United Nations Chief of Section, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Jobs in Ethiopia

United Nations Chief of Section, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Jobs in Ethiopia


Org. Setting and Reporting

  • ECA's mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063. The mission will be guided by ECA's five new strategic directions which are: advancing ECA's position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent's problems and take local solutions to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and transboundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa's position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.

  • The Gender, Poverty and Social Policy Division (GPSPD) is headed by a Director and reports to the Deputy Executive Secretary (Programme). The Division is responsible for contributing towards achieving inclusive and equitable sustainable human and social development in Africa and promoting and supporting member States in their work to achieve gender equality and women's empowerment. It is divided into three main sections: Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment; Social Policy; and Urbanization and Development.

    Responsibilities

  • Within delegated authority and under the overall direction of the Director of GPSPD, the Chief of Section will carry out the following responsibilities:

  • Provides policy guidance to the Director of the Division, on conceptual strategy development and management of the implementation of overall strategies and intra and inter-divisional/departmental policies and procedures

  • Manages, supervises and carries out the work programme of the Section under his/her responsibility. Co-ordinates the work carried out by the Section; Plans and oversees the management of activities undertaken by the Section ensuring that substantive work programmes ,programmed activities and projects are carried out in a timely fashion, coordinating diverse projects in the Section, and, in liaison with other organizations of the United Nations System, donors and agencies as appropriate.

  • Provides substantive input and oversees the timely preparation and delivery of the Section’s publications; provides programmatic and substantive reviews of drafts prepared by others; Provides substantive input and oversees the timely preparation of parliamentary documents and other substantive publications for advocacy and for presentation to intergovernmental bodies such as the Committee on Social Policy, Poverty and Gender;

  • Contributes to the reporting to intergovernmental bodies on budget/programme performance or on programmatic/ substantive issues, as appropriate, particularly those presented in biannual and/or annual reports.

  • Ensures that the outputs produced by the Section maintain high-quality standards; that reports are clear, objective and based on comprehensive data. Ensures that all outputs produced by the Section under his/her supervision meet required standards before completion to ensure they comply with the relevant mandates.

  • Prepares inputs for the work programme of the Division, determining priorities, and allocating resources for the completion of outputs and their timely delivery.

  • Undertakes or oversees programmatic /administrative tasks necessary for the functioning of the Unit/Section, including preparation of budgets, assigning and monitoring of performance parameters and critical indicators, reporting on budget/programme performance, preparation of inputs for results-based budgeting, evaluation of staff performance (PAS), interviews of candidates for job openings and evaluation of candidates.

  • Recruits staff for Unit/Section taking due account geographical and gender balance and other institutional values.

  • Manages, guides, develops and trains staff under his/her supervision.

  • Fosters teamwork and communication among staff in the Unit/Section and across organizational boundaries.

  • Represents the Organization at inter-agency meetings, seminars, etc. on substantive-related issues.

  • Participates in international, regional or national meetings and provides programmatic /substantive expertise on an issue or hold programmatic/substantive and organizational discussions with representatives of other institutions.

    Competencies

  • Professionalism: Knowledge of gender, poverty and social development in Africa and of specific areas being supervised. Ability to produce reports and papers on technical issues and to review and edit the work of others. Demonstrates in-depth technical knowledge and proven analytical skills in aspects of social and economic development as it relates to gender equality and women’s empowerment in the African context. Ability to apply UN rules, regulations, policies and guidelines in work situations.

  • 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 & 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.

  • Leadership: Serves as a role model that other people want to follow: empowers others to translate vision into results; is proactive in developing strategies to accomplish objectives; establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions; drives for change and improvements; does not accept the status quo; shows the courage to take unpopular stands.

  • Managing Performance: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.

    Education

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or Doctorate degree, or equivalent) in economics, development studies, gender, social sciences or related fields is required.

  • A first-level degree (Bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in the specified fields of studies with two additional years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience socio-economic development with a strong focus on gender issues is required.

  • Strong policy analysis experience is required.

  • Field experience and specific knowledge on Africa is desirable.

  • Experience with international technical cooperation projects and prior supervision experience is desirable.

    Languages

  • English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in either language is required; knowledge of the other is desirable. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Chief of Section, Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Jobs in Ethiopia


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