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UN Women: Senior Research Consultant (Feasibility of Training and Participation Measures)
|Location :||Home based (with one trip to NY)|
|Application Deadline :||18-Oct-12|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||20-30 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20-30 days|
Submitted to the Security Council in October 2010, the Secretary-General’s report S/2010/498 on women and peace and security presented a set of indicators for use at the global level to track implementation of resolution 1325 (2000). In its presidential statement (S/PRST/2010/22) following the presentation of this report, the Security Council supported taking forward the set of indicators “for use as an initial framework to track implementation of its resolution 1325 in situations of armed conflict and post-conflict and other situations relevant to the implementation of resolution 1325, as appropriate, and taking into account the specificity of each country.” The report summarizes the next steps required to take forward the set of indicators, such as the definition of methods for data collection and collation, development of reporting templates, elaboration of guidance, definition of timelines, etc. (see paragraphs 119-124).
UN Women is leading an inter-agency process to ensure the coordinated implementation and reporting on these indicators in the annual report of the Secretary-General on women and peace and security. The indicators are organized in three sets by phases of implementation: (i) indicators monitoring progress on UN-level commitments to 1325 implementation; (ii) indicators that require a shift in UN activities to meet commitments; and (iii) indicators for voluntary reporting by Member States.
Among the indicators for voluntary reporting by Member States is an indicator on hours of training per capita of decision-making personnel in security and justice sector institutions to address cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). Training security and justice sector personnel to address SGBV cases is vital to ensure an approach that encourages survivors to report cases and to attempts to hold perpetrators to account for the abuses committed against them.
Technical appraisal is needed towards operationalization of this indicator. This includes addressing a number of challenges including: whether the total number of hours of training received on SBGV by personnel is meaningful as opposed to hours of training within a specified period of time; accounting for the need for refresher trainings; and meaningful tracking of changes in the hours of training per year (e.g., numerical decreases from one year to the next could represent a large-scale training programme took place the previous year). While the total hours of training per capita indicator captures many important features to assess SGBV training, assessing the feasibility of the indicator to account for the quality of training, whether the knowledge and attitudes of personnel have changed as a result of training, and the impact of training in addressing SGBV cases, is needed.
Additionally, related to the security and justice institutions, is the 1325 indicator on levels of women’s participation as decision-makers in justice, security and foreign service sectors. This indicator tracks progress towards achievement of increased participation of women in decision-making related to the prevention, management and resolution of conflict. It is also a measure for the responsiveness of the justice, security and foreign service sector actors to women’s concerns, not only through direct engagement with women but also in terms of their influence over defense, security and justice policy. This indicator requires refinement in terms of developing standards on definitions of terms, comparability across countries, and guidance for data collection and reporting.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Peace and Security Section of UN Women, the Offeror will coordinate and conduct research and produce a report:
This will involve:
Review of security sector training on SGBV:
Develop a methodology addressing limitations in tracking SGBV training impact
Piloting case studies:
Definition of criteria for assessing share of women’s representation in justice, security and foreign service sectors
The final report should highlight key gaps and challenges and include a set of proposed strategies for improving effectiveness of training of decision-making personnel in security and justice sector institutions to address cases of SGBV.
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Required Skills and Experience
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.