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CLOSED: Gender specialist

Job description

Background

UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (BCPR) is the practice lead in UNDP and much of the UN system on the prevention of armed conflict, mitigation and prevention of natural disasters, and related recovery work. BCPR’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Recovery Team (DRRRT) is responsible for practice development for DRRR. The goal of the Team is to provide support to UNDP country offices and UN Country Teams in their efforts to strengthen national capacities for disaster risk reduction (DRR), preparedness, recovery assessments and all related programmes and planning. The team provides high quality advice and programmatic support to UNDP country offices for the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of DRRR activities.

The DRRRT draws on expertise from four groups: 1. Disaster Recovery and Preparedness; and 2. Disaster Risk Reduction – both under the direct leadership of the DRRRT Coordinator; and 3. the Governance and Rule of Law Group (GRoLG) and; 4. the Livelihoods and Economic Group (LERG) – with ‘matrixed’ responsibility to both the DRRRT Coordinator and the Conflict Prevention and Recovery Team (CPRT) Coordinator.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Programme Advisor – within the overall coordination of the DRRRT Coordinator, the Gender Specialist will be responsible for the technical and advisory support to UNDP country offices on gender-sensitive DRR and recovery programming and will contribute to the regular review and implementation of BCPR’s gender strategy and action plan from a DRR and recovery perspective. S/he will work in close collaboration with BCPR’s Policy and Planning Division (PPD), Country Support Management Team (CSMT) and UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy (BDP).


Duties and Responsibilities

Contributes to the regular review and implementation of BCPR's gender strategy and action plan from a disaster risk reduction and recovery perspective
Provides technical and advisory support to UNDP country offices on gender-sensitive disaster risk reduction and recovery programming
Contributes to UNDP, UN and other initiatives on DRR contexts through the integration of a gender perspective and ensures UNDP strategic positioning
Collaborates closely with BCPR colleagues, other UNDP units, especially with the BDP Gender team, to design and promote systematic approaches to ensuring gender sensitive programme across UNDP including the development of tools and guidelines for gender-sensitive disaster risk management
Supports knowledge and information-sharing within the gender and crisis prevention and recovery ‘communities of practice’
Contributes to the regular review and implementation of BCPR's gender strategy and action plan from a disaster risk reduction and recovery perspective, focusing on achievement of the following results:

- Collaboration with the Gender and CPR Advisor in BCPR’s Policy and Planning Division (PPD) ensuring that the disaster risk reduction and gender aspects are implemented and integrated as an integral part of the five-year Bureau strategy
- Contribution to the work of the BCPR Monitoring & Evaluation team to assure monitorable gender indicators in disaster risk reduction and recovery contexts
- Enhanced capacity of UNDP staff in integrating gender in disaster risk reduction and recovery, taking into consideration the competency gaps identified

Provides technical and advisory support to UNDP country offices on gender-sensitive disaster risk reduction and recovery, focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Technical programme support and guidance to formulate, develop and implement integrated and gender-sensitive DRR and recovery programmes / projects, as requested by the Country Support Management Team (CSMT) for UNDP’s country offices (CO) and Regional Bureaux (RBx)
- Support to strategy development, pre-planning and assessment and strategic planning on DRRR projects, ensuring the mainstreaming of gender aspects
- Monitoring of ongoing UNDP DRR programmes and projects to ensure that the projects are gender-sensitive and implemented in the most effective manner
- Advice on project and programme design and management practices, use of technologies, and cost-effectiveness of projects, as well as recommendations for changes to existing projects
- Collaboration with CSMT in support to CO’s in the preparation of project proposals and reports for gender-sensitive DRR and recovery activities

Contributes to UNDP, UN and other initiatives on disaster reduction and recovery contexts through the integration of a gender perspective and ensures UNDP strategic positioning, focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Collaboration in integrating a gender perspective in all DRR and recovery activities supported by the Bureau
- Conduct of gender analysis for reporting on the BCPR strategic outcome areas
- Contribution to the development of a robust gender mainstreaming methodology and approach for the UNDP CPR practice area in collaboration with all BCPR units, BDP Gender, Poverty and Democratic Governance teams and external partners
- Collaboration in designing gender-responsive strategic frameworks for DRRR
- Systematic gender analysis of programmes in specific countries in crisis or post crisis, ensuring gender dimensions are meaningfully included

Collaborates closely with BCPR colleagues, other UNDP units, (especially BDP Gender team), to design and promote systematic approaches to ensuring gender sensitive programme across UNDP including the development of tools and guidelines for gender-sensitive disaster risk management, focusing on achieving the following results:
- Identification and production of capacity development materials and delivery systems for providing mainstreaming gender-sensitive DRR services to country offices in high disaster risk areas.
- Development of a training programme for country offices staff on integrating gender aspects in disaster risk reduction projects, in collaboration with the Capacity for Disaster Risk Initiative (CADRI)
- Contribution to the development of gender-sensitive DDR mainstreaming tools and their application at the country office level, in collaboration with the UNDG and CADRI, and provision of ongoing guidance to UNDP country office staff on guidelines and tools for mainstreaming gender-sensitive DRR into the CCA/UNDAF, and the poverty reduction, democratic, governance and energy environment practice areas

Supports knowledge and information-sharing within the gender and crisis prevention and recovery communities of practice, focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Monitoring and response to knowledge management needs for integrating gender aspects into DRR programmes and projects
- Sharing gender-sensitive DRR knowledge management activities with those of UNDP and external partners
- Contribution to the development, generation and dissemination of outreach materials
- Contribution to the development of communication and information materials for dissemination within the UNDP and external audiences.


Impact of Results

The key results have a positive impact on the following: provision of effective and timely technical support to integrating gender aspects into DRR programmes and projects and mainstreaming DRR into country programmes and national development agendas, as well as enhancement of UNDP’s capacity development UNDP’s country office staff in mainstreaming DRR.


Functional Competencies

Building strategic partnerships - Identifying and building partnerships
- Displays initiative, sets challenging outputs for him/herself and willingly accepts new work assignments
- Takes responsibility for achieving agreed outputs within set deadlines and strives until successful outputs are achieved

Promoting organizational learning and knowledge sharing - Developing tools and mechanisms
- Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches
- Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms

Job knowledge/technical expertise - In-depth knowledge of the Subject-matter

- Understands more advanced aspects of disaster risk reduction and recovery as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines
- Keeps abreast of new developments in area of disaster risk reduction and recovery and seeks to develop him/herself professionally
- Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments

Client orientation - Contributing to positive outcomes for the client
- Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider
- Keeps the client informed of problems or delays in the provision of services


Core Competencies:

- Ethics & Values: Demonstrating / Safeguarding Ethics and Integrity - Is familiar with and acts in accordance with the standard of conduct for international civil servants, ethics and UN/UNDP values
- Organizational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment - Understands the structure and hierarchy of UN/UNDP, process flows throughout the organization, products and services, their measures of effectiveness, and perceptions of clients
- Developing & Empowering People/Coaching and Mentoring: Self-development, initiative-taking - Takes initiative and seeks opportunities to initiate action
- Working in Teams: Acting as a team player and facilitating team work - Works collaboratively with team members sharing information openly and displaying cultural awareness and sensitivity
- Communicating Information and Ideas: Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively - Uses tact and sensitivity when delivering sensitive information or resolving delicate issues
- Self Management & Emotional Intelligence: Creating synergies through self-control - Fosters a positive outlook and maintains focus during period of stress and heavy work load, inspiring and guiding others towards goal achievement
- Conflict Management/Negotiating & Resolving Disagreements - Managing conflict Remains calm, composed and patient, regardless of his/her own state of mind in the face of conflict
- Knowledge Sharing & Continuous Learning: Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others - Actively seeks learning opportunities, adopting best practices created by others
- Appropriate and Transparent Decision-making: Informed and transparent decision making - Makes decisions within his/her own span of control, recognizes issues requiring more advanced judgment and refers them to the appropriate level


Required Skills and Experience

Education:
A minimum of a Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, gender studies, and/or a development related fields with some qualification in a discipline relevant to disaster risk reduction

Experience:
- Direct experience in operationalzing gender strategies in emergency, recovery and development work
- At least 5 years professional experience in disaster risk management and development including field experience
- Experience in disaster policy development and mainstreaming DRR into development
- High degree of technical knowledge and interaction with partners in the area of gender, disasters and development

Language Requirements:
- Fluency in English, both oral and written, is required;
- working knowledge of other UN official language is an asset (French or Spanish).


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.

Contract type

P-3, one year

Additional information

http://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=23045

Keywords

  • Themes:Gender, Governance, Recovery
  • Countries/Regions:United States of America

  • Short URL:http://preventionweb.net/go/19668

Note: This position is listed for reference purposes only. Applications for this position are no longer being accepted.

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