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 and domestic violence are widespread social problems in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), constituting serious violations of fundamental human rights. This type of violence is still seen and tolerated as “socially acceptable behavior” and is justified by the prevailing socially accepted gender norms on the role and status of women in the family and in society. BiH prevalence surveys indicate that almost half of women older than fifteen have been subjected to one or more forms of violence at least once in their lifetime. This research confirms that women in BiH are exposed to a high risk of experiencing violence, primarily through their immediate, intimate relationships with partners and family, and secondarily in their broader community. Women who suffer multiple forms of discrimination such as women with disabilities, Roma women and rural women are at greater risk of experiencing such violence.
UN Women is committed to supporting governmental and non-governmental led processes in the implementation of the Istanbul Convention and strengthening institutional and social response mechanisms to end violence against women and domestic violence. Since 2016, UN Women provided comprehensive EVAW support to the key institutional and CSO stakeholders, focusing on policy development, protection from violence (with special focus on multi-stakeholder coordination and strengthening of specialized services), prevention of violence (focus on masculinity, individual and community based prevention approaches. Since 2021, based on the momentum from the localized Me Too movement, Nisam Trazila, UN Women has had an evolving focus on tackling Sexual Violence and supporting Safe Cities approach (focusing on sexual harassment in public spaces and public institutions.
Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist and overall supervision of the UN Women Representative, the EVAW Programme Coordinator will be responsible for overall supervision of UN Women Strategic Note impact 3 (eliminating violence against women) including direct management of selected programme components. EVAW Programme Coordinator will work in in close collaboration with the programme colleagues, particularly in the EVAW Portfolio and the operation’s team to ensure consistent delivery of results.
Duties and Responsibilities
Programme Implementation and Oversight
- Oversee EVAW Programme through substantive leadership, technical guidance and administrative supervision ensuring the substantive relevance, results-orientation, adherence to the procedures and appropriate monitoring of progress against set objectives and indicators.
- Provide guidance and oversight to the team to ensure timely and efficient implementation of the activities in accordance with the workplan and staff development and learning;
- Coordination with the partners to design and plan implementation modalities, timeline and budget contributing to the achievement of target outputs;
- Oversee the timely preparation and quality control of all substantive technical reports, briefs and required documents.
- Develop and update quarterly work plans and expenditure plans based on the agreed annual work-plan;
- Ensure project documentation/communication is properly done, tracking system is in place for efficient project management
- Conduct field visits to supervise, coordinate and monitor field level activities of portfolio.
- Provide expert support and oversight of the programme design and implementation, including implementing partners (government and NGOs), consultants and collaborators, and other stakeholders involved in the achievement of intended results;
- Lead preparation and quality assurance of the internal and donor reports;
- Ensure adherence to the UN Women operating rules and procedures, and perform appropriate operations in UN Women ERP System Quantum;
Normative leadership on EVAW
- Expert leadership of the UN Women EVAW work in the country;
- Substantive leadership of EVAW programme development and partner consultations aimed at developing programming relevant to country contexts and opportunities;
- Contribute to knowledge and information sharing on the availability, accessibility and quality of the support services in response to VAW as well as on the emerging findings for preventing violence against women and girls;
- Draft Terms of Reference for national and international consultants, experts/ institutions, and CSOs and supervise and evaluate their performance in delivering required outputs;
- Undertake close supervision of the studies, analysis and consultancies that are commissioned by the project and troubleshoot as needed;
- Promote and advocate for the project in the media, in relevant national seminars, meetings of work groups and panels, and project periodic evaluation and review meetings;
- Provide substantive guidance to the EVAW portfolio and identify entry points and needs for future work in this field.
- Proactively contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice
Partnerships and Coordination
- Foster strategic partnerships with key stakeholders in the field of gender equality and gender based violence;
- Identify and link to related ongoing activities within other institutions and encourage collaboration and synergies;
- Support the development and implementation of partnerships and resources mobilization strategies;
- Coordinate partnerships with the relevant UN Agencies, international organizations, government institutions, donors, private sector, civil society etc in the area of EVAW
- Proactively and substantively support establishment of advocacy networks at national level and linkages to the international networks, and implement relevant, high-impact advocacy activities and campaigns with key national and international partners
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
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- Excellent substantive knowledge on gender equality and empowerment of women including gender based violence;
- Ability to perform work of confidential nature and handle a large volume of work;
- Ability to support a team and team building skills;
- Strong IT skills and ability to apply it consistently in work tasks;
- Good knowledge of administrative rules and regulations, organizational policies and procedures related to the position and ability to apply it consistently in work tasks;
- Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
- Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet partners and donors needs and deadlines;
- Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external partners;
- Responds to partners needs promptly;
- Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
- Lead teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills;
- Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
- Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced University degree in gender, development, public policy, social studies or closely related field.
- A minimum of 7 years of professional experience in project development/ management and coordination;
- Experience working with gender equality and women’s empowerment and thorough understanding of work on combatting and preventing violence against women;
- Previous experience working with international development organizations and working on gender equality issues is considered an asset;
- Experience with the international standards related to the Project Cycle Management is required and UN experience is considered an asset.
- Excellent English and B/S/C language skills, both written and oral.
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