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National Programme Officer (Gender and HIV/AIDS)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA|
|Application Deadline :||01-Apr-16 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SB-4|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year with possibility of extension|
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of 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.
The work of UN Women in Cambodia is informed by the UN Women Strategic Plan 2014-2017 and the Development Results Framework of the UN Women Cambodia Country Office. UN Women uses a governance framework for its programming in Cambodia. This includes a focus on increasing accountability, transparency and democratic participation through all policy and programme interventions of the Cambodia Country Office, with an attendant emphasis on UN Women’s coordination of joint UN efforts in support of national priorities to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Specific focus areas of the Cambodia Country Office Governance Programme include increasing and supporting women’s participation in public decision-making processes with an emphasis on young women; strengthening mechanisms for the protection of women’s human rights with a particular focus of CEDAW; and support to mainstreaming gender into policies and programmes, including in the context of the response to HIV/AIDS.
Gender and HIV: Cambodia has committed to the elimination of new HIV infections by 2020. This goal will not be achieved if gender inequalities – apparent in high rates of gender-based sexual and physical violence, and limited progress in the realization of women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health rights – are not addressed . Indeed, by 2020, roughly 54% of new infections are projected to occur among females, of which 21% are projected to be among low-risk women . Cambodia is often lauded as a success story for having halted and reversed its HIV epidemic, yet HIV prevalence is high among female entertainment workers, transgender women, men who have sex with men, and injecting drug users; and as demonstrated by the recent HIV outbreak in Roka Commune, there remain weaknesses in the current response, which require constant vigilance and improved monitoring. The significant decrease in external funding to the HIV response in recent years also presents a challenge to financing the response in a sustainable manner and points to the need for enhancing programme effectiveness and efficiency.
The draft National Strategic Plan for HIV (NSP) IV is informed by these considerations, and with UN Women support, gender analysis and agreed gender-responsive interventions have been integrated into the draft NSP IV; HIV issues have been integrated into the 2nd National Action Plan to Prevent Violence Against Women; and a draft National Policy on Women, the Girl Child and HIV/AIDS/Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), (2015) reflecting changes in the epidemic and in the policy environment, has been developed.
UN Women has secured funding from the UN Women Singapore National Committee for a project for the Gender Sensitive Response to the HIV Outbreak in Roka Commune. Building on UN Women Cambodia Country Office’s work in 2014 and 2015, and with the 2016 annual workplan, the project aims to support national capacity for a gender-competent response to the HIV outbreak. The strategic objectives are to mitigate the impact of HIV on the local community through implementing gender-responsive actions focused on the needs and capacities of affected women and girls and to strengthen capacity for gender-sensitive HIV responses. These will be achieved through two main approaches:
UN Women’s support to Roka will be carried out through working with government partners, including Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MOWA) and local authorities, health centers, and especially with the local Commune Committee for Women and Children (CCWC), as well as through partnerships with relevant Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). It is envisaged that the project will increase accountability for the HIV response through strengthening the skills of community members to engage as rights holders at the same time as supporting the capacity development of relevant duty-bearers for gender responsive budgeting and planning. The project will be supported by a whole of office approach, engaging all teams in the CCO and lessons learned and experiences from the project will be fed into national policy making and programming as relevant.
Under the overall supervision and guidance of the UN Women Deputy Country Representative and the day to day supervision of the Governance Programme Officer, the National Programme Officer (Gender and HIV/AIDS) will be responsible for the development and successful implementation of Cambodia Country Office (CCO) programming related to HIV and AIDS. While the primary focus will be on the Roka project, including supporting partners in programme design and implementation, following up and monitoring performance, s/he will also be expected to make relevant linkages across the CCO programme including with the programme areas of Women’s Economic Empowerment and Elimination of Violence Against Women, provide technical support on gender and HIV, represent the CCO in relevant technical fora and meetings and contribute to the work of the Governance team in support of gender-responsive good governance and women’s human rights.
The National Programme Officer (Gender and HIV/AIDS) will work closely with the CCO programme staff, operations staff and staff of the UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP). S/he will also collaborate with relevant programme staff of other UN agencies, government officials, civil society partners, and multilateral and bi-lateral donors to ensure the successful implementation of the programmes and projects that s/he is responsible for, and will actively engage with colleagues across the region in knowledge and information sharing and peer support.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
Within the framework of UN Women-Cambodia’s Country Strategy and Annual Work Plan (AWP), the National Programme Officer (Gender and HIV/AIDS) will lead the conceptualization, planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of HIV related programmes and activities of CCO.
Ensuring high quality programming of CCO for gender and HIV:
Overseeing the implementation of the Gender Sensitive Response to the HIV Outbreak in Roka Commune project:
Building of strategic partnerships and support to the implementation of the governance programme:
Ensuring advocacy support, knowledge building and management:
Impact of Results
The key results have impacts on the overall CCO effectiveness and efficiency in delivering results under UN Women Global Impact 1, CCO Outcome 1.1 and CCO Output 1.1.1. High quality programming for gender and HIV, successful implementation of the project, strategic partnerships, advocacy and knowledge building will promote a robust, innovative and sustainable approach to addressing the gendered dynamics of the HIV response.
CORE VALUES / GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Required Skills and Experience
"Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply."
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.