United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

National Gender and Social Safeguards Officer

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

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. Yemen’s current multi-dimensional war is now entering its fourth year. This conflict has exacerbated the Yemen’s chronic vulnerabilities, leaving an estimated 22.2 million people (or more than 75 percent of its population) in need of humanitarian assistance, including an estimated 11.3 million children and 2.9 million IDPs.

Yemen is one of the most food insecure countries in the world. Around 20 million people (70 percent of the population) are facing hunger, a 13 percent increase from 2017. The current conflict has led to a decline in the national economy. Gross Domestic Product was cut in half since 2015, and more than 80 percent of the population living below the poverty line. The fighting around the country’s seaports and the ensuing suspension of commercial imports and supply shortages, the depreciation of the Yemeni riyal, which is now worth barely a third of 2015 level, have combined to push the food prices up.

It is estimated that close to 14 million people will be facing severe food shortage or at risk of starvation by the end of 2018. Around 152 out of Yemen’s 333 districts are currently in IPC 4 (Emergency), which is a 45 percent increase from 2017.1 In total, people in 230 out of 333 districts in Yemen are currently at risk of famine, with people in 104 out of 333 districts facing multiple, overlapping vulnerabilities including exposure to diseases, lack of electricity and access to adequate WASH facilities, and lack of security. Only half of health facilities are functioning, and many Yemenis in need of critical treatments especially for malnutrition are too poor to access the ones that are open. Beyond those at risk of famine, many millions with only emergency food assistance to survive, face a collapse in their immune systems – especially children and the elderly – increasing their vulnerability to malnutrition, cholera, and other diseases. Chronic water shortages exacerbate food insecurity and risk of famine in areas where people depend on Agriculture for food and income.

In this context, UNDP, in partnership with the World Bank, developed a project to step up current efforts of the international community to deliver critically needed livelihood support and service delivery to a population hit hard by the conflict. The Yemen Emergency Crisis Response Project (ECRP) contributes to improving the resilience of participating households and communities and helps host communities of IDPs to cope with the economic and social pressures on the already scarce resources. It contributes to local area economies by supporting local communities, private sector contractors, SMEs, and improving the purchasing power of benefitting communities. ECRP has started in September 2016 with US$ 50 million which was scales up to US$300 million early 2017 and another additional financing of US$ 100 million started May 2019. Recently, a new fund of $61.4 million has been negotiated and approved by the World Bank as a first phase under Social Protection Enhancement and Covid-19 Response, with a view to increasing the fund in the second phase by end of 2021. Two Responsible Parties, Social Fund for Development (SFD) and the Public Works Project (PWP) have been identified to deliver the outputs outlined below: 1) Short-term income-generation – through labor-intensive Cash for Work schemes and small-scale community infrastructure rehabilitation leading to increased income-generation and livelihoods including access to productive assets for households. The end result will be that Yemeni households benefit from short-term income and livelihoods opportunities irrespective of gender, age, and displacement status.

2) Recovery of SMEs – through improvement of Access to Finance and MFI operations leading to enhanced resilience and recovery of financial service providers and SMEs (including agriculture-based SMEs). The end result will be that financial service providers and SMEs are able to sustain and scale up their business operations creating additional employment.

3) Increasing community assets – through reconstruction and rehabilitation of community infrastructures leading to functional key socio-economic community infrastructures. The end result will be that the communities benefit from restored socio-economic community assets through extended basic service delivery.

ECRP is concerned about the human, social and economic costs of environmental hazards, occupational accidents, injuries and diseases have long been caused for concern at all levels from the individual workplace to field interventions. The implementing partners (IPs) have been supported to upgrade and introduced proper measures and policies prevent, control, reduce or eliminate occupational hazards and risks need to be in place and applied. In high-risk contexts, such as Yemen, this is particularly important.

UNDP Yemen now seeks to recruit a national Gender and Social Safeguard Officer (GSSO) to support in monitoring and assuring compliance of the IPs to the UNDP’s Social Standards (www.undp.org/ses). This includes provisions related to Gender, GBV, Sextual Harassment (SH), Displacement and other social aspects (see programme and project level Standards), including the need to respect and promote local community, women, people with disability, elderly, youth and workers’ rights and protection from any risks and discrimination.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Team Leader Economic Resilience and Recovery Unit, the ECRP Project Manager, and direct supervision of the International Safeguard Specialist, the National Gender and Social safeguard Officer (GSSO) will support in management and ensuring that the UNDP’s corporate Social Standards (SS), including gender, GBV, SH and others are applied to mainstream safeguard policy of leaving no one behind, human rights, women empowerment and gender equality are integrate in ECRP, SPECRP and other projects fully. the Gender and Social Safeguard Officer (GSSO) is responsible to assist and support the mainstreaming Gender, Gender based violence (GBV) and other related Social safeguard. The GSSO should make sure that the women along the project corridor have been consulted properly and their views and comments have been considered in the project documents, including Social mitigation Plan, Grievance Response Mechanism (GRM), and Gender mainstreaming into project components along with collection of gender disaggregate data.

The GSSO should ensure all social risks and impacts are avoided, minimized, mitigated, and managed. In the context of the Social Protection Enhancement and COVID-19 Response Project (SPECRP) and the Yemen Emergency Crisis Response Project (YECRP), also ensure consistency with the World Bank and UNDP’s environmental and social safeguards. The main duties of the Officer are:
  • Contribute to strengthening SPECRP and YECRP’s social safeguard according to updated UNDP Social and Environment safeguard SES and legal standards and foster a culture of attention to social risks during planning and implementation of ECRP and SPECRP’s activities and interventions.
  • Assist and work closely with International Safeguard Specialist (ISS), Environment and Social safeguard Officer (ESSO) and occupational of Health and Safety Officer (OHSO) and Gender Analyst to ensure effective implementation of the social safeguard requirements, action plan and reporting.
  • Contribute and ensure women, people with disability, internal displaced people IDPs and any other vulnerable groups are included and consulted fully in all stakeholder engagement, project process and management. Environmental and Social Management Plan (ESMP) and Environmental and Social Commitment Plan (ESCP)Contribute in review of existing policies and measures and update according to international standards to ensure application of advanced social safeguard policies, frameworks, guidelines and toolkits.
  • Support coordination and communication in issues related to social safeguard between UNDP, IPs, TMP and other partners.
  • Contribute to development of social safeguard training plans/materials and execution of the Training Programs to enhance the capacities of the RPs.
  • Contribute and coordinate meetings, workshops, training, and Capacity Development activities related to gender and social safeguard aspects.
  • Contribute and conduct awareness and Capacity Building training on gender, GBV and social safeguards to UNDP, IPs, third party monitoring TPM and other partners, in collaboration with safeguard team and gender specialist.
  • Support development of gender and GBV mainstreaming, referral pathway, reporting and SOPs.
  • Review gender, GBV and social management plan in the environment and social management plan ESMP, reports of Responsible Parties (RPs), in order to ensure compliance with ECRP environment and social framework ESMF and updated UNDP SES.
  • Conduct regular field visits and monitor to implementation to gender and social management plan in ESMPs and SPECRP’s social safeguard Action Plan. Prepare regular monitoring reports based on Gender and GBV monitoring template & action plan and ensure that actions in the plans are fully respected.
  • Support responsible party RPs compliance with the requirements of social safeguard, stakeholder engagements, consultation, disclosure, and Grievance Redress Mechanisms including working with ISS, ESSO and OHSO in establishing of toll free call centers for the GRM, formation and functioning of appropriate review bodies (national and subnational level) for review of the complaints from the call centers; and initiate appropriate response to the relevant complaints, monitor the effectiveness of GRM for each sub-project and propose any improvement needed in order to resolve and handle complaints at site.
  • Support developing database, report, and update record on non-compliance to gender and social safeguard requirements and investigate cases to determine causes and handle compensation claims, in coordination with ESSO.
  • Participate in ECRP and SPECRP planning processes to identify any gender and social concerns and propose mitigative and preventive measures to control and manage adverse safeguards risks and issues.
  • Contribute to the investigation of fatality cases and high impact injuries to ensure all due obligations are taken, compliance measures are respected, and deceased parties are fully aware of their rights and compensation and settlements are concluded rightfully and legitimately without any harm. As well as in drafting the report on the closure of the cases.
  • Coordinate with relevant RPs on sharing information and work closely with ISS, other gender and social safeguards focal points, gender analyst, environmental and occupational of health and safety (OHS) Officers.
  • Collect and research lessons learned and assessments/ studies on social safeguard aspects.
  • Provide liaison and coordination support with relevant partners and stakeholders to promote information sharing and coordination, including Safeguard Technical Working Group (STWG) and Safeguard Forum.
  • Perform any other relevant duties as assigned by the supervisor.
The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that
  • Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is created;
  • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced.


Core Competencies: 

Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work
  • Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
  • Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
  • Level 4: Models independent thinking and action
Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
  • Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent Analysis
Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
  • Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
Technical/Functional Competencies: 

Gender and Institutional Development: Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreaming and capacity development and interagency collaboration and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Event, Meeting, and Workshop Facilitation: Ability to plan and organize events.

  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Addressing Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV): Knowledge of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) policy and principles and the ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations.

  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Knowledge Management and Learning: Shares knowledge and experience and works towards personal learning and development.

  • Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in social studies, public policy, development studies, public Administration, or a related area.
  • Or bachelor’s degree in social studies, public policy, development studies, public administration, or a related area. with additional years of experience as indicated in the “Experience” section below could be accepted in lieu of the master’s degree.

  • Minimum three years of relevant working experience with master’s or five years with bachelor’s degree in relevant field including gender, social safeguard planning and implementation for community-based initiatives and projects, M&E, and in managing women empowerment including below.
  • knowledge and work experience in gender, GBV and social safeguards
  • knowledge of Do No Harm and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Familiarity with conducting data analysis and reporting statistics.
  • Relevant experience working with an UN agency or other humanitarian agency.
  • Working knowledge of safeguard management information system
  • Has completed relevant trainings in Gender and Prevention of Sexual Harassment
  • Experience in the area of crisis/emergency response, humanitarian/development environment, early recovery field coordination
  • Proficient in MS Office
Language Requirements:

  • Excellent knowledge of English and Arabic and ability to communicate clearly in written and spoken English and Arabic.

  • Experience with UNDP on emergency response projects is highly desirable.
  • Non-Smoking environment.


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