UN Women: Policy Analyst, Security Council

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Application Deadline :01-May-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-2
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Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months


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.

The Policy Division develops and implements the UNW program of work on analysis, research and knowledge management that provides the evidence base for the advice and guidance UNW provides to the intergovernmental process, the UN system, and to UNW 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 UNW, working closely with the UNW training facility in Santo Domingo.

The Policy Division staff is organized in Thematic Clusters, bringing together technical experts who undertake issues-based research; analyze data on country, regional or global trends, build a knowledge base on policy commitments and their implementation, propose evidence-based options for global policy, norms and standards and for UNW global programme strategies, and contribute substantive inputs to policy advocacy and technical cooperation programmes.

UN Women’s Peace and Security Section is responsible for providing corporate policy and strategic advice as well as technical support to UN Women Country Offices and partners in several areas, including: mediation and conflict prevention, peacebuilding and recovery, rule of law and transitional justice, women’s participation in peace and security processes and institutions, and mainstreaming gender into peacekeeping operations, efforts to counter violent extremism, and post-conflict governance.

As a result of the high-level review of 1325 and resolution 2242, UN Women has been tasked with the Secretariat of the new Informal Experts Group of the Security Council on women, peace and security, the Global Acceleration Instrument, a network of national focal points on 1325, and a new inter-agency working group on gender and countering violent extremism. Furthermore, the global study and the other two reviews of the peace and security architecture – both on peace operations and peacebuilding – have generated a number of processes that require UN Women’s engagement and dedicated follow-up, in addition to the regular policy and programming responsibilities of the team.

Under the direct supervision of the Policy Specialist, Security Council, and the overall supervision of the Chief, Peace and Security, the Policy Analyst will support UN Women’s engagement with the Security Council and the team’s work on peacekeeping, with a particular focus on following up on the recommendations of the 2015 reviews and resolutions 2212 and 2242, which have triggered important changes on the Council’s working methods with regards to women, peace and security and increased the demands from Member States on the team’s policy support. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide research, analysis and coordination support in UN Women’s engagement with the Security Council:  

  • Provide research, policy analysis, and coordination support for the preparation and follow-up -including impact tracking- of monthly meetings of the Security Council’s Informal Experts Group on Women, Peace and Security, and support the Policy Specialist and the Chief in other functions as the designated Secretariat of this new mechanism;
  • Provide coordination support in UN Women’s efforts to fundraise for and deliver on a global initiative to build staff and partners’ capacity on gender and conflict analysis in countries on the agenda of the Security Council, through the substantive drafting and consultation on a proposal, and support to the implementation, including through desk review and research, data analysis, webinars, and missions to country offices;
  • Provide logistical and coordination support in the participation of representatives of women’s civil society organizations in country-specific meetings of the Security Council, as called for in 2242 and increasingly demanded by Member States; this will include coordination with Member States and the NGO Working Group on the selection of representatives, and facilitation of travel and meetings;
  • Provide policy inputs for Council deliberations and products, including resolutions and Presidential Statements (PRSTs), both in bilateral consultations with penholder countries and through the Informal Expert Groups (IEG) on Protection of Civilians and Women, Peace and Security.

Provide technical support in the implementation of key recommendations of the global study and the 2015 high-level reviews:

  • Draft technical memo on the findings of the collaboration project with Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) on methodologies to track spending on gender equality in mission budgets, and support senior management in their negotiations with DPKO for use and dissemination of the report and its findings;
  • Provide technical inputs to the team and country offices in their coordination with gender advisors in peacekeeping and political missions through analysis of peacekeeping mission’s reports to the Council and the budget committee.

Provide technical support to country offices:

  • Provide technical support on women, peace and security to countries and areas on the agenda of the IEG (Lake Chad Basin, Yemen, Central African Republic, Mali, Iraq, Afghanistan) and Myanmar, in coordination with the team and regional advisers; and especially to keep them updated on relevant information and analysis emerging from the IEG and the integrated mission task forces in headquarters, or provide specific inputs to programme proposals, reporting, or communications, as requested;
  • Share technical knowledge -as needed or requested- on the gender dimensions of emerging critical issues with regards to peace and security and global trends (e.g. technological advancements, climate change).

Perform any other duties as required by the Chief, Peace and Security, UN Women.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Quality policy inputs on WPS in Security Council resolutions and statements;
  • Systematic follow-up and tracking of recommendations generated by the Security Council’s Informal Experts Group on Women, Peace and Security;
  • Quality inputs to products delivered on the collaboration project on peacekeeping mission budgets;
  • Quality support to Country Offices in preparation and follow-up to Council discussions;
  • Timely and quality organization and coordination support to Civil Society Organization engagement in the Council and monthly coordination meetings with Member States. 


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf

Functional Competencies:

  • Good knowledge of gender related issues including in international humanitarian law, international human rights law, peacekeeping operations, and conflict-related violence;
  • Strong knowledge of the UN’s women, peace and security mandate;
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities;
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work under time constraints;
  • Ability to establish, build and sustain effective relationships with clients, demonstrating understanding of client’s perspective;
  • Good communications skills, with proven expertise in writing cogent and convincing policy and programme documents for development practitioners;
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills, including skills in marshaling evidence, including quantitative and qualitative data, to support programming and policy;
  • Ability to use information technology, executive information systems, statistical data, management techniques and tools for optimal office performance;
  • Ability to work as a member of a team;
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender equality and/or women’s rights.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in law, social  sciences, political science/ international affairs (i.e. international development studies, gender/women’s studies) or a related technical field is required.


  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience in programme and policy analysis, with experience in writing and researching on one or several of the following fields: women, peace and security, human rights, gender and development, international organizations;
  • Particular experience on the work of the Security Council, peacekeeping, and SGBV in conflict, is highly desirable;
  • Experience working with the UN is highly desirable;
  • Policy, research, or programme experience in conflict-affected settings is an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


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.

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