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UN WOMEN: OFFICER-IN-CHARGE
|Location :||Freetown, SIERRA LEONE|
|Application Deadline :||26-Oct-12|
|Type of Contract :||TA International|
|Post Level :||P-5|
|Languages Required :|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||3 months|
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, 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.
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.
UN Women in Sierra Leone works in partnership with Government, other UN agencies, international Non-governmental Organizations and Civil Society organization to advance gender equality and women’s rights. UN Women Programme is aligned to the Sierra Leone Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper II (2008-2012) also known as the Agenda for Change and to the UN Joint Vision for Sierra Leone (2009-2012).
The UN Women programme works to increase women’s voices, leadership and participation through strategic support to the Sierra Leone Female Parliamentary Caucus and the Council of Female Councilors. Support is being provided for the law reform processes through including the drafting important bills on gender equality and women’s rights. UN Women is implementing a joint programme with UNCDF on Gender Equitable Local Development (GELD) in the pilot district of Kenema. The objective of this programme is to identify strategies and mechanisms for improving women’s access to resources and services at the local level, through gender-sensitive planning, programming and budgeting.
In coming period, UN Women programme in Sierra Leone will focus on following result areas which are interrelated:
It is in this context that UN Women is seeking to recruit UN Women Representative who is responsible for ensuring effective execution of UN Women's mandate in the country. She/he is the first line of contact between UN Women and its partners and clients, and will represent UN Women in key events and meetings.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Regional Programme Director, the UN Women Representative has the following key functions:
Strategic Pogramme Development and Advocacy
Country Programme Management and Oversight:
Representation and Partnership Building:
Knowledge Management and Reporting
Impact of Results:
Core Values and 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.
Required Skills and Experience
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.
All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment
Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
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.