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UN Women - International Consultant South-South Cooperation Strategy: Latin America and the Caribbean
|Location :||Panama City, PANAMA|
|Application Deadline :||31-Oct-12|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Spanish|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||35 Days|
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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 center of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations (UN) System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women launched its Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in Panama following a series of consultations which enabled UN Women to identify a number of sectors and issues as priority programmes for the next years. As per the LAC regional strategy, the priority areas of work are (i) expanding women's leadership and participation; (ii) enhancing women's economic empowerment; and (iii) ending violence against women. It uses a number of strategies to achieve results in relation to all of its areas of work. Increasingly it is looking to utilize South-South Cooperation as a means to stimulate knowledge sharing, policy advocacy, and increased institutional capacities that promote gender equality.
The scope of work of the consultant requires experience and in-depth understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment issues in the region, as well as demonstrated experience with and understanding of institutions, policies and opportunities that are growing under the SSC agenda in the LAC region and internationally. It also requires assessing opportunities for partnerships with relevant Government counterparts, UN organizations, and CSOs. Under the supervision of the LAC Regional Director, the consultant is expected to develop a strategy for UN Women to 1) strategically employ SSC methods and mechanisms to promote its own and partner innovations and 2) to forge strategic partnerships with SSC institutions in the interest of leveraging support for gender equality, in consultation with local and regional figures in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Duties and Responsibilities
The recent report of the Secretary-General on the Promotion of South-South Cooperation for Development notes that South-South cooperation is being increasingly mainstreamed in the work and agendas of United Nations development agencies, funds and programmes. The report concluded that “The work of the United Nations should primarily focus on national capacity development in priority areas through facilitating intra- and interregional knowledge-sharing, engaging countries in difficult development circumstances with those that have acquired higher technological and other capacities in mutually beneficial exchanges. The United Nations system should support South-South and triangular cooperation primarily from the regional perspective, by linking national centres of excellence, bringing in global normative expertise corresponding to the respective mandates of the United Nations funds, programmes and agencies, and exercising political neutrality in responding to local sensitivities, thus promoting subregional and regional integration processes.”
UN Women in LAC has a history of supporting South-South Cooperation (SSC) as a strategy for knowledge sharing among its partners; to support regional networks to enhance policy advocacy efforts around common positions; and for providing support to regional intergovernmental and economic integration institutions. With the expansion of SSC as an increasingly important strategy for international development cooperation, for example as acknowledged in the Outcome Document of the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, as well as the continuous strengthening of both regional and international alliances to advance SSC, in which LAC countries play a significant role, UN Women will develop a strategy to make SSC a more explicit focus of its own work – cutting across multiple thematic areas.
The strategy will contain the following broad components:
Promoting effective practices of UN Women and partners through SSC:
Recommendations for mainstreaming an SSC focus as a UN Women programming strategy:
Review of UN Women support to relevant networks at the regional level and identification of opportunities to strengthen platforms for advocacy.
Review of existing partnerships with regional inter-governmental/ economic integration organizations, and unmet opportunities within the region to strengthen UN Women cooperation and support.
Review of International SSC organizations (BRICS, etc) to identify opportunities to influence SSC policies/ practices to be more gender responsive, in particular those aspects focused on economic cooperation.
Sources of information include desk reviews of UN Women reports, programme documents and evaluations; external publically available information related to relevant organizations engaged in SSC, including UN partners; UN reports and resolutions on SSC; select interviews with UN Women staff, partners; external SSC stakeholders.
Under the supervision of the Regional Director, the Consultant will be responsible for the following:
Core Values and Guiding Principles:
Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity:
Ethics and Values:
Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring:
Working in Teams:
Communicating Information and Ideas:
Self-management and Emotional intelligence:
Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements:
Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning:
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
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.