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Programme Specialist (Turkish Nationals Only)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Ankara, TURKEY|
|Application Deadline :||29-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||FTA Local|
|Post Level :||NO-C|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year with possibility of renewal|
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
UN Women (the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of 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.
In Turkey, in line with its global Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and Country Strategic Note (2019-2022), and the overall UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, UN Women works towards three overarching goals: 1) Women lead, participate in, and benefit equally from governance systems; 2) All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence; 3) Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action.
Towards these goals, UN Women implements programmes and projects that aim to advance gender equality, improve women’s access to opportunities, rights and services in political, social and economic life and combat gender stereotypes, discrimination and violence, as required by international and national legal and policy commitments. UN Women collaborates with numerous partners – central and local level government authorities, civil society organizations, including women’s organizations and platforms, academia, private sector companies, other UN agencies. It commits itself to the Leaving No One Behind principle, by supporting targeted actions to remove the obstacles that marginalized and vulnerable groups of women face in accessing their rights and to promote them as agents of change.
In Turkey, despite progress made in the past decades, the participation of women in politics and in decision-making in economic and business life, remains low and below global and regional averages. In the previous years, UN Women implemented the project “Gender Equality in Political Leadership and Participation in Turkey” which worked with the Turkish Grand National Assembly, local administrations, civil society organizations (CSOs) and women leaders to advance gender-responsive policies and legislation and women’s participation in decision-making processes. UN Women has also increased its partnership base and its engagement with different stakeholders, such as the private sector, media and male champions, in order to achieve larger-scale impact and results.
Building on the achievements and lessons learnt over the previous years, in 2021, UN Women will start implementing the project “Advancing gender equality and women’s leadership in political and business life” with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The project has an overall objective to advance women’s leadership and participation in decision-making in Turkey by focusing on key stakeholders and actors in the fields of politics and private sector. Two sub-objectives of the project are:
i. Provide support for increasing women’s leadership in political decision-making, establishing a cadre of interested, diverse and capable women to run for political office at local level, increasing solidarity and gender equality awareness among women from different political affiliations and with women from outside government, advancing the national and policy legal framework, strengthening gender-sensitive governance at the local level.
ii. Promote women’s leadership and influence in the private sector, strengthen the engagement of men political and corporate leaders in advancing gender equality, work with media current and future professional and media outlets to advance non-stereotypical portrayal of women in media as political and business leaders and to practice gender-sensitive practices internally and externally.
Under the overall leadership of the Country Director, and under the direct supervision of the Head of Programme/Programme Management Specialist, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility of the implementation of the project and its programmatic and financial delivery, including by developing and overseeing the implementation of annual plans, managing the project team, ensuring the production of quality progress and final reports, and managing risks and initiating corrective action where necessary. The Programme Specialist works in close collaboration with the Turkey Office programme and operations team, UN Women Regional Office and HQ staff as needed, the donor and all relevant national partners towards ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Manage the implementation of the “Advancing gender equality and women’s leadership in political and business life” project
2. Manage technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners
3. Manage the monitoring and reporting of the “Advancing gender equality and women’s leadership in political and business life” project
4. Manage the people and financial resources of the “Advancing gender equality and women’s leadership in political and business life” project
5. Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies
6. Contribute to inter-agency coordination on gender equality in the area of governance and leadership to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in Turkey
7. Manage advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts
Key Performance Indicators
Required Skills and Experience
The application package for the UN Women Programme Specialist (NoC) position should consist of:
How to Submit the Application:
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.