UN Women

Gender Coordination Officer

UN Women

Job Description

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 efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates 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. The United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for 2018-2022 is the UN’s strategic programme framework in Sri Lanka that defines the UN’s support to national development results. UN Women in Sri Lanka co-chairs the UN Gender Theme Group (UN GTG), which is the UN Country Team (UNCT) group responsible for the Coordination of and policy advice on gender equality issues in the UNSDCF, which identifies gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) as a cross-cutting theme. UN Women is also a principal partner in several outcome results groups in the UNSDCF as well as a partner to several UN joint programmes. In 2020, the United Nations in Sri Lanka conducted a UNCT SWAP Gender Scorecard Exercise that assessed the capacities of the United Nations Country Team to respond to its gender mainstreaming responsibilities and the gender coordination mechanisms. The recommendations from the Scorecard are to be implemented through the resultant UNCT Action Plan of the Gender Scorecard. With the enhanced role of UN Women as the leading agency on coordination and gender mainstreaming, and the ensuing increased role of UN Women to support the UN GTG, a strong, flexible and versatile coordination function within UN Women office is required. This will be an important effort towards strengthened accountability for results for gender equality and women's empowerment, enhanced efficiencies, improved coherence, and joint action through better coordination between UN agencies, the government and development partners. Duties and Responsibilities Under the overall guidance and direct supervision of the Country Focal Point/Programme Analyst, UN Women Sri Lanka, and through secondary supervision by the Head of the UN Office of the Resident Coordinator (RCO) in Sri Lanka, the Gender Coordination Officer will be responsible for the following: Support to UN Women on its UN coordination mandate on GEWE:
  • Work closely with the Country Focal Point/Programme Analyst to assist in the strategic coordination of Sri Lanka's priorities and commitments for gender equality and women's empowerment (GEWE);

  • Identify and lead UN joint programming opportunities for UN Women and partner agencies to deliver on the UNSDCF's GEWE commitments, including leading the coordination of the development joint programmes on GEWE;

  • Provide substantive technical inputs on behalf of the office where UN Women’s feedback is required – particularly inter-agency frameworks and other documents;

  • Produce policy notes, briefs and other documents as required to support UN Women’s coordination efforts;

  • Undertake gender Analysis of joint UN programming on women peace and security and humanitarian action;

  • Represent UN Women in UNSDCF Outcome Results Groups and ensure gender equality and women’s rights are mainstreamed in processes and documents;

  • Initiate and draft the Country Gender Equality Profile for Sri Lanka;

  • Document and advocate best practices and lessons learnt for UN System-wide coordination;

  • Liaise with UN Women regional and HQ offices on developments related to UN Women's coordination mandate;

  • Contribute to joint UN and donor advocacy efforts for GEWE, including serving as a member of the Secretariat of the G7+ Working Group on Women, Peace and Security.

Support to UN Women on GEWE related inter-governmental processes:
  • Liaise and coordinate with relevant government, UN and civil society stakeholders in preparation for GEWE related inter-governmental processes such as CEDAW, CSW, BPFA etc.;

  • Provide technical inputs to or draft reports and documents related to inter-governmental processes that require UN Women’s feedback;

  • Review, analyze and draft summaries of reports and policy documents, and of intergovernmental outcomes, from a gender equality perspective; and draft documents (i.e. concept notes, briefing notes and presentations);

  • Foster knowledge management and information flow on UN Coordination on GEWE and inter-governmental processes within the UN Women office;

  • Support government and CSO participation in inter-governmental processes through coordination and logistical support;

  • Conduct briefings and training for relevant government and other stakeholders on relevant processes and mechanisms, as well as key messages, lessons learnt and good practice.

Coordinate and strengthen UN GTG:
  • Provide coordination and secretarial functions for the UN Gender Theme Group, closely collaborating with the RCO, the Chair and co-Chairs of the UN GTG, and Gender Focal Points of UN agencies.

  • Support the development and roll-out of a strategy and Annual Work Plans for the UN GTG, in line with the UNSDCF;

  • Conduct/organize series of training for relevant UN inter-agency structures, including sensitizing UN Women, the UN GTG and others on mainstreaming GEWE in SDGs;

  • Provide substantive technical inputs to reports, documents, briefing notes, policy briefs on specific thematic issues;

  • Coordinate, consolidate and finalize inputs from GTG members for country and HQ level reports as needed;

  • Contribute to strengthening strategic partnerships and coordination for GEWE within the UN System and with external partners, including government and development partners;

  • Foster knowledge management and information flow among GTG members, including creating a repository.

Support to the UN System and RCO on coordinating joint efforts for GEWE:
  • Support the GTG’s role in implementation and monitoring of the UNCT Action Plan developed as part of the Gender Scorecard Exercise;

  • Supporting the development, implementation and monitoring of other related inter-agency efforts on GEWE such as the UN-wide Action Plan on PSEA.

  • Liaise with the UNSDCF Outcome Results Groups, ensuring improved coordination between the GTG and these Groups and improved gender mainstreaming in the Groups’ work;

  • Support the RCO with its annual planning and reporting processes in relation to GEWE.

  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor/s.

Key Performance Indicators
  • Strengthened coordination and engagement with UN agencies to promote GEWE;

  • Improved functioning of the UN GTG -- measurably documented through implementation and monitoring of AWP and other Action Plans.

  • Reflection of gender perspectives in UN joint programming and sectoral areas measurably increased;

  • Strengthened capacities of relevant government, UN and other stakeholders in relation to gender mainstreaming and/or inter-governmental processes.

  • Strengthened capacity of the UN Women office in relation to its normative and coordination mandate

Competencies 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

  • Strong technical expertise, knowledge and understanding of GEWE in Sri Lanka;

  • Competency in promoting gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment in development programmes, including practical experience in the context of coordination, strategic partnership, and Capacity Building on GEWE

  • Strong analytical, written and oral communication skills, including good presentation skills;

  • Good understanding of UN Women’s coordination mandate in the UN system;

  • Good understanding of UN Women’s work in relation to women, peace and security and inter-governmental processes;

  • Familiarity of the Sustainable Development Goals;

  • Ability to conceptualize, develop and use knowledge management strategies to promote effective decision-making and intra/inter-organizational collaboration;

  • Ability to work within a diverse team as well as carry out tasks independently;

  • Strong planning and organizing skills with ability to identify priority activities and assignments and to use time efficiently;

  • Strong problem-solving skills;

  • Ability to take decisions and manage political/cultural sensitivities;

  • Proficient IT skills;

  • Familiarity with Results-based Management and rights-based programming;

  • Familiarity with UN system and UN Women mandate in coordination.

  • Effective in establishing and fostering good relations with government counterparts, UN agencies, donors, and NGO partners.

Required Skills and Experience Education and certification:
  • Master’s degree in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required.

  • A first-level university degree in combination with five additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

  • Minimum 2 years of progressive experience at the national or international level on gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights with a strong background on strategic management and coordinating GEWE within the UN, with government, civil society and other stakeholders;

  • Experience in capacity building and training UN, government or stakeholders on gender-mainstreaming;

  • Familiarity and experience in the areas of Women, Peace and Security and GEWE related inter-governmental processes;

  • Experience in mobilizing resources;

  • Experience in providing substantive technical inputs on GEWE;

  • Familiarity with results-based management and rights-based programming is an asset;

  • Familiarity with UN system and UN Women’s GEWE coordination mandate is an asset.

Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and Sinhala/Tamil is required.

  • Knowledge of another UN official working language is an asset.

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