United Nations Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS)

Department/Office: United Nations Office in Central Africa
Duty Station: LIBREVILLE
Posting Period: 27 January 2023 – 25 February 2023
Job Opening Number: 23-Political Affairs-UNOCA-197936-F-Libreville (R)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) in Libreville, Gabon.

The Gender Affairs Officer is part of UNOCA’s Political Affairs Section and, under the guidance of the Senior Political Affairs Officer, will report to the Chief Political Affairs Officer.

UNOCA covers the countries of the Economic Community of Central African States, namely: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Rwanda and Sao Tome and Principe.


Within delegated authority, the Gender Affairs Officer will be responsible for the following duties:

– Supports and guides the implementation of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security and the DPPA/DMSPC Policy on Gender Equality in Field Operations.
– Contributes to the implementation of a mission-wide action plan to translate existing mandates and policies on the promotion of gender equality in all activities of the peacekeeping mission.
– Supports various mission components on the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes promoting gender sensitive approaches and combating gender- based violence.
– Drafts, edits and provides substantive inputs for periodic reports, briefings and speeches on women, peace and security issues in field operations.
– Supports the delivery of gender training for all levels of personnel in civilian, police and military components
– Conducts substantive research and analysis of gender issues in peacekeeping operations, utilizing analytical monitoring and evaluation processes, including indicators and benchmarks, to ensure measurement of progress in gender mainstreaming and sexual violence in peacekeeping activities.
– Collaborates with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes that have complementary mandates as appropriate for the promotion of women and girl’s rights; coordinates with other UN agencies through participating in and leading, as appropriate, relevant country level mechanism for humanitarian coordination on gender-based violence such as the Protection Cluster and Gender-Based Violence
(GBV) sub-cluster/working group, as well as with relevant national institutions and NGOs.
– Represents the Mission on gender related issues when needed.
– Establishes working relationships with mission civilian, police and military components, where they exist.
– Provides inputs to planning processes, including results-based budgeting (RBB) and reporting.
– Provides day-to-day supervision of staff (or acts as Officer in Charge) when needed.
– Performs other duties as required.


Professionalism: In-depth knowledge of the work of the United Nations and expertise in the field of Human Rights, International Relations and/or Women’s Rights, together with a thorough understanding of the concepts and practices related to gender issues, particularly gender mainstreaming and sexual and gender-based violence. Experience in supporting the mainstreaming of gender and sexual violence perspectives; in-depth understanding of UN Security Council Resolutions on Women, Peace and Security; excellent drafting, monitoring and reporting skills. Conceptual and strategic analytical capacity, ability to formulate options, draw conclusions and make effective recommendations, particularly in relation to addressing the needs of women and girls in post-conflict situations; ability to formulate policy advice, position papers and reports for the attention of senior managers. Ability to work under pressure. Knowledge of institutional mandates, policies and guidelines related to gender issues. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

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.

Planning & Organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; Adjusts priorities as required; Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; Uses time efficiently.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in International Relations, Human Rights Law, Gender studies, Women’s studies, development studies, social sciences or in a related area. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience at national or international levels in international relations, law, gender and at policy and operational levels, is required.

Demonstrated experience in successfully integrating gender or women’s rights perspectives into mainstream policies or programmes, is required.

Experience working in a United Nations common system field operation (inclusive of peacekeeping, political missions and UN agencies, funds, and programmes) – or similar international organization or non-governmental organisation – in a conflict or post-conflict setting, is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. Fluency in both English and French (spoken and written) is required.


Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This “Recruit from Roster” job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

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.

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