Humanitarian Specialist at UN Women, Bangkok, Thailand


Deadline: 3 June 2019

UN Women is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Humanitarian Specialist – Asia and Pacific region in Bangkok, Thailand. The duration of this post is 1 year.

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The Humanitarian Specialist is responsible for overall management of the regional portfolio on humanitarian response and DRR, including through regional programme development and implementation.

UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Key Job Responsibilities

The Humanitarian Specialist will perform the following functions-

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  • Provide technical leadership and strategic planning support on Gender Equality and Humanitarian Response, including in the area of recovery and resilience
    • Provide technical leadership and policy support to UN Women Offices in Asia and the Pacific on gender mainstreaming in humanitarian action.
    • Provide technical guidance and support to the Inter-agency standing committee (IASC) regional network for Asia and the Pacific through the formulation of high-quality gender equality programmes for capacity development and knowledge generation.
  • Oversee the advocacy of humanitarian action through inter-agency coordination
    • Coordinate the design and implementation of strategies for the Working Group on Gender in Humanitarian Action including ensuring proper linkages with disaster risk reduction, relief, and recovery and development efforts.
    • Coordinate the strategic thinking and policy decisions on mainstreaming gender into humanitarian response and influence agenda and priority setting in relevant UN system-wide inter-agency task forces and governmental coordination mechanisms.
  • Oversee Programme formulation and results-based management of the regional humanitarian and DRR portfolio
    • Guide the implementation of UN Women programmes in the region in disaster preparedness and humanitarian response and recovery context, analyze progress on achievement of the objectives and results, proposing adjustments and solutions where necessary.
    • Lead the formulation and development of UN Women’s humanitarian programme and projects in partnership with other implementing partners as necessary, including specific technical projects in line with global flagships.
  • Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships and resource mobilization for humanitarian action in the region
    • Build and maintain alliances and strategic partnerships for the advancement of humanitarian action.
    • Build and maintain close liaisons with relevant donors and other actors supporting efforts towards humanitarian action.
    • Produce periodic updates and briefs on regional/country development situation to be used by stakeholders, CO and HQ.
  • Oversee Advocacy and communication of humanitarian action and DRR
    • Promote the use and improvement of knowledge management mechanisms to share information about gender and humanitarian action and DRR related initiatives.
    • Identify relevant lessons learnt to be disseminated between countries and identify and develop linkages between countries in the region as appropriate.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in human rights, international relations, international development, gender studies, international law or other related field is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage.
  • At least 7 year’s progressively responsible experience in designing and managing programmes on humanitarian preparedness and response, gender and development, and/or related fields, ideally with experience in conflict or post conflict or disaster settings.
  • Substantive and technical experience in inter-agency coordination and response, including gender and protection related coordination, and/or ProCap/GenCap in humanitarian context.
  • Experience in policy analysis and strategic planning.
  • Experience working with, and building partnerships with governments, donors and civil society organizations internationally and in the field.
  • Experience working with the UN is an asset.
  • Experience working in Asia and the Pacific is a significant asset.
  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of other UN official working languages is an asset.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit UN Women.

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