UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

The Policy Division develops and implements the UN Women programme of work on analysis, research and knowledge management that provides the evidence base for the advice and guidance UN WOMEN provides to the intergovernmental processes, the UN system, and to UN Women staff working at country and regional level on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. It identifies emerging issues and trends, and develops and proposes new strategies for achieving the agreed goals through innovative approaches and lessons learned about what works in practice. It also designs and oversees the training and capacity development programs of UN WOMEN, working closely with the UN WOMEN training facility in Santa Domingo.
The Policy Division staff is organized in Thematic sections, bringing together technical experts who: undertake issues-based research; analyze data on country, regional and global trends; build a knowledge-base on policy commitments and their implementation; propose evidence-based options for global policy, norms and standards and for UN WOMEN global programme strategies; and contribute substantive inputs to policy advocacy and technical cooperation programmes.
The consultant will be responsible for developing specific knowledge products for country and regional offices, organizing trainings on conflict prevention, resolution and mediation, and updating a resource on women’s organizations involved in mediation globally.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with three regional or country offices engaged in mediation processes during this period to develop context specific and relevant analytical briefs of developments in international conflict prevention, resolution and mediation, including in the workings of major relevant intergovernmental and non-governmental institutions and in the politics of particular conflict-affected situations;
  • Maintain, update and manage the online database of women’s peacebuilding organizations;
  • Identify potential areas for policy and normative development to improve the inclusiveness of peace processes or the gender-responsiveness of conflict resolution efforts and accords, including through strengthened engagement with relevant regional organizations;
  • Plan, organize and provide technical support to two trainings of women on mediation and peace processes, including identification and determination of major issues for discussion and selection of participants, development of background documentation, preparation of reports and policy recommendations, and dissemination of results of such meetings;
  • Develop practical guidelines on gender and mediation, gender and conflict resolution;
  • Develop briefing packages on the policy rationale for various aspects of efforts to promote women’s engagement in conflict prevention, peacebuilding, conflict resolution.


Ethics and Values:
  • Demonstrates/safeguards ethics and integrity.
Organizational Awareness:
  • Demonstrates corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
  • Familiar with UN and regional intergovernmental processes, with a focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment and knowledge of UN system gender architecture and strategic stakeholders/partners in the mediation field is required.
Planning and organizing:
  • Plans, prioritizes, and delivers quality outputs effectively and on time.
Working in Teams:
  • Acts as a team player and facilitates team work.
Communicating Information and Ideas:
  • Communicates effectively, clearly, sensitively and persuasively across different constituencies.
Self-management and Emotional intelligence:
  • Creates synergies through self-control.
Conflict Management/Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements:
  • Leverages conflict in the interests of the organization and setting standards.
Knowledge Sharing/Continuous Learning:
  • Sharing knowledge across the Organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master degree (or equivalent) in development or peace and security- related disciplines, gender issues, economics, political science, international relations, public policy, law or other social science fields.
  • A minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in development, government, diplomacy, law, policy analysis, sociological/gender equality or related areas, and in managerial leadership;
  • Experience living or on extended missions in conflict-affected environments is desirable;
  • Experience in mediation, negotiation of peace or other types of agreements including constitutions is highly desirable;
  • Proven record of writing and/or publishing on policy and programmatic aspects of women peace and security issues including conducting and directing research, data collection and publication;
  • Proven ability to organize and manage knowledge development processes and tools.
Language Requirements:
  • Written and oral proficiency in English and at least one other UN language is required.

In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from

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