Programme Specialist (Gender Capacity), P-4, Gender Section, PD, New York HQ, # 103439

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 11 July 2018

Job Description

To achieve the results for women and children that UNICEF sets forth in its mandate, Strategic Plan and Gender Action Plan, it is essential to address gender inequities and identify promising empowerment opportunities.

Applied Gender Skills

You will lead the overall management of UNICEF’s efforts to enhance and recognize applied gender skills for quality programming results (henceforth referred to as GenderPro). GenderPro is focused not only on UNICEF staff, but the broader international development field. You will leverage the strong existing professional capacity and relationships of UNICEF to amplify what is required to shape a successful GenderPro initiative.

How can you make a difference?

Management and Strategic Direction of GenderPro

  • Provide overall management for the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the GenderPro initiative
  • Contribute to the strategic direction of the GenderPro initiative, in collaboration with senior team members
  • Manage workflow, responsibilities and deliverables of consultants and staff working on the GenderPro initiative
  • Manage GenderPro initiative budgets, with regular review by senior team members
  • Manage relationships with UNICEF senior management, UNICEF regional colleagues, grant donors and others, including coordinating regular communication mechanisms

Implementation and Quality Assurance for the GenderPro initiative

  • Consult UNICEF regional and country offices (R/COs) as well as headquarter (HQ) colleagues on a regular basis to continually shape the GenderPro initiative
  • Advise R/COs and HQ colleagues so that they are well informed of the GenderPro initiative and we are leveraging other capacity and learning initiatives
  • Develop and/or provide quality assurance on the terms of reference and RFPs created to commission components of the GenderPro initiative.
  • Design and implement relevant strategies, approaches and risk management options in line with corporate policies and procedures as appropriate

Analysis, Monitoring and Reporting for the GenderPro initiative

  • Using appropriate corporate tools and systems, report on the status of the GenderPro initiative implementation and identify high-risk areas
  • Formalize processes and systems to ensure that partner and contractors’ timelines and performance benchmarks are adhered to
  • Consolidate and provide content for various reports required from the Gender Section, including the GAP board report and the Annual Results Report.

Knowledge management and Communication for the GenderPro initiative

  • Ensure that all initiative documentation, including assessment and assurance reports, are adequately circulated and properly archived
  • Design and implement, in collaboration with other team members, a GenderPro communication strategy and assets for internal and external consumption.

To qualify as a leader for applied gender skills you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in international development or a specific programme area of expertise, programme management, business administration, financial management, economics, or related field is required;
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience in development and management of large programmes is required;
  • At least 4 years of experience and creativity in the area of gender equality programming, including developing applied gender skills and capacities is required;
  • Understanding of UN systems and international development issues is required;
  • Experience with the UN and/or in a developing country is strongly encouraged. Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

The technical competencies required for this post area…

  • Significant knowledge and understanding of global gender equality issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current trends in at-scale, evidence based programming approaches;
  • Demonstrated skills in project and operational management and ability to work across different sectoral/thematic areas of programming at a senior-level;
  • Strong leadership, diplomacy, and negotiation skills along with the ability to network and deliver results at a senior-level;
  • Ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and concisely in written and oral form;
  • Proven skills in communication, strategic planning and systems thinking at a senior-level.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. You can view our competency framework Here

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

About the Organization

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects.

They believe that nurturing and caring for children are the cornerstones of human progress. UNICEF was created with this purpose in mind – to work with others to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease and discrimination place in a child’s path. What They Do Child safety through protection and inclusion UNICEF works to improve the policies and services that protect all children. They aim to make the world a safe and inclusive place for children to grow. Helping children to survive and thrive Child mortality has decreased globally. UNICEF works to make sure solutions reach all children, everywhere. Education is the key to opportunities UNICEF believes that quality education is a right for all children, whether in the developing world or amidst conflict and crisis. Responding to emergencies Wherever there is a crisis, UNICEF strives to reach children and families in the hardest hit regions with lifesaving resources. Creating change for women and girls UNICEF fights for the equal rights of women and girls, with their full participation in political, social and economic development around the world. Creating the world that children deserve UNICEF believes that the complex challenges children face can be met with innovative, creative solutions backed by rigorous research. Supplying solutions in the field UNICEF works to provide and transport critical medicine, aid and supplies to the world’s most needy children. Data and field work driving action UNICEF’s global programmes and initiatives are grounded in rigorous research and thoughtful analysis.

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