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UN WOMEN - JPO, Policy Analyst


Title: Junior Professional Officer, Policy Analyst

Sector of Assignment: Women, Peace and Security (WPS)

Organization/Office: UN WOMEN

Duty Station: New York, USA

Duration of assignment: 2 years with possibility of extension for another year

Work experience: Please note that for participants of the JPO-Programme two years work experience are mandatory! Relevant internships are counted if they are remunerated. It should be a regular salary. The salary may be low, but a token payment is not considered a salary in this regard. If a doctorate/ scholarship is relevant for the position and remunerated, it can be included as work experience.

II. Supervision:
Title of Supervisor:
Policy Specialist, Peace and Security

Content and methodology of supervision:
The post would be supervised by the Policy Specialist and would be part of the team working on the Security Council. After the induction period, a work plan would be prepared, and it would include a scheduled meeting every two month with the supervisor to receive feedback on performance against this work plan, as well as more regular check-ins on specific issues, as many times as needed or requested by either the supervisor or the Policy Analyst. The Policy Analyst would also have the opportunity to get feedback and advice from the Director of the Peace and Security Section, and to participate in the weekly team meetings.

III. Duties, Responsibilities and Output Expectations:
The Analyst’s main responsibility will be to ensure that all the tools and entry points of the Security Council and its subsidiary bodies are systematically put to use to advance the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda.

Key responsibilities:

Research and analysis: The Policy Analyst will support the team in researching and identifying gap areas in the implementation and normative framework of 1325 by the Security Council and entry points to address them, making optimal use of the political momentum leading up to the 20-year anniversary of the Women, Peace and Security agenda in 2020. This will include a special focus on:

  • Subsidiary bodies on peacekeeping, counterterrorism, and sanctions committees.
  • Intersections with all the other relevant thematic areas in the Security Council (protection of civilians, conflict-related sexual violence, transnational organized crime and trafficking, conflict prevention and mediation, rule of law, youth, peace and security, relations with regional organizations, and arms control and disarmament).
  • Countries on the agenda of the Security Council that are not being reviewed by the Security Council’s Informal Experts Group.

Policy development and coordination:
The Policy Analyst will backstop the team functioning as the Secretariat of the Informal Experts Group and ensuring that gender equality is well covered across all relevant areas, both in the Security Council and inter-agency coordination mechanisms in UN headquarters. During the first year, a key deliverable will be to put the research and analysis on sanctions committees into use through policy advocacy and coordination that would advance the women, peace and security agenda. Another deliverable will be the Policy Analyst’s support to the team in mainstreaming the Women, Peace and Security agenda into country- and regional-specific considerations and products of the Security Council. During the first two years, a key deliverable will be to support the team in the preparations for the 20th anniversary of 1325, including through the preparations for the annual Secretary-General’s reports

Knowledge management and communications:
The Policy Analyst will support the team’s efforts to function as a global knowledge hub on Women, Peace and Security and communicate our results to external partners, with a particular emphasis on:

  • The WPS agenda in the Security Council, including its consideration in country- and regionalspecific contexts
  • Public-friendly articulations of the impact of our global programmes
  • New research of interest to the UN Women’s community of practice on WPS
  • Preparations and outcomes of the 20th anniversary of 1325
  • Opportunities for public advocacy using UN Women’s Champions on Women, Peace and
  • Security and Human Rights

IV. Qualifications and Experience:

Master’s Degree in law, social sciences, political science/ international affairs (i.e. international
development studies, gender/women’s studies) or a related technical field.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience in programme and policy analysis, with a demonstrable ability to write and research on one or several of the following fields: women, peace and security, human rights, gender and development, international organizations.
  • Strong knowledge of the UN’s women, peace and security mandate. Particular experience on the work of the Security Council, peacekeeping organizations, counterterrorism and countering violent extremism, or sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in conflict, is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated commitment to gender equality and/or women’s rights.
  • Policy, research, or programme experience in conflict-affected settings is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required; knowledge of another UN official working language is an asset.

Key competencies of the assignment:

Core values and Guiding principles:

  • Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
  • Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity, discretion, tact, and courtesy in relation to gender equality and women’s rights, development principles, implementing partners, and national and international personnel of varied nationalities and backgrounds.

Core Competencies:

  • Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity
  • Organizational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
  • Development and Innovation: Take charge of self-development and take initiative
  • Work in teams: Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Communicating and Information Sharing: Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication
  • Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others
  • Conflict Management: Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
  • Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making

Functional competencies:

  • Ability to plan, prioritize and deliver a variety of tasks on time
  • Exercise sound judgment/analysis
  • Ability to develop creative solutions
  • Ability to provide constructive coaching and feedback for others
  • Ability to liaise with a myriad of stakeholders and partners, including government, civil society, international organizations and grassroots organizations

V. Learning Expectations:
Upon completion of the assignment, the JPO will have a strong understanding of the Women, Peace and Security agenda and especially in intergovernmental bodies, as well as UN Women’s policy and programmes, and experience working with a diverse team with different backgrounds.
The Policy Analyst will be required to complete UN Women’s two-week induction for JPOs. After its completion, the JPO will have a solid understanding of UN Women, our role in the UN system
(goals, how we achieve them with partners, how we run our operations), our history, structure, and resources and our role as a change agent through innovation and knowledge management. During this induction workshop, the Policy Analyst will be able to engage and network with other JPOs and colleagues at HQ from all areas of expertise.

The Policy Analyst will be required to complete UN Women’s mandatory trainings on basic security, advanced security, workplace harassment, ethics, legal framework, gender, HIV in the workplace, sexual exploitation and abuse, and human rights responsibilities.

The Policy Analyst will be encouraged to attend at least one training course on substantive areas each year, such as UN Women’s international courses on documentation and investigation of SGBV as international crimes and courses for prospective peacekeepers, courses provided by research centres on Women, Peace and Security, or by our UN partners (on rule of law, peacekeeping, and other areas).

VI. Background Information:
UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The Policy Division develops and implements UN Women’s program of work on analysis, research and knowledge management that provides the evidence base for the advice and guidance UNW provides to the intergovernmental process, the UN system, and to UNW staff working at country and regional level on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. It identifies emerging issues and trends, develops, and proposes new strategies for achieving the agreed goals through innovative approaches and lessons learned about what works in practice. It also designs and oversees the training and capacity development programs of UNW, working closely with the UNW training facility in Santo Domingo.

The Policy Division staff is organized in Thematic Clusters, bringing together technical experts who undertake issues-based research; analyse data on country, regional or global trends, build a knowledge base on policy commitments and their implementation, propose evidence-based options for global policy, norms and standards and for UNW global programme strategies, and contribute substantive inputs to policy advocacy and technical cooperation programmes.

UN Women’s Peace and Security Section is responsible for providing corporate policy and strategic
advice as well as technical support to UN Women Country Offices and partners in several areas,
including: mediation and conflict prevention, peacebuilding and recovery, rule of law and transitional justice, women’s participation in peace and security processes and institutions, and mainstreaming gender into peacekeeping operations, efforts to counter violent extremism, and post-conflict governance.

The high-level review of 1325 and resolutions 2212 and 2242 triggered important changes on the Security Council’s working methods with regards to women, peace and security and increased the demands form Member States on the team’s policy support. UN Women functions as the Secretariat of the Informal Experts Group of the Security Council on women, peace and security; organizes a programme-of-work meeting with the Presidency of the Council ahead of each month and technical briefings for Council members, especially the newly elected; and supports Council members in integrating women, peace and security into all its outcomes, deliberations, and visits. In addition, women from civil society organizations have begun briefing the Security Council in country-specific meetings (more than 20 times between December 2016 and September 2018, compared to none before), and UN Women’s Executive Director may brief the Security Council after her visits to conflictaffected countries, in addition to the preparations for the annual report. A team of two people work on this area, as part of a Peace and Security team of more than 20 staff members covering peacebuilding, conflict prevention, conflict resolution and mediation, national implementation (including as the secretariat of the focal points network on WPS), WPS statistics and monitoring, rule of law and justice, protection issues including conflict-related sexual violence, peacekeeping, UN system coordination, and the management of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund.

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Administration, management, Economic and employment promotion, Other specialisations, Sonstige Fachgebiete, Verwaltung/Management, Wasser-/Abfallwirtschaft/Umwelt/Ressourcen, Water and waste management, environment, resources, Wirtschafts-/Beschäftigungsförderung


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