The duration of the assignment is for 364 days. Whereas an external candidate will be offered a temporary appointment; subject to release agreements, staff members in UN Women may be administered as a temporary assignment and staff members in the UN Common system may be administered under a loan arrangement.
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.
Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
To support the production and use of gender statistics across Americas and the Caribbean, UN Women is implementing its flagship programme Making Every Woman and Girl Count (Women Count) across the region. Women Count aims to create a radical shift in how gender statistics are used, produced and promoted to inform policy and advocacy on gender equality. In Americas and the Caribbean region, the programme prioritizes three key areas of work, including the creation and use of environment statistics, women’s economic empowerment statistics, and statistics calculated from big data and non-conventional data sources. The Statistics Specialist will support the implementation of Women Count activities pertaining to women’s economic empowerment. In addition, s/he will support the Americas and Caribbean Women’s Economic Empowerment team to implement data elements of the newly developed UN Women Women’s Economic Empowerment Strategy mainly focused and linked to the UN Women Global Gender Equality Accelerators ‘Transform Care’ and ‘Women and the World of Work’.
The Statistics Specialist will report to the Deputy Regional Director and maintain close coordination with the Regional Policy Specialist on Women´s Economic Empowerment, Regional Office for the Americas and the Caribbean (ACRO). The Specialist will perform activities ranging from the preparation, design, implementation, data processing and completion of surveys, and other forms of data production; the implementation of capacity building and guidance to countries for data production and use; the preparation of reports, knowledge products and programme monitoring documents; and the creation of data and evidence-based policy advise in the area of women’s economic empowerment.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide support to the design and implementation of a Regional Strategy on Women’s Economic Empowerment data, including data on the Care Economy and Women and the World of Work:
- Support the development of Data Strategy on Women Economic Empowerment informed by a mapping of data needs and policy gaps in key priority areas (i.e. Care Economy, Entrepreneurship)
- Develop practical guidance to produce women’s economic empowerment and care-related data across Americas and the Caribbean, including by liaising with key stakeholders.
- Provide substantive inputs to colleagues for the development and implementation women’s economic empowerment data strategy, including for embedding data production and use activities within programmes across offices in priority areas (i.e. care economy, entrepreneurship).
- Develop knowledge products in line with the women’s economic empowerment data strategy, including guidance to promote for example care data uses across UN Women’s offices.
Provide technical support to Americas and the Caribbean region on the design, implementation, analysis and use of time use surveys, modules and related data collection instruments:
- Design survey instruments, as needed, to meet the needs of countries in the region for the collection of Time Use data, including additional care-related variables.
- Design and facilitate training on survey design, survey operations, data compilation, analysis and indicator calculation.
- Provide technical support to national statisticians and other government officers to implement Time Use surveys, modules, and surveys for the measurement of care, including for survey implementation, generation of survey reports and related advocacy products.
- Liaise with representatives from national governments and international organizations in the Americas and Caribbean region for joint design and implementation of Time Use surveys and to promote their use, including through the development of satellite accounts, as relevant.
Support Women Count countries and other Country Offices with using women’s economic empowerment data for evidence-informed decision making, including for the construction of satellite accounts and valuation work:
- Support UN Women Regional Office Americas and the Caribbean and other offices in the region, as needed, with the development of valuation analysis for unpaid care and domestic work, and work towards the construction of a Satellite Account using Time Use data.
- Create brochures, infographics, and other advocacy materials to portray gender-sensitive data in the area of women economic empowerment.
- Liaise with country offices, national governments, international partners, and civil society organizations to design data communication products and promote their use for evidence-informed decision-making.
- Provide technical support to national counterparts and liaise with inter-ministerial committees and national coordination groups to conceptualize policy dialogues informed by gender data and to promote its use for policy formulation, monitoring, and evaluation.
- Create background documents and guidance materials to inform national policy dialogues.
- Design and facilitate training for data users on how to find, interpret and use gender-WEE data.
Manage implementation, monitoring and reporting, and financial resources for data related work within the women’s economic empowerment programme, and lead the development of a data section for Women’s Economic Empowerment resource mobilization strategies:
- Lead proposal development for WEE and Migration projects, particularly data elements of these projects at regional and country level in coordination with the Regional Policy Specialist on Women’s Economic Empowerment and the Gender Statistics team.
- Inform proposals with adequate data strategies for evidence-based policy making;
- Provide inputs to the development of partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
- Prepare relevant documentation such as conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles;
- Participate in WEE related donor meetings and public information events, as delegated.
Provide technical support on other activities pertaining to data collection, data use, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, as needed.
Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities: The incumbent is expected to supervise personnel including consultants and may have matrix supervision for administrative personnel.
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf
- Strong survey design and implementation skills
- Strong analytical skills, including for survey data analysis
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, including for training others
- Ability to listen and provide targeted technical advice to colleagues and national government representatives
- Familiarity with international methodologies for the generation of gender statistics;
- Strong knowledge on gender statistics, particularly on resilience-related areas such as environment statistics, humanitarian/disaster statistics or statistics related to the COVID-19 crisis.
- Ability to implement activities in a timely and efficient manner
- Strong teamworking skills
- Affinity with Un Women’s mandate of gender equality and women’s empowerment
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree or Doctorate in statistics, gender and statistics, economics or other social science fields.
- A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
- A minimum of 5 years of work experience in the field of gender statistics at the national and/or international level.
- Professional or academic experience on the design, implementation and analysis of household-based survey tools is required.
- Experience drafting statistics-based research and related reports is required.
- Experience providing capacity building support, preferably in the context of gender statistics is required.
- Experience in survey questionnaire and sample design, data processing, data quality assessment and data analysis is required.
- Experience supporting national statistical systems with statistical production processes and/or data collection, analysis, use and dissemination, is desirable.
- Experience supporting national policy makers on data use for evidence-based decision-making is desirable.
- Fluency in English and Spanish is required;
- Working knowledge French and/or Portuguese is desirable.
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.
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