IAIG, prepare the terms of reference for the review, including the detailed specification of its objectives, scope and timing, that ensures UNOPS achieves the desired results.
2. Conduct the gender parity review in accordance with the terms of reference and under the direction of IAIG, which should include, but is not exclusive to:
  • Benchmarking UNOPS against leading initiatives in the public and private sector which both attract and help retain a gender diverse workforce
  • Assessing existing practices and resources across UNOPS, including progress made in gender parity strategy. This includes reviewing and conducting gender analyses of HR practices.
  • Identifying challenges barriers and formulate relevant and realistic recommendations to address the weaknesses and gaps identified which include all areas of leadership and people management.
3. Carry out the fieldwork in UNOPS/HQ based in Copenhagen-Denmark. The main interlocutor will be the People and Change Group. Interactions with other Units in HQ as well with field offices around the world will be arranged through phone or videoconferencing as deemed necessary.
4. Submit a draft report to IAIG Director upon completion of the assignment within the timeline agreed with IAIG Management. The report will be finalized within 10 working days after receiving UNOPS Management comments.

Education/Experience/Language requirements
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Sociology, Political Sciences, or related field. Gender and or related specialization should be part of academic background.
Work experience
  • Minimum of 7 years in the field of diversity and inclusion, human resources gender review, mainstreaming or compliance is required.
  • Experience in Human resources management and Diversity and inclusion is a requirement.
  • Sound practical experience in concepts and tools related to inclusive leadership, recruitment, selection/assessment and performance management is required.
  • Experience working with a global organization is required.
  • Experience in report writing in English is required.
  • Fluency in English 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.

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