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, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations System’s efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. UN Women provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
The Policy Division develops and implements the UNW program of work on analysis, research and knowledge management that provides the evidence base for the advice and guidance UNW provides to the intergovernmental process, the UN system, and to UNW staff working at country and regional level on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. It identifies emerging issues and trends, and develops and proposes new strategies for achieving the agreed goals through innovative approaches and lessons learned about what works in practice. It also designs and oversees the training and capacity development programs of UNW, working closely with the UNW training facility in Santa Domingo.
Based on UN legislative mandates and UNW Strategic Programme Plan, it undertakes or coordinates global or sectoral research and data analysis; advises on norms, policies and strategies for achieving the internationally agreed goals related to gender equality and women’s empowerment issues. It acts as a knowledge hub, collecting evidence on progress and emerging issues, identifying trends in implementation of global commitments; and sharing knowledge on innovative approaches and lessons learned in implementation. It designs tools for inter-regional capabilities building and institutional development programmes and fosters strategic substantive partnerships with academia and other UN partners, in close collaboration with the Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnership Bureau, the Programme division and UNW Training Center (Santa Domingo).
UN Women's Peace and Security section within the Policy Division is responsible for providing corporate policy and strategic advice as well as technical support to UN Women Country Offices and partners in a number of areas, including: conflict prevention and peacebuilding, justice sector and security reform, transitional justice, promoting women's political participation, and mainstreaming gender issues into governance reforms. In addition, UN Women’s Peace and Security section coordinates the UN Standing Committee on women and peace and security and leads the process for developing the SG report on women and peace and security that will is presented annually in October to the Security Council.
The consultant will support the Peace and Security section’s work on National Action Plans (on women peace and security [WPS]) and in addition will help in the development of WPS training materials, conflict prevention strategy development, and coordination and reporting on encounters between in-country UN leaders and women’s groups. This will include:
1. Providing technical assistance for national implementation of women, peace and security agenda and coordination of providing technical assistance in that area;
2. Providing assistance in the revision and validation of an e-learning course on national implementation of women, peace and security agenda in Asia;
3. Helping to coordinate and report on the annual “Open Day” meetings between UN leaders and women’s groups in a range of conflict-affected situations;
4. Supporting the elaboration of a UN Women strategy on gender-sensitive Conflict Prevention.
The consultant will be physically based in UN Women New York and will report to the Programme Specialist overseeing the work on National Action Plans (deliverables 1 and 2) and Policy Adviser (deliverables 3 and 4).