UN Women

Gender Specialist (Humanitarian Action and Durable Solutions)

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.

The UN Women Myanmar Office is based in Yangon, with offices in the capital Naypitaw as well as in Mon, Kachin and Rakhine States. Under its Strategic Note 2019-2021, UN Women Myanmar focuses on delivering on the following interlinked programme areas underpinned by support for intergovernmental and normative processes:
  • Women’s Leadership and Gender Responsive Governance;
  • Women’s Economic Empowerment;
  • Women, Peace and Security and Gender in Humanitarian Action
UN Women is a full-fledged member of the Myanmar Humanitarian Country Team, co-leads with UNFPA the Gender in Humanitarian Workstreams and co-chairs with UNFPA and UNICEF the PSEA Network.

UN Women is seeking a Gender in Humanitarian Action/Durable Solutions Specialist to support the efforts of the Myanmar Country Office to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women in humanitarian action and across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, including as part of the UN Country Team efforts to support Durable Solutions to displacement.

Reporting primarily to the Head of Programme, and secondarily to the Country Representative in Myanmar, the  Gender Specialist-Humanitarian Action/Durable Solutions, will manage the country office’s work on Gender in Humanitarian Action/Durable Solutions by overseeing the Design and formulation of Humanitarian and nexus programming, supporting the implementation and management of programmes, providing Capacity Building to partners, establishing and strengthening partnerships, supporting resource mobilization, supporting inter-agency Coordination and managing advocacy, communication and knowledge management.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Design and develop programme strategies on Gender in Humanitarian Action and Durable Solutions

  • Design and formulate programme/project proposals and initiatives on Gender in Humanitarian Action/durable solutions and nexus programming;
  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to Humanitarian Action/Durable solutions and nexus programming;
  • Provide technical inputs to programme proposals from other program teams within the country office
2. Manage and provide Technical Support to the UN Women humanitarian/durable solutions programme

  • Finalize the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation;
  • Manage the technical implementation of the programme/project; ensure synergies with other teams;
  • Oversee the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Provide guidance to personnel and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;
  • Oversee the organization of Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed
  • Manage monitoring and reporting of the programme.
  • Manage human and financial resources of the programme
3. Provide capacity building support to Country Office teams and partners

  • Provide technical and policy support to country office teams in developing and strengthening projects/ programmes;
  • Implement and monitor capacity building initiatives;
  • Provide technical support to partners on integration of gender in humanitarian action, nexus programming and durable solutions.
4. Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with stakeholders, regional/ international actors and development partners

  • Build and maintain alliances and strategic partnerships for the advancement of gender in humanitarian action/durable solutions;
  • Build and maintain close liaisons with relevant donors and other actors supporting efforts towards humanitarian action/durable solutions, as delegated;
  • Contribute technical inputs to updates and briefs on country development situation to be used by stakeholders, CO and HQ;
  • Maintain close contact with relevant staff in UN Women Asia-Pacific regional Office and HQ.
5. Manage the resource mobilization strategy for humanitarian action/durable solutions

  • Participate in the implementation, monitoring and periodic updating of the resource mobilization strategy on humanitarian action;
  • Provide technical support to the country office in mobilizing resources for the implementation of humanitarian action;
  • Research and analyze information on donors.
6. Manage the advocacy of humanitarian action/DRR through inter-agency coordination

  • Provide technical support to the Representative on inter-agency coordination on humanitarian action including through the Humanitarian Country Team;
  • Work closely with and provide advice to national bodies and interagency groups that influence national policies related to humanitarian action/durable solutions;
  • Participate and contribute inputs to the Myanmar Humanitarian Protection Cluster and the Durable Solutions unit;
  • Coordinate specific efforts in mainstreaming gender and protection in other clusters and relevant working groups;
  • Advocate for the engagement and participation of local organizations and civil society networks in humanitarian coordination mechanisms.
7. Manage advocacy and communication efforts of humanitarian action

  • During Emergency response, develop and implement communication and advocacy messages and contribute inputs to strategies on key gender and protection concerns;
  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to humanitarian action and durable solutions as necessary;
  • Develop information, education and communication (IEC) materials, press releases, situation reports, alerts and contribute gender and protection-related inputs to documents prepared by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
8. Manage knowledge building and sharing for humanitarian action

  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to gender in humanitarian action and durable solutions;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on gender in humanitarian action/durable solutions.
Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality programme design and inputs to Strategic Note
  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget and workplans, and in line with all UN Women operational rules and regulations, including security
  • Timely and quality technical advice and support
  • Quality reports and other strategic documents drafted and submitted in a timely manner
  • Strong relationships with various partners and stakeholders
  • 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
Functional Competencies

  • Strong knowledge and experience related to current policies and practices in the fields of gender equality;
  • Strong knowledge and experience related to current policies and practices in the field of protection and humanitarian action, including humanitarian coordination;
  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Strong 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
  • Strong 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 (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) would be an added advantage.
Work experience:

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in designing and managing humanitarian programmes, with a particular focus on gender and protection in emergencies;
  • Technical experience in humanitarian inter-agency coordination;
  • Experience in policy Analysis and strategic planning;
  • Experience working on durable solutions to displacement is an asset;
  • Experience working with, and building partnerships with governments, donors and Civil Society Organizations internationally and in the field;
  • Experience working with the UN is an asset; and
  • Experience working in the region is an asset
Language requirement:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;
  • Knowledge of Burmese is an asset.

All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558. 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.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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