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Programme Assistant the Spotlight Initiative in Tajikistan
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Dushanbe, TAJIKISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||10-Oct-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||7d 20h 10m|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SB-3|
|Languages Required :||English Russian|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||one year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||n/a|
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.
Violence against women and girls (VAWG): violence against women is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in the world today and is a major obstacle to the fulfilment of women’s and girls’ human rights and development and therefore a threat to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Although the Constitution of Tajikistan guarantees equal rights to both men and women and principle of non-discrimination is enshrined in the legislation, Tajikistan has the lowest gender parity index (0.679) in the region and despite progress and evidence of important advancement in the last decade, harmful social norms and practices continue to perpetuate gender inequality. This gender inequality fuels the high levels of VAWG, which remains one of the most widespread human rights abuses in Tajikistan. It is pervasive, and a large proportion of married women throughout Tajikistan report experiencing spousal violence. However, exact figures are not available due to underreporting, the lack of a harmonized system of data collection and reporting. Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) is aggravated by a high tolerance to violence, with low levels of help-seeking registered. In addition, despite being illegal, harmful practices are often linked to domestic violence, including polygamy, and unregistered, and forced and child marriages remains unchecked.
In response to this situation, the United Nations (UN) in partnership with the European Union (EU) are embarking on a global, multi-year initiative focused on eliminating all forms of VAWG – the Spotlight Initiative in Tajikistan (SPT). The initiative will deploy targeted, large-scale investments in a focused number of countries, including Tajikistan, aimed at achieving significant impact in the lives of women and girls. The Initiative will ensure that all women and girls benefit from adequate legislation and policies, gender responsive institutions, violence prevention programmes, essential services, comparable and reliable data, and strong women’s movements and civil society organizations.
In Tajikistan, UN WOMEN jointly with UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and local partners have developed a comprehensive Spotlight Initiative Country Programme based on key six programmatic pillars: 1) Laws and Policies; 2) Institutions; 3) Prevention and Social Norms; 4) Services; 5) Data; and 6) Women’s movement. All components envisage close cooperation with Civil Society Organizations.
The Programme aims to effect change at the individual and inter-personal level, while shifting institutional practices and social norms which are more gender equitable and supporting legal and policy improvements and enforcement of existing legislation on VAWG, in line with international human rights standards.
The overall vision of the Spotlight Initiative in Tajikistan is that women and girls enjoy their right to a life free of violence. The Programme is grounded on the core principle of leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest behind first. The interventions have been designed to target women and girls, including most marginalized (rural, poor, with disabilities), at higher-risk of sexual and gender-based violence and groups that face multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination.
The activities are being implemented in Sogd, Khatlon regions and DRS at regional level and in Dushanbe at national level. UN Women will implement activities under all 6 Pillars (or Components), with special focus on development of new National Action Plan on prevention and response to SGBV, supported by evidence based information and violence costing; capacity building of the institutions on SGBV issues; strengthening prevention activities with local experts and CSOs; contributing to CSOs’ capacity to act as human rights ‘watch-dog’ in monitoring proper case management by related service providers; and strengthening the movement of WROs, supporting women rights organizations’ capacity and networking activity. Substantial focus will be done on engaging with and local Communities in their efforts on eliminating VAWG.
Reporting to National Programme Coordinator on EVAW, the Programme Assistant will make valuable contribution to the effective management of the programme by providing substantive inputs to programme planning, design, formulation, implementation and evaluation, reporting of the Spotlight Initiative’s planned activities under UN Women Tajikistan Annual Work Plan(s)/ SPT, as well as cooperation and coordination with state, civil society and UN partners, as this is a large multi-stakeholder project, and a full-time dedicated team is required to implement the programme.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide substantive technical support in the planning, implementation and management of the SPT
Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting activity of the office on the programmatic work within the assigned area/portfolio
Provide substantive technical inputs to the management of finances of Spotlight Initiative programme
Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships strategies
Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts
Key Performance Indicators
Required Skills and Experience
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;
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