Gender Programme Associate

Fixed-Term Contract


Mission and objectives

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), is the lead United Nations agency for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights with a priority focus on women and young people. The overall vision of the new 8th Country Programme (2022-2026) is to improve the health and well-being of women, young people; vulnerable and marginalized groups in Zimbabwe by ensuring universal access to quality integrated SRHR information and services in an enabling environment. This will contribute to the attainment of the three transformative results in UNFPA’s Global Strategic Plan: Zero unmet need for family planning, Zero preventable maternal deaths, Zero gender-based violence, and the East and Southern Africa regional priority of ending sexual transmission of HIV.


The UNFPA Zimbabwe Gender programme supports efficient and effective GBV risk mitigation, prevention and response systems, and ensures availability and accessibility of essential multi sectoral GBV services, especially for girls and women, including in humanitarian settings. Specific interventions include: (a) advocacy for the development and implementation of gender responsive legislation, policy guidelines and strategies, and improved funding for reducing GBV; (b) improve knowledge of women and girls on life skills, gender-equitable norms, attitudes and behaviours, including sexuality and reproduction, self-confidence and self-esteem, and their capacity to adequately access GBV services; (c) enhance the capacity of national and subnational partners on GBV in emergencies preparedness; (d) support male engagement interventions on positive masculinities for the active involvement of men and boys to prevent and address gender-based violence; (e) strengthen the capacities of communities to ensure gender equality and increase the agency of women and girls; (f) strengthen the integrated essential services package on GBV within the health, judicial and other sectors, including ‘one-stop centres’, community shelters and safe spaces; (g) scale-up mobile and remote GBV essential service provision models in remote and hard-to-reach areas; and (h) scale-up partnership and coordination and cooperation with the Government, United Nations agencies and other key stakeholders for joint programming and improved coordination to address gender-based violence and early marriage.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Technical Specialist Gender Equality and GBV, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks: 1. Working with programme analyst Gender &GBV, come up with draft annual work plans in consultation with IPs, relevant country office colleagues and programme support unit then facilitate finalisation 2. Support review all implementing partner quarterly work plans and request for advances in line with the signed annual work plans 3. Participate in reviewing partner quarterly reports checking accuracy and contribution to the Gender unit CPD commitments and assist in organising quarterly review meetings as part of monitoring in order to keep track of progress 4. Support visibility of UNFPA in implementing partner activities 5. Participate in field missions to support IP implementation of agreed work plan activities 6. Ensure linkages with other UNFPA programme areas i.e. SRH, Adolescents and Youth and P&D in order to provide maximum benefit to survivors in line with country office programme 7. As part of the gender team, contribute to resource mobilisation efforts for GBV re-sponse 8. Participate in relevant internal and external meetings ensuring UNFPA mandate is well reflected and understood.

Eligibility criteria


18 – 26

Additional eligibility criteria

This assignment is funded by the Government of Korea and therefore specific criteria apply: – Candidates must be Korean nationals. – Candidates must be between 22 and 29 years old at the time of application. NOTE: If you are older than 26 when applying, the system will display a notification that the ’application does not meet the eligibility criteria’. Please disregard this notification and submit your application. – Candidates who have already served as UN Youth Volunteer funded by the Government of Korea are not eligible to apply (former UN University Volunteers are eligible). – Serving UN Volunteers will not be considered for other UN Volunteer assignments until they reach three (3) months before the End of Contract date of their current UN Volunteer assignment. This provision applies equally to first and subsequent contracts. – Candidates may apply to a maximum of three assignments and indicate the order of preference in the ‘Additional remarks’ field when filling in the application form. – Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The selection will be done by the UN Host Entity at the level of the country of assignment. APPLICATION DEADLINE: 30 June 2024 +++ UN Volunteer entitlement calculator: +++


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

Donor priorities



Required experience

1 years of experience in or demonstrated interest in Gender Based Violence prevention and response. • Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills; • Computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media,) is required; knowledge of infographics development tools highly preferred; • 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

Community development, Crisis and emergency response, Development programmes

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Development Studies, Social Work, Gender Studies or any relevant social sciences.

Competencies and values

– Communication – Creativity – Integrity – Professionalism – Respect for Diversity – Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

Zimbabwe is located in Southern Africa and has three seasons, cool and dry from May – Aug, hot and dry from Sep-Nov, warm and wet from Dec-Apr. The capital Harare lies at an altitude of 1450m above sea level. The middle plateau is Malaria free and prophylaxis is highly rec-commended in low lying and hot areas. The currency in use is ZWL and all basic food and ac-cessories are available. There are public and private health facilities as well as many social amenities available in Harare.

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.