Associate Gender Affairs Officer

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United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia




Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), Kismayo. The incumbent will be based in Kismayo and reports to the Head of the Integrated Gender Office.


Within delegated authority, the Associate Gender Affairs Officer at the NOB level will be responsible for the following duties: Assist the Senior Gender Advisor/ Chief, IGO in the design and implementation of a mission-wide action plan, as appropriate, to translate existing policies and mandates on the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment in all activities of UNSOM and support delivery of appropriate training for different levels of personnel where required, to facilitate implementation of the plan.

  • Carry out analyses and collation of information on gender equality issues and women’s empowerment, including collecting, analyzing and presenting statistical data and other information gathered from diverse sources to assist in the preparation of advice which may be provided by the Section/Unit to the management team, as a contribution towards the efforts of mainstreaming gender equality concerns by the mission, or in preparation for other work of the office, such as outreach programmes for training of national police, armed forces and to build and expand capacity for gender analysis and the design of gender-sensitive policies and programmes.
  • Participate in and make contributions to the work of established inter-agency coordination mechanisms for gender mainstreaming such as the Gender Theme Group and UNSOM Gender Focal Points’ network and partnership efforts with UN agencies that have complementary mandates for the promotion of women and girl’s rights.
  • Contribute to the support, liaison and partnerships with civil society organizations and women groups, (including women-led initiatives, organizations, coalitions, networks and women’s caucuses at federal parliament and regional assemblies) ensuring that all information and outreach activities of the Mission reach and involve women as well as men. Undertake additional outreach activities in assigned areas, providing presentations and other inputs (e.g. articles, publications), and attending professional and NGO meetings. Assists Head of Office in monitoring resources, preparing, or reporting on budgets and collating accountability documents specific to activities/events carried out on gender and WPS issues.
  • Assist the Senior Gender Advisor/ Chief, IGO with consultation as necessary with counterparts in the Office of the DPPA, Senior Gender Advisor at UN Headquarters and with the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women in the UN Secretariat; Contribute to the implementation of reporting obligations, documentation of good practices, the preparation of policy papers and related submissions for senior mission leaders and DPPA. Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, international relations, social studies, gender studies or 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

  • Two years of progressively responsible experience in policy development and programme implementation related to gender equality and women’s rights is required. Prior experience working with United Nations agencies or an international organization is desirable.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Somali (both oral and written) is required.





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