On the Job! UNHCR Gender Equity and Diversity Consultant (deadline 7 November)

The United Nations Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is hiring a Gender Equity and Diversity Consultant. Details follow:

The Division of Human Resources Management (DHRM) at the United Nations Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is committed to systematic examination and assessment of the effectiveness of UNHCR human resources policies. UNHCR has adopted a two-pronged approach to gender equality: mainstreaming gender and promoting targeted actions to address gender and diversity issues. Recognizing that our operational effectiveness is highly dependent on our staff, it is crucial that our staff reflect both gender and diversity in order to best respond to our persons of concern. Therefore, ensuring that human resources policies take into account gender equity, are family friendly and cognizant of LGBTI, are major priorities for DHRM. Following the launch of the Policy on Achieving Gender Equity in UNHCR Staffing on 7 March 2007 and with the goal of achieving a 50/50 gender distribution in UNHCR in all positions in the Professional category and above, work is still needed to implement relevant aspects of the policy in an effective manner. The policy should therefore be comprehensively reviewed, in order to introduce necessary actions to address gender equity, including among national staff. A dedicated person with significant experience in gender and diversity in a HR context is needed to drive the process and ensure the involvement of relevant stakeholders and continuous commitment from senior management.

Title: Consultant (Gender Equity and Diversity)

Supervision: Director of the Division of Human Resources Department (DHRM), with the support of the Division of International Protection (DIP)

Location: Geneva, Switzerland. Key stakeholder interviews will be carried out on-site

Duration of the assignment: 6 months full time, starting as soon as possible

Tasks and responsibilities:

The consultant will draft a comprehensive strategy and framework to address gender and diversity in staffing in UNHCR. Tasks will include:

– Comprehensively review the implementation of the 2007 Gender Equity Policy which aims for UNHCR to achieve a 50/50 gender balance at all levels in the International Professional category, and recommend actions to achieve continuous progress on gender equity and greater diversity among all categories of staff

– Conduct an evaluation of other relevant UNHCR human resources policies (including policies and practices regarding appointments and assignments, staff welfare, training, accommodation, security, etc.) related to gender and diversity to identify good practices, gaps and inconsistencies, through global consultation with relevant UNHCR staff and offices

– Review the effectiveness of the spouse employment policy, in light of Article 101 of the UN Charter, and recommend actions for improved implementation

– Benchmark UNHCR policies and practices to achieve gender equity and diversity in staffing against those of other UN agencies and INGOs with deep field presence

– Review policies and practices on LGTBI and recommend improvements

– Recommend specific actions for the integration of gender and diversity into all relevant DHRM policies

– Develop a communications strategy on the Policy to achieve gender equity and diversity in UNHCR

– Recommend accountability mechanisms and incentives to encourage senior management’s commitment and action to achieve the gender and diversity targets

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Book Launch: Protecting Civilians in Refugee Camps

Protecting Civilians in Refugee CampsIt’s my great pleasure to announce the book launch of Protecting Civilians in Refugee Camps: Unable and Unwilling States, UNHCR and International ResponsibilityThrough an analysis of the International Law Commission’s work on international responsibility, the book discusses responsibility for human rights violations taking place in refugee camps being administered by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and its implementing partners. It will be launched at the Bergen Resource Centre for International Development in Bergen, Norway, on May 22, 2014. Protecting Civilians is the first book in the International Refugee Law book series, edited by Dr David Cantor and published by Martinus Nijhoff Publishers. In the same series, the edited volume Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law will be out in September.