UNOPS Gender and Diversity Advisor Jobs in Kenya

UNOPS Gender and Diversity Advisor Jobs in Kenya

UNOPS is committed to the mainstreaming of gender equality and women’s empowerment across its portfolio. For example, it is actively involved in the United Nations System-Wide Action Plan (UN-SWAP) for gender equality and women's empowerment, which assigns common performance standards for the gender-related work of all UN entities.

UNOPS has appointed gender focal points at country and partnership offices to facilitate gender activities at the project and office levels and raise awareness on gender-related issues.

One of the key gender goals in UNOPS’ Strategic Plan is to integrate gender considerations in projects to better the lives of both men and women in the countries where it operates, and to work towards gender parity in its own offices.

At the project level, UNOPS has developed a gender toolkit to help project managers, developers and teams incorporate gender into all aspects of project activities.

It provides concrete guidance on how to better take into account the needs of women, men, girls and boys while implementing projects.

However, it has been widely noticed that successful gender equality work has to tackle gender roles and powers in society.

It has to be transformative and mainstreamed in all project activities, rather than being added as an afterthought.

As such, gender equality action has to be deeply embedded in a country’s socio-political, cultural and economic context. Gender equality measures and strategies have to be part and parcel of all joined United Nations development frameworks in a given country, as well as in all UNOPS strategic and programmatic approaches.

In particular, strong enhancement of the gender dimensions in the justice, security and resilience actions under the resource facilities, which UNOPS currently establishes on behalf of the European Union and DFID in Somalia and elsewhere in the region, will be important.

Experience in the last decade has shown that women have to be active key partners in justice and security sector reforms – rather than only recipients of aid and services.

They need to contribute to the shaping of justice and security in order to make those services respond to their needs.

Furthermore, women have proven to play an important role in resilience strategies in emergencies, as they are the main caretakers of families and often develop innovative coping mechanisms in crises. Considering gender issues as a key cornerstone in the new resource facilities will be crucial for their effectiveness and for solid results.

In addition, project design requires due consideration of social and other safeguards issues. This includes identification of issues and development of effective safeguards management strategies and operational measures in alignment with international donor standards and international best practice.

In view of successfully working towards gender equality and women’s empowerment and effective safeguards management in the East and South Africa region, the incumbent will;

Functional Responsibilities

  • Support the contextualization of the gender toolkit in the countries of the East Africa region, based on sound knowledge of issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the key countries of the region.
  • Support the work of the gender focal points with gender and diversity expertise in the design and implementation of programmes and projects;
    Advise on the mainstreaming of transformative gender approaches into programming where required.
  • Advise on enhancing the gender dimension of justice, security and resilience in the resource facilities established by UNOPS for the EU and DF
    Advise on the mainstreaming of transformative gender approaches into strategic and policy documents where required;
  • Advise on closing the gender gap in UNOPS Offices, where required, based on the results of the general UNOPS audit on gender parity.
  • Advise on appropriate measures to identify and address safeguards issues (social and otherwise) in formulation and delivery of UNOPS project interventions.


  • Masters degree in Gender Studies or other Social Science or related, is required. A PhD is desirable.


  • Minimum of 7 years’ of relevant experience, including experience in gender...


  • Full command of English language with excellent demonstrated English writing...


  • Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization.
  • Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
  • Treats
    all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness.
  • Role model for diversity and inclusion.
  • Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
  • Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
  • Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements.
  • Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
  • Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
  • Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

    Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
    For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
    Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
  • Contract type, level and duration
  • Contract type; International Individual Contractor Agreement
  • Contract level ; IICA3- Retainer
  • UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.
  • UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

    Working with us

  • UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


  • With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

    Work life harmonization

  • UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

    How to Apply

  • Interested and qualified candidates should apply online by 11th February, 2019

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNOPS Gender and Diversity Advisor Jobs in Kenya

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