Gender Affairs Officer

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

  • Organization: UNV – United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Somalia
  • Grade: Level not specified – Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women’s Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2023-07-27


Mission and objectives

The United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) was established on 3 June 2013 by UN Security Council Resolution 2102, following a comprehensive assessment of the United Nations in support of the establishment of the Federal Government of Somalia. The mandate of UNSOM was subsequently renewed by Security Council resolutions. Unanimously adopting resolution 2102 (2013), the Council decided that the mandate of UNSOM would include the provision of policy advice to the Federal Government and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) on peacebuilding and state-building in the areas of governance, security sector reform and rule of law (including the disengagement of combatants), development of a federal system (including state formation), constitutional review, democratisation (including preparations for the 2016 political transition) and coordination of international donor support. Among its other mandated functions, UNSOM is helping build the Federal Government’s capacity to promote respect for human rights and women’s empowerment, promote child protection, prevent conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence, and strengthen justice institutions. Further, it is monitoring, helping investigate and reporting to the Council on any abuses or violations of human rights or of international humanitarian law committed in Somalia, or any abuses committed against children or women. The Mission is also supporting the implementation of the National Security Architecture that was endorsed by the Federal Government and Federal Member States in April 2017 and the Comprehensive Approach to Security framework.


The candidate will be supporting the implementation of UNSOM’s Integrated Gender Office to implement its mandate contained in the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2657. The resolution encourages the Federal Government of Somalia to deepen cooperation and collaboration at all levels to Promote the full equal and meaningful participation of women at all levels of decision-making, including in the context of peace building, reconciliation processes and security sector reform. The candidate’s tasks will involve working with other United Nations entities such as UNDP, UN Women, UNFPA and UNICEF in fulfilling this mandate. It will also involve working with national stakeholders including Members of Parliament, Federal Government officials, Federal Member State officials and the civil society.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of Integrated Gender Office & Senior Adviser on Women’s Protection the national UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: • Support mission implementation of UN Security Council Resolution on Women, Peace and Security (WPS), the Policy on DPKO/DFS Gender Equality in Peacekeeping Operations and the UN system-wide Gender Parity strategy. • Work closely with gender focal points and mission components in implementing policies and programmes promoting gender-sensitive approaches and combating gender-based violence. • Work closely with Strategic Communication and Public Information Group (SCPAG) to provide media-related support to the Integrated Gender Office to Somali audiences. • Draft, edit and provide substantive inputs to periodic reports, briefings and speeches on WPS issues. • Support the delivery of gender training for all levels of civilian and uniformed person-nel in the mission. • Conduct substantive research and analysis of gender issues, utilizing analytical monitoring and evaluation processes, including indicators and benchmarks, to ensure the measurement of progress in gender mainstreaming activities. • Collaborate with UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, as with relevant institutions and NGOs, and regularly participates in inter-agency coordination forum. • Establish working relationships with all mission pillars and sections. • Support coordination the substantive work of the designated mission gender focal points. • Performs other duties as required.