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UN Women: Programme Specialist on Gender and Mediation
|Location :||Bishkek, KYRGYZSTAN|
|Application Deadline :||20-Sep-11 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 year|
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.
UN Women Kyrgyzstan
Holistic approach to programming and close collaboration with national partners enabled UN Women to provide rapid and meaningful emergency response during and after the conflict situation in the Southern part of Kyrgyzstan in 2010. The new challenges have set forward the need to strategize the role of UN Women in humanitarian response and coordination for ensuring that gender equality and women’s human rights issues are an integral part of peace building, reconstruction and reconciliation processes in the country. Along with continued support to national commitments on MDGs/CEDAW/BPFA, UN Women will promote national strategies on the implementation of the UN SCRs 1325 and 1820.
In Kyrgyzstan, the UN Gender Theme Group is led by UN Women and works in accordance with a comprehensive ‘UNCT Kyrgyzstan Gender Mainstreaming Strategy 2010–2016’, which ensures consistent and well coordinated UN support to gender equality in Kyrgyzstan. UN Women programmes are developed and implemented in close partnership with UN agencies, including through the process of development of a new UNDAF for 2012- 2016.
UN Women /DPA 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 have been consistently marginalized in peacemaking efforts. The low number of women at the peace table demonstrates a gap between the aspirations of many global and regional commitments, and the reality women face at the local and national levels. 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) and 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 negotiations.
Yet, ensuring women’s participation in peacemaking is not only a matter of women’s rights. Women are crucial partners in shoring up the three pillars of lasting peace: economic recovery, social cohesion and political legitimacy. By including women in peace processes, a mediation process can expand the domestic constituencies engaged in peacemaking, which in turn can build the credibility of the process and broaden national ownership. It can also bring more comprehensive understanding of the causes and alternative solutions to conflict. If women’s participation can result in responses that address broader needs, including their own, this in turn can contribute to the long-term sustainability of the peace agreement.
To achieve greater effectiveness of UN Mediation efforts through the increased participation of women and strengthened capacity to address gender issues in peace processes, UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA) and UN Women launched a Joint Strategy on Gender and Mediation to:
1. Increase the availability and quality of gender expertise in mediation processes; and
2. Support greater and more effective participation by women at all levels of conflict resolution and peacemaking including through the identification and preparation of qualified female mediators
With an aim to strengthen the development and implementation of gender-responsive peacebuilding activities in Kyrgyzstan, UN Women is looking for a Programme Specialist who will take responsibilities for UN Women programming, policy advice and technical assistance on peacebuilding, mediation and conflict prevention in Kyrgyzstan.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the EECA Regional Programme Director and in close coordination with the UN Women Gender Advisor and the UN Women Peace and Security Cluster and EECA programme and operation staff, the International Programme Specialist will take responsibilities for the following:
Technical assistance (25%)
Programme Development, Management and Monitoring (25%)
Network with and Build Capacity of National Women’s Organizations (25%):
Strategic partnership and resource mobilization (15%):
Advocacy, Knowledge Management and Communications (10%):
Management and Leadership:
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
Knowledge Management and Learning:
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.
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
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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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.