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Programme Management Officer – Gender and Inclusivity Coordinator

Posting Title: Programme Management Officer – Gender and Inclusivity Coordinator (TEMPORARY JOB OPENING), P4 (Temporary Job Opening).
Department/Office: Department of Safety and Security
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 24 February 2023 – 12 March 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Programme Management-DSS-202908-J-New York (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Programme Management Officer

Programme Management Officer

Org. Setting and Reporting


The Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the United Nations security management system (UNSMS) globally. As a global leader in security risk management principles, UNDSS enables the safe and effective delivery of United Nations programmes and activities in the most complex and challenging environments, while maximizing precious resources. To this end, the work of the Department is aligned under a clear mission, to enable United Nations system programme activities through trusted security leadership and solutions.

This position is located in the Strategic Planning Service (SPS) of the Office of the Under-Secretary General for the Department of Safety and Security. The incumbent will report to the Chief of SPS.

This is a unique opportunity to join a diverse, dynamic and exciting organization gaining unique and valuable experience where security provides great value. Besides the opportunity to gain new skills and further advance security expertise, this position offers a fulfilling environment that gives you satisfaction by contributing directly or indirectly to peace and security, human rights, and achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Simply, all humanity will be benefiting from your work. Together, we can make the world a better place.

For more information on the Department, and how we make an impact on the world in enabling the achievement of SDGs, visit:


The Programme Officer (Gender and Inclusivity Coordinator)’s primary aim is to support, through the Chief SPS, Departmental efforts on gender and inclusion. This primarily includes driving the implementation of the UNDSS Gender Strategy in line with the Secretary-General’s system-wide Gender Parity Strategy and related efforts on gender and inclusion including system-wide mechanisms such as the UN-SWAP, the United Nations Disability Inclusion Strategy, the Anti-Racism Action Plan and the Anti-Discrimination Strategy . Accordingly, within delegated authority, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

• Develops, coordinates, reviews and provides updates and reports on progress against gender and inclusivity-related strategies and action plans; monitors and analyzes Departmental efforts on gender and inclusion including as guided by the UNDSS Gender Strategy to ensure alignment with UN Secretariat and Secretary-General initiatives in this and related areas, including on Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) and Sexual Harassment; develops and supports as needed the implementation of thematic action plans.
• Coordinates and contributes to UNDSS and inter-agency policy development on gender and inclusion, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies. This includes participation in the Inter-Agency Security Management Network (IASMN) discussions, working groups, and other relevant inter-agency forums on gender and disability inclusion, and providing support to UNDSS Divisions through Chief of SPS to mainstream and implement gender and inclusivity considerations into relevant practices.

• Researches, analyzes and presents information gathered from diverse quantitative and qualitative sources. Collect and analyze data to identify trends or patterns and provide insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods to enable data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting
• Generates survey initiatives related to gender equality and inclusivity; reviews, analyzes and interprets responses, identifies problems/issues and prepares conclusions, as requested.
• Through Chief of SPS, provides advice within UNDSS on issues related to gender equality, diversity and inclusion; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and ensures follow-up in regard to the implementation of related UN Secretariat policies, including the policy on work/life balance in UNDSS, the Secretary-General’s Bulletin on Addressing discrimination, harassment including sexual harassment and abuse of authority.
• Provides innovative solutions to further advance Gender and Inclusivity efforts and objectives across the Department, including with field operations.
• Provides secretariat services and support to the OUSG through the Chief of SPS in the organization, coordination, agenda and minutes for the Gender Coordination Team; and provides regular background, reference or update documents to the USG, ASG, senior management, the Gender Coordination Team and Focal Point Group, as appropriate. Provides support and coordinating role to the Departmental Gender Focal Points.
• Coordinates, drafts and submits to the OUSG through Chief of SPS for review: a) gender and inclusivity activities related to budget funding and prepares related documents/reports as required and b) UNDSS input to the UN System-Wide Action Plan on Gender (UN-SWAP); liaises and provides feedback to the relevant focal points in UN Women on UN-SWAP, as appropriate; and attends UN-SWAP meetings on behalf of UNDSS; and related support to reporting under the system-wide Disability Inclusion Strategy (forthcoming).
• Initiates and coordinates outreach activities with other UNDSS divisions and services; reviews and provides input to UNDSS and inter-agency training and development activities with regard to gender equality and inclusivity as required; where necessary, identifies gender and inclusivity related training for UNDSS personnel and rolls-out related events in furtherance of the Departmental efforts on gender and inclusion.
• As requested, prepares talking points, presentations, analyses and documents on gender equality, diversity and inclusivity.
• Performs other duties as required.



• Professionalism: Knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to gender equality, disability inclusion and inclusivity mainstreaming as well as organizational change. Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases. The ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making. Ability to interact well with others, apply judgment in the context of assignments given, take initiative, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. 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. Provides an environment in which others can talk and act without fear of repercussion; places confidence in and builds trust with colleagues, staff members and stakeholders.

• 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.

• 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.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, public administration, international relations, law, human resources management, social sciences, gender studies, human rights or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two (2) additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Job – Specific Qualification

Successful completion of both degree and non-degree programs in data analytics, business analytics or data science programs is desirable.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in policy, advisory and project or programme management is required.

A minimum of three (3) years experience working on gender, diversity and/or disability inclusion-related projects within the United Nations or similar International Organizations or public sector at an International level is desirable.

Experience in developing change campaigns for large organizations is required.

Experience working in the field is desirable.

One (1) year of experience working with the United Nations Security Management system is desirable.

Experience developing and communicating innovative solutions related to Gender and Inclusivity is desirable

Experience in data analytics or related area is desirable


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Knowledge of French is desirable. Knowledge of another UN official language is an advantage.


• Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 December 2023. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.


• While this temporary job opening may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• A current staff member who holds a fixed-term, permanent or continuing appointment may apply for temporary positions no more than one level above his or her current grade.

• A staff member holding a temporary appointment shall be regarded as an external candidate when applying for other positions and may apply for other temporary positions at any level, subject to section 5.7 below and staff rule 4.16 (b) (ii). Therefore, a staff member holding a temporary appointment in the General Service or related categories may only apply to positions within those categories. For full information on eligibility requirements, please refer to section 5 of ST/AI/2010/4Rev.1 on Temporary Appointments. In its resolution 66/234, the General Assembly further “stressed that the Secretary-General should not recur to the practice of temporarily filling posts in the Professional and higher categories with General Service staff members who have not passed the General Service to Professional category examination other than on an exceptional basis, and requests the Secretary-General to ensure that temporary occupation of such posts by the General Service staff shall not exceed a period of one year, effective 1 January 2013…” Consequently, eligible candidates in the General Service or related categories for temporary job openings in the Professional category that have not passed the competitive examination may be selected only on an exceptional basis endorsed by the Office of Human Resources Management where no other suitable candidate could be identified.

• Upon separation from service, including, but not limited to, expiration or termination of, or resignation from, a fixed-term, continuing or permanent appointment, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment on the basis of a temporary appointment for a period of 31 days following the separation. In the case of separation from service on retirement, a former staff member will be ineligible for re-employment for a period of three months following the separation. This equally applies, mutatis mutandis, with respect to a former or current staff member who has held or holds an appointment in another entity applying the United Nations Staff Regulations and Rules and who applies for a temporary position with the Secretariat.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as “retirement.” Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the career development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

• An external candidate selected for this position is bound by the prevailing condition of the staff selection system under ST/AI/2010/3, as amended, and ST/AI/2010/4/Rev.1. A staff member holding a temporary appointment who is recruited in the Professional and above categories on a temporary appointment, and placed on a position authorized for one year or longer may not apply for or be reappointed to his/her current position within six months of the end of his/her current service. This provision does not apply to staff members holding temporary appointments and placed on positions authorized for one year or more in duty stations authorized for peacekeeping operations or special political missions.

• The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) is taking efforts to improve gender parity, including full implementation of the UN-wide, and Departmental Gender Strategies. We are committed to providing an inclusive culture and exciting opportunities for women in the security and operations field.


• This position is funded through General Temporary Assistance (GTA) funding and subject to funds availability. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of mandate and funding availability.

• Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

• An impeccable record for integrity and professional ethical standards is essential.

• The Staff Regulations, Staff Rules and administrative issuance governing staff appointments can be viewed at:

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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