Senior Advisor on Gender Equality, New York, United States

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: United States

City: New York

Office: UNDP New York, USA

Closing date: Thursday, 28 October 2021

Job Identification : 1167

Locations : New York, United States

Posting Date : 10/13/2021, 09:21 PM

Apply Before : 10/28/2021, 03:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : DP

Grade : P5

Vacancy Type : Fixed Term

Practice Area : Gender

Bureau : Bureau for Policy and Programme Support

Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree - 10 year(s) experience

Required Languages : English

Job Description


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.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Job Purpose and Organizational Context

UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.

Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices, advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau (CB) to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.

The promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women is an integral part of UNDP’s work. Expressed in the Strategic Plan and Gender Equality Strategy, UNDP prioritizes gender mainstreaming and the empowerment of women as the main dual strategy to achieve gender equality and supports governments through gender-specific targeted interventions. UNDP promotes gender equality and the empowerment of women across all its thematic work and adapt its organizational framework to support the integration of gender equality into UNDP activities. The Gender Team leads UNDP’s work on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The Gender Team is the anchor of the UNDP gender architecture is a multi-disciplinary team with multiple roles and responsibilities including the development of policy guidance and provision of technical advice to support the Strategic Plan results and ensuring that UNDP is meeting its commitments to promoting Gender Equality.

The Gender Advisor will perform the following functions:

Coordinate guidance on gender equality issues within key Policy and Programme areas;
Provide integrated, multidisciplinary policy and programme leadership on gender equality issues to bureaus within UNDP, to GPN, as well as Regional Hubs and Country Offices;
Provide strategic guidance and lead on data and analytics, and research for policy guidance, advocacy and dialogue;
Support and guide UNDP to adapt its institutional framework to ensure gender equality results in key thematic areas, including develop and implement strategies and capacities to strengthen GPN and other teams;
Advance UNDP’s position in intergovernmental processes;
Lead coordination and cooperation with other UN entities, which are working on gender equality and women’s empowerment;
Position UNDP vis-à-vis the international development community on gender issues and foster partnerships with external partners.

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Policy Advice and Programme Support

Coordinate and substantively guide GPN and HQ, regional and COs teams on integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment in policy and programming frameworks, strategies, and programmes.

Develop innovative and effective models of collaboration with other teams to ensure integration of gender equality across their priorities and allocation of budgets. Lead smooth coordination, transfer of expertise and capacities, and promote sustainability of results.

Initiate new innovative flagship policies and programmes to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment around the world and within UNDP;
Provide guidance on corporate alignment of UNDP work to new gender policies and system wide frameworks.

Deliver quality assurance of relevant UNDPs gender policies, knowledge products and services.


Research for policy guidance, advocacy, and dialogue.

Lead and guide data and research to support policy and programme design in relevant areas for the implementation of the Gender Equality Strategy across a range of areas linked to COs‘ portfolios - like governance, climate change, or economic growth.

Oversee and prepare evidence based high level products and publications to support global, regional and national advocacy and programming.

Oversee the development and implementation of the Global Observatory of Public Policies, UNDP Gender Equality Seal for Public Administration, Gender Equality in Public Administration Initiative (GEPA) and overall work of the governance global portfolio.

Coordinate and provide substantive support to initiatives that promotes new data and analytics to help placing gender equality at the core high-level negotiations with partners, including close coordination with the Human Development Report Office in HQ and Country Offices.

Coordinate the work of academic experts and key stakeholders for sound contributions to knowledge networks.

Keep the gender team and GPN abreast of main advances on data and cutting-edge knowledge and acadeic and feminist researches.

Ensure the guidance and coordination of cross-regional exchange of knowledge to help influence/advance policy dialogue in gender equality and present such material at regional and other forums; including the Gender Global Community of Practice.


Partnerships, Representation and Advocacy

Forge key partnerships with governments, CSOs, think Tanks, academia and the private sector in key priority areas of the Gender Equality Strategy.

Mobilize foster and strengthen strategic partnerships with UN Agencies and Funds, the EOSG, MPTF, the UN Secretariat; and other agencies within the UN; cwgBOFR Dh7qKS

Support and advice on the implementation of MoUs including the one signed with UN Women.

Represent UNDP in interagency coordination and in other fora to engage partners in advancing the strategic agenda of gender equality; and

Represent UNDP at international conferences and seminars, contribute to research, communications and op-eds to advocate the importance gender equality and women’s empowerment In addressing the sustainable development goals.

4. Management, Corporate Priorities, and Resource Mobilization

Support BPPS Leadership and the Head of Gender to develop and implement the Gender Equality Strategy 2022-2025 including intergovernmental and accountability functions link to the Executive Board, UN SWAP and CSW.

Oversee the preparation of inputs, reports, briefings, and corporate notes.

Develop proposals and establish partnership to mobilize financial resources that benefit regional hubs and country Offices.

Lead, and manage the team, including supervising staff, professional development of the team and overseeing work planning, budgeting, and reporting.



Innovation - Ability to make new and useful ideas work.

Leadership - Ability to persuade others to follow.

People Management - Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.

Communication - Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.

Delivery - Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.


Gender and Institutional Development - Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreaming and capacity development and interagency collaboration and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.

Gender Issues & Analysis - Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective.

Required Skills and Experience


Advanced university gender studies, political science, political economy or a related social science or relevant discipline.


At least ten years of professional work experience leading teams, providing policy advice and pioneering approaches in development programmes, in the area of gender equality.

Demonstrated track-record of excellence in delivering a work programme of complex, global entity in the area of gender equality.

Research and written publications with proven impact in the area of gender equality listed in P11.

At least 3 years of working experience in development country contexts.

Excellent communications skills with public speaking experience.

Experience leading governance programmes at the global level is a plus.


Proficiency in English. Working knowledge of other UN language desirable.


Non-Smoking environment.


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