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UN Women: Gender and Rule of Law Specialist
|Location :||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||06-May-13 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||TA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||364 days|
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.
Peace and Security is a key area of UN Women's work. At headquarters, the Peace and Security Section leads on UN system-wide coordination on Women, Peace and Security, provides technical and financial support to the peace and security work of UN Women field offices, and implements a number of global initiatives that range from training women on mediation, peacekeepers on preventing and responding to sexual violence, and experts on investigation and documentation of international crimes, to rapidly deploying gender advisors to commissions of inquiry, peace talks, and post-conflict planning and financing processes, supporting gender-responsive public service delivery, and linking women in the community and grassroots organizations to police and other actors to ensure better protection.
In recent months, the UN Secretary General has announced new architecture on rule of law in the UN system in order to strengthen rule of law programming in peacebuilding contexts. Under this new arrangement, the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will serve as Joint Global Focal Point (GFP) for the Police, Justice and Corrections Areas in the Rule of Law in Post-conflict and other Crisis Situations. Other entities, including UN Women, will provide expertise to be co-located within this new team.
The new arrangement provides an entry point for a coordinated effort by the UN system as a whole to mainstream gender into post-conflict rule of law planning, programming and support. As the entity responsible for strengthening women’s access to justice in all settings, UN Women will second expertise in the form of a Gender and Rule of Law Specialist to the co-location team to coordinate gender mainstreaming and the impacts of rule of law programming for women. The position will entail coordinating between the GFP and UN Women as a whole, in order to draw in the necessary resources, skills, expertise needed in relation to each context and programme.Access to justice and the equal application of the rule of law is a pre-requisite for the realization and protection of women’s rights. Effective judicial and legal systems not only ensure the protection and advancement of women’s rights, but can provide an enabling environment to address discriminatory practices which impede development. From a women’s human rights and rule of law perspective, at no time is legal protection more necessary, or more fragile, than during and in the immediate aftermath of conflicts when women’s experiences of insecurity and violations often continue unabated.
Countries emerging from armed conflicts or civil unrest are often characterized by weak or dysfunctional justice systems. The challenge of rebuilding institutional infrastructure, limited human and resource capacity, and unregulated security sector including the proliferation of non-state security actors and small arms, fragmented legal frameworks, widespread impunity and parallel legal systems make the restoration of the rule of law a formidable challenge. Ending impunity for sexual and gender-based violence and asserting women’s access to the full range of rights, including their equal access to property, land and inheritance are some of the most challenging yet fundamental conditions for the restoration of the rule of law post-conflict.In coordination with the Programme Specialist, Rule of Law and Transitional Justice, the Gender and Rule of Law Specialist will ensure coordination between the work of UN Women and the GFP, leveraging UN Women’s country level work to feed into the work of the GFP. The Specialist will be responsible for ensuring that gender expertise is mainstreamed into all areas of work of the GFP in order to strengthen women’s access to justice in post-conflict and fragile settings, and will serve as a bridge between the GFP and UN Women networks, capacity and expertise at the country, regional and HQ levels.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Gender and Rule of Law Specialist will be under the guidance and supervision of the Policy Advisor.
Represent UN Women as a member of the GFP arrangements, in coordination with the Peace and Security Section, as well as the Programme and Policy Division as required:
Support UN Women programme development and technical support, taking into consideration the work of the GFP as well as the recommendations of UN Women’s mapping report on women’s access to justice post-conflict:
Knowledge management, including developing guidance on aspects of women’s access to justice post-conflict for dissemination and use in country setting:
The Gender and Rule of Law Specialist will contribute to significantly strengthening a mainstreamed gender approach to the rule of law programming of the UN system as a whole, through the provision of technical expertise; policy and programming advice; and the linking of resources and capacities of the broader UN system as a whole on gender and rule of law programming to the GFP.
It is also intended that the position will contribute towards strengthening UN Women’s capacity and visibility on women’s access to justice, allowing it to fulfill its mandated responsibility in this area.
Core values and Guiding principles:
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.
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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.