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International Consultant: Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Specialist
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Amman, with travel to field as required, JORDAN|
|Application Deadline :||23-Oct-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||3 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.
With the protracted nature of the Syrian conflict and its impact on neighboring countries and host communities, there is an increasing recognition among all partners that the development challenges arising from the crisis need accelerated actions and enhanced capacity to be addressed. In this respect, UN Women is contributing to the UNCT and HCT processes to support the Jordanian Government’s efforts and the UN response to the Syrian refugee crisis and its impact on Jordan’s host communities. UN efforts have supported the preparation and adoption of Jordan Response Plan for the Syria Crisis 2017-19 which provides a coordinated and coherent multi-sectorial national response to the crisis.
Jordan’s labour market is segmented along gendered lines, providing opportunities for women primarily in the civil service (particularly health and education) and areas that have witnessed growth in employment over the last decade – such as industry – traditionally have low levels of female engagement. The wage gap is pronounced, with women earning on average 88.3 piasters for every one Jordanian Dinar (JOD) a man earns. And while women are under-represented in the formal labour market, they are over-represented in the informal labour market. This means that too often they are working without security, social protection and for lower wages than their male counterparts.
Women’s under-representation in the labour market in Jordan can be attributed to many factors. Less than 10% of women with low levels of education – who also tend to be from working poor and abject poor families, join the labor force, against almost 70% of young female graduates and 50% of young females with post-secondary education. Married women tend to remain outside of the labor force, with the ‘marital-status gap’ in labor force participation (the relative difference in labor force participation between married and never married women) standing at around 24%. Amongst employers, women are perceived as less productive than men and face significant restrictions to become entrepreneurs. To address this, the Government of Jordan has set out a number of equality related commitments in the Vision 2025 national blue print. This includes a goal to increase overall female participation in the workforce from 15 to 27 per cent by 2025.
Empowering women in the economy and closing gender gaps at work are central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (leaving no one behind), CEDAW, and national priorities on supporting women’s economic empowerment (refugee as well as Jordanian nationals).
Against this background, UN Women’s approach will focus on supporting women’s economic empowerment through supporting their increased access to sustainable economic opportunities; investing in women’s skills which have immediate labour demand; and advocating for a greater enabling environment for women’s economic participation.
Under the overall guidance of the Recovery Specialist and the direct supervision of the Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Programme Officer, the Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Specialist will be providing strategic technical support to programme design, progarmme implementation, and policy advice in the area of women’s economic empowerment. The WEE Specialist will also support efforts to build strong partnership with key stakeholders while enhancing knowledge management and capacity development.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provision of top quality advisory, policy and programme development services
Designing of Women’s Economic Empowerment programmes
Support the programme’s partnership building and resource mobilization
Advocacy support and facilitation of knowledge building and management
1. Core values;
2. Functional Competencies:
3. Core Competencies:
Required Skills and Experience
Fluency in English.
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.