Gender Affairs Officer, P4

United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia
  • Location
    Bogota, Colombia
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Apr 29

Position description

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia. The Gender Affairs Officer reports to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Colombia.


  • Supports and guides the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women;
  • Peace and Security and Gender Equality Policies on Political and Peacekeeping Missions;
  • Leads the implementation of a Mission-wide Gender Directive and action plan which translates mandates and policies on the promotion of gender equality in all activities of the Mission;
  • Provides strategic advice to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and senior management on the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda in Colombia, particularly related to a gender sensitive implementation of the peace agreement regarding reintegration and security guarantees;
  • Supports various Mission components on the formulation and implementation of policies; and actions promoting gender sensitive approaches to the verification of the reintegration of former FARC-EP members and their security guarantees and those of the communities;
  • Drafts, edits and provides substantive gender related inputs for periodic reports, briefings and speeches, including trimestral reports of the Mission to the Security Council, and progress reports on women, peace and security issues as required;
  • Supports the delivery of gender training for all levels of personnel in civilian, police and military components;
  • Conducts substantive research and analysis of gender issues related to the Mission´s mandate, utilizing analytical monitoring and evaluation processes, to ensure measurement of progress in gender mainstreaming in Mission´s activities;
  • Collaborates with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes that have complementary mandates as appropriate for the promotion of women and girl's rights; coordinates with other UN agencies through participating in relevant country-level mechanism for humanitarian coordination on gender-based violence such as the Protection Cluster and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) sub-cluster/working group;
  • Promotes collaborative coordination and dialogue with relevant Government counterparts, FARC Gender committee, women's civil society organisations, and other key actors;
  • Represents the Mission in relevant forums and meetings as required;
  • Establishes working relationships with the different Mission components, including with civilian, police, military components, and other units such as training, public information, analysis and mission support;
  • Provides inputs to planning processes, including results-based budgeting (RBB) and reporting;
  • Provides advice and technical support to regional and local offices, including mentoring and training to field level gender focal points.
  • In coordination with the Chief of Staff supports the implementation of the Mission Gender Parity strategy;
  • Provides day-to-day supervision of a gender team of three staff;
  • Performs other duties as required.


  • Professionalism: In-depth knowledge of the work of the United Nations, particularly in a post conflict political mission setting; expertise in the field of gender and Women's Rights, particularly gender mainstreaming and sexual and gender-based violence. Experience in supporting the mainstreaming of gender and sexual violence perspectives, into intergovernmental processes and mechanisms; in-depth understanding of UN Security Council Resolutions 1325 and 1820 on Women, Peace and Security; excellent drafting, monitoring and reporting skills; ability to adapt to hardship missions and remote locations. Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, formulate options, draw conclusions and make effective recommendations, particularly in relation to addressing the needs of women and girls in post-conflict situations; ability to formulate policy advice, position papers and reports for the attention of senior managers. Must possess solid drafting skills. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to gender issues. Experience in project development and implementation. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in development studies, social studies in International Relations, Human Rights Law, Gender Studies, or in a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

  • At least seven years of progressively responsible policy advice and programme management experience related to the promotion of gender equality particularly with international organizations in conflict or post-conflict settings. Proven expertise for integrating gender perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes. Prior field experience in peacekeeping, with United Nations agencies and/or other international aid agencies. In depth knowledge of the work of the United Nations, particularly in political and peacekeeping missions; expertise in the field of International Relations and/or Women’s Rights, International Human Rights Law is required, together with a thorough understanding of the concepts and practices related to gender issues, particularly gender mainstreaming and sexual and gender based violence. Experience working in Latin America is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position advertised, Fluency in oral and written English and Spanish is required.

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