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UN Women: Joint Programme Coordinator
|Location :||Bissau, GUINEA-BISSAU|
|Application Deadline :||24-Sep-12 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||TA International|
|Post Level :||P-4|
|Languages Required :|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||364 days|
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.
Since becoming operational in 2007, the Peace-Building Fund (PBF) has strengthened its efforts to support peace building projects that promote gender equality as part of their strategy to prevent relapse into conflict. As an overall principle, the PBF works to make sure that its entire portfolio is gender mainstreamed. Additionally, the PBF underscores the conclusion of the ‘Secretary-General’s report on Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding’ that, in post-conflict settings, targeted interventions are required to break patterns of violence and to capitalize on the leadership roles women may assume during conflicts. In order to fulfill these commitments, the PBF has strengthened its responsiveness to gender equality concerns in 2011, most notably through the launch of its Gender Promotion Initiative.
In this context Guinea-Bissau obtained funding of 1 million USD for a Joint Programme (JP) to promote “Women’s Economic Empowerment and the improvement of their working conditions”, working towards the global PBF outcome “revitalizing the economy”, and the Bissau-Guinean’s Peacebuilding Priority Plan outcome “Women […] have increased access to decent employment and self-employment opportunities and to micro-credit services for viable micro-enterprises development in selected sectors”.
The JP plans to fill the gaps by creating an enabling environment intervening on multiple and complementary levels which jointly will ensure a sustainable and long lasting impact on women’s lives. Specifically, the programme will contribute to:
The JP aims at improving women’s economic security and rights, contributing directly to initiatives ensuring their economic, social and legal empowerment, through investment, promoting and protecting their rights and building organizational capacity of 2 umbrella Civil Society Organizations, with a direct impact on 10 000+ women and contributing to an enabling environment for attaining decent work for women. There are initiatives for the elaboration of a national employment strategy as well as a strategy for macroeconomic growth that includes women and young women as target groups for formal employment and credits. However, tackling women’s disadvantaged position in the country and taking into account the fact that they already do much of the work and without decent work conditions, entails that the creation of formal employment will benefit a minor number of women and not necessarily empower the most vulnerable; and consequently there is a potential risk of further discriminating women excluded from existing economic and employment strategies and programmes. Bissau-Guinean women work mainly in the informal low scale agricultural sector, e.g. in horticulture, and hence do not benefit for example from the export of cashew, Guinea-Bissau’s main produce.
In summary, the proposed project adopts a legal empowerment approach to ensure promotion and fulfillment of improved decent working conditions and access to jobs and business opportunities.
CNMT (Commission of Women workers) and AMAE (the Association of Women in Economic Activity) are the main umbrella organizations working at multiple levels regarding women’s legal and economic empowerment, including access to justice, credit schemes, research on the situation of women in the labor market, supporting various types of economic initiatives, etc. These organizations have a wide range of members, both individuals and collective ones all over the country, and the ability to reach all types of public, including the most vulnerable, grassroots organizations and CSOs. Their areas of intervention are complementary; however, their level of influence, scope and impact is limited due to reduced technical capacity, including human and financial resources. Their role, influence and reach will be substantially strengthened and interventions improved by providing increased institutional and response capacities. It is important to note that before the war in 1998, AMAE had a significant impact and was able to perform an effective role of coordination and support to their members. However in the post-conflict period it has been unable to regain this role due to the lack of funding and support.
To guarantee sustainability of the outcome and project outputs, a strategic approach will be used in strengthening the two key networks, CNMT and AMAE, aimed at women’s legal and economic empowerment and security and involving stakeholders from the national level at Parliament, to women’s associations at the community level. It is expected that this support will be catalytic on several dimensions: improving the legal framework and awareness of as well as capacity to claim rights regarding women’s economic security, hence result in a rise in decent work and business creation. The key networks supporting individual women and women’s associations will provide legal support and continuous technical assistance, ensure de facto economic empowerment for women, increased income and wealth, and improved capacity for the different organizations to manage themselves and mobilize further resources in the future for new programmes and projects.
The JP will be led by UN Women in partnership with FAO, UNICEF and United Nations Integrated Peace-Building Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), to support and strengthen the capacity of CNMT and AMAE.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
Description of Functions:
The JP Coordinator will be a technical specialist in Women’s Economic Empowerment and responsible for the coherent implementation of the programme and its activities towards the common outputs; he/she will moreover be in charge of implementing UN Women’s activities within the JP. The position will be located within the Resident Coordinator Office (RCO).
The primary reporting line for the JP Coordinator will be the UN Women Representative in Dakar, but will in his/her every day work be supervised by the RCO Head of Unit. Also, there will be general guidance in relation to the job from the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General/Resident Coordinator.
The JP Coordinator / technical specialist in Women’s Economic Empowerment will ensure the following duties:
Programme Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Results Based Reporting
Provision of technical expertise on women’s economic empowerment:
Advocacy and support to UN coordination, joint programming and reform:
Knowledge management and capacity building – support to the region:
Core values and Guiding principles:
Ethics and Values:
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/employmentKindly 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.
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.