Health Safety, Social and Environmental Associate – Social Development
Job categories: Health, Safety and Environment
Vacancy code: VA/2023/B5516/26834
Department/office: AR, SAMCO, Nepal
Duty station: Kathmandu, Nepal
Contract type: Local ICA Support
Contract level: LICA-6
Duration: Open-ended subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and/or satisfactory performance
Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.
Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.
Background Information – Job-specific
UNOPS Nepal and Cities Alliance Secretariat, together with UN-Habitat are implementing an EU-funded project on “Inclusive and Climate Resilient Urbanization in Nepal”. The project focuses on improving the participatory aspects of existing planning processes in city planning, giving women the opportunity to share their lived experiences in the city (including accessibility, services, and use of public spaces), and exploring possible solutions to the challenges they face. The project aims to identify key strategic interventions that could improve the lives and opportunities, not only of women in urban areas but of all residents.
For a multiyear engagement in Nepal with a focus on gender-sensitive approaches to urban planning in various Nepalese cities, Cities Alliance is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic Support Officer as Cities Alliance support staff in-country. Under the general supervision of the Cities Alliance Civic and Women Engagement Coordinator/Specialist, the Support Officer will support the overall project implementation and assist in all activities to ensure that project deliverables meet the expectations and requirements. Please note that the job offer is subject to the signing of the project agreement and the availability of funds.
Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Mainstreaming in Projects Strategy reaffirms UNOPS’ commitment to gender equality, diversity, and inclusion. It mobilizes our efforts to promote equal rights and opportunities for people to live full lives. It is supported by sustainable, resilient, and inclusive infrastructure, and by the efficient and transparent use of public resources in procurement and project management. The following are part of the project guidelines:
All components of the project will mainly focus on participatory gender-sensitive assessment, co-design, project preparation and implementation, and mainstream climate change in all the operations. Cornerstones of the projects will include:
- Use of Cities Alliance’s tools (e.g., Her4Climate Tool, Women Engagement in Cities (WEC) Framework, community mapping, safety audits) adapted to the local Nepalese context.
- Monitoring of the project progress, ensuring that the Gender Action Plan (GAP) is implemented effectively. It is vital to project success to ensure that the planned activities to implement the GAP are embedded into the day-to-day operations.
- Equal representation of women in community engagement workshops, a certain percentage of women suppliers or workers, etc., to ensure minimum requirements are met.
- Reflect gender mainstreaming information in meeting minutes and any other ad hoc reporting, such as a workshop, training, or checkpoint report.
- Track both quantitative and qualitative data on gender-related targets and indicators, such as the gender and age balance of community engagement and indicators related to impacts on male and female beneficiaries, as well as other vulnerable groups, as applicable.
Purpose and Scope of Assignment
The Health Safety, Social and Environmental Associate – Social Development is executing the overall project’s day-to-day operations of the Cities Alliance component. He/she will ensure the smooth and diligent management of the project activities. He/she is expected to meet the organization’s performance and delivery goals.
Under the guidance and supervision of the Programme Management Specialist- Civic and Women Engagement, the incumbent will perform a broad range of operational functions, including:
- Participate in meetings with the local community, women’s groups, government, and other actors to ensure needs are identified and captured.
- Provide support to the UNOPS team in drafting a GAP analysis of the municipal annual planning processes by collecting and compiling information;
- Provide support to the UNOPS team, in identifying existing gender principles to be included in the design of urban projects through desk research.
- Provide initial support, like compiling similar manuals existing, to inform the drafting of a specific manual for gender-sensitive participatory decision-making processes at the local level for the targeted municipalities, embedded in the municipal annual plan process.
- Assist the team in developing a learning strategic report for each municipality by collecting and compiling information;
- Provide necessary support by taking notes and action minutes during ateliers and workshops,
- Completion of Secondary education is required.
- A Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Gender Equality, Social Science, Development Studies, Community Development, or other relevant discipline is desirable (but not required) and may compensate for some of the required years of experience.
- With a high school diploma, a minimum of 6 years of experience in gender-related issues, administration, and social safeguards or other related fields is required.
- Experience working with the Cities Alliance, UN agencies or other donor agencies, government ministries, and/or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) is an asset.
- Experience in working with the G-suite platform including Google Drive, Google Calendar, Gmail, Google Sheets, Docs, and Slides is an asset.
- Work experience in the national context of Nepal is highly desirable.
- Fluency in oral and written Nepalese and English is required
- 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.
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreements (LICA)
Contract level: LICA 6
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
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- 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.
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.
Application period: 22-October-2023