Special Assistant at UN Women, Cairo, Egypt


Deadline: 17 December 2018

UN Women is currently seeking applications from the eligible applicants for the post of Special Assistant in Cairo, Egypt. The duration for this post is 1 year.

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The Special Assistant will provide timely analytical information, prepare documentation and will have a proven ability to work and act under pressure and with discretion in a sensitive and challenging environment.

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

Key Job Responsibilities

The Special Assistant will perform the following functions-

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  • Provide coordination support to the Regional Director in his/her interactions and exchanges with UN Women Representatives, Regional Office and HQ staff, keeping record and ensuring action and follow-up when required in a timely and efficient manner, and serving as note-taker in regular meetings and exchanges.
  • Provide specialized technical support to the Regional Director in his/her interactions, representation duties, exchanges and relationship cultivation with other UN agencies, UN regional coordination mechanisms, regional and sub-regional integration mechanisms, intergovernmental bodies, national authorities donors and private sector.
  • Provide relevant input when needed on key developments and opportunities to develop and strengthen institutional partnerships for the promotion of gender equality and women´s rights in the region and to ensure the inclusion of a gender perspective in regional and sub-regional intergovernmental fora.
  • Keep the Regional Director informed of incoming requests, correspondence and all matters requiring her attention, provide sound input as appropriate to facilitate decision making and ensure follow-up action, as directed.
  • Manage the planning and organization of the Regional Director´s agenda and official travel, including the timely preparation of official travel files, background documents and briefing notes, working closely with relevant staff and prepare official travel reports.
  • Draft speeches, talking points and /or design presentation materials for delivery by the Regional Director in key events, meetings and other internal and external fora ensuring that UN Women´s corporate and regional perspective, goals, objectives, strategies and/or policies on gender issues and UN Women programmes are appropriately reflected, working closely with relevant staff as required.
  • Seize opportunities for reinforcing positively UN Women image and the Regional Director exposure in regional and country media at all levels.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in International Relations, Communications, Public Relations, Public Affairs, Social Sciences, Public Administration, Business Administration or related areas.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • 5 years of progressively responsible experience in international/regional organizations and communications/public relations.
  • Prior experience with the UN or other international organization working in capacity as Assistant/Adviser to senior management an advantage.
  • International development work preferably focused on, or strongly involving gender equality at national, regional and international levels.
  • Experience in results-based programme management.
  • Experience in internal and external communication and/or resource mobilization.
  • Prior experience in the UN System and the Region will be an asset.
  • Fluency in English, both oral and written, is required.
  • Proficiency in other language of the region is an advantage.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through online process.

For more information, please visit UN Women.

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