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Regional Practice Leader (RPL) Gender
|Location :||Istanbul, TURKEY|
|Application Deadline :||22-Nov-13 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-5|
|Languages Required :|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Renewable|
UNDP Practice Architecture
UNDP's Strategic Plan 2014-2017 articulates how important is for the organization to be more effective in helping countries respond to increasingly complex and inter-connected development challenges.
The UNDP Global Framework for Policy Support to the UNDP Strategic Plan serves as a framework for better organizing UNDP to provide the following:
The Bureau for Development Policy (BDP) is responsible for articulating UNDP’s global development policy, using evidence gathered through country applications, regional experiences and global interactions. BDP has a key role to play in helping country offices to accelerate human development by supporting the country offices in the design and implementation of programmes and projects that effectively contribute to the national-level policies and results. Driven by demand, and working through Regional Bureaus and the Regional Service Centers, BDP provides the global tools, analysis and capacities that country offices need to make a real difference in UNDP’s work.
BDP supports country offices through the 5 Regional Service Centres (RSCs) in Bangkok, Istanbul, Cairo, Addis Ababa, and Panama City. The management structure at the RSCs level in Istanbul, Cairo, Addis Ababa, and Panama City is composed of a dedicated Regional Practice Leader (RPL) for each thematic area, and a number of technical policy and programme Advisors and Specialists. The Regional Practice Leader, gender will be based in Istambul and will cover the Europe/CIS and Asia/Pacific.
The RPL coordinates the RSC gender teams, regardless of funding source, to promote consistency and coherence across programmes.
For UNDP, the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment is an intrinsic goal on its own as well as a driver of development overall. Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women has a pivotal significance for UNDP, understanding that sustainable human development will not fully achieved unless women and girls are able to contribute on an equal basis with men and boys to their societies.
UNDP works to implement gender equality through a two-pronged approach (i) mainstreaming gender in all priority areas; and, (ii) dedicated interventions that empower women and promote gender equality. UNDP’s work on gender equality is guided by the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017 and the Gender Equality Strategy of the organization, which is aligned with the UNDP Strategic Plan. The UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017 while includes an outcome on faster progress in reducing gender inequality and promoting women’s empowerment, it integrates also gender equality and women’s empowerment throughout the rest of the outcomes.
The organization is in the process of developing a new gender equality strategy which will complement the new Strategic Plan. This Gender Equality Strategy will outlines in detail how UNDP works towards gender equality in each of the outcomes set out in the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017. In addition, the Strategy will sets out institutional arrangements to achieve the expected gender equality results. To this end, several global initiatives have been launched, such as the gender equality seal, the gender marker, which help strengthening accountability for gender equality results in the organization.
The objective of the strategy is that by the end of the next strategic plan period of 2014-2017, UNDP leveraging on its comparative advantage will:
Duties and Responsibilities
The Regional Practice Leader’s role is to strengthen the global gender policy architecture in both regions. S/he will provide substantive leadership and oversight to ensure systematic and strategic integration of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the UNDP’s work in both regions. S/he will provide high level policy advisory services to country offices, governments and other partners in the region.
This also includes substantive and content leadership in UNDP’s corporate discussions and inter-agency coordination on gender equality. S/he will also be engaged in development of the gender equality strategy/action plan for Asia and Pacific and Europe and the CIS, which will be aligned with the forthcoming Gender Equality Strategy. S/he will also be engaged in strengthening planning and accountability for gender equality results in the region through the use of the corporate accountability tools and mechanisms. As a result, the incumbent will be accountable for the delivery and quality of results to the Regional Manager of APRC Bangkok, the Regional Director (DRD) of Istanbul RSC and the Gender Team Director (GT) in BDP, NY.
He/she will report to the Regional Director of APRC Bangkok and Regional Director of Istanbul on all matters related to the planning and delivery of demand-based gender support to Country Offices and necessary support to respective regional programmes, and to the Gender Team Director in BDP/New York on issues pertaining to compliance with Gender practice policies, norms and standards, and contribution to global evidence-based knowledge.
The incumbent will be responsible for the following functions:
Management and Coordination:
Delivery of Policy Advisory Services, and the development of country office capacity:
Policy Development and Advocacy:
Knowledge Management and capacity:
Impact of results:
The Regional Practice Leader’s role will impact strengthening of the global policy architecture of UNDP the quality and relevance of programme and project management in the gender equality and women’s empowerment practice/area and the results of UNDP’s programmes in both regions. In turn, it will impact UNDP’s capacity to deliver on its upcoming Strategic Plan 2014-2017 and its accompanying Gender Equality Strategy. The Regional Practice Leader is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Gender Equality Strategy in two regions: Asia and Pacific and Europe and Central Asia.
Required Skills and Experience
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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.