Wednesday, September 3, 2014


Cross-posted from UNDP:


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Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline : 10-Sep-14
Type of Contract : FTA International
Post Level : P-4
Languages Required : English  
Duration of Initial Contract : 1 year

Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women will work for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women's rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women is seeking to hire a Regional Policy Specialist to support the organizations efforts in the areas of gender equality and HIV/AIDS. The Policy Specialist will be responsible for overseeing the effective implementation of UN Women’s policy, programmatic, coordination, partnerships, knowledge management, and advocacy efforts in the area of gender equality and HIV/AIDS.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Regional Policy Specialist, Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS will report to the Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific with a matrixed reporting line to the Policy Advisor (HIV/AIDS) in New York.
Research and analysis:
  • Undertake research and analysis of global and regional trends, gaps, challenges in addressing gender equality issues related to HIV and AIDS including to identify strategic entry points for new initiatives and programmes or strengthening existing work to ensure women-centered, human-rights based HIV responses;
  • Engage with regional research and knowledge forums to promote learning related gender equality dimensions of HIV/AIDS;
  • Monitor trends and issues related to gender equality and HIV/AIDS and support the development of strategic responses to opportunities and challenges.
Programme development and technical support:
  • Provide technical advisory services including development of guidance notes and briefing papers on addressing gender inequality and discrimination in the context of HIV/AIDS which builds on lessons learned from programming as well as regional trends and analyses;
  • Provide support to countries as needed and requested for programme development and implementation and actions on gender equality and HIV/AIDS, including in achievement of results within the UNAIDS Strategic Framework and Unified Budget, Results, and Accountability Framework;
  • Provide oversight, close guidance and direction to ensure strategic focus, result orientation and effectiveness and efficiency of the overall programming on HIV/AIDS;
  • Provide expert review and advice to country plans and programmes related to the interaction between gender equality and the governance of the HIV response – including institutions, financing, and accountability mechanisms such as gender-responsive M&E frameworks; support to participation and leadership of networks of women living with HIV and women affected by HIV in the response to HIV and AIDS, including through various financing mechanisms such as the Country Coordinating Mechanisms of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and malaria;
  • Contribute to the development of new regional initiatives in the areas of gender equality dimensions of the HIV and AIDS responses.
Advocacy and partnerships:
  • Support the Regional Director in liaising on inter-agency related work, including representing UN Women in key inter-agency working groups and partnerships related to UNAIDS;
  • Facilitate building/strengthening networks of institutions, practitioners and experts in the area of gender equality dimensions of HIV/AIDS;
  • Ensure ongoing communication and exchange between UN Women teams (HQ and countries) with key programme partners, including the national partners, UN agencies, multilateral organizations, women’s networks, and others involved in health and HIV/AIDS initiatives;
  • Support the effective implementation of communications strategies particularly related to gender equality dimensions of HIV/AIDS;
  • Coordinate  and convene regional workshops and other events relevant to gender equality and HIV/AIDS;
  • Represent UN Women at key global and regional venues where experiences related gender dimensions of HIV, can be highlighted.
Monitoring and Reporting:
  • Coordinate timely delivery of high quality programme and financial reporting to donors, inter-governmental processes, and inter-agency partnerships including reporting on UN Women’s progress and achievements in implementing UNAIDS Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework at regional level and support a consolidation of results;
  • Provide substantive and technical inputs internal reporting exercises and products relating to UN Women’s efforts on gender equality dimensions of HIV/AIDS;
  • Provide feedback and technical backstopping on UN Women’s portfolio of programmes on HIV/AIDS, through formulation, implementation and evaluation stages.
Knowledge Management and Learning:
  • Ensure that best practices and lessons emerging from the programmes are shared across countries in the region and with other relevant partners;
  • Create and facilitate internal communities of practice in order to ensure cross-country communication and learning;
  • Document lessons learned and case studies related to addressing gender equality in the context of HIV and AIDS;
  • Ensure adequate knowledge sharing through the UN Women Gender and HIV/AIDS Web Portal and UN Women website in close collaboration with the Communications teams.
Core values and Guiding principles:
  • Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity:
  • Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Core Competencies:
Ethics and Values:
  • Promoting Ethics and Integrity / Creating Organizational Precedents.
Organizational Awareness:
  • Building support and political acumen.
Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring:
  • Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation.
 Working in Teams:
  • Building and promoting effective teams.
Communicating Information and Ideas:
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication.
Self-management and Emotional intelligence:
  • Creating an emotionally intelligent organization.
Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements:
  • Leveraging conflict in the interests of the organization & setting standards.
Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning:
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
  • Fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking.
Functional Competencies:
  • Substantive knowledge and understanding of women’s health; gender equality dimensions of HIV; and governance of the health and HIV responses, with an emphasis on the provision of coordinated support and management of strategic programmes to advance gender equality;
  • Substantive knowledge and experience in management of rights based programmes;
  • Ability to carry out research, to contribute to the formulation of policies, procedures and guidelines.
Management and Leadership:
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Leads teams effectively and shows mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills.
Knowledge Management and Learning:
  • Promotes knowledge management in UN Women and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Ability to conduct advocacy, and to support the development of programme communications strategies for sharing good practices and successful strategies;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more practice areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to lead the formulation and monitoring of management projects;
  • Solid knowledge of financial and human resources management, contract, asset and procurement, information and communication technology, general administration;
  • Ability to lead business processes re-engineering, implementation of new systems (business side), and positively affect staff behavioral/attitudinal change.
Required Skills and Experience
  • Advanced University Degree in international development related discipline, with focus on gender/women’s rights; public health, with specialization on HIV/AIDS; public policy/administration; or other social sciences fields.
  • A minimum of seven years of relevant experience in development work and particularly on issues of women's empowerment and gender equality, with a particular focus on HIV/AIDS;
  • Experience in programme development, advocacy, management/coordination, monitoring and evaluation, as well as knowledge management;
  • Knowledge of the UN, particularly coordination mechanisms and joint programmes, including UNAIDS.
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Working ability in another UN language is an asset.
  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from
  • Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.
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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
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Courtesy  Maha Hilal on September 1, 2014 at 6:08pm in Job/Consulting Opportunities

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