Mandate: The Office of Gender Advisor (OGA) is mandated to implement Security Council Resolutions 1325 (2000) and related mandates on women, peace and security and to promote and support gender sensitive approaches to implementation of the Mission’s mandate. The work of the Office is also guided by the DPKO Policy Directive on Gender Equality in UN Peace-keeping Operations.
In-Mission support for Gender Mainstreaming: Within the Mission, OGA provides strategic policy advice to mission leadership to guide the integration of a gender perspective in all aspects of mandate implementation; OGA further ensures technical support to different mission components to operationalize Security Council mandates on women peace and security. The key strategies employed by OGA to advance its mandate include: technical advice and support; monitoring and advising; training and capacity building; advocacy and awareness raising; and evaluation and reporting
Strategic Partnerships with National Partners and UN Agencies:
OGA works closely with the Ministry of Gender and Development as its key government counterpart. Support to other government institutions in Liberia is coordinated through the mission components including for example the Civil Affairs component, with respect to support to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the UN Police, with respect to support for the Liberian National Police. OGA also works as an active member of the United Nations County Team (UNCT) sub-thematic group on gender, and co-chairs the UN Gender Theme Group with UN Women. UNMIL OGA is part of a wider network of gender components in UN peacekeeping missions around the world. OGA liaises regularly with the gender unit of the Department of Peacekeeping (DPKO) in New York on policy issues.