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National Consultant for the Development of Women Political Participation National Strategy
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home Based, PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES|
|Application Deadline :||14-Sep-15 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||2 months (20 estimated working days)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||2 months (20 estimated working days)|
Frequent visits to MoWA and other related stakeholders offices, with at least 6 working days mandatory presence at UN Women and/or MoWA office or as requested by the UN Women.
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.
UN Women plays an innovative and catalytic role in Palestine since its inception in 1997. UN Women focuses its activities on one overarching goal, namely to support the implementation at the national level of existing international commitments to advance gender equality in line with the national priorities. In support of this goal, and thoroughly taking into consideration the specificities of the oPt context, UN Women concentrates its efforts and interventions toward the realisation of following strategic goals: Engendering governance, peace and security; Supporting women's economic security and rights; and Promoting women’s rights and protection against violence.
UN Women in the State of Palestine works to enhance Palestinian women’s transformative leadership to participate in decision-making processes in all walks of life, and to support the incorporation of a women’s rights agenda in legal, regulatory and institutional frameworks. It also aims to foster women’s participation and leadership in conflict resolution and state building processes on the basis of UNSCR 1325, actively supporting their increased engagement with decision-makers so as to increasing their influence locally and internationally. To these ends, UN Women in Palestine had developed jointly with the Palestinian Central Election Commission (CEC), a project that is funded by the Government of Norway, “Sustainable Empowerment and Enabling of Political Participation for Palestinian Women”, to address women political participation at local and national level, in addition, under the project, the CEC and UN Women will work jointly to tackle challenges facing women’s political participation through this off-elections intervention, starting with developing a coherent and comprehensive National Strategy to Enhance Women’s Presence and Role in Decision-Making (Women Political Participation National Strategy), and at the same time to empower women and the future female leaders in local communities through providing small grants for local initiatives proposed by women’s groups in selected local communities, influencing the media and enhancing social awareness to promote women’s political participation and increase their active role in decision-making.
The demand for women’s equal political participation is deeply rooted in the Palestinian Declaration of Independence of 1988, the Basic Law of the State of Palestine, the Palestinian Women's Bill of Rights of 2008, international conventions, particularly CEDAW, and Security Council Resolution 1325 which addresses the impact of conflict on women.
In response to the need for supporting women’s political participation and engagement in public life , the project was designed to empower women and enhance their political participation at the national level; promoting their leadership and participation in decisions making processes at all levels. The project is in line with UN Women’s development result framework: Impact Area 1 “Women’s increased leadership and participation in the decisions that affect their lives” and with the Cross Sectoral National Gender Strategy (CSNGS) for the years 2014-2016; mainly strategic objective number 3 “increasing level of women participation in decision making and public sphere”.
The Central Elections Commission (CEC) and UN Women Palestine country office are keen to work jointly on this 2-year project. In an attempt to jointly design and implement this initiative that will tackle the low rates of women political participation, in addition to empowering women especially those who are in public office and already participating in the political sphere to effectively play their roles in the public sphere, UN Women is seeking to hire a National Consultant to carry out this task in line with the following objectives.
The main objective of this assignment is to develop a comprehensive national strategy for women political participation, to enable key stakeholders have a comprehensive framework to promote women’s political participation and leadership in political and public life spheres in accordance with the Cross Sectoral National Gender Strategy 2014-2016 and UN Women’s Strategic Note 2014 – 2016.
The development of the strategy should involve women leaders, politicians and women in cabinet in addition to key national institutions as identified by the task manager.
The Women Political Participation National Strategy should follow the model used by UN Women and MoWA in the development of the National Strategy to Combat Violence against Women, adopted by the Palestinian Cabinet in 2012. The methodology utilizes a participatory approach based on the principles of ownership and partnership amongst all stakeholders, including governmental, nongovernmental, women groups and networks, and community based organizations, and women community members at local level. This approach should be feasible to ensure the support for the developed strategy, through adoption and commitment to its implementation.
The National Consultant is required to work closely with UN Women, the CEC and other key national stakeholders, namely, the Ministry of Women Affairs (MoWA) and the Ministry of Local Government. The duration of this assignment is for 2 months with an estimated number of 20 working days.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of UN Women’s Special Representative, the direct supervision of the assigned program manager by UN Women, and the guidance of the Project Advisory Committee, the National Consultant will be responsible for working closely with the national partners as identified by UN Women.
In specific, the consultant’s duties and responsibilities are the following:
Core Values/Guiding Principles:
Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity:
Ethics and Values:
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
UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications who will meet minimum requirements.Applications should clearly indicate how they meet the above requierements.
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.