Gender Analyst (NPSA-8), Skopje, North Macedonia

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: North Macedonia

City: Skopje

Office: UNDP Skopje

Closing date: Saturday, 14 May 2022

Job Identification : 3315

Locations : Skopje, North Macedonia

Posting Date : 04/22/2022, 10:39 AM

Apply Before : 05/14/2022, 03:59 AM

Degree Level : Advanced/Postgraduate Degree

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : NB4

Vacancy Type : National Personnel Service Agreement

Practice Area : Gender

Bureau : Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS

Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension

Education & Work Experience : Bachelor’s Degree

Other Criteria : Experience in development, project/program coordination and monitoring, policy analysis

Required Languages : English and Macedonian

Desired Languages : Albanian

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Description


UNDP is the development arm of the United Nations system, with offices in 180 countries. Globally, the organization employs 17,000 people and manages a budget of around USD 5 billion per year.

The UNDP Country Office (CO) in Skopje employs a team of 70 and currently manages a portfolio of projects in environment and disaster risk reduction, good governance and inclusive prosperity worth around USD 15 million per year.

Gender equality as a core objective of UNDP, and one of the six key solutions in its Strategic Plan, s implemented in a two-pronged approach: mainstreaming gender in all core practices; and dedicated interventions that empower women and promote gender equality.

CO’s country programme is set to support the country’s long-term development agenda and its aspirations for the EU membership. In line with the new SDG 2030 Agenda UNDP North Macedonia is placing women’s right in the center of its work to ensure commitments on gender equality translate into actions in the following thematic areas i.e. inclusive prosperity, local development and good governance and environment and energy, DRR and climate change.

UNDP is currently seeking an experienced Gender Analyst to contribute to the development and implementation of gender equality policies at a national and local level, increase awareness of progress and challenges in implementing those policies, provide programmatic input and advice on gender, and ensure gender mainstreaming across all UNDP CO portfolios and in the AccLab. Also, the Gender Analyst shall facilitate the CO’s efforts in the Gender Seal process, including implementation of the Gender seal Improvement action Plan, preparation for the certification process, and post-certification follow-up work.

Under the overall guidance of the Resident Representative and the direct supervision of the Deputy Resident Representative, the Gender Analyst will provide strategic direction and advice across the work of the CO to ensure that gender equality is effectively mainstreamed within all projects and operational areas in line with UNDP standards and the criteria outlined in the UNDP Gender Seal Certification, in order for the CO to achieve maximum impact under the current CPD.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Gender Analyst will provide advisory support and technical expertise in designing relevant policy documents and capacity development measures, which shall ensure that the Country office programme and operations, as well as all involved stakeholders and partners, have a shared understanding of the systemic programmatic and institutional response in line with the international standards regulating gender equality issues.

As gender equality is fully incorporated in UNDP’s core corporate services, the Gender Analyst plays a strong advocacy role, internally and externally, in promotion of gender equality and empowerment of women and girls - in conformity with key international instruments (CEDAW, other) and Sustainable Development Goals (especially SDG 5 global and national targets). In addition, s/he is expected to provide technical advice to UNDP management, the UN Country Team, and UN Agency theme groups to ensure that gender is effectively mainstreamed in their development work towards gender-responsive and sustainable results and improved environment for institutional effectiveness.

The Gender Analyst will also work closely with all relevant teams within the UN and UNDP system and CO Gender Focal Team, in the identification, design and implementation of critical gender interventions for UNDP, while maintaining a strong focus on and contributing to on resource mobilization efforts including but not limited to development of GEN3 projects. Additionally, the position will also require extensive engagement, networking and partnership building with international and national partners, including other UN agencies, government counterparts, civil society and non-governmental organizations, women’s organizations and networks, bilateral and multilateral donors, and private sector actors.

General responsibilities

Policy advice and support to UNDP senior management and CO team on gender equality issues.

Advocacy and promotion of UNDP’s mandate and mission with focus on gender equality.

Knowledge building, documentation and sharing on gender equality, women’s empowerment and rights within the UNDP and the broader UN system.

Support in creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy.

Serve as institutional gender focal point for all internal and external partners.

Serve as UNDP country office representative of the UN Gender and Human Rights Country Team Group.

Provide inputs to the periodical country reports on progress implementation against all relevant signed UN Conventions (with special focus on women’s human rights and gender dimension of human rights, including civil, economic, political and social rights, and GBV).

In close cooperation and coordination with the Regional Gender Advisor, provide gender analysis and support UNDP CO strategic planning.

Strengthening the capacity of national gender equality mechanisms to actively monitor and support government commitments to women’s human rights;
Providing strategic advice and guidance to the UNDP CO Programme linking it with CEDAW and SDGs.

Collaborate intensively with other UNDP, UN system and other related initiatives to maximize the impact of UNDP’s interventions that will contribute towards achievement of the expected outcome under the UNDP’s Country Programme Document 2021-2025 and UNSDCF 2021-2025.

Extensive engagement, networking and partnership building with international and national partners, including other UN, agencies, government counterparts, civil society and non-governmental organizations, women’s organizations and networks, bilateral and multilateral donors, and private sector actors.

Ensures full mainstreaming of the GE concepts in all CO portfolios/programmatic areas and AccLab

Provision of policy solutions and high-quality advisory inputs to UNDP programmes and projects to ensure these are gender-responsive to national policies, priorities and strategic plans, and advance UNDP’s corporate goals;
Provision of technical advice on aspects of gender equality and women empowerment to the CO in accordance with ongoing development priorities (UNCSDF, CPD) and emerging technical and development and needs, including those of government and civil society;
Contribute to analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation;
Design and formulation of CO programmes within the area of responsibility (e.g. GEN 3 standalone projects directed to gender equality and/or women empowerment) and translating UNDP priorities into national interventions;
Coordination of programme with the executing CO agencies and other development actors, involved in subject-matter area;
Provide substantive expertise and guidance on gender mainstreaming in UNDP country office across all thematic areas;
Support programme teams in ensuring gender lines in results-based management, monitoring and evaluation, compliance procedures and various-level reporting (e.g. LPAC evaluations, ROAR reporting, other);
Provide or ensure required capacity development of the programme teams and operations via technical and policy support, guidance, practical tools and hands-on training to strengthen their competence on gender mainstreaming (including technical and policy support, guidance, practical tools and hands-on training on use of gender sensitive language).

Support the Country Office in Gender Seal certification process and subsequent follow-up

Support the Gender Focal Team (GFT) by facilitating regular meetings and following up on specific tasks in the certification process; support to GFT and broader country team in Gender Seal follow up activities;
Alignment of the CO Gender Equality Strategy and Action Plan with the UNDP global GE Strategy;
Support the CO respective staff in implementation of the Gender Seal Improvement Action Plan under the leadership of GFT;
Ensure regular portfolio reviews and support the programme teams to address respective gender mainstreaming processes to strengthen gender-sensitivity and gender-responsiveness of the programmatic activities and impact of those;
Ensure capacity development of the GFT and portfolios to address the findings and recommendations of portfolio reviews;
Ensure involvement of portfolio heads and continuous coordination of the GFT in the Seal certification process and the respective follow up actions;
Coordinate the peer-to-peer support throughout the Gender Seal certification period and the follow up activities.

Creation of strategic partnerships and support to resource mobilization

Support portfolios in RM efforts especially in preparation of the GEN 3 proposals including those that cover multiple portfolios;
Liaise with and communicate regularly with government experts and CSO to deepen understanding of the issues in the country to inform programming;
Prepare donor/development partners briefs to inform senior management level negotiations on programmes and collaboration;
Advocacy and promotion of UNDP’s mandate and mission with focus on gender equality

Work closely with communication and partnership analyst to make sure al CO publications are gender sensitized;
Contribute to communication action plan, design and implementation of advocacy campaigns to ensure gender aspects are adequately integrated;
Provide inputs for speeches and other communication materials by senior management an different portfolios to ensure all recent data and trends are integrated and relevant issues of development concern reflected in communication products of the CO.


Core Competencies

Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline

Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements

Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback

Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible

Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident

Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical Competencies

Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need

Integration within the UN: Ability to identify and integrate capacity and assets of the UN system, and engage in joint work; knowledge of the UN System and ability to apply this knowledge to strategic and/or practical situations

Project Management: Ability to plan, organize, prioritize and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals

Working with evidence and data: Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making

Partnership Management: Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies

Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience; Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media and other appropriate channels

Gender: Gender mainstreaming; Gender Issues & Analysis; Women’s Leadership (Political, Public Admin and Private Sector) - strong asset; UNDP’s Gender Equality Seal Initiative (asset)

Required Skills and Experience


Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, gender/women studies, international law, social sciences, international development, international relations or other development-related fields.

Master’s degree in a related discipline will be considered as an asset.


2 years (with Bachelor’s degree) of extensive working experience in development, project/program coordination and monitoring, policy analysis. Focus on gender would be an advantage.

Experience at national or international level in development, project/programme coordination, policy development analysis.

Proven experience (at least 2 years) and knowledge of essentials on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s rights, gender mainstreaming in development programmes and projects, and related issues.

Experience in liaising and co-operating with government officials, municipal authorities, academic institutions, NGOs and the private sector in the area of gender equality and women empowerment.

Desired Skills

Experience and record of drafting analysis/studies on gender equality and women empowerment issues will be considered as a strong asset;
Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems.


Fluency in English and Macedonian (written and spoken).

Knowledge of Albanian is an asset.

Institutional Arrangement

The Gender Analyst will report to the Deputy Resident Representative. He/she will be located in Skopje, but will also travel throughout the country if/when needed.

Required Documents

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.


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