United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Regional Adviser (Gender & Development)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, opportunity.

The Regional Adviser Gender and Development serves as the most senior UNICEF gender expert in the Region, supporting the development, application, and achievement of goals and strategies on gender programming for countries of the Region in alignment with UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan and Strategic Plan. S/he provides leadership and support on gender in three specific areas: a) programme excellence; b) Coordination, management, and oversight; and c) partnerships and resource mobilization. The Regional Gender Advisor works closely with the Regional Director, Deputy Regional Director, and other Regional Advisors to provide integrated technical, programmatic, and strategic input on gender as well as coordination and oversight on Monitoring and Reporting gender results.

How can you make a difference?

The Regional Gender Advisor supports Country Offices and, through them, national governments, and other key partners in developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating high quality and results-oriented gender-related programmes, policies, strategies and systems across sectors. In collaboration with other regional advisors the incumbent provides assistance to CO senior management, sectoral chiefs, and gender specialists/focal points.  This includes guidance on region-specific strategic direction, ensuring technical excellence and overseeing the quality of programmatic work on Gender Equality. To reinforce a focus on implementation and monitoring of the GAP and regional priorities, s/he also engages with other regional advisors to initiate supportive actions that enhance region-wide systems, capacity, and cross-sectoral collaboration on gender.

The Regional Gender Advisor provides technical assistance and regional oversight on the  harmonization and inclusion of gender-related inputs into programme strategy implementation, communication and Knowledge Sharing, resource mobilization, representation, networking and strategic partnership creation, under the programmatic guidance of the HQ gender team on issues related to implementing and monitoring UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan.

The position reports to the Deputy Regional Director.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in the social sciences (i.e. sociology, demography, psychology, Political Science, or economics), public health, public policy, or international development. A concentration in gender is a strong asset.
  • Minimum twelve years of progressively responsible professional experience and demonstrated track record of having undertaken and led substantive programming and research on gender and development in key issue areas that are the focus of UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan. Preference for candidates with experience in delivering results-based programmes on gender and development. Experience in programme management and leadership, especially at country/field level.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian) and/or Portuguese is an asset.
For every child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are: Leading and Supervising [III], Formulating Strategies and Concepts [III], Analyzing [III], Relating and Networking [III], Deciding and Initiating Action [III], Persuading and Influencing [III], Applying technical skills [III], Entrepreneurial thinking [III].

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF is committed to achieving gender balance at P-5 level by end 2021 and will prioritize eligible and suitable female candidates.

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