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Programme Technical Specialist, Ending Violence against Women (Spotlight Initiative)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Monrovia, LIBERIA|
|Application Deadline :||03-Jun-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||6 June 2022 - 31 December 2022|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 June 2022 - 31 December 2022|
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, peace, and security. UN Women, as part of the United Nations in Liberia, contributes to the Government’s legislative and policy commitments to address violence against women and girls (VAWG), as outlined in its Strategic National Development Plan called the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development (PAPD)— for July 2018 to June 2023. UN Women also helps coordinate and promote the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality, and in all deliberations and agreements linked to the 2030 Agenda. UN Women works to position gender equality as fundamental to the Sustainable Development Goals, and a more inclusive world. In support to its coordination mandate, UN Women Country Office Chairs the UN Inter-Agency Gender Theme Group.
The Spotlight Programme is a joint initiative of the United Nations system and the European Union in partnership with the Government and civil society of Liberia to contribute to the elimination of gender-based and sexual violence, harmful practices and obstacles to access to sexual and reproductive health rights. It will focus on consolidating gains by developing a more effective response to violence against women and girls and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health rights, through innovative approaches that strengthen an enabling legal and policy framework, effective and coordinated institutions, community mobilization and empowerment, increased and equitable access to holistic and integrated care services, access to and use of quality statistical data and strengthened and dynamic women's rights organizations.
In Liberia, the Spotlight Initiative is implemented through five UN agencies (UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF, and OHCHR) under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator. The Steering Committee, composed of government stakeholders, is the key governance structure of the Initiative, including approving the Annual Plan of the Liberia Spotlight Initiative. The Civil Society Reference Group provides ongoing advice and feedback on programming. Meetings with Heads of Agencies from participating agencies are held to monitor and adjust on implementation and delivery. The overall vision of the Spotlight Initiative in Liberia is that women and girls enjoy their right to a life free of violence, within an inclusive and gender equitable Liberia. This contributes to implementation of Liberia’s revised National Action Plan on Gender Based Violence (2018), the comprehensive Prevention Strategy (2020) and the anti SGBV Road Map (2021), with attention to prevention and response to violence against women and girls.
The Spotlight Initiative aligns to UN Women’s Ending Violence against Women (EVAW) Programme in Liberia and complements other thematic Country Programme focused on Women’s Economic Empowerment, advancing the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda, mainstreaming gender in planning and budgeting in support of national and international gender equality commitments. The SI Programme in Liberia commenced in 2019 and has made significant progress over the past 3 years. In addition to supporting work at national level, the Programme also supports work in five Counties including, Nimba, Grand Cape Mount, Montserrado, Grand Geddeh and Lofa which were chosen in a consultative process of Programme design.
The Spotlight Initiative in Liberia under Phase 1 was initially funded for two years (June 2019- June 2021). Phase 2 was approved in 2021 and continued with the implementation of SI based on the original Theory of Change and is informed by the recommendations from the Mid-Term Assessment which was finalized in March 2021. Due to COVID restrictions in 2020 and 2021 the Programme faced a number of challenges, but all Spotlight agencies adjusted its working modalities and moved forward in implementing its programs given the changed context.
UN Women is one of five UN partner agencies implementing the Spotlight Initiative in Liberia and provides technical coherence leadership to all agencies in this regard. The Spotlight Initiative Programme Technical Specialist reports to the UN Women Deputy Country Representative and in close coordination with the Spotlight Initiative Coordinator in the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, provides technical leadership to guide planning, implementing and reporting on the entire Spotlight Programme in Liberia. The technical coherence specialist also provides backstopping support to the Programme coordinator. The Programme Technical Specialist also works closely with the Steering Committee, the Civil Society Reference Group, the Office of the Secretary of State for Equality and Inclusion, the EU Delegation technical focal point implementing agencies as well as other stakeholders to ensure overall coherence in the implementation of the Programme. The Programme Technical Specialist is also responsible to manage the Technical Unit, which is a joint office of staff from all agencies working within Spotlight, as well as UN Volunteers working within the Technical Unit.
The Programme Technical Specialist requires substantial experience and in-depth understanding of violence against women and children and understand the nexus with gender equality and women's empowerment. The post holder is expected to have substantial experience in providing technical support for implementing UN joint programmes like the Spotlight Initiative and also leading and managing complex and multidimensional programmes. S/He must have experience of human resources management; experience of coordination; and expertise in working in partnership with Government and civil society institutions, to make progress on EVAWG.
Duties and Responsibilities
Responsibilities and Deliverables:
Guide the implementation and management of the Spotlight Programme in Liberia:
Coordinate technical assistance and capacity development to and between the different UN agencies to achieve a coherent and aligned presence of the Spotlight initiative in Liberia:
Provide Programme development guidance related to the Spotlight Programme:
Oversee financial resources, monitoring and reporting of the Programme:
Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:
Key Performance Indicators:
Required core and functional competencies:
All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from? http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment? Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
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