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Gender and Climate Change Officer

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Juba, South Sudan
Mid level
Posted date:
August 23, 2023
Close date:
September 4, 2023
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Job Description


Description of assignment title

Gender and Climate Change Officer

Assignment country

South Sudan

Expected start date


Sustainable Development Goal

4. Quality education

Volunteer category

International UN Volunteer Specialist

Host entity





12 months(with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments


Duty stations



Mission and objectives

UNESCO SSD organization mission TBD


UNESCO Juba Office, with funding from Sweden, is implementing a four (4) year Strengthening Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in South Sudan project. The project aims at reducing unemployment and boosting livelihood amongst young women and men from poorer families through strengthening gender responsive governance, quality, and relevance of the TVET system, including strengthening environment and climate change awareness and adaptation capacity to reduce vulnerability and incident of internal communal conflict.To this end, UNESCO Juba office is seeking to engage an international UNV -Gender and Climate Change officer to help with technical assistance and training related to the integration of gender and climate change in the project. The Gender and Climate officer will help to ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment is prioritized in TVET programmes and skills training. In addition, the Gender and Climate officer will support the development and or integration of gender and greening TVET in training materials and TVET policies, support capacity strengthening efforts in gender and climate change in the context of TVET programming.

Task description

Under the overall authority of Head of the UNESCO Juba Office and under the direct supervision of the Head of Education Unit/Education Programme Specialist, the Gender and Climate Change officer will be responsible for the delivery of quality integrated Gender and climate change in TVET programme. She/He will be responsible for supporting the management, implementation and monitoring of the Gender and climate activities in Strengthening TVET in South Sudan project in accordance with acceptable national and international standards. The position holder will also identify capacity gaps in Gender, climate and environment in TVET training interventions and take necessary steps to address them.Specific responsibilities: a) Promoting the integration of gender, climate change and environmental protection (including greening TVET) in the TVET policies, curriculum, and teacher/instructors training manual ; b)Building partners’ and staff capacity at national and sub national level on climate change, greening TVET and environment management that are relevant to South Sudan context and develop skills that contribute to sustainability and climate action such as agriculture, energy, building construction among others; c) Supporting development of guidance materials and other learning resources designed to support the integration of gender into TVET programme; d)Providing accurate and complete up to date Gender and greening TVET programming information and quality reporting as required for donor requirements and effective strategic and technical planning; e) In collaboration with the Head of Education Unit, Project officer, MEAL Officer, and Associate National Project Field Coordinator, coordinate and support the development of the Gender analysis during project implementation, and then subsequent development of an effective Gender Action Plan and its implementation throughout the project location; f) Provide technical, programmatic, operational, and managerial oversight of all TVET activities that have a gender aspect or component; g) Equipping girls and boys, young women and men with the knowledge, values, attitudes and skills to tackle gender disparities in TVET enrolment and training; h) Identify and roll out strategies to strengthen Gender and climate mainstreaming in education and TVET programme; i)Conduct targeted visits to communities at state level where projects are being implemented to observe, monitor and provide feedback on the effectiveness of project interventions in relation to gender and climate mainstreaming; and j) Developing and maintaining positive relationships with relevant line ministries and partners involved in the implementation.OtherPerform any assignment related to the TVET project and education unit assigned by the head of the Education Unit in UNESCO.

Eligibility criteria


27 - 80


Candidate must be a national of a country other than the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in relevant topics such as mainstreaming gender and climate change into development programs, climate adaptation, climate change mitigation, and equity.• Experience working at the intersection of gender and international development requiredProven ability to work efficiently, under pressure and in a multi-cultural environment.• Familiarity with UN programming policies and procedures is an advantage• Experience developing guidance materials, presentations, and other training resources• Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate technical subject matter into actionable products for different audiences and users, both technical and non-technical• Excellent IT skills including proficiency with MS Office suite and Google Apps• Knowledge of local context: good knowledge of the social cultural diversity, ability to work in conflict situations.

Area(s) of expertise


Driving license



English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Master degree or equivalent in International development, gender, climate adaptation or mitigation, education or TVET.

Competencies and values

Accountability, Adaptability and flexibility, Creativity, Judgement and decision-making, Planning and organizing, professionalism.

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Juba is a non-family duty station. Security Clearance is required for travel to and within South Sudan. Security clearance requests for all travel including internal travel within South Sudan should be requested using TRIP at Road Traffic Accidents are not uncommon; partly owing to the poor state of roads but also because of an aggressive road user culture by the local population. Road infrastructure is often lacking in many areas, a situation that aggravates the challenges and is often exploited by the Police to extort money from unsuspecting road-users who may be accused of various traffic offences. In addition, tropical diseases such as malaria are a perennial concern during the rainy season. Taxi services are available at the Juba International Airport. The mechanical condition of most taxis is poor. There are no payment meters in the vehicles and most of them are uninsured. Taxi motorbikes (Boda-Boda) are widely used and are prone to accidents, they are not recommended for use by UN personnel. The South Sudanese Pound (SSP) is the legal tender. Traveler’s cheques and credit cards are not accepted as payment in South Sudan. Travelers are advised to ensure they carry cash (US dollars/Euros) which may be exchanged for Southern Sudanese Pounds. Vaccination against Yellow Fever is mandatory, and proof of vaccination must be produced upon request at the entry point for all travellers. No one should embark on travel to South Sudan without being inoculated against Yellow Fever.South Sudan is a unique country with unique operation. It provides an interesting and enriching environment, but also requires a mature level of cultural awareness, as well as stamina and commitment. Therefore, flexibility and the ability and willingness to live and work in harsh and potentially hazardous conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort, are essential.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

Selected candidates for certain occupational groups may be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) in line with the applicable host entity policy

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