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20 April 2016

United Nations UNHCR Careers - National Program Officer in Charge of Gender

Organisation: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
Reports to: Deputy Country Representative
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Post Grade: SB4 

About UNHCR:
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees was established on December 14, 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly.  UNHCR’s mandate under the Statute of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is to lead and co-ordinate action for international protection to refugees; seek permanent solutions for the problems of refugees and safeguard refugee rights and well-being. UNHCR has an additional mandate concerning issues of statelessness, as it is given a designated role under Article 11 of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • The National Program Officer in Charge of Gender will provide training and strengthening capacities of civil society groups, to address inter-linkages between discrimination, SGBV, sexual and reproductive health and rights and other women’s human rights issues.
  • Offer timely technical and financial support for documentation of best practices, lessons learnt and challenges affecting legal sector institutional response to GBV and VAC to inform evidenced based advocacy.
  • Carry out staff capacity building on gender mainstreaming in policies and programmes.
  • Conduct specialized trainings on human rights and gender mainstreaming for NGOs in collaboration with relevant actors.
  • Actively contribute to capacity building / training activities of the office to integrate gender considerations in the training content, including in developing appropriate gender –sensitive tools for monitoring and evaluation of impact of training programmes.
  • Represent OHCHR Uganda Office in UN Convergence and Gender Development partner’s group and Gender Advisory Group coordination meetings.
  • Contribute to dissemination, drafting briefing notes, talking points or other related information on human rights and gender considerations in relation to Agenda 2030.
  • Provide gender and human rights analysis /audit of programme and project documents developed in the framework of UNDAF (2016-2020), joint programmes and other related programmatic and policy documents.
  • Provide succinct information on concrete results emanating from gender mainstreaming in OHCHR and other  UN sisters programme implementation.
  • The incumbent will provide timely contribution to OHCHR Uganda reports (Monthly and Annual Country Reports).
  • Responsible for documentation, data analysis to inform a gender audit of OHCHR programme interventions and report on progress, best practices and lessons learnt to inform future  programming, reporting and policy considerations.
  • Undertake any assignment related to the job functions accruing to this position as may be deemed necessary by the management.
  • Offer technical support and assistance to staff members in the accomplishment with their Gender related goals in line with the OHCHR thematic priorities.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations UNHCR National Program Officer in Charge of Gender career opportunity should hold a Bachelor’s or advanced degree in human rights, gender studies, development, international relations or other related discipline is required. A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and over seven years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience related to human rights, gender, and human rights based approaches.
  • Previous exposure and experience in monitoring and evaluation (essential).
  • Language and IT Skills: Fluency in English, with excellent communication skills and drafting ability.

Personal Competencies:
Core Competencies:
  • Professionalism – Substantive knowledge of human rights, gender, sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response, Substantive knowledge of UN institutional mandates, organizational structures, UNDAF framework and National development framework .Training, Advocacy and Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of capacity building, training and technical assistance interventions extended by OHCHR in line with OHCHR gender mainstreaming policy. Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and take responsibility for incorporating gender considerations into OHCHR country programme. Strong interpersonal skills including ability to conduct high-level discussions in a productive manner; ability to coordinate the preparation of succinct, analytical reports; ability to produce a wide variety of clear and well-articulated reports. Shows pride in work and in 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
  • Communication - Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Team Work - 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.
Functional Competencies
  • Ability to lead the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects;
  • Ability to establish and maintain broad strategic networks and partnerships;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Strong leadership skills;
  • Strong IT skills;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Strong conflict resolution and negotiation skills;
  • Very strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong knowledge of RBM;
  • Broad working knowledge of gender programming, gender budgeting and analysis.
NB: Qualified Male applicants are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor to Apply Online by Clicking on the link below. Please further review job requirements and if competent Click Apply Now.

Deadline: 27th April 2016

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