Background – UNMAS
United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) is a division of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNMAS is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly (RES/68/72) to ensure an effective, proactive and coordinated response to the problem posed by a wide range of explosive hazards. Legislative mandates also recognize UNMAS technical expertise in responding to threats posed by unsecured and unsafe conventional weapons and ammunition stockpiles. As an office within DPKO, UNMAS supports peacekeeping and special political missions in accordance with Security Council mandates.
Background – UNMAS Iraq
The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) was established in 1997, by the General Assembly, and as per the UN Policy on Mine Action and Effective Coordination (A/53/496, 1998) is the established coordinator of mine action within the United Nations system. UNMAS supports the UN’s vision of “a world free of the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance, where individuals and communities live in a safe environment conducive to development, and where mine survivors are fully integrated into their societies.”
UNMAS is a unit within the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). UNMAS main headquarters is in the UN Secretariat, New York with a sub-office in Geneva. UNMAS provides direct support and assistance in the areas of Explosive Hazard (EH) mitigation to 18 countries/territories/missions, has a standby rapid response capacity and global technical advisors in the field of Improvised Explosive Devices and (IED) Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM).
The UNMAS Iraq programme was formally established in June 2015, at the request of the UN Under-Secretary General for Peace Operations (DPO) and the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Iraq, to lead the UN efforts to mitigate explosive threats in the country, as well as to support the enhancement of national and regional mine action capacities. UNMAS is supporting multiple layers of operations under the UNMAS Iraq Strategic Plan which focusses on three main components: 1. Explosive Hazard Management; 2. Capacity Enhancement, and 3. Risk Education.
* CANDIDATES WITH NO UN OR UNOPS EXPERIENCE ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY!
The Associate Gender Officer’s (AGO) primary function is to provide technical and administrative support to the Senior Gender Advisor (SGA) within gender mainstreaming of UNMAS’ operations and coordination duties. The AGO will support the SGA within all tasks necessary to appropriate implementation of programme activities and actions. The AGO will also work in close collaboration with the Service Support Section, the Strategic Communications advisor and Communications Officer as well as the Project Managers to ensure that the administrative work necessary for optimal implementation of gender related activities is completed. The AGO actively supports knowledge building, sharing and applying in UNMAS Iraq. The incumbent will need to support all necessary communication, and translation tasks and facilitate meetings, networking and advocacy actions as requested by the SGA.
The AGO will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the UNMAS Senior Gender Advisor. Their main functional responsibilities are as following:
Provide ongoing technical support to the SGA in the implementation of the Gender Strategy and Gender Action Plan, and withingender mainstreaming of UNMAS operations and in the implementation of gender-responsive Capacity Enhancement Programme of national authorities on Explosive Hazard Management (EHM); Support in training of local and international staff (UNMAS and UNMAS IPs) on gender & diversity in EHM, when required; Support the SGA to liaise closely with government partners at various levels, state institutions and other partners assisting them to strengthen gender equality and women’s empowerment, in particular in EHM; in particular, relate and build fruitful relationships with DMA (gender unit) and IKMAA representatives in order to advance gender mainstreaming of EH response; Stay abreast of all relevant developments, programmes, projects and activities pertinent to the UNMAS mandate in the political, constitutional, electoral, human rights, humanitarian assistance, reconstruction and development areas; Support in undertaking ongoing analysis on gender issues in Iraq to inform policy decisions and activities of UNMAS Iraq; Support the appropriate inclusion of a gender perspective in all UNMAS operations, proposing innovative and gender /cultural sensitive ideas and actions; When requested, participate and make contributions on gender mainstreaming and partner with UN agencies including UN Women, UNAMI and UNDP in particular in the areas of security and women’s participation in EHM; Support in establishing contact and maintaining a contact data base of key strategic partners within the Government, civil society and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs); Support in identifying and working with Civil Society Organizations, women groups, religious leaders, community leaders and other partners to promote women’s participation in security and advocate for women’s role recognition in the framework of UNSCR 1325 and its National Action Plan; Organize and participate in working groups, meetings, conferences, consultations, workshops and training programmes with other agencies and partners on gender issues, upon request from SGA; Collaborate with UNMAS communication experts in the realization of communication tools related to gender & diversity in EHM; Perform other relevant duties as required and requested by the supervisor. Education/Experience/Language requirements
* CANDIDATES WITH NO UN OR UNOPS EXPERIENCE ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY!
Education and relevant years of experience
- Advanced University Degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) in Gender Studies, Business Administration, Law or Social Science or any other related field; OR
- irst level University degree (Bachelors Degree or equivalent) in Gender Studies, Business Administration, Law or Social Science or any other related field with a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience; OR
- High school (secondary school) with a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience.
- Relevant experience is defined as experience in Gender Mainstreaming or Gender Analysis
Fluency in English and Arabic (speaking, reading and writing) is required
Application Closing Date – 24 August 2019
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Volunteer role: Gender, Peace building and Social Cohesion Advisor
Role overview – Volunteer role: Gender, Peacebuilding and Social Cohesion Advisor
The Gender, Peacebuilding and Social Cohesion Advisor will provide overall technical support to VSO and partner’s organization. The volunteer will promote inclusive peacebuilding and inter-communal harmony and cohesive society. S/he will facilitate the integration of gender, peace and social cohesion to support existing and coming projects in the area of good governance, social protection and how to empower peace in ethnic diversified. The volunteer will enhance and develop peacebuilding strategies, social protection tools, gender and inclusion sensitive policies and procedures together with good governance and accountable approach. The Volunteer will lead and facilitate peacebuilding and social cohesion including design, method, approaches, and advocacy in a gender-sensitive approach. S/he will work with CSOs, government and other institutions through the engagement in coordination with recent volunteers and Program Manager to strengthen the tolerance, conflict sensitivity and resilient society.
The Volunteer will be based in Mon and travels to all program areas.
Gender, Peacebuilding and Social Cohesion Technical Support The Volunteer will strengthen and build capabilities and capacities (through mentoring, facilitation and technical support) of partner organization and institutions in gender, peacebuilding and social cohesion in relation to the development of strategies, policies and programme to eliminate and reduce exclusion of marginalized people including people with disability, women, girls, ethnic, religious and sexual minorities.
The volunteer will enhance women participation in the peacebuilding process, building a resilient and harmonious society together with a partner organization.
The volunteer will develop, learn and share good practice and framework of promoting trust and building a cohesive society in ethnic minority and conflict zone.
The volunteer will encourage and facilitate community-based dialogue on peacebuilding and develop learning platform for community in gender, peace and social cohesion.
Developing related Resources: The volunteer will develop contextualized and lead and facilitate community-based assessment, training, tools, frameworks and resources to enable a better understanding of peace and of social cohesion. S/he will develop and support the community to empower gender mainstreaming in peacebuilding. S/he will help and facilitate the program and project to be contextualized in resource development.
Promoting capacity building on gender, peacebuilding and social cohesion The volunteer will conduct capacity building and promoting inclusive peacebuilding and inter-communal harmony and integration, Community dialogue, learning and engagements. The Volunteer will work with other volunteers, community and partners to facilitate context analysis, reviews and reflections to conflict and how to build a socially cohesive society. S/he will produce and facilitate to develop case studies with a thorough analysis of a situation and focus on gender, peace and social cohesion.
Networking, Alliance building and Policy Engagements: Identity and build linkages with peace and gender networks, alliances and stakeholders including EAOs, Government, CSOs, empower local governance, conflict sensitivity, peacebuilding. Explore the community of practice on peacebuilding and gender equality with a strong emphasis on people with disability, women, and youth in disadvantaged and ethnic communities.
Skills, qualifications and experience
• A University degree in Social Sciences, Public Policy, Gender, Peacebuilding, International Development, or related field. A minimum of more than seven years of professional experience in a related sector or context (e.g., Conflict sensitivity, Gender, Peacebuilding, Inclusion, Women Empowerment and Development etc) • Experience and demonstrated results in peacebuilding and integrated gender in programming, in a developing country context • Demonstrated understanding of issues and challenges related to conflict, women, an ethnic and religious minority. • Experience in advocacy and/or influencing a range of decision-makers e.g. national governments, intergovernmental organisations, UN organisations. • Excellent communication and social skills, the ability to work closely with a variety of stakeholders in a developing country and non-English speaking context. • Ability to work independently as well as with multiple stakeholders in a time-pressured environment.
(Desirable) • Demonstrated success in engaging with and mobilizing communities related to gender and peacebuilding • Ability to work both as a team member and independently. • Proven ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with high-level stakeholders • Experience in capacity strengthening. Training and advisory work • Experience of Monitoring and evaluation, particularly of advocacy projects • Awareness and sensitivity of political/socio-cultural context of Myanmar and the wider South-East Asian region
Application Closing Date – 29 August 2019