Diversity and Social Inclusion Officer (Gender), Sana’a, Yemen At United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Closing date: Tuesday, 25 April 2023

Background Information – Job-specific

UNOPS Hub in Amman

The UNOPS Hub in Amman implements projects in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen, in partnership with bilateral donors, national governments, and other UN agencies. With an established presence across the region, the office runs operations including large-scale procurement, project development, and technical management, and provides financial, human resources, and infrastructure-related services. The functional objective of UNOPS Hub in Amman is to deliver its projects in an efficient and effective manner and in line with the principles, rules and regulations of UNOPS, in order to support the response to the current needs and national priorities in the region.

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

UNOPS is committed to achieving a fully diverse workforce.

General Background of Projects

UNOPS is undertaking a series of projects in Yemen, in which gender and social inclusion mainstreaming as well as prevention of GBV are important elements, among them the Strengthening Resilience through Enhancing Health Service Facilities in Yemen project.

The overall objective of the Strengthening Resilience through Enhancing Health Service Facilities in Yemen project is to support local service providers and local communities in increasing access to primary and secondary health services facilities (general hospitals, local health centers, and therapeutic feeding centers) for the most vulnerable population through restoring the physical infrastructure of health facilities (maintenance works and minor repairs) in target areas. The Gender Equality Officer will report directly to the Project Manager while referring to the Amman Operational Hub Gender Specialist based in Jordan for technical guidance on gender and social inclusion mainstreaming and GBV prevention. The Gender Equality Officer will liaise regularly with local communities across Yemen. The incumbent will support the implementation of gender and social inclusion mainstreaming and GBV initiatives in the Strengthening Resilience of Health Service Facilities project. The position requires an experienced person with gender and social inclusion mainstreaming and GBV knowledge and ability, aptitude to provide basic training on gender equality, social inclusion and GBV, as well as data collection and analysis skills.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Project Manager, the Gender Equality Officer is responsible for performing the following duties: Technical assistance, documentation and reporting

  •  Support the mainstreaming of gender and social inclusion across the project;
  •  Provide analytical support to the project manager in the implementation of the project Gender Action Plan and related gender-specific activities and initiatives;
  •  Monitor progress and report on gender and social inclusion mainstreaming and GBV/SEA safeguarding efforts across the project;
  •  Provide sound contributions to project stakeholders on gender-related activities, including on gender-sensitive engagement of community members;
  •  Document best practices and lessons learned on gender and social inclusion mainstreaming in the project and share these with relevant actors, including but not limited to the project team and donor/partner;
  •  Support the promotion of Yemeni supplier and contractor performance on gender equality and GBV prevention through proactive engagement with UNOPS DRiVE programme (Delivering Responsibility in Vendor Engagement) and the UNOPS Sustainable Procurement Framework.

Gender-sensitive communication and capacity building

  •  Assist in the revision of project communication material to make sure it is gender-sensitive and addresses gender-related issues as relevant to the project;
  •  Provide analytical support to the promotion of project-specific awareness raising activities on gender equality, social inclusion and gender-based violence (GBV) for project staff.

GBV/SEA safeguarding

  •  Support in ensuring that safeguard instruments, including project Environmental and Social Management Frameworks and Plans (ESMF/P), include provisions on promoting gender equality and preventing gender-based violence (GBV) and Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA);
  •  Provide analytical support to the inclusion in the project Grievance Redress Mechanism (GRM) of safe referral pathways for GBV/SEA survivors;
  •  Build the capacity of all actors responsible for the project GRM on safe referral and the principles of a survivor-centered approach to GBV/SEA;
  •  Support the awareness raising of implementing partners, contractors and suppliers on GBV prevention.

Coordination and knowledge sharing

  •  Participate in inter-agency and national initiatives, working groups and relevant coordination mechanisms on gender and GBV at appropriate levels, to feed into project priorities;
  •  Act as the focal point for data related to gender, social inclusion and GBV within the project.


Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education/Experience/Language requirements


  •  First level University degree (Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent) is required. Preferably in Gender Studies, Business Administration, Law or Social Science or any other related field.
  •  Secondary School Diploma may be accepted with 6 years of experience.


  •  2 years of relevant experience in Gender and Social Inclusion Mainstreaming, Gender/Social Analysis and/or GBV/SEA prevention and/or safeguarding.
  •  Knowledge of UN policies, procedures and operations would be an asset.

Language Requirement:

  •  Fluency in both English and Arabic is required.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement (LICA) Contract level: LICA-8 Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – This position is funded through an emergency project up to December 2024 with possibility of extension, subject to organisational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspxAdditional Information

  •  Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
  •  Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  •  Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  •  UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce.
  •  Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  •  We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process. If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.
  •  This position is stationed in Sana’a, Yemen which is a non-family duty station.

Terms and Conditions

  •  For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post.
  •  For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.
  •  All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  •  It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.


June 2024