Consultant, UN System Coordination Division, Gender Mainstreaming Portfolio

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Location : Home based
Application Deadline :12-Apr-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :0d 15h 36m
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
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Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 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.


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 center of all its work, UN Women leads United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Specifically, the United Nations System Coordination Division leads, coordinates and promotes the accountability of the United Nations system in its work on gender equality and the empowerment of women at the global, regional and country levels.  The Division also contributes to the execution of UN Women’s mandate through inter-agency collaboration, the promotion of system-wide gender mainstreaming, and the implementation of system-wide accountability frameworks to advance gender equality and empowerment of women. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with Secretariat support to the Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE), including support for the preparation of its annual and inter-sessional meetings, and participation and coordination of its task forces and working groups (June – November 2021);
  • Provide editorial and substantive feedback in support of the finalization and roll-out of a gender mainstreaming handbook (June – July 2021);
  • Assist with the review of Gender Mainstreaming Guidelines for the Tourism Sector and other resource materials in support of a joint programme with UNWTO on Women’s Empowerment in the Tourism Sector in the context of the COVID-19 recovery (August – November 2021);
  • Assist with the review of background papers and preparation of talking points for the  participation of relevant UN Women senior officials and the Executive Director in the 42nd Session of the High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) and the 2021 Second Regular Session of the Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) (October – November 2021);
  • Support research for inputs to the Secretary-General’s Report on Gender Mainstreaming, including through review of internal UN and external sources (October – November 2021);
  • Contribute to the development of knowledge products and webinars to support capacity building for gender mainstreaming in thematic areas, including in the context of the 2030 Agenda (ongoing until November);
  • Contribute to preparations for the annual United Nations Observance of International Women’s Day (September – November 2021);
  • Provide technical inputs to written reports, documents and communications related to gender mainstreaming across the UN system, e.g. background papers, draft reports, studies, briefing notes and correspondence as needed (ongoing until November 2021);
  • Provide other related support as requested by the Coordination Advisor or the Director of the Division, as needed (ongoing until November 2021).


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced university degree in international relations, development studies, gender studies, social sciences, or other related field. 
  • At least five years of progressively responsible experience working on gender equality and women’s empowerment issues, particularly within the context of the work of the United Nations.
  • Familiarity with internationally agreed commitments such as the Beijing Platform for Action and 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • Ability to conduct research and produce analytical reports with supporting evidence including data, statistics and infographics.
  • Experience in organization of virtual meetings, and high-level event organization would be desirable.
  • Prior experience working within the United Nations system would be an advantage.


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