UN WOMEN: REPRESENTATIVE VIETNAM
||Hanoi, VIET NAM
|Application Deadline :||20-Jul-12|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-5|
|Languages Required :||
The United Nations Entity For Gender Equality and the Empowerment Of Women (UN Women), grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women's rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
The scope of work of the UN Women Representative requires experience and in-depth understanding of gender equality and women's empowerment issues, as well as management and programming expertise, to translate UN WOMEN's strategic plans into effective development initiatives and results. It also requires developing mutually reinforcing partnerships with relevant Government counterparts, UN organizations, CSOs, and with bilateral and non-traditional donors in order to promote inter-agency partnerships, support for UN reform, and mobilization of visibility and resources to advance gender equality and women's empowerment.
Viet Nam is a “Delivering as One” pilot country, which binds UN Women programmatically and financially to the One Plan and One Plan Fund. UN Women has been chairing the Gender Thematic Working Group which is responsible for overseeing mainstreaming in all the other thematic working groups through the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) Gender Mainstreaming Strategy (2012-2016). UN Women continues to be a leader for gender issues within the One UN context. This includes ensuring that all key UN Country Team documents are gender-sensitive, and key concerns of women are addressed.
The new UN Viet Nam One Plan 2012-2016 has 3 focus areas and it is in line with the Social Economic Development Plan (SEDP). Those areas are: (1) inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth; (2) access to quality essential services and social protection; and (3) governance and participation. The second focus area identifies that “by 2016, national and sub-national institutions, in
partnership with communities, more actively address inequalities through implementation and monitoring of laws, policies and programmes that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, and an effective and sustainable response to HIV, reducing stigma and discrimination”. The above dedicated gender outcome addresses the implementation of the laws of gender equality (led by UN Women) and domestic violence prevention (led by UNFPA), and the implementation of the National Strategy and National Programme on Gender Equality (led by UN Women). UN Women Co-Chairs the Gender Programme Coordination Group with the Government.
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Regional Director of UN Women’s Asia Pacific Regional Centre in Bangkok, the Representative will provide oversight in managing the programme and operations of the country office to maintain strong partnerships on the ground and to ensure timely implementation of a results-based and rights-based country programme, with high quality outputs that deliver results towards achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment in Vietnam.
The Representative works in close collaboration with the UN WOMEN Regional Centre in Bangkok, Thailand team in operations and program and UN WOMEN HQ units and sections in New York.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Strategic Country Programme Development and Advocacy
- Country Programme Management and Oversight
- Support to the UN System;
- Representation and Partnership Building
- Knowledge Management and Capacity Building
Under the supervision of the Regional Director, the Representative has the following key functions:
Strategic Country Programme Development and Advocacy
- Proactively assess trends and identify emerging issues at the national level of relevance to the mandate of UN Women;
- Identify strategic programme opportunities, approaches and modalities to strengthen UN Women country presence;
- Support, monitor and assure quality control in the formulation of high quality, results-based, rights-based and relevant country programmes and projects and oversee the appraisal and approval of UN WOMEN programmes in line with corporate guidelines and consistency with corporate policies and strategies;
- Assist the RC System to secure expertise that will ensure commitment, quality control and resources for gender equality outcomes, and actively participate in country level United Nations programming processes ensuring that the UN Women is strategically placed within UN planning processes, joint programmes and other inter-agency initiatives;
- Advocate on behalf of UN WOMEN and its mandate to help raise awareness and stimulate action to advance gender equality and women's rights and form strategic partnerships with government, UN agencies, NGOs, academia, media and the private sector;
- Carry out ongoing advocacy to ensure that UN support towards realization of the national plans and priorities are done in a gender responsive manner, and within agreed regional and international frameworks that promote and protect gender equality.
Country Programme Management and Oversight
- Lead the management, implementation and evaluation of the country strategic plan based on UN WOMEN's Strategic Plan (SP), and in line with regional and national priorities and in consultation with government, civil society and UN partners and stakeholders;
- Manage ongoing program activities on gender equality and women’s empowerment and ensure delivery of agreed results;
- Ensure UN Women’s strategic and technical support to government counterparts, non-state actors and UN agencies through direct involvement and provision of advisory services as needed;
- Oversee, monitor and assure quality control in the implementation of high quality, results-based, rights-based and relevant country programmes and projects in line with corporate guidelines and consistency with corporate policies and strategies;
- Ensure that the Country Programme Office has the human and financial resources and capacities needed to respond to requests for assistance and to deliver on its commitments to support and advance gender equality and to participate effectively as a member of the UN Country Team;
- Manage staff and office in an empowering and effective manner;
- Manage the Country Office resources and administration to ensure proper utilization of allocated funds and accountability;
- Use corporate monitoring and oversight tools to identify areas which need improvement;
- Contribute to regular assessments of the regional, sub-regional and country strategic plans and implementation plans and identify lessons learned and areas of emphasis to underpin consistently improved programming and future Strategic Plan development.
Support to the UN System
- Within the UN Resident Coordinator system, support the coordination and promotion of accountability within the UN System to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment; Provide leadership and guidance to the UNCT in supporting enhanced response to national partners in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment; and in advancing UN Reform;
- Advise the UNCT on the implementation of key policy commitments to gender and women’s rights at the sub-regional, national and regional levels, implementation of CEDAW and Security Resolutions (1325 and 1820), development of gender equality policies and mechanisms and mainstreaming of gender issues in national development strategies and budgets;
- Partner with UN system and agencies to enhance collaboration, resource mobilization and joint ideas to influence agenda and priority setting;
- Actively seek out participation of UN Women in UN system thematic and other working groups to establish effective network and to keep abreast of ongoing debate and thinking on development, facilitate joint programming and promote UN Women competencies to advance gender equality and women’s human rights.
Representation and Partnership Building
- Represent the UN Women in UN system-wide inter-agency tasks forces to contribute to strategic and policy discussion on gender equality, and women empowerment issues;
- Represent UN WOMEN at inter-agency, intergovernmental, international, regional and national conferences and meetings and advocate UN WOMEN's policy and initiatives in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment;
- Maintain active relationship/partnerships with National Government Counterparts, UN System, and agency partners, inter-government and non-governmental organizations, institutes and academia on women’s issue to enhance collaboration, resource mobilization and share and influence agenda and priority setting;
- Forge strategic partnerships with Government, UN agencies, NGOs, academia, media and private sector to stimulate action to advance gender equality and women's rights.
Knowledge Management and Capacity Building
- Manage the process of collecting and disseminating lessons learned on gender equality and women's empowerment strategies and contribute to UN Women’s knowledge management efforts;
- Lead and manage the preparation of UN Women country reports as required, ensuring relevancy, quality and appropriateness of content and presentation;
- Work with relevant UN Women units to identify and disseminate best programme and management practices;
- Lead the development/expansion of knowledge management strategies and methodologies at the country level;
- Contribute to the development and maintenance of global, regional and national knowledge networks and practices;
- Produce knowledge products to meet UN Women needs and standards of quality.
Core Values/Guiding Principles:
- Integrity: Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
- Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity: Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Ethics and Values:
- Promoting Ethics and Integrity / Creating Organizational Precedents
- Building support and political acumen
Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring:
- Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation
Working in Teams:
- Building and promoting effective teams
Communicating Information and Ideas:
- Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication
Self-management and Emotional intelligence:
- Creating an emotionally intelligent organization
Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements:
- Leveraging conflict in the interests of the organization & setting standards
Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning:
- Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
- Fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking
- Substantive experience and record of accomplishment in the area of gender equality and women's empowerment issues;
- Familiarity with women's rights organizations and networks in the region and globally;
- Proven ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
- Ability to lead strategic planning, programme development and implementation, results-based management and reporting;
- Ability to develop and maintain strong partnerships and mobilize resources.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a social sciences, economics, gender issues, or other development-related fields.
- A Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience on gender programming issues, including experience on gender equality and women’s rights issues with an international organization;
- Familiarity with UN inter-agency cooperation would be an asset.
- Fluency in written and spoken English; knowledge of another UN official language is an asset.
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.
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