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UN Women: Gender and Mediation Training and Resources Development Expert
|Location :||New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||17-Jul-11 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 months (part time)|
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women will work 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 centre of all its efforts, UN women will lead and coordinate United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in collaboration with Department of Political Affairs is seeking to strengthen its in-house capacity to mainstream gender in all mediation efforts supported or led by the UN as part of the Joint Strategy on Gender and Mediation.
Peace processes provide a critical opportunity to reshape the political, security and broader socio-economic landscape of a nation state. However, women are consistently marginalized in peacemaking efforts. The low number of women at the peace table demonstrates the gap between the aspirational global and regional commitments and the reality women face at the local and national level. A sample of 24 comprehensive peace processes since 1992, reviewed by UN Women, shows that women represent a negligible percentage of all participants to peace negotiations. Consequently, ceasefire and peace agreements rarely include women's specific security and peacebuilding needs. For instance, only six ceasefire agreements out of forty-five major conflicts since 1989, include sexual violence is only as a prohibited act.
Five UN Security Council resolutions (S/RES/1325 (2000), S/RES/1820 (2008), S/RES/1888 (2009), S/RES/1889 (2009) and S/RES/1960 (2010)), as well as the United Nations Secretary-General's reports on mediation support (2009) and women's participation in peace building (2010) have repeatedly called for the inclusion of dedicated gender expertise and greater numbers of women in peace processes. Member states have echoed this demand on numerous occasions.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the joint supervision of the UN Women Peace and Security Cluster and the DPA/Mediation Support Unit (Gender Focal Point), the Senior Gender and Peacebuilding Specialist will advance the implementation of the joint UN Women/DPA joint strategy on gender and mediation, through the following duties and responsibilities:
CORE VALUES / GUIDING PRINCIPLES:
Integrity: Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity: Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Required Skills and Experience
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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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.