State Coordinator - Ending Violence Against Women Programme (Open to Indian Nationals Only)

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Location : Chennai, Tamil Nadu, INDIA
Application Deadline :28-Jan-23 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-3
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :One Year (Renewable subject to availability of funds)
Expected Duration of Assignment :One Year (Renewable subject to availability of funds)

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, work for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men and other diverse gender as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

UN Women’s work on ending violence against women focuses on advocacy for, and support to, women and girls’ access to quality, multi-sectoral services essential for their safety, protection, and recovery, especially for those who already suffer multiple forms of discrimination. As part of UN Women’s comprehensive approach, the team also work with partners to enhance data collection and analysis to provide a better understanding of the nature, magnitude, and consequences of violence against women and girls.

Violence negatively affects women’s health and well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. It impacts their families, their community, and the country at large. It has tremendous costs, from greater strains on health care to legal expenses and losses in productivity.

A woman’s right to live free from violence is upheld by international agreements such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the 1993 UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.

India is among the 155 countries that have passed laws on domestic violence and has strong legislation on sexual harassment in the workplace. But challenges remain in enforcing these laws, limiting women and girls’ access to safety and justice. Efforts to prevent violence must be stronger, along with effective accountability of perpetrators. The 2011 United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights is the first global framework that outlines the role of businesses and governments in combatting human rights violations in the context of business activities. In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognised the critical importance of partnerships among governments, businesses, and civil society to implement human rights-based approaches. Gender equality is also recognized as both an enabler and accelerator for all SDGs. Adopted in 2019, International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No. 190 (C190) is the first international treaty to recognize the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment.

At the end of 2014-15, there were approximately 60-75 million people employed in the garment and textile industry worldwide, 75% of whom were women. While the garment industry creates employment opportunities for millions of workers, there are many challenges. Sexual harassment (SH) against women and girls is highly prevalent in the textile and apparel sector globally, as well as in India. This women-dominated sector with low-paid and low-skilled jobs also comes with high risks of sexual harassment and violence

Within this context, UN Women is undertaking efforts to address gender-based inequalities faced by women workers in the garment supply industry. The Project ‘Addressing Sexual Harassment of women and girls at the workplace and other forms of gender-based violence: An Initiative with Textile and Apparel Industry in Tamil Nadu’ forms part of UN Women’s ‘WeEmpower’ Asia Programme and its intersections with UN Women’s Flagship Programme Initiatives [Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces for Women and Girls and global initiatives (SASA ,RESPECT)]  to end Violence against Women and Girls.  It is an innovative and catalytic initiative aimed at preventing and responding to sexual harassment at the workplace and prevention of other forms of gender-based violence against women and girls in select locations of the Textile Industry in the state of Tamil Nadu. This will be done through strategic alliances with brands, suppliers/manufacturers, government partners, service providers, industry associations, civil society organizations, women’s groups, youth groups, research institutions, communities, and women and girls on ground. The interventions implemented and lessons learned in this project will inform the development of a comprehensive Global/National Framework on Women’s Safety and Empowerment in the Textile and Apparel Supply Chain in partnership with brands, for adaptation to other country contexts in the textile industry and to other supply chains.

UN Women is seeking the services of a State Coordinator based in Tamil Nadu, India who will be working with the Ending Violence Against Women Unit towards the following goals:

Output 1: Increased rights awareness among women workers in garment supply chains.

Output 2: Identifying implementable solutions towards addressing violence against women workers.

Output 3: Multistakeholder discourse on women workers’ rights, safety and redress measures in formal and informal economies.

Output 4: Increased discourse on clarity needed for roles of employees of women workers.

Theory of Change (TOC): IF:

  • Women have increased awareness of legally assigned rights and solutions available to them at workplace.
  • Channels to access such rights and justice in workplace are strengthened. 
  • Women have increased capacity to voice grievances with minimal fear of backlash.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of UN Women Programme Specialist the State Coordinator will have the following Roles and Responsibilities: 
Key Responsibilities:

  • Creation of a multi-stakeholder coalition/women safety and empowerment platform to identify and implement women’s wellness and safety solutions;
  • Develop workplace violence prevention strategies and action plans in line with international human rights standards that guide UN Women and implement them through relevant actors in a coordinated manner;
  • Strengthen capacity of institutions to implement legislation on EVAW and other forms of discrimination;
  • Mobilize women, girls, men and boys at community and individual level to promote respectful relationships and gender equality;
  • Develop prevention programmes addressing gender equality and VAW for youth in communities.

Other Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate activities on EVAW/G with relevant team members within the concerned Department and UN Women, and work with them in close collaboration to ensure successful implementation of the programmes;
  • Assist the concerned Department in undertaking action on issues related to EVAW/G as per the priorities of the Department;
  • Develop and propose recommendations for restructuring of schemes and programmes of the Department that provide institutional support for women in difficult circumstances, including women facing gender-based violence at the workplace, to ensure greater access by women to these schemes and programmes with a focus on access to justice mechanisms;
  • Develop resources to build capacities of relevant stakeholders in addressing Violence Against Women and Girls (VAW/G), including facilitation of knowledge building and management of documents related to EVAW/G;
  • Support coordination with industry partners, brands, suppliers/manufacturers, service providers, industry associations, civil society organizations, women’s groups, youth groups, research institutions, communities working on ground on the concerned issue;
  • Support conducting assessments of existing schemes, policies, and programmes for their impact on women;
  • Informing policy formulations through evidence-based research
  • Provide coordination and support (IEC/advocacy) on Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) trainings with the implementing partners and select state departments;
  • Participate in key meetings, conferences, and trainings and prepare proceedings report/meeting minutes and training reports;
  • Document and maintain reports/files, good practices and extend support in the preparation of quarterly/biannual/annual narrative reports and for the website;
  • Any other tasks assigned by the Supervisor(s).

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Workplan for the assignment.
  • Monthly reports detailing activities undertaken.
  • Timely and effective delivery of the project.
  • Coordination between key stakeholders ensured.
  • Strategic partnerships created.
  • Results based monitoring system in place.
  • Knowledge building and knowledge sharing facilitated.
  • Communications and knowledge products for the project in place
  • Interim and final donor reports for the project



Core Values / Guiding Principles:

  • Integrity - Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Professionalism - Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
  • Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity - Demonstrates an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

  • Ethics and Values - Demonstrates and safeguards ethics and integrity.
  • Organizational Awareness - Demonstrates corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
  • Work in teams - Demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Communicating and Information Sharing - Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
  • Self-management and Emotional Intelligence - Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others.
  • Conflict Management - Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
  • Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing - Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Functional Competencies:

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences/ Social Work /Gender Studies/Public Administration/Policy/law or related fields.


  • 5 years of professional experience with programming, especially project design, implementation, management, and evaluation.
  • Programming experience on human rights and violence against women would be an asset.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spread sheet and database packages.
  • Experience in handling of web-based management systems.
  • Experience in high level documentation and reporting skills desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Tamil is required.

Application Information:

Interested applicants should apply to this announcement through UNDP jobs site:

Application Information: Interested applicants should apply to this announcement through UNDP jobs site:

  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from
  • 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;
  • UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.


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.

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