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Job no: 558283
Work type: Fixed Term Appointment
Location: Haiti
Categories: Gender Development

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, Hope

Gender equality is essential to realizing the mandate of UNICEF to uphold the rights of all children. The UNICEF Gender Action Plan (GAP) 2022–2025, operationalizes the UNICEF Gender Policy, 2021–2030, by specifying how UNICEF will promote gender equality across its programmes and workplaces. The GAP is UNICEF’s Road map for supporting the achievement of gender equality goals across development and humanitarian work in line with the organization’s dual mandate and global nature. It affirms that promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is the responsibility of everyone, regardless of organizational role. The GAP elaborates the steps required to accelerate progress on gender equality across the five Goal Areas of the UNICEF Strategic Plan, 2022–2025, as well as within institutional systems and processes, with clear indicators and monitoring mechanisms to track change.

Furthermore, UNICEF, through the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs), is committed to ensuring that across all spectrum of humanitarian response, UNICEF accelerates gender equality and empowerment of girls and women for sustainable change by mainstreaming gender equality into various sector commitments and key phases of humanitarian action, including the three following cross-cutting programme commitments: mitigate risks; engage local organizations advancing the rights of women, girls, and youth; and implement gender-transformative interventions, informed by gender analysis and data disaggregated by sex, age, and other factors.

In Haiti, nearly 59% of the population lives below the poverty line, with limited access to basic social services. The country is in the grip of a protracted multidimensional crisis, and chronic insecurity since June 2021, putting more than 2.2 million children in need of humanitarian assistance (OCHA Humanitarian Situation Report – June 2021). In 2022, nearly 1.5 million people lived in neighborhoods controlled by gangs in the metropolitan area. In addition, the cholera epidemic declared since October 2022[1] counts with 1,193 confirmed cases and more than 280 deaths from cholera in eight departments, with more than 13,600 suspected cases spread across the country.

Women and girls are the backbone of Haitian society and local economy. Haitian women represent a major pillar of the economy, particularly the informal and commercial economy, head more than half of Haitian households, and work daily, often alone, to provide access to education and health care for their children, despite the poverty and insecurity they face. 57% of the Haitian population is under the age of 24 (6.2 out of 10.9 million inhabitants) and this characteristic holds great potential for development and economic growth if young people (including young girls) have access to good education, health services, including sexual and reproductive health, and employment opportunities. In terms of health, almost two-thirds of births are still unattended (especially in rural areas) and the maternal mortality rate is among the highest in the Latin America and Caribbean region. The low level of education predominantly affects women and is one of the factors that explain their early entry into the labor market without qualifications.

In line with UNICEF’s GAP 2022-2025 and the Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs), UNICEF Haiti is well positioned to work closely with the government, UN agencies and civil society organizations, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to initiatives and appropriate programmes to eliminate gender inequality.

How can you make a difference?

In alignment with the GAP and the CCCs, the role of the Gender Equality Specialist is primarily technical and programmatic. The Specialist provides authoritative technical guidance/operational support throughout all stages of programming to facilitate the management and delivery of results contributing to gender equality. S/he supports the development, implementation, and monitoring of high-quality gender programming across sectors and institutional commitments as per the GAP and the CCCs. S/he:

Supports the assessment and identification of gender needs for emergency preparedness and response and provides gender relevant guidance and technical input on emergency programming and coordination.
Leads cross-sectional and inter-agency collaboration and coordination on key programmatic results on gender, ensuring coherence, maximization of synergies and efficiency in utilization of resources and delivery of results in both humanitarian and development contexts.
Supports senior programme colleagues and management of the Country Office to advance one or more of the Targeted Gender Priorities in the Gender Action Plan with support from the Regional Gender Adviser. S/he also plays a role in working with one or more of UNICEF sectors to mainstream gender by prioritizing key gender results within the sector(s) with a strong gender relevance.
Works with programme colleagues and management so that gender results are effectively defined, measured, and reported, and high-quality assessment, research, evidence generation and evaluation on gender programming is undertaken and utilized.
Supports/leads effective assessment, planning, capacity building, programme management and knowledge management on gender.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Management and/or advisory support to Representative and Deputy Representative
Program development, planning and management
Advocacy, networking and partnership building
Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building
To view the full Job description please click on the following link:   123233 Gender Programme Specialist.docx

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Advanced university degree (Masters or higher) in social sciences (i.e. sociology, demography, psychology, political science, social policy or economics), public health, public policy, public administration, international development, or in an area relevant to UNICEF’s sectoral work (e.g. Health, Nutrition, WASH, Education, Child Protection, Social Inclusion, HIV/AIDs, etc.).
A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible professional experience and demonstrated track record of having undertaken and led substantive programming and research on gender equality in key issue areas that are the focus of UNICEF’s Gender Action Plan and/or the CCCs.
Experience in designing, implementing, managing, and delivering results-based programmes in complex emergency contexts.
Experience working in UNICEF or other UN agencies is an asset.
Fluency in French and English is required. Knowledge of Spanish or the local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female are encouraged to apply.

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Advertised: 28 Dec 2022 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: 12 Jan 2023 Eastern Standard Time

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