Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Officer, Dhaka At ILO

the International Labour Organization (ILO)
Closing date: Saturday, 17 June 2023


Description of assignment title: Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Officer

Assignment country: Bangladesh

Expected start date: 09/15/2023

Sustainable Development Goal: 5. Gender equality

Volunteer category: International UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: ILO

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Dhaka


Mission and objectives

The International Labour Organization (ILO) is devoted to promoting social justice and internationally recognized human rights, including labour rights. Its tripartite structure provides a unique platform for promoting decent work for all women and men. It aims to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection, and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues. ILO functions as a normative as well as a technical advisory role for the member states. The key functions of the organization include:

  •  Formulation of international policies and programmes to promote basic human rights, improve working and living conditions, and enhance employment opportunities
  •  Creation of international labour standards backed by a unique system to supervise their application
  •  An extensive programme of international technical cooperation formulated and implemented in an active partnership with constituents to help countries put these policies into practice in an effective manner
  •  Training, education and research activities to help advance all of these efforts


Gender Social inclusion is core to ILO’s work. Gender equality in the work of work, ending gender-based violence, and assuring equal opportunities and rights at work for social minorities including the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), ethnic monitories and other lagging behind groups are some of the guiding principles for ILO’s roles in promoting social justice through decent work. ILO’s priorities on gender and social inclusion have also been reflected in its corporate programme and budget as well as the Decent work country programme of ILO’s constituents. Ensuring professional capacity and expertise in areas of gender and social inclusion, therefore, becomes critical for effective programming of the ILO office The UNV will be based at the ILO country office in Bangladesh and will act as a focal person for the Gender and social inclusion issues for the office. Under the direct supervision of the country director, and technical supervision of the Small and Medium Enterprise development Specialist, the specialist will work in collaboration with the Senior programme officers and get technical inputs from the Gender Specialists from the ILO’s Decent Work Technical team. In addition to these, the specialist will also work with the various Development Cooperation Project gender focal persons in ILO Bangladesh and support them in aligning their programming activities to the corporate strategy for gender and social inclusion.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the ILO Dhaka Country Director, the incumbent will undertake the following tasks: 1. Provide inputs on the issues relating to the employment and labour market participation of young women, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities for the implementation of the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP), ensuring alignment with the UN programming framework and government policies and priorities. 2. Provide substantive inputs for developing social inclusion framework for young women, persons with disabilities and ethnic minority communities promoting their rights to employment and rights at work in line with ILO’s relevant conventions and recommendations. 3. Seek opportunities to build and enhance partnerships with a range of stakeholders, mainly the thinktanks, International/national alliances for women in employment and entrepreneurship, development partners and so on in the issues of gender equality, disability inclusion and inclusion of left behind groups in the works of work. 4. Assist the office in analysing female labour market participation trends, undertake and suggest relevant research and policy work, youth employment, sustainable entrepreneurship, and a green transition, and build capacities of the organizations working on the issues of inclusion in the world of work. 5. Design avenues for ILO’s engagement in promoting employment opportunities for young women and persons with disabilities in non-traditional sectors and occupations including through employment support services and career counselling, Women entrepreneurship development, and skilling initiatives.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 – 80

Additional eligibility criteria

This assignment is funded by the Government of Finland, therefore specific criteria apply: – Candidates must be Finnish nationals and must have knowledge of Finnish or Swedish. – Candidates who already served on a UN Volunteer Specialist assignment funded by the Government of Finland are not eligible. Selection process: – Application deadline: 18 June 2023 – Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment. Interviews will be conducted by the UN Host Entity in July. +++ UN Volunteer entitlement calculator: +++


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.

Donor priorities



Required experience

3 years of experience in

  •  Research and analytical skills
  •  Coordination and people management skills
  •  Communication and stakeholder engagement

Area(s) of expertise

Development programmes

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Master degree or equivalent in Social policies, Gender studies, Development studies, and other relevant field.

Competencies and values

  •  Accountability
  •  Adaptability and Flexibility
  •  Building Trust
  •  Client Orientation
  •  Commitment and Motivation
  •  Commitment to Continuous Learning
  •  Empowering Others
  •  Ethics and Values
  •  Integrity
  •  Judgement and Decision-making
  •  Knowledge Sharing
  •  Managing Performance
  •  Planning and Organizing
  •  Professionalism
  •  Respect for Diversity
  •  Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Dhaka is located in central Bangladesh along the Buriganga River. Not only is it the capital city, but it is also the largest in the country. It is the centre of political, cultural, and economic life in Bangladesh. The official language is Bengali, while English is the working language of UN Agencies. In recent decades, Dhaka has seen the modernization of services, communications, and public works. The city is attracting large foreign investments and greater volumes of commerce and trade. It is also experiencing an increasing influx of people from across the nation; this has reportedly made Dhaka one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. Good English-speaking medical, dental services, and educational centres are available for internationals. Dhaka is connected to other cities by rail, road, and by air and internationals can move easily from one city to another. Dhaka has venerable green spaces, including many gardens and parks, historical places, and nice restaurants. The weather is tropical – hot and very humid during the summer monsoon season (April-September) and drier and cooler in the winter (October-March). Historically, Bangladesh has been a safe country for internationals so far. While Dhaka is not categorized as a hardship station, the volunteer should be prepared for limitations in freedom of movement on foot, by public transport, and to certain locations.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy


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