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International Consultant – Safe Public Spaces/Safe Cities Global Initiative
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||05-Sep-14 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||9 months|
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.
Building on over 40 years of sustained efforts undertaken by women’s organizations, grassroots, international networks, local governments in cities around the world, UN Women launched the Safe Cities Global Initiative (SC GI). The SC GI is a flagship programme that contributes to the emerging international knowledge base on effective strategies to eliminate sexual violence and harassment against women and girls in urban public spaces and aims to build more inclusive, sustainable and safe cities for all.
The SC GI continues to mobilize an increasing number of partners at all levels of society. It was designed with local, regional and global partners in response to the growing concerns about every day experiences of women and girls all over the world as they face sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in public spaces as they go about their daily routines, whether on city streets, parks, market, pathways to schools, buses and trains or in their own neighbourhoods.
Such daily occurrences of sexual violence and harassment infringe upon women and girls’ rights and freedoms as equal citizens to enjoy and pursue freely opportunities for autonomous mobility, education, work, recreation and participation in political life. Despite affecting millions of women and girls, such forms of violence have long been tolerated, and the issue is largely neglected in policy and practice.
The SC GI consists of two major programmes. At the end of 2010, UN Women launched a Global Programme “Safe Cities Free of Violence Against Women and Girls”, with UN Habitat as the main UN Global partner, and with local governments of five pilot cities - Quito (Ecuador), New Delhi (India), Kigali (Rwanda), Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) and Cairo (Egypt). The Programme promises to be the first-ever global comparative effort that aims to develop a model approaches to prevent sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence across different settings. In 2011, UN Women, UN-Habitat and UNICEF launched a joint programme “Safe and Sustainable Cities for All” which is being implemented with the cities of Greater Beirut (Lebanon), Dushanbe (Tajikistan), Metro Manila (Philippines), Marrakesh (Morocco), Nairobi (Kenya), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), San José (Costa Rica) and Tegucigalpa (Honduras).
In 2013, in line with UN Women’s universal mandate, other cities from developed and developing countries have joined the Global Initiative Dublin (Ireland), Winnipeg (Canada) Sakai (Japan), and Cape Town (South Africa) to share their knowledge, and strengthen and expand their programming to prevent violence against women and girls in public spaces.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision and guidance of UN Women’s Policy Specialist (Safe Public Spaces), in close collaboration with the Global Advisor on Safe Cities, EVAW Section, the International Consultant will:
The International Consultant is expected to work in consultation with UN Women’s Global Safe Cities Team, UN Women Country Programme Focal Points and local research teams when required, and to provide any technical operations, or other support to the Section staff as may be requested by the supervisor.
Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity:
Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring:
Working in Teams:
Communicating Information and Ideas:
Self-management and Emotional intelligence:
Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements:
Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning:
Required Skills and Experience
The candidate should have at least 5 years of demonstrable experience in:
Interested candidates are requested to submit all the documents no later than COB 5 September 2014.
The application shall comprise the following documents:
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.