Sub-regional Gender Specialist – Tehran

Full Time
Posted 2 years ago


UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub delivers a full range of policy, programme, and operations support to 24 Country Offices (COs) in the Asia-Pacific region.  As a part of BRH, the Global Policy Network (GPN) Asia-Pacific team 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 practice they need to achieve development breakthroughs. GPN Asia-Pacific team performs these functions in collaboration with the Country Office Support and Quality Assurance (COSQA) team also part of BRH.


Gender equality is a non-negotiable priority for UNDP globally.  This commitment is articulated in UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2021-2025 and its accompanying Gender Equality Strategy (GES) 2022-2025.  UNDP is committed to help governments shift systems and power structures that generate gender inequalities and women’s disempowerment.  UNDP addresses gender equality as integral to all its development interventions, to expand people’s choices, realize a just and sustainable world, and achieve the vision for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  UNDP Asia-Pacific Regional Programme translates the global commitments for the region and offers gender-integrated solutions to the region’s complex development challenges.  Furthermore, UNDP GES establishes measures for UNDP’s institutional transformation.  Meaningfully integrating gender quality across UNDP’s work starts with the everyday decisions, actions, and behaviours of its personnel.  Such efforts will require leadership that fosters listening and learning and calls for courage and new ways of working.  UNDP Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme is UNDP’s key corporate initiative that is designed to facilitate the Organisation’s institutional transformation for gender equality.


To support this aspiration, Sub-regional Gender Specialists are outposted in selected UNDP COs to support a portfolio of 5-6 countries each in strengthening UNDP’s contribution to gender equality. Under matrix reporting lines to the Bangkok Regional Hub and the COs in their respective portfolio, the Sub-regional Gender Specialist based in the UNDP Country Office in Tehran, the Islamic Republicof Iran, will advise and provide technical support to CO management and staff in Iran, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Myanmar and Pakistan on their gender equality programming and institutional transformation efforts, including their participation in UNDP Gender Equality Seal Certification Programme where applicable.   The Sub-regional Gender Specialist will enure strategic advice and oversight for the implementation of the existing gender-focused projects, while also ensuring the effectiveness and impact of UNDP’s gender-integrated interventions in all areas aligned with UNDP Gender Equality Strategy. The Sub-regional Gender Specialists will also work closely with CO senior management, and collaborate with CO Gender Specialists and CO Gender Focal Team members, and CO programming and operations staff, as well as local stakeholders as required.


As an outposted member of BRH Gender Team,  Sub-regional Gender Specialist will bring the global and regional perspectives and experiences to COs and vice versa, in alignment with UNDP’s corporate Quality Assurance standards and accountability mechanisms.  Sub-regional gender specialist will also support the delivery of gender equality results through regional initiatives at the country level. 


The alternate recommended candidates from this recruitment process will be  kept in the roster for future positions which may arise for Maldives, Laos and Samoa or other locations.



Under the overall guidance of Asia-Pacific Regional Gender Team Lead / Advisor and with the country-specific supervision of the respective CO senior management, the Sub-regional gender specialist will be responsible for the following scope of work relating to COs in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Mongolia, Myanmar and Pakistan:


a) Advice and support to CO management, , equality programming involving both gender-focused and gender-integrated initiatives,  in collaboration with the CO Gender Specialists/gender focal points and BRH Gender Team Through:

  • Hands on support and advice to CO management, programme, operations and project staff on the implementation of the UNDP Gender Equality Strategy and the development of gender-transformative Country Programme Document,Analysis, monitoring and reporting and capacity building relating to UNDP Gender Marker  application.
  • Mobilization of regional support to the COs, if and when needed, including designing training modules and support regional webinars to enhance COs’ gender equality results,.
  • Identification and facilitation of strategic partnership building opportunities for gender equality ,
  • monitoring and assessing  political, economic and social development trends and issues affecting women’s equal rights in the assigned countries, to inform strategic response to opportunities and challenges, in the context of the countries’ Country Programme Documents and government priorities,
  • Support to COs on the effective application of gender mainstreaming throughout CO’s programme and project cycle , monitoring and evaluation frameworks, communication and advocacy,  results reporting and quality assurance of results.


b) Support the creation of strategic partnerships for resource mobilization,through:  

  • Support CO senior management in identifying and following up on strategic opportunities for resource mobilization for the acheivement of the CO’s gender equality targets,
  • Provision of technical inputs into the formulation of concept notes and programmatic offer on gender equality and women’s empowerment to build strong partnerships with donors and in coordination with government, and design project documents of gender-related programme interventions for resource mobilization,
  • When requested, provide substantive inputs for UNDP’s representation in exchanges with government, donors, UN agencies, private sector and civil society advocating for the integration of key gender equality and women’s empowerment perspectives into policy dialogues.


c) Facilitate knowledge management, capacity building and coordination across the Cos and across the region, through:

  • Organization and facilitiation training for CO staff on gender advancement, gender equality perspectives building, and the development of gender equality culture at workplace,
  • Identification and formulation and exchange of lessons learned and recommendations to strengthen UNDP’s gender equality efforts, through co-learning and co-creation,
  • Contribution to regional initiatives, regional and global knowledge networks, peer to peer exchanges, communities of practices, and regional and intra-regional exchanges.


d) Contribute to the global Gender Community of Practice from the regional perspectives, and support RBAP to comply with UNDP’s accountability and quality assurance requirements for gender equality results, through:

  • Timely provision of inputs to corporate communications and reporting requirements relating to the implementation of the Gender Equality Strategy,
  • Support to RBAP senior management to ensure its accountability for gender mainstreaming and for reporting to the Gender Steering and Implementation Committee,
  • Support to the monitoring of RBAP KPIs relating to gender equality,
  • Participation in BRH-Country Office planning and monitoring dialogues to ensure adequate inclusion of gender equality and women’s empowerment.


Institutional Arrangement

The Sub-regional Gender Specialists will be assigned a portfolio of 4-5 countries, to support through remote and in-country support, with frequent travels travel.

With close coordination to the regional gender team in the Bangkok Regional Hub, reporting lines will be to the Cluster Lead in COSQA, Bangkok Regional Hub.

a) Briefly describe the functions/ activities (scope, location, results expected, etc.) and other information that will help to understand the nature of the work 

b) As applicable, include any relevant data/information/policy framework that may be required for each activity.   



Achieve Results:

LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact. 

Think Innovatively:

LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems. 

Learn Continuously:

LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences.

Adapt with Agility:

LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands. 

Act with Determination:

LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results

Engage and Partner:

LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:

LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity


Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 


Cross functional

System Thinking:

Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.

Knowledge Generation

Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need.


Technical Competencies


Gender and Institutional Development 

Gender Issues & Analysis 

Gender Mainstreaming 

Women’s Economic Empowerment, including labour issues 

Women’s Leadership (Political, Public Admin and Private Sector) 

Climate Change and Risk Management of Disasters with a Gender Perspective 


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