Gender Equality Specialist – LGBTQI+ (Retainer – Open to all nationalities),Multiple positions


** Background Information – Myanmar


UNOPS Myanmar is one of UNOPS’ leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Access to Health Fund, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar and for the Global Fund’s regional artemisinin-resistance initiative towards elimination of Malaria, which works to accelerate progress towards malaria elimination in the greater Mekong sub-region, as well as the Nexus Mechanism and other projects and programmes.

** Background Information – Job-specific

UNOPS Myanmar wants to improve our inclusion of LGBTQIA persons, and better mainstream LGBTQIA issues, such as health care, within our projects and programmes and our office environment.

Under the direct supervision of the UNOPS Myanmar Gender Specialist, Gender Equality Specialist – LGBTQI+ may be requested to support specific work packages/individual assignments, detailed through individual task notes, covering but not limited to negotiate, design, advise, start up or turn-around programmes and funds. Support needed will mostly be for programmes in Myanmar and Asia but may also include assignments from other UNOPS regions. Such assignments may be home-based or require travel to specific programme areas.

** Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the UNOPS Myanmar Gender Specialist, Gender Equality Specialist – LGBTQI+ will be responsible to support UNOPS programmes and office on a needs basis, and as defined in the task notes. The Gender Equality Specialist – LGBTQI+ will support in relation to diversity and inclusion improvement in the projects and programmes as well as in the workplace.

Gender Equality Specialist – LGBTQI+ may carry out any of the following tasks, in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures and practices, and based on needs expressed through task notes:

Support strategy development and implementation

  • Conduct a “Barrier Analysis” to understand key issues facing LGBTQIA community, including recommendations for the projects and programmes administered by UNOPS Myanmar

  • Conduct inclusion and diversity review for programmes/funds which will include expert advice in mainstreaming diversity and inclusion, in particular LGBTQIA, in the programme management.

  • Develop an action plan for diversity and inclusion strategy for the programs/funds in consultation with the focal persons from funds/programmes

  • Contribute relevant gender diversity and inclusion content and best practices in project management are embedded in programme initiatives

  • Conduct inclusion and diversity review/analysis for the office/workplace and support developing action plan for better inclusion of LGBTQIA persons

Knowledge Building and Management

  • Conduct the inclusion and diversity integration trainings for LGBTQIA persons for the gender group and interested UNOPS Myanmar staff personnel or selected partner organizations

  • Design awareness raising tools or materials for UNOPS Myanmar staff personnel and staff from partner organisations in LGBTQIA inclusion.

Support the networks, partnerships and stakeholder relations

  • Provide coordination support and technical guidance to social inclusion initiatives activities, including for LGBTQIA persons

  • Provide broader support on diversity and inclusion initiatives, such as inclusion of persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, youth

  • Coordinate with relevant stakeholders on the development of tools and communications materials on inclusion and diversity

  • Provide support to partnerships development activities on inclusion and diversity mainstreaming

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

** Education/Experience/Language requirements


  • Masters’ Degree preferably in Project Management/ Development Studies / Gender Studies / International Relations/ Gender Inclusion and Diversity / Political Science or other relevant discipline is required.

  • Bachelor’s degree in the above subjects with a combination of two additional years of relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

  • PM Certification such as PRINCE2® or MSP® or PMP® is an asset.


  • A minimum 5 years’ of experience in LGBTQIA inclusion and gender equality mainstreaming in the projects and programmes, preferably in the Myanmar context.

  • Knowledge of national legal rights and international bills with regards to LGBTQIA would be an asset

  • Good knowledge and experience in Myanmar Context is an asset.


  • Fluency in both written and spoken English is required.

** Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)

Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.

Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

** Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICA (Retainer)

Contract level: LICA-10 or IICA-2

Contract duration: One year (Maximum not more than 100 working days)

This vacancy is open to all nationalities.
This is home-based contract. The successful candidate shall be offered either local ICA or international ICA based on their location (duty station).

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:…

** Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization – UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

** Background Information – UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.


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