Gender & Rights Specialist, Freetown, Sierra Leone P-4

  • Level: P-4
  • Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
  • Closing date: 28 Nov 2022 05:00 PM (America/New_York)
  • Duty station: Freetown

The Position:

The Gender/Gender-based Violence Specialist (Gender/GBV) plays a key role in situating gender and rights at the core of development issues, whether they be reproductive health, maternal health, child marriage or access to education.  

You will ensure a coherent, integrated, and multi-sectorial approach to reach those furthest behind with impact, efficiency and cultural sensitivity by bringing professional and diverse expertise to the gender portfolio, and by maintaining strategic alliances with partners and donors.

You will report to the Representative and the Head of Programme.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s strategic plan (2022-2025), reaffirms the relevance of the current strategic direction of UNFPA and focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. These results capture our strategic commitments on accelerating progress towards realizing the ICPD and SDGs in the Decade of Action leading up to 2030. Our strategic plan calls upon UN Member States, organizations and individuals to “build forward better”, while addressing the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on women’s and girls’ access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights, recover lost gains and realize our goals.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

Working within a Country Office environment, you will provide overall guidance and technical leadership in the planning, conceptualization, implementation, monitoring and assessment of gender and GBV components of the country programme.

Qualifications and Experience: 


Master’s degree in gender, social anthropology, law and women’s rights, sociology, cultural studies, or other related fields.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • 7 years of relevant experience, with experience in Africa; 
  • Solid track record of technical leadership, and proven ability to produce demonstrable results;
  • Prior experience of working in multi-stakeholder environment including NGOs, bilateral and multilateral agencies;
  • Experience of working in a post conflict environment is an asset; 
  • Demonstrated analytical and strategic planning skills.


  • Fluency in English.

Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.


UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.

We are no longer accepting applications for this position.

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