Gender, Climate and Security Specialist



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Location : Bangkok, THAILAND
Application Deadline :08-Jul-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :7d 11h 34m
Additional Category :Climate & Disaster Resilience
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
05-Sep-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :364 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :364 days


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.


Background

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.

Based on UN legislative mandates and the UN Women Strategic Plan, the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is tasked with providing strategic programme development, policy / technical advisory services and quality assurance support to Multi Country Offices and Country Offices. It undertakes or coordinates regional research and data analysis; advises on norms, policies and strategies for achieving the internationally and regionally agreed goals related to gender equality and women’s empowerment. It acts as a knowledge hub at the regional level, collecting evidence on progress and emerging issues and sharing knowledge on innovative approaches and lessons learned in implementation.

Building on twenty years of experience in the area of governance and women, peace and security (WPS), the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific leads knowledge development and coordinates implementation in areas of gender and peacebuilding, women’s access to justice, social cohesion, and cybersecurity. The office has also been implementing a joint regional programme with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) called EmPower: Women for Climate-Resilient Societies (Strengthening Human Rights and Gender through Climate Change Action and Disaster Risk Reduction) which is aimed at addressing the key drivers of vulnerability by strengthening capacities of women from at-risk communities, civil society, and government institutions. Over twenty years of implementing the WPS agenda in the disaster-prone context of the Asia-Pacific region has demonstrated that women and their communities often experience a range of intersecting security risks due to deeply embedded social inequalities,  conflict, disasters, and climate-related risks, which impact women and girls in specific ways. Within this context, women and girls face additional and compounded obstacles to accessing justice and achieving their full rights. Moreover, women peacebuilders face added risks as they are frequently on the frontlines of responding and adapting to the compounded crises. The focus on women’s participation and leadership in sustaining peace and building resilience must reflect this full spectrum of regional experiences.

The UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is committed to continue strengthening the regional knowledge base on the gendered impact and interlinkages between disasters, climate change, and insecurity in the region. The office will also support communities and local and national government stakeholders to address climate-related security risks through the use of rights-based gender-responsive actions with a strong focus on women’s participation and leadership, including of young women, Indigenous women, women of diverse SOGIESC, and women with disabilities, especially in the most affected and fragile contexts in the Asia Pacific region. To further establish and strengthen this area of work, the office seeks to hire a Gender, Climate, and Security Specialist. The Specialist will be responsible for the development of Gender, Climate and Security programmes and programme strategies, provide capacity building to Country Offices (CO) and Multi Country Offices (MCO), establish and strengthen partnerships, and develop relevant knowledge products. The Specialist will report to the Regional Policy Advisor on Governance, Peace and Security, and work in close collaboration with the Governance, Peace and Security, Climate Change, as well as the Humanitarian Action and Disaster Risk Reduction teams. The Specialist will be based in Bangkok with frequent (long-term) deployments and strategic planning missions to priority locations in the region. 


Duties and Responsibilities

1.  Lead the development of programmes on gender, climate and security in the Asia Pacific Region in collaboration with Country Office/ Multi Country Office teams

  • Lead the development of regional programme documents on gender, climate and security;
  • Provide technical inputs to programme proposals from country offices;
  • Provide advice on contextualizing/ localizing programme documents, country strategies, and knowledge products;
  • Coordinate monitoring and reporting on gender, climate and security initiatives, in collaboration with programme teams.

2.  Provide capacity building support to Country Office/ Multi Country Office/ Regional Office teams and partners, particularly in most affected/fragile contexts

  • Provide substantive technical and policy support to country office and multi-country office programme teams in developing and strengthening projects/ programmes to support the implementation of global norms and standards;
  • Undertake (long-term) deployments and strategic planning missions to COs / programme presences, especially those most affected and fragile in the context of gender, climate and security;
  • Develop, implement and monitor capacity building initiatives on gender, climate and security, including initiatives to support women peacebuilders, government actors, local communities, community justice actors and youth/young women to address climate-related security risks and expand local knowledge;
  • Provide technical support to partners on implementation of gender, climate and security initiatives in the region;
  • Provide technical policy advice to programme/ project managers/ specialists in the CO and MCOs;
  • Facilitate internal capacity building initiatives to CO/ MCO/ RO to strengthen integrated actions for gender, climate, and security.

3.  Establish and strengthen strategic partnerships with stakeholders and partners

  • Develop regional stakeholders' analysis in the region for gender, climate and security and identify entry points for collaboration;
  • Build and maintain alliances and strategic partnerships for the advancement of gender, climate and security in priority contexts across the region, including engagement with women peacebuilders, women’s organisations and civil society organisations, academia, inter-governmental organisations, and financial institutions;
  • Produce periodic updates and briefs on regional/country development situation and legislative changes related to climate, disasters, natural resource management and protection to be used by stakeholders, CO and HQ;
  • Maintain close contact with relevant staff in UN Women MCO/COs.

4.  Support the development of the resource mobilization strategy for gender, climate and security in in the region

  • Participate in the implementation, monitoring and periodic updating of the resource mobilization strategy on gender, climate and security in the region;
  • Provide technical support to field-based presences in the region through mobilizing resources for the implementation of gender, climate and security programming;
  • Research and analyse information on donors;
  • Prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation.

5.  Oversee the design of gender, climate and security initiatives in the region and the development of relevant knowledge products

  • Provide recommendations and guidance to strategic planning and positioning on gender, climate and security in the Asia Pacific Region;
  • Support MCO/COs with development of contextualized gender, climate and security initiatives;
  • Research, develop and present analytical reports, research papers, briefing notes, background papers, summaries, correspondence, and knowledge products on gender, climate and security;
  • Identify promising practices, technical expertise, and strategic opportunities in gender, climate and security, as well as climate justice, in the Asia Pacific Region.

6.  Lead knowledge building and sharing for gender, climate and security in the region

  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to gender, climate and security in the Asia Pacific Region;
  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to gender, climate and security in the region as necessary;
  • Identify and disseminate lessons learnt and good practices in collaboration with country offices;
  • Ensure technical skills and knowledge are shared within and among MCO/ COs.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality technical advice and support
  • Leadership in area of expertise in the region
  • Quality reports and other strategic documents drafted and submitted in a timely manner
  • Strong relationships with various partners and stakeholders
  • Timely and effective delivery of technical support and capacity building to offices and national/local stakeholders in various contexts across the region
  • UN Women is well represented in important meetings on topics related to expertise
  • Contributions to resource mobilization
  • Timely and quality knowledge products


Competencies

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
  • Accountability
  • Creative Problem Solving
  • Effective Communication
  • Inclusive Collaboration
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Leading by Example

Functional Competencies

  • Strong knowledge and experience related to current policies and practices in the fields of gender and climate, human rights, peace and security, environment and/or natural resource management.
  • Strong knowledge of the Asia Pacific Region.
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Ability to build partnerships with civil society organizations, government partners and other local and national stakeholders across contexts.
  • Strong knowledge of programme development, implementation, results-based management and reporting.
  • Excellent analytical skills, including ability to analyse gendered needs and priorities across different contexts.
  • Ability to perform policy research and to write policy papers, speeches, briefings.
  • Ability to identify and analyse trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising, and develop strategies accordingly.


Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in environmental/climate studies, gender studies, human rights, international development or other relevant field is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years progressively responsible experience in designing and managing programmes and advocating for gender and climate security or similar topic, with some experience in developing countries;
  • Experience working with, and building partnerships with government stakeholders and civil society organizations;
  • Experience providing capacity building/training;
  • Experience in programme, policy analysis, and strategic planning;
  • Experience working in the Asia Pacific region on gender and climate, environment or natural resource management is highly desirable.
  • Experience working with the UN is an asset;
  • Ability to travel frequently in the region (when COVID-19 and security-related circumstances allow) is a requirement.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of another UN official working language is an asset.

Application:

All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from   https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-P11-Personal-History-Form.doc. 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.

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

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UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)



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