World Organisation for Animal Health

Gender Strategic Advisor - General Direction - WOAH HQ Paris, France

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Last update: Dec 8, 2023 Last update: Dec 8, 2023


Deadline: Dec 29, 2023 Deadline for applications has passed
Location: France France
Job type:Contract, 12 months +
Work experience: Min 10 years
Date posted:Dec 7, 2023
Expected starting date:Feb 1, 2024


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The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) is an intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health and welfare worldwide. The standards it develops for the trade of live animals and products of animal origin are recognised by the World Trade Organization as reference for international sanitary rules (Home – WOAH – World Organisation for Animal Health).   With 183 Members, WOAH serves a diverse number of stakeholders from different cultures and regions, with a key stakeholder group being the Veterinary Services of its Members.  
Following a period of internal scoping to develop an appropriate operational model, in December 2021 WOAH launched an internal Gender Task Force (GTF), composed of 24 staff working across departments at Headquarters and Regional/Sub-regional offices, to inform WOAH’s understanding of gender across its mandate, including its projects, programmes and strategies.  
The Gender Strategic Advisor will be based at the WOAH Hearquarters’ office in Paris, France and will be focused on developing and implementing an organisational gender policy and strategy and support organisational development to integrate a gender lens in WOAH’s work and with its Membership.
Positioning and reporting
Under the authority of the Director General, the Strategic Advisor will be directly answerable to the Chief of Staff, in collaboration with the Gender Task Forceat the WOAH Headquarters in Paris. The staff member will work collaboratively with the Gender Task Force, Regional Representations and with different departments across the organisation.  
The Strategic Advisor will provide strategic guidance and leadership on gender mainstreaming and gender equality within WOAH, with Members and with external partners and stakeholders.
The Strategic Advisor will work closely with the Gender Technical Advisor to ensure a comprehensive and integrated approach to gender-related initiatives while ensuring clear delineation of responsibilities and tasks.  
Job purpose
The Strategic Advisor will provide guidance and expertise in strategic planning, policy development, and partnerships to drive gender mainstreaming efforts within WOAH’s projects and programming. They will work closely with senior management to shape the overall approach, analyse the landscape, and identify opportunities and challenges. The incumbent will contribute to organisational change efforts to promote a culture and systems that help advance gender equality.  Additionally, he/she will contribute to monitoring and evaluation activities, as well as support capacity development initiatives on transversal outcomes on interrelated topics related to vulnerabilities, participation and inclusion. They will build sustained and strategic efforts towards WOAH’s effective implementation and progress towards gender equality outcomes and inter-related transversal impact goals.
Missions and activities  
Strategic Planning, Change Management, and Direction:
– Provide strategic guidance and direction to the Organisation on gender mainstreaming efforts, ensuring alignment with the overall organisational goals and objectives.
– Collaborate with senior management and Directorate to develop and implement a gender-responsive organisational strategy, incorporating best practices and international standards.
– Work with WOAH Human Resources Department to advance internal activities on gender equality.
– Identify and prioritise key areas for gender integration within the Organisation’s projects, programmes, and policies, taking into account the unique needs and challenges of the animal health sector.
– Develop recommendations for improvements to the organisational structure and processes that will enhance the delivery of veterinary services to farmers and livestock keepers from a gender perspective, including the specific role of WOAH.
– Support the Chief of Staff to effect positive change management across the Organisation in collaboration with other key staff.  

Partnership and Stakeholder Engagement:
– Build and maintain strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, including government agencies, gender-focused networks, NGOs, research institutions, and international organisations, to foster collaboration and knowledge-sharing on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
– Represent the Organisation in relevant forums, conferences, and working groups related to gender equality and animal health, advocating for gender-responsive approaches and policies.
– Collaborate with the Technical Advisor – Gender and other relevant staff members to ensure effective coordination and collaboration on gender-related initiatives.  

Capacity Building and Knowledge Management:
– Identify capacity building needs related to gender mainstreaming within the Organisation and develop appropriate training programmes and resources to address them.
– Promote a culture of knowledge sharing and learning on gender equality, ensuring that lessons learned, best practices, and research findings are documented and disseminated among staff and partners
– Support flagship efforts related to gender integration including in: the Performance of Veterinary Services (PVS) Pathway, workforce development, foresight, animal health emergencies, communication with Members, and leadership and gender initiatives, amongst others. 

– Act as Secretariat of WOAH’s Gender Task Force (GTF) alongside the Gender Technical Advisor and GTF members.
– Coordinate GTF (~1 meeting/quarter + punctual meetings with relevant Workstreams) to advance on workplan in a collaborative way.
– Collaborate with the Technical Advisor to develop monitoring and evaluation frameworks to track the progress and impact of gender mainstreaming efforts within the Organisation.
Qualifications and Experience Required qualifications
– Advanced graduate degree (Master’ degree, PhD or equivalent) in gender studies, international relations, political science, social sciences or other relevant field.
– At least 10 years’ experience working in strategic level programme management and/or organisational development with a strong element of gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment.
– Professional experience gained in multicultural working environments, preferably in multiple geographies across the world, working with government, civil society, international organisation or relevant private sector entity  

Required technical skills
– Proven experience in strategy and organisational development/organisational change.
– Ability to translate findings from a gender analysis into practical recommendations for uptake by programme staff who are not gender specialists.
– Good understanding of international gender equality agendas, conventions, and commitments.
– Strong skills for the preparation and presentation of executive-level information
– Excellent written and spoken command of English.
– Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects and deliver results within established timeframes.
– Demonstrated capacity to communicate to larger audiences, across multiple project management systems, accompanied by knowledge in PowerPoint, Word, Excel, SharePoint (or equivalent) and other web-based software applications.
– Strong leadership skills, and ability to influence programmatic and organisational leadership to adopt, expand and improve gender-integrated approaches.
– Excellent coordination skills
– Commitment to fostering a positive and supportive work environment amongst all team members with demonstrated ability to act as liaison across matrixed teams and organizations.  

Additional desirable skills  
– Track record of motivating staff to advance gender equality objectives.
– Familiarity with the animal or public health sector or related field is highly desirable.
– Proficiency in French or Spanish as the other working languages of WOAH would be an asset.
– Seeing the global picture as well as highly detail orientated.
– Ability to adapt to changing priorities and business needs, and proactive in identifying areas of need and generating action plans.
– Proactive problem-solver skilled in leading partners toward creative and flexible solutions
– Comprehensive experience in building a strong network with key collaborators/decision makers, implementing solutions in partnership with governments, NGOs, national veterinary institutions and/or other partner.  

Required interpersonal skills
– Ability to work in a very diverse environment, with people from a wide range of different cultures and backgrounds (public and/or private sector).
– Excellent communication skills. 
– Ability to work in a very diverse environment, with people from a wide range of different cultures and backgrounds (public and/or private sector
– Ability to work in a decentralised team with members in Headquarters and regional offices.
– Capacity to learn and a self-motivated worker.
– Excellent organisational skills and ability to meet specific deadlines.
– Demonstrated initiative, including ability to think operationally and achieve results.
– Adaptable and flexible.
– To be highly organised, independent, and a diplomatic professional.  
Working conditions
– Type of contract: Fixed-term contract.
– Duration: 2 years renewable.
– Location: WOAH Headquarters 12 rue de Prony 75017 Paris, France.
– Salary: From 3500€ net per month commensurate with qualifications and experience), exempt of French income tax + annual performance bonus + plus allowances based on eligibility.
The post is a full-time position based at the WOAH Headquarters in Paris and requires long hours in a seated position at a computer.
It can entail missions abroad.
Telework is currently authorised up to 3 days per week at Headquarters.
General Information

The WOAH places high value on a multicultural and positive work environment.
The WOAH is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications of all qualified candidates, irrespective of their ethnic origin, gender, opinions or beliefs.
This is a fulltime position as an international civil servant based at the HQ office in Paris, France that is available immediately.
If you are interested in the position, please complete your application online with your resume and cover letter by clicking on the link below by 29 December 2023 at the latest.