UN Women: Migration & Humanitarian Specialist

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Location : Istanbul, TURKEY
Application Deadline :26-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-4
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year

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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.

UN Women in ECA Region works towards strengthening the gender responsiveness of migration management, refugee response, peace, security, disaster risk reduction, and humanitarian action in Europe and Central Asia Region countries through advocacy, coordination, policy advice for evidence-based decision making and through providing technical advisory support to country offices. UN Women's engagement in humanitarian action, migration and refugee response aims to ensure consistency and sustainability in addressing gender equality concerns across the humanitarian-development continuum in line with the Sustainable Development Goal commitments, leaving no one behind.

UN Women works proactively with humanitarian actors to ensure their emergency response plans adequately integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment; that women and girls are equally consulted to understand and address their needs and vulnerabilities; that women’s leadership is leveraged; that gender is integrated into humanitarian assessments, reporting and monitoring tools; and that gender experts are included in response to conflict and crisis.

The objective of UN Women interventions is to create a more enabling environment for women and girls to lead, participate in and benefit equally from all aspects of migration management, refugee response, peace, security, disaster risk reduction, and humanitarian action, supporting state and non-state actors for their meaningful contribution to national, regional and global debates and policy making to enforce the gender equality commitments set up by the Agenda 2030, CEDAW and Beijing platform for Actions.

The scope of work of the Migration & Humanitarian Specialist requires experience and in-depth understanding of gender equality, migration and humanitarian action, to translate UN Women's strategic plans into effective programmes and results and developing mutually reinforcing partnerships with relevant government counterparts, UN organizations, donors, CSOs.

The specialist is expected to support UN Women to reach its Strategic Note (SN) Outcome 4: “Women and girls benefit from inclusive, gender sensitive refugee response, and peace and security interventions”  for Turkey and Outcome 6:  “Governments and civil society in ECA are able to monitor and report on a progress in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Istanbul Convention and WPS resolutions” for ECA Regional Office.

Reporting to the Regional Director, the Humanitarian Specialist will oversee the development of Migration & Humanitarian programmes, provide capacity building to Country Offices (CO) and Multi Country Offices (MCO), establish and strengthen partnerships, and develop relevant knowledge products on [thematic area].

Duties and Responsibilities

Oversee the development of programmes on Migration & Humanitarian actions to Country Office/ Programme Presence teams:

  • Oversee the development of regional programme documents on migration & humanitarian action;
  • Provide technical inputs to programme proposals from country offices;
  • Provide advice on contextualizing/ localizing programme documents, country strategies, and knowledge products;
  • Coordinate proper monitoring and reporting for migration & humanitarian action in collaboration with programme teams.

Provide technical and capacity building support to Country Office/ Programme Presence teams and partners:

  • Provide substantive technical and policy support to country office, programme presence teams in developing and strengthening projects/programmes;
  • Develop, implement and monitor capacity building initiatives;
  • Provide technical support to partners on implementation of migration & humanitarian action;
  • Provide technical policy advice to programme/ project managers/ specialists in the CO, programme presence countries.

Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with stakeholders, regional/ international actors and development partners:

  • Build and maintain alliances and strategic partnerships for the advancement of migration & humanitarian action;
  • Build and maintain close liaisons with relevant donors and other actors supporting efforts towards migration a& humanitarian action;
  • Produce periodic updates and briefs on regional/country development situation to be used by stakeholders, CO and HQ;
  • Maintain close contact with relevant staff in UN Women HQ.

Manage the resource mobilization strategy for humanitarian action in the region:

  • Participate in the implementation, monitoring and periodic updating of the resource mobilization strategy on migration & humanitarian action in the region;
  • Provide technical support to field based presences in the region in mobilizing resources for the implementation of migration & humanitarian action;
  • Research and analyze information on donors; prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation.

Oversee the design of migration & humanitarian action in the region and the development of relevant knowledge products:

  • Provide policy recommendations and guidance to strategic planning and positioning on migration & humanitarian action;
  • Research, develop and present analytical reports, research papers, briefing notes, background papers, summaries, correspondence, and knowledge products on migration management, refugee response, peace, security, disaster risk reduction, and humanitarian action; 
  • Identify promising practices, technical expertise, and strategic opportunities in migration management, refugee response, peace, security, disaster risk reduction, and humanitarian action.

Oversee the advocacy of humanitarian action through inter-agency coordination:

  • Work closely with and provide advice to regional/ national bodies and interagency groups that influence national policies related to migration & humanitarian action and where necessary represent UN Women;
  • Lead UN Women’s role in the inter-agency coordination on migration, humanitarian action (Syria Coordination Mechanism) in the region, inter-agency on displacement & migration, peace, security and disaster risk reduction;
  • Lead specific efforts in mainstreaming gender and protection in disaster preparedness, response and recovery efforts of other clusters and relevant working groups, including inclusion and participation of under-represented groups in accordance with Commitments on Accountability to Affected Populations;
  • Advocate for the engagement and participation of local organizations and civil society networks in migration management, refugee response, peace, security, disaster risk reduction, and humanitarian action.

Oversee knowledge building and sharing for humanitarian action:

  • Identify and disseminate lessons learnt and good practices in collaboration with country offices;
  • Ensure technical skills and knowledge are shared within and among  COs and programme presences.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality technical advice and support;
  • Leadership in area of expertise in the region;
  • Quality reports and other strategic documents drafted and submitted in a timely manner;
  • Strong relationships with various partners and stakeholders;
  • UN Women is well represented in important meetings on topics related to expertise;
  • Contributions to resource mobilization;
  • Timely and quality knowledge products.


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:

  • Substantive knowledge and experience related to current policies and practices in the fields of gender equality, migration, protection and humanitarian action, including humanitarian coordination; 
  • Strong knowledge of the region;
  • Excellent networking skills;
  • Ability to interact with donors, identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising;
  • Ability to perform qualitative and quantitative policy research;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Ability to write policy papers, speeches, briefings;
  • Strong knowledge of programme development, implementation, results based management and reporting.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in human rights, gender, international relations, international development, international law or other social science fields is required;
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage.


  • At least 7 years progressively responsible experience in designing and managing migration and/or humanitarian programmes;
  • 7 years’ experience working with, and building partnerships with governments, donors or civil society organizations nationality/internationally;
  • 5 years’ experience in policy analysis and strategic planning, within UN and/or national governments;
  • Substantive and technical experience in inter-agency thematic coordination;
  • Experience in strengthening gender responsive humanitarian and refugee response;
  • Experience on EU-funded projects is a strong advantage;
  • Experience working with the UN is an asset; and
  • Experience working in the region 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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