Policy Advisor, Gender and Crisis, New York, United States At UNDP – United Nations Development Programme

Closing date: Thursday, 15 June 2023

Job Identification : 11075

Locations : New York, United States

Posting Date : 05/31/2023, 04:49 PM

Apply Before : 06/15/2023, 03:59 AM

Job Schedule : Full time

Agency : UNDP

Grade : P5

Vacancy Type : Temporary

Practice Area : Management

Bureau : Crisis Bureau

Contract Duration : 364 days

Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree – 10 year(s) experience

Required Languages : Fluency in written and spoken English

Desired Languages : Working knowledge of other UN language

Vacancy Timeline

2 Weeks

Mobility required/no mobility

no mobility required

Job Description


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The new UNDP Strategic Plan 2022-2025 sets out an ambitious agenda to significantly advance the future of development and the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, including signature solutions on Gender Equality (Signature Solution 6) and Resilience (Signature Solution 3). The new UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2022-2025 builds on the lessons of the previous strategies and has established as its main goal to help governments to shift systems and power structures that generate gender inequalities and (’s disempowerment. It will work through its six signature solutions on poverty and inequality, governance, resilience, environment, energy and gender equality; and promote integrated approaches in each thematic area, stronger investments in data and analysis, the implementation of innovative solutions to transform social norms, and stronger partnerships with UN agencies and with civil society. UNDP’s new Crisis Offer reinforces these commitments, accompanied by the Ten Point Action Agenda for Advancing Gender Equality in Crisis Settings (10PAA). The 10PAA is a roadmap to guide development programming to transform and advance gender equality in crisis contexts. It represents a strong commitment to go deeper and address power imbalances, which feed inequalities, conflicts, and crises.

Within UNDP’s Global Policy Network, the Crisis Bureau guides UNDP’s corporate crisis-related strategies and vision for crisis prevention, response and recovery. The Crisis Bureau aims to ensure that UNDP is well positioned to anticipate crises and shocks and address the multidimensional crisis in a comprehensive way. Towards this goal, and the progress of the Women Peace and Security (WPS) agenda and advance gender equality in crisis contexts, a Gender and Crisis Facility has been established within BPPS’ Gender team supported by the Crisis Bureau (Policy, Knowledge & Partnership Team (PKP)), to strengthen its work across the Global Policy Network (GPN) to enable and support Regional Bureaus and Country Offices to deliver transformative gender programming, as per the 10PAA; and invest in interventions that tackle structural gender inequalities while responding to the intersecting and diverse needs of women and directly challenging harmful gender norms and power imbalances that drive both gender inequalities and crises. The Facility has established as key priorities women’s economic empowerment, and women’s participation and leadership as transformational accelerators for change.

Job Purpose and Organizational Context

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Gender, Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) (overall substantive guidance and oversight) with a secondary reporting line to the Head of PKP (day to day basis on matters related to planning and delivery of demand-based gender equality support across the Crisis Bureau, aligned with the Crisis Offer), the Policy Advisor will be responsible for contributing to the following:

  •  Policy Development and Implementation
  •  Programme Development and Coordination
  •  Representation, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization
  •  Knowledge Management, Learning and Innovation

Duties and Responsibilities

1) Policy Development and Implementation

  •  Ensure policy coherence within UNDP on gender in crisis and fragility contexts, working closely with Regional Bureaux, other GPN teams and relevant knowledge domains.
  •  Promote evidence-based policy formulation on gender issues in crisis/fragile contexts in close collaboration with the BPPS Gender Team, relevant thematic teams and the Regional Bureaux/Hubs, positioning UNDP as a thought leader in the gender equality and crisis space.
  •  Lead and support policy dialogues on gender equality in crisis and fragility contexts.
  •  Lead and support the preparation of high-quality inputs on gender in crisis and fragility contexts for strategic papers and guidance notes, background briefs, speeches, and talking points, in coordination with relevant teams.
  •  Lead and support the implementation and monitoring of UNDP’s 10-Point Action Agenda for Advancing Gender Equality in Crisis Settings (10PAA).

2) Programme Development and Coordination

  •  Provide expertise, strategic advice, seed funding and trainings to Crisis Bureau thematic teams, Regional Bureaux and Country Offices, providing gender-responsive advisory services to Country Offices, and strengthening of gender responsive programming, including through joint pilots with UN Women. .
  •  Support proposal reviews, including but not limited to the Peacebuilding Fund and the Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative (GYPI).
  •  Oversee annual reporting to the SG’s report on WPS, SG’s 7-point action plan, Compact on WPS and Humanitarian Action, and contribute to the Annual Report on the implementation of the Gender Equality Strategy, and to the UNDP Gender Steering Implementation Committee (GSIC) among others, documenting crisis-relevant best practice.
  •  Coordinate relevant crisis-related activities related to the Commission on the Status of Women (through the BPPS Gender Team), the Open Debate on United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 and other intergovernmental forums and events. Activities may include the organization of Side Events, outreach and advocacy in conjunction with other thematic teams and bureaus, as well as across the UN system.

3) Representation, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization

  •  Represent and position UNDP in various fora, including the Steering Committee for WPS, Group of Friends of WPS, Informal Experts Group on WPS, Action for Peacekeeping WPS Champions, Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund and others.
  •  Forge strategic partnerships with relevant bilateral, regional and multilateral partners, as well as non-New York based networks such as the Inter Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Gender Reference Group (Geneva), in coordination with relevant teams.
  •  Strengthen partnerships with UN entities (particularly UN Women but also other specialized UN organizations with complementary skills and capacity) to improve interagency coordination and maximize the impact of gender transformative programming in crisis settings.
  •  Lead resource mobilization efforts for the Gender and Crisis Engagement Facility, including identifying funding opportunities, preparing funding proposals and donor briefings.
  •  Ensure messaging on the 10PAA is included in the Crisis Offer roadshow, tailored to different audiences, and other global outreach initiatives.

4) Knowledge Management, Learning and Innovation

  •  Provide regular and substantive contributions to UNDP’s relevant Communities of Practice, including co-leading the monthly WPS Coordination Group, and contributing to external knowledge networks.
  •  Develop and oversee knowledge management .and learning activities on gender and crisis issues, in collaboration with the BPPS Gender Team, and in line with the new Global Knowledge Management Strategy and Framework for Action (e.g., Participation in CoPs; Development and quality assurance of knowledge platforms and products; Development of advocacy campaigns, etc.).
  •  Contribute to capacity building and continued learning of Country Offices, mapping expertise and ensuring coordination with regional gender teams in crisis/fragile contexts.
  •  Foster innovation to advance gender equality in crisis settings, in partnership with Country Offices, the Accelerator Labs and the BPPS Gender Team.


Core Achieve Results:

  •  Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact.

Think Innovatively:

  •  Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems.

Learn Continuously:

  •  Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences.

Adapt with Agility:

  •  Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands.

Act with Determination:

  •  Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results.

Engage and Partner

  •  Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration.

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

  •  Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity.

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

2030 Agenda People – Gender:

  •  Women, Peace and Security.

2030 Agenda: People – Gender:

  •  Gender Mainstreaming.

2030 Agenda: Engagement & Efectiveness – Crisis management / Country Management:

  •  Crisis programming.

Business Management – Results-based Management:

  •  Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results.

Business Development – Partnerships Management:

  •  Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and other in line with UNDP strategy and policies.

Business Direction & Strategy – System Thinking:

  •  Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.

Business Management – Portfolio Management:

  •  Ability to select, prioritize and control the organization’s programmes and projects, in line with its strategic objectives and capacity; ability to balance the implementation of change initiatives and the maintenance of business-as-usual, while optimizing return on investment.

Required Skills and Experience


  •  Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in gender studies, international development or related fields.


  •  Minimum 10 years of professional work experience leading teams and providing policy and programme advice on gender in crisis situations is required.
  •  At least five years of proven experience working in crisis, post-conflict, transition and/or fragile settings is desired.
  •  Proven experience representing organizations in multi-stakeholder fora and processes, including in the development and strengthening of networks is desired.
  •  Familiarity with policies and programmes of relevant regional and global organizations (including but not limited to UNDP and the UN System) is desired.
  •  Proven experience in resource mobilization is desired.
  •  Excellent communication skills are required, with public speaking and publications as an asset.

Language Requirement:

  •  Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  •  Working knowledge of other UN language is desirable.


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UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.

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Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.


UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

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