UN WOMEN: CONSULTANT UN SYSTEM-WIDE FRAMEWORK FOR WOMEN’S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
|Application Deadline :||27-Jul-12|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||
|Duration of Initial Contract :||August - December|
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women is working 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 is leading and coordinating United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It is providing strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
Advancing women’s economic empowerment is a core UN Women priority. Working with a variety of stakeholders and other UN agencies, UN Women’s Economic Empowerment Section focuses on: macroeconomic and public policy; sustainable development; trade and employment, social protection and migration for work.
In June 2011, UN Women undertook a preliminary survey of a selected number of UN entities to assess overall attention to women’s economic empowerment in their policies, strategies, action plans. The results of this survey were presented at the 2012 annual meeting of the Inter-Agency Network on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (IANGWE). As a result, the Network agreed to the need for promoting effective coordination, coherence and mainstreaming of women’s economic empowerment throughout the United Nations System. Responding to this decision and in line with its coordination mandate, the UN Women Economic Empowerment Section is now embarking on an initiative to develop a UN system-wide framework on women’s economic empowerment. It will draw from the UN System-Wide Action Plan on gender equality and empowerment of women (SWAP) and be developed in close consultation and collaboration with members of the IANWGE.
Under the overall guidance of the Chief of the Economic Empowerment Section and the direct supervision of the Economic Specialist, the incumbent will support the development of the UN system-wide framework on women’s economic empowerment. The final framework will be presented to the UN Systems High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP) and the Chief Executives Board (CEB) for endorsement.
Duties and Responsibilities
The objective of this consultancy is to support the development of the UN system-wide framework on women’s economic empowerment.
The consultant will provide:
- A detailed work plan and timeline (with key milestones) for the development and finalization of the Framework, including consultations with UN agencies (by phone, Skype, email, in person, etc.) and feedback from UN Women.
- Support to the organization of consultative workshops and meetings in support of the Framework development and finalization.
- A proposal for the main focus areas of the Framework, based on the preliminary survey results and consultation with key UN agencies, including UN Women.
- An outline of the draft Framework for comments and inputs by key UN agencies.
- A draft Framework for comments and inputs by key UN agencies.
- The final Framework supported by the key UN agencies for endorsement by HLCP and CEB.
- An action plan aligned with the Framework for agreed action by key UN agencies, including UN Women.
- A summary report with record of suggestions, comments and inputs provided by UN agencies throughout the process of developing the Framework.
- A summary report of good practices collected provided by UN agencies throughout the process of developing the Framework.
Duration of the assignment:
The assignment will be undertaken during the period August to December.
Location of assignment:
The consultant will undertake the assignment off-site.
The applicant is requested to submit a financial proposal as a lump sum.
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.
- Professionalism: sound knowledge of global gender equality issues, including the gender equality dimensions of strategic issues, and gender mainstreaming tools and methodologies. Experience in inter-agency collaboration an advantage.
- Communication: excellent communications skills; strong interpersonal skills; ability to prepare succinct, analytical reports.
- Teamwork: excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations, both within the UN system and externally; ability to work in a multicultural and multiethnic environment with respect for diversity.
- Ethics and Values: Demonstrating / Safeguarding Ethics and Integrity
- Organizational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
- Self-management and Emotional intelligence : Creating synergies through self-control
- Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning : Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others
- Knowledge of the UN system and its agencies.
- Technical experiences in the area of women’s economic empowerment.
- Proven ability to coordinate complex processes with many stakeholders.
- Ability to integrate knowledge into policy/strategic frameworks.
- Strong analytical, organizational, reporting and writing abilities.
- Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.
- Capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time.
- Ability to work under pressure.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced university degree in social sciences, or a related area
- A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in policy/strategy development
- A good understanding of the United Nation’s system’s normative and operational work.
- Fluency in English is required. Proficiency in another UN working language is desirable.
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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