Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). The Gender Affairs Officer will be based in Mogadishu. The Gender Affairs Officer reports to the Senior Gender Affairs Officer/Gender Adviser and the Chief of Integrated Gender Office (IGO) located in the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG).


Within the limits of delegated authority, the Gender Affairs Officer will be responsible for performing the following duties:

• Supports the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and the Policy on Gender in Peacekeeping Operations.
• Drafts Gender Action Plan and Supports the process of its implementation in the mission’s Gender Action Plan to mainstream gender considerations into the work of each mission component, and technically supports the mission’s Gender Focal Points in other mission components to integrate into the mission’s mandated priorities.
• Supports knowledge management and data collection with regard to gender policy and facilitates the collection and exchange of information between partners and the Gender Advisory Unit.
• Drafts, collates and edits specified results based inputs for all gender related reports and documentation as required.
• Coordinates, as needed, with other UN agencies, Funds and Programmes that have complementary mandates on gender related issues through participating in working-level mechanisms such as such as the Gender Theme Group (GTG), Gender-Based Violence (GBV) working group, as well as coordinates with relevant national institutions and local non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
• Supports the provision of technical expertise as required to relevant partners and mission components on strategies for gender mainstreaming, including expanding the capacity for gender analysis and designing gender-sensitive policies and programmes.
•Supports awareness raising and capacity development efforts and initiatives for the staff members of the Mission to strengthen mainstreaming of gender and women, peace and security (WPS) within the Mission.
• Supports the results-based budgeting (RBB) process and provides substantive inputs to results based reporting and analysis. Facilitates monitoring and reporting methodologies and benchmarking for all activities.
• Participates in national and/or regional meetings, workshops and training programmes relevant to the work of the team.
• Collaborates with the mission’s training unit to develop and deliver gender training to uniformed and civilian mission personnel and conduct orientation activities on gender mainstreaming in the mission.
• Supports the process of implementing the mission’s Gender Action Plan to mainstream gender considerations into the work of each mission component, and technically supports the mission’s Gender Focal Points in other mission sections, to integrate gender into the mission’s mandated priorities.

• Supports the delivery of gender training to uniformed and civilian mission personnel and conducts orientation activities on gender mainstreaming in the mission.
• Facilitate dialogue between the Mission’s leadership and civil society organizations, including women’s groups, on gender issues.
• Supports the organization of consultations for the Government Gender Machinery and women civil society leaders to strengthen women’s representation and participation in local, regional and national peace and political processes, including peace-mediation and reconciliation, constitutional review and electoral processes.
•Works closely with PAMG Constitution support team, the Integrated Electoral Support Group (IESG) and Strategic Communication and Public Information Group to ensure availability of technical data, analysis and information on gender and WPS relevant for constitutional review, electoral process and all UNSOM work related strategic/public communication.
• Performs other duties as required.


PROFESSIONALISM: Shows pride in work an achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

TEAMWORK: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, international relations, social studies, gender studies, including women’s studies or in a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the field of international relations, law, gender, including women’s rights, peace-mediation and/or peacekeeping issues at policy and operational levels is required.
Strong experience in the promotion of gender equality in a post-conflict setting is required.
Experience working in or in support of a field operation of the United Nations Common System or a comparable international organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position fluency in oral and written English is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

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The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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