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Programme Associate – Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) - Colombo, SRI LANKA, Open to Sri Lankan Nationals Only
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Colombo, SRI LANKA, SRI LANKA|
|Application Deadline :||27-Aug-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SB-3|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||One Year (Renewable subject to availability of Project Funds)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||One Year (Renewable subject to availability of Project Funds)|
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 and the third gender as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
All human development and human rights issues involve gender dimensions. UN Women globally focuses on key priority areas that are fundamental to women’s equality, and that can unlock progress across the board. The six priority areas include increasing women’s leadership and participation in political spaces, ending violence against women, enhancing women’s economic empowerment, engaging in all aspects of women peace and security processes, making gender equality central to national planning and budgeting through Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) and advancing gender in intergovernmental processes.
UN Women’s work on GRB involves ensuring that national planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation processes incorporate a gender perspective. UN Women’s GRB programmes at the regional and country level have made significant contribution towards this by building political support, developing technical resources and capacities, generating good practices for improving women's access to services and increasing accountability for Gender Equality and Women’s empowerment (GEWE). At the forefront of global, regional and local advocacy for application of GRB, UN Women has built partnerships with diverse government, inter-governmental and non-governmental partners, to further efforts and demonstrate GRB’s relevance to sustainable development, aid effectiveness, public sector reform and financing for development.
Today more than 100 countries globally have adopted GRB to advance gender equality and women’s rights. In 2011, 65 countries were supported by UN Women in the area of national planning and budgeting. UN Women’s GRB programmes at the regional and country level have made significant contribution towards this by building political support, developing technical resources and capacity, generating good practices for improving women's access to services and increasing accountability for GEWE.
Sri Lanka led one of the five Commonwealth pilot initiatives in GRB in the mid-1990s. The vision of ‘A new Sri Lanka for women’ identifies priorities in national development strategy for the advancement of women. Importantly, to take stock of the human rights situation in Sri Lanka, the government has adopted the National Action Plan for the Protection & Promotion of Human Rights (2011-2016). The National Action Plan includes a Section on the Rights of Women, with sub sections on health, economic empowerment, employment, ending violence against women, political representation, ending discrimination and reaching out to women affected by conflict.
The Ministry of Women and Child Affairs (MoWCA), Government of Sri Lanka, has shown renewed interest in GRB. More recently, recognizing the urgent need for accelerating investments for rural women, upon the initiative and push of MoWCA, the Cabinet Ministers approved a Cabinet Memorandum in March 2016 mandating allocation of at least 25 per cent of the project investment on rural economic development for women. This is a significant step and will go a long way in ensuring that benefits of the development projects reach rural women.
There has been a greater push towards transfer of funds from the national to sub national levels in Sri Lanka wherein the Provincial Councils Act No.42 of 1987, together with the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in 1987 devolves considerable autonomy regarding several important subjects to Provincial Councils. The Pradeshiya Sabha Act No.15 of 1987 at divisional level, also provided for establishment of Pradeshiya Sabhas (divisional-level councils of people's representatives) through general election. The newly elected government has reiterated the significance of decentralization of powers to local bodies.
UN Women’s Multi Country Office (MCO), based in New Delhi, India, covers four countries of the region, i.e., India, Bhutan, the Maldives and Sri Lanka. UN Women India MCO is currently implementing a project with the objective of identifying strategies and operational approaches to strengthen on-going efforts in the area of GRB in India and Sri Lanka. Insights generated from this project will enable key stakeholders at the national and regional level to accelerate their efforts to ensure that women’s priorities are adequately reflected in national budgeting processes, and to make concrete changes for adequate resource allocation towards women’s priorities. This project focuses on the following dimensions:
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance and direct supervision of GRB Analyst, the Programme Associate will support in strengthening the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka on GRB.
The Programme Associate will work with the Project team to ensure that the project produces the results to the required standards of quality and within the given time and cost specifications.
Therefore, the Programme Associate will support the Ministry of Women and Child Affairs, Government of Sri Lanka on achieving the following results:
With a view to achieving the above, the Programme Associate will provide inputs and support implementation of the project in Sri Lanka.
Key Responsibilities will include:
Research, documentation and knowledge management:
Apart from the above, the Programme Associate will also be required to execute other duties and assignments entrusted by UN Women as relevant to the implementation of the project in the state.
Knowledge Management and Learning:
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
Management and Leadership:
Required Skills and Experience
Interested applicants should apply to this announcement through UNDP jobs site: jobs.undp.org
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.
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.