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National Programme Officer - Governance
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Bangkok, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||26-Jan-14 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SB-4|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 year|
UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to implement these standards. It stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on five priority areas: increasing women’s leadership and participation; ending violence against women; engaging women in all aspects of peace and security processes; enhancing women’s economic empowerment; and making gender equality central to national development planning and budgeting. UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality.
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is used as a guide for all programming on women’s rights and the Country Office focuses in areas of protection of women migrant workers, increasing the role of men in preventing violence against women; linking the twin pandemics of violence against women and HIV. Some of the key focus of UN Women’s work in the area of Governance includes;
In Thailand, guided by the UN Women Annual Work Plan (AWP) of 2012-2013, UN Women builds on its successful initiatives promoting the realization of human rights of women guaranteed in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) through good governance, women’s participation in decision making and access to justice. UN Women Thailand builds on the successful support that it has been providing to government and civil society organizations in understanding and applying CEDAW towards gender responsive good governance and the full realization of women’s human rights in Thailand since 2004 through the Regional CEDAW Southeast Asia Programme (CEDAW SEAP). The 1st phase of the programme from 2004 to 2009 focused on a) enhancing government and civil society understanding of the principles of the convention and their application to legal framework, b) strengthening government and civil society participation in the CEDAW review process, and c) supporting advocacy for the implementation of CEDAW Committee Concluding Observations. The 2nd phase of the programme will focus on are; 1) strengthening legal frameworks through addressing discriminatory laws and facilitating implementation of laws that promote gender equality, and 2) improving women’s access to justice through engendering the justice system and actors.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Deputy Regional Director, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and the guidance of the Regional Programme Manager, CEDAW SEAP based in Bangkok, the National Programme Officer for Governance is responsible for the successful development and implementation of programmes and projects in the Thailand Annual Work Plan for 2012-2013 that support gender responsive good governance with particular responsibilities for the CEDAW SEAP and its associated ASEAN Regional Human Rights Mechanism project.
The National Programme Officer is responsible for analyzing political, social and economic trends as they affect women and girls and must lead formulation, management and evaluation of programme and project activities within her/his portfolio, and provide policy advice.
In managing the programmes/projects, s/he will be provided technical advice and guidance from relevant regional programme managers and technical specialists in the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, and will work closely with Operations staff of the Regional Office. S/he works in close collaboration with programme staff in other UN agencies, Government officials, Civil Society partners, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors ensuring successful implementation of the programmes and projects that s/he is responsible for. S/he works as part of the UN Women Thailand Project Office team, and also actively engages with colleagues across the region in knowledge sharing and peer support.
Summary of Key Functions:
Ensures effective management of the programmes and projects in the area of Governance focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation of the programmes/projects achieving the following results
Ensures creation of strategic partnerships focusing on the following results:
Ensures provision of advisory services to the government, civil society and other development partners, and facilitation of knowledge building and sharing in the areas of gender responsive governance, CEDAW, women’s human rights and gender equality focusing on the following results.
Knowledge Management and Learning
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Management and Leadership
Required Skills and Experience
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.