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Gender Equality Associate, Nigeria
Organization: UNFPA
Country: Nigeria
City: Abuja
Office: UNFPA Nigeria
Closing date: Wednesday, 17 April 2024

Description of assignment title: Gender Equality Associate

Assignment country: Nigeria

Expected start date: 05/01/2024

Sustainable Development Goal: 5. Gender equality

Volunteer category: International UN Youth Volunteer

Host entity: UNFPA

Type: Onsite

Duration: 12 months

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Abuja


Mission and objectives

Established in 1973, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Nigeria is located in the Federal Capital territory of Abuja, with four sub-offices, to respond to population issues throughout the six geo-political zones of the country: The North-West, North- East, North-Central, South-West, South-East and South-South. Currently in its 8th Country Programme (2018-2022), UNFPA Nigeria operations prioritize the humanitarian-peace-development nexus approach, particularly in addressing the subsisting crisis in the Northeast region of the country. In addition to the humanitarian support provided to the three worst affected states of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa in the Northeast, UNFPA Nigeria supports implementation of the country’s development plans in 15 focal states: Abia, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Cross Rivers, Ebonyi, Gombe, Imo, Kaduna, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Sokoto, Kebbi, Bauchi, and Oyo as well as at the Federal level. However, it is pertinent to note that the Reproductive Health Commodities supply programme of UNFPA covers all the 36 States as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Consistent with the three organization-wide objectives to end preventable maternal mortality, end unmet need for family planning and end gender-based violence and harmful practices, UNFPA Nigeria also partners with non-government organizations including faith based, women and youth organizations, other UN agencies and major donors to meet the needs of the most vulnerable groups in the country including women, adolescents, and youths, as well as internally displaced persons (IDPs). The organizational goals call on holistic programming centered on building the capacity of national health systems and social structures in order to administer quality services around sexual reproductive health (SRH), family planning and Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention, mitigation and response.


The UNFPA Nigeria Country Programme is supported through the Country Office in Abuja and Decentralized Offices in Kaduna and Cross River, Humanitarian Hub in Maiduguri and a Liaison Office in Lagos. The Gender/GBV/AY Unit supports addressing Gender, GBV, Harmful practices (Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation), ASRH and youth programming across all other UNFPA programming. The Country Office plays the coordination role and assumes an oversight function; it is also responsible for resource mobilization, strategic planning and monitoring and evaluation. UNFPA has ongoing programmes including the Spotlight Initiative, the UNFPA-UNICEF joint programme on FGM, HIV/ASRH activities as well as supporting gender mainstreaming in SRH, ASRH, GBV prevention and response, youth issues, and data management and use including at the National and sub-national levels. The Country Office seeks an International Youth Volunteer to support the work of the Gender, Adolescent and Youth Unit. The Youth Volunteer will be based in the UNFPA Nigeria Country office in Abuja.

Task description

Under the direct supervision of the Gender/GBV Specialist – the technical lead for gender programming and under the overall lead of the Deputy Representative who is the head of programmes – the UN Volunteer who will work closely with the Gender/GBV team and the larger UNFPA Programme and Operations Teams using UNFPA and national systems and tools will undertake the following tasks: 1- Support inclusion of FGM, GBV, and gender concerns in UNFPA implementation programme in close collaboration with UNFPA programme officers

2- Support the development and implementation, through results based manage-ment, of UNFPA gender and GBV programmes including through implementing partner annual work plans at the national and state levels

3- Support supervision and management of gender unit programmes including work carried out by the implementing partners

4- As part of the team, the volunteer will contribute to the development of concept notes, presentations, facilitations and organization’s efforts for resource mobiliza-tion

5- Support the gender unit with literature review of research and studies on different areas of UNFPA work identifying the risks and opportunities to strengthen the po-sition of addressing gender inequalities in decision-making processes at all levels;

6- Support unit participation in meetings with UN agencies and national counterparts to address gender issues in their plans and programmes

7- Assist the unit in preparation for technical meetings including budgeting and logistics

8- Undertake any other activities/responsibilities as needed by the UNFPA Leader-ship.

9- Participate in self-capacity building opportunities both physically as feasible and online.

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

No experience required

Area(s) of expertise

Development programmes, Economics and finance

Driving license


English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Gender, Social Sciences, Sociology, Development Studies, Economics, Medicine or other related fields.

Competencies and values

1. Accountability

2. Adaptability and Flexibility

3. Building Trust

4. Commitment and Motivation

5. Commitment to Continuous Learning

6. Communication

7. Creativity

8. Empowering Others

9. Ethics and Values

10. Integrity

11. Knowledge Sharing

12. Planning and Organizing

13. Professionalism

14. Respect for Diversity

15. Self-Management

16. Technological Awareness

17. Vision

18. Working in Teams

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

The Federal Republic of Nigeria has an estimated population of 200 million people (UN est. in 2017), making it the seventh most populous country in the world. The Capital city is Abuja, located in the centre of the nation, while Lagos (South- West) and Kano (North-West) are the country’s primary economic hubs and the largest cities. Spoken languages are English (official), Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba. it is estimated that Nigeria has about 250 different ethno-linguistic groups. In Nigeria, we have three major weather seasons – the rainy season (March-August), the dry season (September-November) and the Harmattan Season (December – February) respectively. Abuja, Nigeria is at GMT+1 hour.

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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