Closing date: Thursday, 28 September 2023


Description of assignment title: Gender and Human Rights programme Assistant

Assignment country: Uganda

Expected start date: 02/01/2024

Sustainable Development Goal: 5. Gender equality

Volunteer category: International UN Youth Volunteer

Host entity: UNFPA Uganda

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Kampala


Mission and objectives

UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. Our mission is to deliver a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.


Under the overall supervision of the Representative and direct supervision of Programme Specialist Gender and Human Rights, the Program Analyst Human Rights substantively and contributes to the effective management of UNFPA activities in the area of gender equality and human rights including mainstreaming gender and human rights, addressing gender-based violence and harmful practices including child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. The Program Analyst – Human Rights guides and facilitates the delivery of UNFPA programs by monitoring results achieved in the implementation. He/she ensures and guides the appropriate application of systems and procedures and develops enhancements for mainstreaming gender human rights into UNFPA development and humanitarian Programmes.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist, Gender and Human Rights, the UN Youth Volunteer will perform the tasks below; 1. Contributes to advocacy for integration/ positioning of reproductive rights in the development of human rights standards by the national human rights mechanisms and in national development policy and accountability frameworks. Includes contributing in UNFPA collaboration with Uganda Human Rights Commission in conducting a national inquiry on teenage pregnancy 2. Support generation of knowledge about current and emerging gender and GBV is-sues, by analyzing Programmes, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices, and shares with management for use in knowledge sharing and planning future strategies. 3. Support compilation of analytical and project reports on gender and human rights to be shared with the National and Local Government, UNFPA Country Office, UN Country Team (UNCT) and other relevant stakeholders. 4. Support the timely planning, implementation, review and management of projects to Implementing Partners for which he she/he has been assigned, including Programmes directly and nationally executed for all funding resources of the Country Office. 5. Support accountability and programme visibility for gender and human rights programmers and development partners in alignment with donor signed agreements. 6. As part of the Gender and Human Rights team, the UNV will, participate in initiatives for documentation and knowledge sharing relating to Gender and GBV pro-grams including: compilation of abstracts and presentation at conferences and other fora, documentation of a good program practices, organizing in-country knowledge transfer events for key actors, and participation in relevant south to south exchange initiatives.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 18 – 26

Additional eligibility criteria

This assignment is funded by the Government of the Republic of Ireland and therefore specific criteria apply: – Only the following are eligible to apply: Irish citizens or a European Economic Area nationals with an unrestricted right to reside in Ireland or have a declaration of refugee status from the Minister for Justice and Law Reform.


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

Donor priorities


Required experience

1 years of experience in programme/project management in the public or private sector is desirable (candidates with 0 to 3 years of experience can be considered).

  •  Demonstrated interest and/or experience in Gender, Human Rights.
  •  Professional experience in project management of development Programmes.
  •  Work experience in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  •  Previous experience as a volunteer and/or experience of another culture, (i.e. studies, volunteer work, internship) would be highly regarded;

Area(s) of expertise

Development programmes

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in gender, human rights, development studies, law and/or other related social science field.

Competencies and values

☒ Accountability ☒ Adaptability and Flexibility ☒ Building Trust ☒ Commitment and Motivation ☒ Commitment to Continuous Learning ☒ Communication ☒ Creativity ☒ Empowering Others ☒ Ethics and Values ☒ Integrity ☒ Judgement and Decision-making ☒ Knowledge Sharing ☒ Planning and Organizing ☒ Professionalism ☒ Respect for Diversity ☒ Self-Management ☒ Technological Awareness ☒ Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

The UN Volunteer will be based in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda that is located at 1,200 metres (4,000 feet) above sea level with a pleasant climate all year round which is uniformly warm and moderately humid, and temperatures that range between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius. It is a family duty station that presents relatively good living conditions with adequate housing facilities (houses and apartments) readily available to rent, and with most of the economic and social amenities also available at affordable cost. Most commodities are available; supermarkets and a wide variety of local markets offer plenty of available fresh food stuffs of all kinds and there are many restaurants. There are 2 international telecommunication systems (mobile telephone networks), easy access to internet and modern banking facilities. However, as a developing country, Uganda has developing infrastructure with common challenges like power cuts and water rationing. The city has good security but under UN Security system – Level Three of which all new staff undergo security briefing by United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) who also provide elaborate security documents as well as regular security situation updates.

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