Gender Specialist and Gender Seal for Public Institutions coordinator

Application Deadline :11-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :IPSA (Regular)
Post Level :IPSA-10
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :12 Months

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


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UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon

completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertake physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.

Due to the COVID19 context no official travel is expected. If the contexts changes, the position may require to travel to provide support to country offices within the gender seal framework.

Office/Unit/Project Description 

UNDP has decades of work in this area, a global presence in 177 countries, and is well positioned to support and to have a key role in the implementation of SDG 16 in “Building of responsive, accountable and transparent institutions” and support Member States in promoting gender equality in public administration.

Addressing gender equality and women’s empowerment is a key aspect of UNDP’s approach to achieving its core vision. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are seen as goals in their own right and are also central to the achievement of UNDPs development mandate. UNDP is guided in its work by its Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2021 which details how UNDP works towards gender equality in each of the goals and key results.

The Gender Team of the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) is the institutional anchor of UNDP’s work on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Gender Team provides policy advice and technical support to all of UNDP’s Bureaus and leadership on how to mainstream gender across all areas of their work.

In response to requests from UNDP offices and national partners around the globe, UNDP is now ready to help governments to put in place strong and practical mechanisms to strengthen the policy

process, agenda and procedures that will ensure that gender equality considerations are integrated into every aspect of national development. The Gender Equality Seal for Public Institutions (GESPI) is a methodological proposal to support and acknowledge the efforts of public institutions towards achieving substantive equality between women and men within the framework of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

The Gender Equality Seal for Public Institutions proposes to accelerate gender mainstreaming in SDG implementation, based on a comprehensive process of transformation of key internal and external aspects of the institutional architecture. In-house, the GESPI intends` to integrate gender equality principles and practices in the institutional culture and processes which are the core of the organizations’ operations. Externally, the GESPI aims to promote public institutions to analyse and mainstream gender into the public policies, to improve their approaches and their potential impact on women’s lives and gender equality.

The GESPI initiative will have global reach, being rolled out in all regions. The core implementation tool in the GESPI online platform that will anchor the assessment, learning and knowledge sharing services globally.

Institutional Arrangement

The incumbent will provide critical support to the BPPS/Gender Team under the direct supervision of the Gender Seal Programme Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

Coordination of the Gender Equality Seal for public institutions:

1. Coordinate the roll out of the Gender Equality Seal for Public Institutions including:

  • Coordinate the global launching of the initiative.
  • Provide technical advice to participant COs and participants institutions
  • Liaison with applicants, tracking participants in each step of the GESPI, ensure timely response to applicants, and liaison with regional hubs, and ensure actions are coordinated with HQ and regional Hubs.
  • Ensure liaison and complementarity with the Gender Equlity Seal for the Private Sector and the Gender Equality Seal for UNDP offices and units.

2. Management, roll out and regular update of the GESPI online platform

  • Management and monitoring of the GESPI online platform
  • Development, adaptation and update of the tool based on lessons learnt demand.
  • Budget management, produce TORs and manage recruitments as needed.

3. Implement GES learning and capacity development component

  • Develop and implement training programme for auditors and assessors
  • Design learning materials and tools for public institutions participating in the GES. 
  • Design and coordinate set of webinars for GES users (public institutions) on gender mainstreaming into public institutions, GES methodology the steps towards the Gender Equality Seal.
  • Carry out technical support mission to advice and support capacity development of participant public institutions.

4. Provide and coordinate assessment services to the GES initiative

  • Appraisal missions to GES participant public institutions. The purpose of the appraisal mission is to verify evidences in order to establish the level of the award of the public institutions. The appraisal mission intends to also open a meaningful dialogue on gender equality and consolidate learnings from the experience of the GEA.

5. Lead fundraising and partnering strategy for Gender Equality Seal

  • Design and implement a fundraising and partnering strategy in coordination with internal fundraising efforts

6. Support the Gender Team efforts to integrate gender equality with-in the inclusive governance programming, promoting coordination and synergies with other in-house working streams, and support corporate work of the Gender Team.



Professionalism: Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication:Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be "clients " and seeks to see things from clients' point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients' needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients' environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

Master’s degree in a development related discipline: gender and inclusive governance, women’s studies,  gender and development.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

Minimum of 5 years of comprehensive experience in gender and development, gender and inclusive governance and gender mainstreaming or related fields, including international level.

Project management and coordination experience in governance and public administration and gender equality (UN, bilateral and INGOs).

Required  skills and competencies

Coordination skills and experience liaising and coordinating with field offices/ projects across countries and development programmes promoting gender equality and women empowerment at global level.

Knowledge of gender equality certification schemes and  / or expertise implementing gender incentive and gender certification programmes; experience with gender audits, evaluations and capacity assessments for gender mainstreaming.

Comprehensive knowledge in gender and public institutions and inclusive governance, gender institutional development and gender mainstreaming or related fields.

Experience coordinating learning and capacity development programme on gender equality and women empowerment.

Capacity for strategic thinking, and expertise in global gender equality and mainstreaming strategies.

Proven capacity to produce high quality qualitative research and ability to absorb, analyze and synthesize large amounts of complex information within tight deadlines.

Ability and willingness to work with people of different cultural, ethnic and religious background, different gender, and diverse political views.

Desired additional skills and competencies

Proven record on fundraising and partnership building in international development programmes.

Knowledge managing online platforms and coordinating  online support and advice to stakeholders and partners at international level.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

Fluency in spoken and written English. Proficiency in English language for report writing; Ability to speak either Spanish or French or Arabic or Russian is an asset.

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