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Programme Coordinator, Pacific Partnership, EVAWG (Open to Ni-Vanuatu Nationals ONLY)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Port Vila, VANUATU|
|Application Deadline :||29-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SB-4|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One (1) year.|
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, 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.
The scope of work of the Programme Coordinator requires experience and in-depth understanding of gender equality and violence against women and girls, to translate UN Women's strategic plans into effective programmes and results.
The UN Women Pacific Multi-Country Office (MCO) is based in Suva, Fiji and works alongside the 19 other UN agencies in the region and in 14 countries: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
Under its Strategic Note 2018-2022, UN Women Fiji MCO focuses on delivering on four interlinked programme areas underpinned by support for intergovernmental and normative processes:
Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG) in the Pacific
The Pacific has some of the world’s highest reported rates of violence against women, with studies showing that up to 68% of women are affected. To respond to the rates of violence in the Pacific, UN Women has developed a comprehensive EVAW programme which takes a transformative approach to prevent violence against women and girls at multiple levels (regional, national and community), and to ensure survivors have access to quality response services.
UN Women’s EVAW programme is primarily implemented under the Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (hereafter referred to as ‘Pacific Partnership’). The Pacific Partnership is a 4.5-year programme that brings together governments, civil society organizations, communities, and other partners to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and girls (VAWG), and increase access to quality response services for survivors. The EUR22.7million programme is funded primarily by the European Union (EUR12.7m) with targeted support from the governments of Australia (EUR6.2m) and New Zealand (EUR3.2m) and cost-sharing with UN Women (EUR0.6m). The Pacific Partnership is implemented through three coordinating agencies – the Pacific Community (SPC) Regional Resources and Rights Team (RRRT), UN Women and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
Vanuatu has high rates of violence against women and girls. According to the Vanuatu National Survey on Women’s Lives and Family Relationships (VNS), conducted by the Vanuatu Women’s Centre (VWC) and the Vanuatu National Statistics Office (VNSO) in 2009, 60% of women who have ever been in a relationship have experienced either physical or sexual violence (or both) by a husband or intimate partner and more than two in three (68%) experienced emotional violence. Women living with physical and/or sexual violence are more likely to have had restrictions placed on their mobility, participation in organisations, and access to education.’ In line with global data, women and girls in Vanuatu are more likely to have experienced violence at the hands of someone known to them (60%), than they are from a stranger, reinforcing the need for programming that focuses on gender equality, including challenging gender norms/stereotypes and attitudes and structures that condone or support violence, whilst enabling healthy relationships and ensuring access to quality services. The VNS also showed that there are high levels of social cohesion in Vanuatu, with much trust given to chiefs and church leaders, and an important support base within the community in favour of women’s rights and non-violent approaches to resolving conflict in families. These factors put Vanuatu in a strong position to prevent and respond to all forms of violence against women.
Vanuatu’s Constitution also guarantees men and women equal treatment under the law. Vanuatu has ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the CEDAW Optional Protocol. Commitments to gender equality have featured in Vanuatu Government plans over the years and several policies, strategies and initiatives have emerged over the last four years that provide an enabling environment for eliminating violence against women.
In Vanuatu, the Government of New Zealand has allocated approximately USD $2,738,880 to the UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) under Pacific Partnership and approximately USD $920,000 to the Vanuatu Department of Women Affairs (DWA) as part of an integrated investment to strengthen a holistic, transformational, and multi-sectoral approach to preventing and responding to violence against women and girls.
The overall goal of the Pacific Partnership programme regionally, and in Vanuatu, is to bring together governments, civil society organizations, communities, and other partners to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and girls, and increase access to quality response services for survivors. The three key outcome areas are foundational, inter-related, and structured to progress social change and eliminate violence against women and girls through (a) advancing favorable social norms, attitudes and behaviors promoted at the individual and community levels to prevent VAWG; (b) ensuring that women and girls who experience violence have access to quality essential services (health, social service, police and justice) to recover from violence; and (c) adopting and implementing laws, policies and strategies in-line with international standards and informed by voices of women survivors in order to prevent and respond to all forms of VAWG.
The programme’s main partners are the Department of Women Affairs (DWA), Vanuatu Women’s Centre (VWC) and the Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC) who will work together towards the overall objective of preventing VAWG and promoting gender equality. This will be achieved by challenging negative social norms and practices through innovative approaches to prevention through faith, sports, and communities; enhancing awareness and practice of respectful relationships and gender equality among women, men, girls, and boys; and increasing access to essential services for survivors of VAWG; and strengthening the capacity of the DWA to lead on overall national efforts to addressing VAWG.
Under the overall supervision of the Technical Specialist EVAWG, the Programme Coordinator is expected to support the implementation and coordination of the Vanuatu Country Programme, Pacific Partnership in close collaboration with programme partners, including but not limited to: Department of Women’s Affairs, Vanuatu Women’s Centre, Vanuatu Christian Council, and others at national and provincial level.
Reporting to the Technical Specialist EVAWG, the Programme Coordinator, Pacific Partnership is responsible for coordinating the delivery of the Pacific Partnership Country Plan for Vanuatu as well as providing administrative and operational support for successful implementation. The role has an important role to play in ensuring that activities captured under the Pacific Partnership are implemented in a timely manner and continue to enjoy full ownership and buy-in by Government and civil society partners.
Key responsibilities include supporting:
The Programme Coordinator, Pacific Partnership will work closely with other UN EVAWG programmes in Vanuatu, including the Spotlight programme as well as activities being delivered through the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development programme and with national partners and stakeholders. The Programme Coordinator will also work closely with the monitoring and reporting, programming, finance, administration, and communication personnel of the EVAWG portfolio.
Duties and Responsibilities
Support the overall coordination of the EVAWG programme in Vanuatu:
Provide technical support in monitoring and tracking of results against country level targets:
Provide advanced administrative and financial management support to the Pacific Partnership Programme in close collaboration with the Fiji Multi Country Office based Administration and Finance Team:
Support the delivery of technical assistance and capacity strengthening of partners in program cycle management:
Advocate and facilitate knowledge building and management and communication on Pacific Partnership and impacts:
Other Programme requests as and when required.
Key Performance Indicators:
Required Skills and Experience
Education and Certification: