United Nations Gender Affairs Officer Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

United Nations Gender Affairs Officer Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

Posting Title:

  • Gender Affairs Officer, P4 (Temporary Job Opening)

    Job Code Title:

  • Gender Affairs Officer


  • United Nations Office to the African Union

    Duty Station:

  • Addis Ababa

    Job Opening Number:

  • 18-Political Affairs-UNOAU-107670-J-Addis Ababa (M)

    This position is located in the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU). The Gender Adviser reports to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union.

    The incumbent will also assist the Office of the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan (OSESSS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as described below.

    The Gender Adviser will work closely with the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the Department of Field Support (DFS) to advance gender-responsive implementation of the UNOAU and OSESSS mandates.

    The United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) was established in 2010 by General Assembly Resolution 64/288 to enhance the partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) in the area of peace and security, provide coordinated and consistent advice to the AU on both long-term capacity-building and short-term operational support, and streamline the UN presence in Addis Ababa to be more cost-effective and efficient in delivering assistance to the AU.


  • Provide advisory support to the AU, particularly in terms of best practices and lessons learned from the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security, the DPKO/DFS Policy on Gender in Peacekeeping Operations and DPA Gender/Women, Peace and Security Strategy (2016-2020); and the DPKO/DFS-DPA Joint Guidelines on Enhancing the Role of Women in Post-Conflict Electoral Processes (2007).
  • Provide technical assistance to the AU on strategies for gender mainstreaming, including options to strengthen the capacity to perform gender analysis, design and implement gender-sensitive policies and programmes and the area of peace and security;
  • Contribute to joint UN-AU efforts to advance women’s rights and enhance the role and participation of women in early warning, conflict prevention, mediation, peace negotiations, as well as post-conflict reconstruction and development; and inclusive electoral processes.
  • Support gender-related knowledge management and data collection within the AU and facilitate the exchange of information on gender policy between the UN and the AU;
  • Collaborate with the AU and support the delivery of gender training to uniformed and civilian personnel and conduct orientation activities on gender mainstreaming as required by the AU.

    Within OSESS (30%)

  • Provide operational support on gender and women, peace and security issues to the OSESSS team, including expanding the capacity for gender analysis; designing gender-sensitive strategies and action plans; and providing substantive and technical support on the women, peace and security related aspects of the mediation processes supported by OSESSS.
  • Collaborate with local and international CSOs and NGOs working on women, peace and security agenda in Sudan and South Sudan.
  • Maintain collaborative relations with the AU and IGAD and support their efforts to advance women’s participation in the peace processes in Sudan and South Sudan.

    Cross-cutting aspects (20%)

  • Advise senior UNOAU and OSESSS leadership on strategies to ensure effective implementation of existing mandates and policies for the promotion of gender equality, women’s rights and prevention of sexual violence in all mandated tasks;
  • Oversee
    the design and implementation of action plans to translate existing mandates and policies on the promotion of gender equality in all activities of UNOAU and OSESSS;
  • Build and maintain partnerships with other UN entities that have complementary mandates on gender and women, peace and security related issues, and participate in established inter-agency coordination mechanisms;
  • Oversee the implementation of reporting obligations, documentation and good practices, the preparation of policy papers, and related submissions for UNOAU and OSESSS leadership and DPA/DPKO/DFS;
  • Ensure that gender is mainstreamed throughout strategic planning processes and supports the results-based reporting processes for the regular budget, support account and XB funding;
  • Support the delivery of gender training to UNOAU and OSESSS personnel;
  • Ensure regular liaison, consultation and substantive reporting to the DPA Gender, Peace and Security Unit and the DPKO Gender Advisor at UN headquarters;
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Professionalism: Recognized expert in the field of gender affairs/women’s rights;
  • excellent knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to women, peace and security resolutions; ability to advise senior management and other senior officials;
  • conceptual and strategic ability to analyze and evaluate critical matters pertaining to a broad spectrum of gender-related issues;
  • commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of conflict prevention, management (including peace operations and mediation), and sustaining peace; solid experience in planning and capacity development in an international context..


  • Excellent communication skills; strong interpersonal skills;
  • ability to conduct high-level discussions and negotiations in a productive manner with senior officials, representatives of international organizations, civil society groups and subject-matter experts;
  • ability to prepare succinct, analytical reports.


  • 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;
  • shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Gender Affairs, Political or Social Sciences, Human Rights Law, International Law, Development Studies, or a relevant discipline.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible policy advice and programme management experience related to promotion of gender equality particularly with international organizations in conflict or post-conflict settings.
  • Expertise in successfully integrating gender perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes necessary.
  • Prior field experience (peacekeeping, political missions or peacebuilding) is desirable.


  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required; knowledge of French is desirable.
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.

    How to Apply

  • Interested candidates should apply online by 9th December 2018
  • For more information and job application details, see; United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Officer Jobs in Addis Ababa Ethiopia

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