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UNDP Jobs: Regional Gender Specialist 2021

Job Title: Regional Gender Specialist

Organization: UNDP

Location : Bangkok, Thailand

Application Deadline : 01-Jun-21 (Midnight New York, USA)

Additional Category : Management

Type of Contract : IPSA (Regular)

Post Level : IPSA-10

Languages Required : English  

Duration of Initial Contract : 12 months with possible extension

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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Instructions to Applicants: Click on the “Apply now” button. Input your information in the appropriate Sections: personal information, language proficiency, education, resume and motivation. Upon completion of the first page, please hit “submit application” tab at the end of the page. Please ensure that CV or P11 and the Cover letter are combined in one file.

Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as  reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.


  1. UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.
  2. The positions will be home-based until travels to the assigned duty station can resume. Once in the duty station, some travels are expected (when travel restrictions are lifted).

Office/Unit/Project Description

UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy and programme work carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office (CO) levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep, local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. Within this context, UNDP invests in a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.

UNDP’s presence in the Bangkok Regional Hub delivers a full range of policy, programme, and operations support to 24 Country Offices (COs) in the Asia-Pacific region. The Global Policy Network (GPN) Asia-Pacific aims to be a cutting-edge provider of timely development advice, providing support to COs and programme countries in an integrated and coherent manner, to instantly connect countries to the world of knowledge, resources and networks of best practices they need to achieve development breakthroughs.

The Gender Specialist, under the guidance of the Asia-Pacific Gender Team Leader, and as part of the Asia-Pacific GPN, works closely with the regional teams responsible for CO support (COSQA) and strategic oversight (MAST).

Institutional Arrangement

The Gender Specialist will be based in Bangkok, Thailand, with possible travels when travel restrictions are lifted.  The Gender Specialist will report to the Asia-Pacific Gender Team Leader.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

  1. Collaborate with UNDP’s regional programming and projects, including inclusive climate action, youth empowerment, COVID19 responses & recovery, Economist Network, SDG finance, Disaster Risk Reduction, Women, Peace & Security, to ensure the effectiveness and impact of UNDP’s interventions in all areas are aligned with the UNDP’s gender equality agenda;
  2. Support design and implementation of the regional gender equality programming to develop regional gender equality insights, with focus on promoting gender equality in the economy through policy advocacy, leveraing behavioural insights, and private sector engagement;
  3. Contribute to policy advisory work on gender equality issues in the areas of inclusive climate action, youth empowerment, COVID19 responses & recovery, SDG finance, Disaster Risk Reduction, Women, Peace & Security, and with RBAP Economist Network;
  4. Facilitate regionally coordinated knowledge management (eg. online newsletters, social media campaign, advocacy events), capacity building, technical backstopping, and monitoring & reporting, vertically and horizontally across the organization, engaging UNDP Asia-Pacific Gender Community of Practice and Global Gender Community of Practice, and act as Asia-Pacific Spotlight Initaitive coordinator.
  5. Support positoning UNDP as a partner of choice on gender equality and women’s empowerment through collaborative programming, strategic partnerships, and resource mobilization, with intergovernmental organisations, UN agencies, CSO and Private Sector partners, and other development partners.
  6. Respond to requests from RBAP Country Offices, in particular China and Thailand Country Offices, to help them strengthen their gender equality contributions.



Professionalism: Shows pride in work and achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; Asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience; Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Client Orientation: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients ” and seeks to see things from clients’ point of view; Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect; Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions; Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems; Keeps clients informed of progress or setbacks in projects; Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to client.

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

Masters Degree in Social/Political Science, Gender or Women’s Studies, Development Studies, or relevant disciplines


Min. years of relevant Work experience

Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in policy analysis and advocacy, programme/project management, and knowledge management, addressing the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment


Required skills and competencies

Demonstrated, substantive skills in research, analysis and policy development and policy advocacy


Demonstrated, substantive skills in design and implementation of gender equality and women’s empowerment initiatives


Demonstrated skills in design and organisation of gender equality advocacy and communication campaigns, including online actions


Competency in effective coordination, strategic partnership building, and innovation


Experience in the use of office software packages, and  handling web-based management systems and web-based interactive conferencing tools


Desired additional skills and competencies

Previous experience in the Asia-Pacific region is desirable


Previous engagement with UNDP and other UN agencies in the areas of gender equality and women’s empowerment is a strong advantage


Required Language(s) (at working level)

Fluency in English, including excellent drafting and presentation skills


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