Regional Adviser Gender P5, WCARO, Dakar, Senegal #92307
Job Number: 529177 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Senegal
Work Type : Fixed Term Appointment
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PURPOSE OF THE JOB
The Regional Adviser Gender and Development serves as the most senior UNICEF gender expert in the Region, supporting the development, application, and achievement of goals and strategies on gender programming for countries of the Region in alignment with UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan and Strategic Plan 2018-2021 S/he provides leadership and support on gender in three specific areas: a) programme excellence; b) coordination, management and oversight; and c) partnerships and resource mobilization. The Regional Gender Advisor works closely with the Regional Director, Deputy Regional Director and other Regional Advisors to provide integrated technical, programmatic, and strategic input on gender as well as coordination and oversight on monitoring and reporting gender results.
The Regional Gender Advisor supports Country Offices and, through them, national governments and other key partners in developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating high quality and results-oriented gender-related programmes, policies, strategies and systems across sectors. In collaboration with other regional advisors the incumbent provides assistance to CO senior management, sectoral chiefs, and gender specialists/focal points. This includes guidance on region-specific strategic direction, ensuring technical excellence and overseeing the quality of programmatic work on gender equality. To reinforce a focus on implementation and monitoring of the GAP and regional priorities, s/he also engages with other regional advisors to initiate supportive actions that enhance region-wide systems, capacity, and cross-sectoral collaboration on gender.
The Regional Gender Advisor provides technical assistance and regional oversight on the harmonisation and inclusion of gender-related inputs into programme strategy implementation, communication and knowledge sharing, resource mobilization, representation, networking and strategic partnership creation, under the programmatic guidance of the HQ gender team on issues related to implementing and monitoring UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan.
ACCOUNTABILITIES and DUTIES & TASKS
1. Technical Leadership, Support, and Quality Assurance
Provide strong technical leadership on gender and development, enhancing the ability of the Regional Office and Country Offices to lead and deliver high quality programmatic results on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as specified within the programmatic framework of the Gender Action Plan. This includes the four Targeted Gender Priorities, region specific areas for mainstreaming within the seven result areas of the Strategic Plan, and five gender bottlenecks and barriers. In strong collaboration with sectoral colleagues at both regional and country levels, develop, model, and scale up effective and innovative intervention strategies and programme approaches that lead to measurable results on gender. Especially foster cross-sectoral programming efforts by helping the RO and COs to leverage sectoral synergies on gender to deliver on multiple result areas. Provide high quality technical oversight to country and regional office teams in the specification, design and implementation of priority programming that includes attention to gender dimensions in emergency/disaster preparedness as well as both humanitarian action and development contexts. Support the development of effective programme guidance and tools for gender inclusion in programmes. Review and analyse technical, programmatic and substantive CO and RO programme documents, proposals, reports, and materials, and provide quality assurance support.
Expected Result: High quality, results-oriented sectoral and cross-sectoral programming on gender, in alignment with the GAP and regional priorities, is designed, implemented and supported in Country Programmes.
2. Capacity Enhancement
Ensure that enhanced capacity and skills on gender—through hiring as well as through capacity development – are integrated into existing regional structures and plans. Support RO and CO efforts to expand gender expertise especially with regard to technical, strategic planning, M&E, and management skills, reinforcing effective programme delivery and measurement of results as specified in the GAP. In providing technical advice to the RHRDC under guidance of the HQ gender team, ensure the development of training and other capacity-building activities and mechanism that take into account the learning needs of gender focal points and other sectoral and management staff across over a wide range of priority programmatic skill sets, including a competency to plan, budget and fundraise for gender programming. Engage and work through both gender and sectoral networks to deliver technical, strategic and measurement training and tools on gender, complemented by developing and maintaining a roster of technical experts on gender, preferably from the region, who can assist country offices as needed. Conduct an inventory of gender-related tools and other relevant materials that are applicable to the region and support their regional adaptation to ensure availability and use in capacity-building activities. Promote linkages and exchanges between COs and encourage South-South cooperation, on gender related issues to help reinforce and institutionalize learning on gender.
Expected result: RO, CO’s and partners have increased expertise, skills and capacity to develop, implement, monitor, and manage high quality, result-oriented sectoral and cross-sectoral gender programming
3. Research and Evidence
Strengthen the quality of research and evidence building on gender related programming in Country Offices, bringing in the latest learning and insights from the field of gender and development, and putting in place a coherent, well-prioritized research agenda in alignment with the GAP. Support the CO’s to develop evidence-based programme designs and strategies on gender, incorporating robust measurement and evaluation of results. Work with sectoral counterparts to incorporate sound gender indicators and measures in programme and policy initiatives, proposals, and advocacy efforts and assist in developing gender-sensitive theories of change models for sector and cross-sectoral programming. Analyse and synthesize substantive trends and innovations in research findings on gender in order to produce new, cutting edge technical knowledge that can be used to guide programme interventions. Maintain technical expertise, including open knowledge sharing with the HQ gender team and regional/national institutions.
Expected Result: Enhanced indicators, research and evidence on gender-related programmes produced, used, and shared within the region and strong knowledge sharing mechanism established.
4. Cohesion, Prioritization and Coordination
Facilitate the operationalization of the GAP within a regional gender implementation plan, which involves coordinating the formulation, adaptation, and communication of a coordinated, comprehensive approach to programming relevant to gender equality in line with the GAP and in support of regional priorities. Advise and support the RO and CO management and strategy teams on the inclusion of a cohesive set of programme, policy, advocacy and fundraising priorities on gender, facilitating harmonization with the overall strategic vision for regional and country programming. Prioritize and coordinate synergistic opportunities for cross-sectoral collaboration on gender results within country programmes, ensuring consistency and coherence with the GAP and other regional imperatives. In collaboration with the regional emergency team, provide inputs in the development of CCCs that are gender-responsive. Support COs to provide policy guidance and technical support to national partners and governments toward systematically focusing on gender results at scale in national policies, strategies and programmes, also ensuring applicability and relevance to emergency and/or humanitarian contexts. In collaboration with other Regional Advisors, support coordination of activities and information dissemination across sectoral initiatives and country programmes to achieve gender-related programme objectives in the countries and the region. Manage and coordinate a regional knowledge network on gender and serve as the focal point for contributing to the global knowledge network. Ensure that CO’s remain abreast of UNICEF’s global resources and leaning as well as current thinking and academic advances in substantive areas of gender programming, with a particular focus on strengthening innovative and multi-sectoral responses to promote gender equality.
Expected Result: Increased prevalence of well-coordinated programmatic initiatives with a strong gender component at RO, CO’s and relevant governments and partners.
5. Emergency Preparedness and Response
Ensure that adequate emergency preparedness measures are taken in the region by the relevant Field Offices through the development and updating of country contingency plans and establishment of early warning mechanisms that reflect gender needs. Develop and maintain sex-disaggregated databases on country/regional information crucial for the planning and implementation of emergency plans. Assist in developing and conducting emergency training courses that incorporate gender issues and relevant strategies, specifically designed for regional Emergency Response Teams. In the event of an emergency, be deployed as a member of the Emergency Response Team. Lead and/or participate in needs assessment mission on gender in conjunction with regional staff and HQ Divisions, as needed. Identify implementing/operational partners, and establish implementing arrangements, in order to ensure an effective, gender-inclusive emergency response. Support funding appeals in consultation with the country office and HQ. Develop long term operational and staffing structures relevant gender-inclusive programming to take over from the Emergency Response Team.
Expected Results: Emergency preparedness assessed, gender needs for emergency support identified, and emergency responses with effective coordination provided.
6. Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting
Collaborating with other regional advisors, especially the planning, monitoring and evaluation advisors, provide support to COs in developing gender-inclusive theories of change and M&E frameworks. In a complementary manner, provide guidance in strengthening data systems and collection, as well as accountability mechanisms to monitor and evaluate progress on the regional GAP implementation plan and other related regional imperatives. Work closely with regional and country office monitoring and evaluation colleagues to effectively integrate data collection, tracking, analysis and reporting on the indicators for the GAP into programme results and gender performance benchmarks into the CO and RO M&E systems. Support CO and RO staff to provide high quality reporting on results, reviewing inputs for quality assurance. Periodically review and analyse progress on key gender-related indicators and work with relevant counterparts to assess accuracy and provide feedback on both measurement and performance. Partner with the CO and RO management teams and the HQ gender team to undertake a biannual regional performance review of GAP specified results in preparation for the semi-annual institution wide performance review by UNICEF’s GAP Steering Committee. Assist in examining and evaluating gender-related programme implementation across sectors, assessing possible improvements, and documenting regional lessons learned, best practices and technical advances in the area of gender. Provide technical assistance to CO’s in implementing Mid-term and Gender Reviews, as well as reviewing and synthesizing CO annual reports, and supporting other corporate milestone efforts.
Expected Results: Results specified in the GAP achieved by the region.
7. Management and Systems Strengthening
Work with DHR and RO and CO management to establish job requirements and performance accountabilities on GAP specified results for senior managers, gender specialists, and gender focal points. Working with human resource managers, assist in the recruitment of gender specialists for CO posts and also identify, engage and oversee institutional resources and consultants with relevant gender expertise to provide technical support to COs. Identify clear areas of success and challenges on gender-related performance measures and inform senior management in a timely fashion. In consultation with HQ Gender team, provide assistance to COs and regional UNICEF partners on organizational structures and mechanisms that can advance gender programming (e.g. task forces, etc.). Provide guidance in developing terms of reference and accountabilities for working groups, task forces, and other coordination mechanisms in field offices to: a) achieve gender results, b) undertake efficient cross-sectoral programming, and develop c) robust partnerships for the delivery and measurement of gender results. Provide assistance to COs in incorporating gender considerations in office structures and systems.
Expected Results: Enhanced human resources and institutional capacity for gender programming.
8. Representation, Partnerships, and Resource Mobilization
Enhance UNICEF’s regional technical leadership role in gender equality as a credible regional voice among donors, government counterparts and partners by forging internal and external partnerships in the development of harmonized, gender-sensitive programme interventions, through high level representation in regional fora, with senior partners and stakeholders as well as through expansion of programmes and networks. Build strategic alliances for gender equality with various international and regional partners, including institutional links with UN agencies and other relevant entities. Assist and guide CO’s in the formation of strategic alliances with national partners to influence gender-transformative programme strategies and plans. Articulate, advocate and communicate the objectives and capacities of UNICEF to be a reliable partner in promoting gender equality goals and programming results. Develop and maintain partnerships emphasising innovative strategies for information, advocacy and resource mobilization for the four targeted priorities of the GAP. Enhance the financial resources available for gender equality programmes in the region, by advising on gender issues, leveraging with Governments and donors, and supporting country offices on the inclusion of gender results during the preparation of project proposals in close consultation with PARMO/PFP, CO’s and HQ. Contribute to better consultative processes and networking with donors. Assist in implementing the UN reform agenda, and engaging in relevant processes of the R-UNDG with a specific contribution to strengthening gender equality in the UN programming environment – e.g. DaO/UNDAF/CCA. Participate in R-UNDG, QSA/PSG, UNGEI, UNiTE and other regional task forces/working groups, or their equivalent, on gender in close collaboration with the regional PM&E team.
Result: Effective communication and representation, expanded partnerships, heightened visibility, and Increased level of resources and support for UNICEF’s gender work at the regional and country level
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
Advanced university degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in the social sciences (i.e. sociology, demography, psychology, political science, or economics), public health, public policy, or international development. A concentration in gender is a strong asset.
2. Work Experience
Minimum ten years of progressively responsible professional experience and demonstrated track record of having undertaken and led substantive programming and research on gender and development in key issue areas that are the focus of UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan. Preference for candidates with experience in delivering results-based programmes on gender and development. Experience in programme management and leadership, especially at country/field level.
3. Language Proficiency
Fluency in English and French is required.
To For every Child, you demonstrate commitment
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
The functional competencies required for this post are:
4. Competency Profile
i) Core Values (Required)
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
• Communication [ III ]
• Working with People [ III ]
• Drive for Results [ III ]
iii) Technical knowledge
• Strong substantive, technical, programmatic and research skills in gender along with sectoral expertise in at least two of the following sectors: Health, Education, WASH, HIV/AIDS, Protection, Social Policy or combined expertise in Adolescents.
• Proven ability to connect sectoral issues and programmatic approaches on gender.
• Proven rigor in analytical, conceptual and programme design skills relevant to gender and development with an understanding of theories of change and path from intervention to results
• Demonstrated experience with different methods/ approaches on training to build capacity on the technical aspects of gender programming and analysis for a diverse set of stakeholders
• Wide knowledge and understanding of global gender equality issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current trends, methods and approaches. Familiarity and work experience in the region of preferred placement also an asset.
• Demonstrated experience in conducting rigorous research and analysis on gender, including quantitative research methodologies, and monitoring and evaluation.
• Demonstrated success in developing proposals and securing resources for programme and research initiatives with a strong gender component.
iv) Functional Competencies (Required)
• Leading and Supervising [ III ] • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ III ]
• Analyzing [ III ] • Relating and Networking [ III ]
• Deciding and Initiating Action[ III ] • Persuading and Influencing [ III ]
Applying technical skills [ III ]
Entrepreneurial thinking [ III ]
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to write succinctly and clearly and speak in public forums compellingly and with confidence.
• High level of initiative and independence in ability to undertake complex tasks while proactively seeking relevant input, cooperation, and guidance from key constituents.
• Management experience and demonstrated ability to motivate others and create and encourage a climate of team-work and collaboration in a multi-cultural environment.
• Ability to make effective use of political processes to influence and persuade others inside and outside UNICEF and negotiate a desired direction and/or outcome
• Ability to think outside the box, generate new ideas, approaches, or insights and develop innovative ways to undertake projects and initiatives, shape solutions to problems.
• Strategic thinker who can pull disparate ideas into a cohesive vision, strategy, plan that is positive and compelling for other to join, collaborate, and implement.
• Proven ability to build rapport with individuals and groups and maintain an effective network of individuals across organizational departments as well externally
Proven ability to identify urgent and potentially risky decisions and acts on them promptly; initiate and generate organization-wide activities with a strategic vision
View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Closing Date Fri Jan 31 2020 00:55:00 GMT+0100 (heure normale d’Europe centrale)