Humanitarian Expert, Grand Bargain



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Location : New York, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :16-Jul-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :120 working days

Background

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 is committed to the achievement of equality between women, men, boys and girls as partners and beneficiaries of humanitarian action. In October 2012, UN Women established its Gender and Humanitarian Action Unit to consolidate its advocacy, coordination and capacity development role for the integration of gender equality across humanitarian action. This has now further developed to include a unit for disaster risk reduction with a focus on prevention, mitigation and preparedness, in Geneva, and a humanitarian unit in New York focusing on humanitarian norms and standards, coordination, and emergency management, and consolidated under the Humanitarian Action and Crises Response Office (HACRO).

In this context, emanating from the World Humanitarian Summit, the Grand Bargain is an agreement between the biggest donors and aid providers, which aims to get more means into the hands of people in need. However, gender did not feature in the negotiations on the Grand Bargain. UN Women has therefore led efforts to mainstream gender, including GBV, in the Grand Bargain process.  In an attempt to address the lack of a gender perspective in the Grand Bargain, UN Women, together with other governmental, UN and INGO partners, formed an informal Friends of Gender Group (FoG) at the first meeting of the Grand Bargain signatories in Bonn in 2016.

To further advance the efforts to address GBV and promote Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls (GEEWG) through the Grand Bargain, UN Women will strengthen its engagement to improve leadership, coordination and policy coherence. UN Women will in particular focus on the following workstreams: Workstream 2: More support and funding for local and national responses,  Workstream 3: Increase the use and coordination of cash,  Workstream 5: Improve joint and impartial needs assessment and Workstream 6: A participation revolution. These workstreams have been deemed priority workstreams by the Friends of Gender Group on mainstreaming gender in the Grand Bargain. For this, UN Women will develop specific guidance documents on how to incorporate GBV and GEEWG in each of these workstreams. A humanitarian expert will be hired for the development of such guidance documents. She/he will be reporting to UN Women Programme Specialist and UN Women Chief of HACRO.

Objective and Purpose of the Consultancy

The objective of the consultancy is to develop specific guidance documents for the signatories on the incorporation of GBV and GEEWG for each priority workstream in the Grand Bargain, ensuring that the content builds on and complements existing technical tools on the topic, including the IASC Gender Handbook.  

The purpose of the consultancy is to contribute to the generation of technical knowledge on GBV and GEEWG in humanitarian action through the priority workstreams, in order to inform the current global practices of Grand Bargain signatories on the topic. This will in turn strengthen the incorporation of GBV and GEEWG into humanitarian programmes and projects on the ground.


Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The consultant is responsible for the following scope of work within the identified timelines:

  1. Review and compile any technical guidance that has already been done on the relevant topics for each Grand Bargain workstream and on GBV/GEEWG in humanitarian settings in general and assess the relevance, quality and usefulness of the work
  2. Based on the review and on the feedback from the Friends of Gender Group, identify significant gaps in technical knowledge in this topic that could benefit from guidance documents
  3. Formulate the workplan envisioned for the creation of such guidance documents
  4. Design and complete a guidance document on each of the specific sub-topic identified by the Friends of Gender Group
  5. Ensure that the guidance documents complements and builds on other existing relevant guidance tools
  6. Present the research findings and the guidance documents during relevant workshops of the workstreams

Deliverables

  1. Guidance Document Design (20%)
  2. Draft of Guidance Document (25%)
  3. Final version of Guidance Document (35%)
  4. Presentation of Guidance Document during Workshop (20%)


Competencies

Integrity:

  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

Professionalism

  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge or the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Core Values and Ethics

  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity and ability to work in a multi-national environment
  • Support the Organization’s corporate goals
  • Comply with UN WOMEN rules, regulations and code of conduct
  • Integrity

Teamwork

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Build effective client relationships and partnerships
  • Interact with all levels of staff in the organization
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Build and share knowledge
  • Make valuable practice contributions

Communicating and Information Sharing

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Listen actively and respond effectively

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others.

Functional Competencies:

  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical speciality relating to the position;
  • Basic knowledge or organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks;
  • Excellent research and communication skills
  • Excellent organization, coordination and planning skills and high attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines and respond positively to feedback
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities


Required Skills and Experience

Education

Master’s Degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women’s studies, international development, international humanitarian action or a related field is required.

Experience

  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in humanitarian action
  • Experience on issues related to women’s empowerment, women’s rights, and gender mainstreaming in humanitarian action.
  • Expertise on gender-based violence in humanitarian action.
  • Experience in knowledge management and communications.
  • Experience in monitoring, reporting and evaluation.
  • Experience in developing user-friendly practical guidance and tools.
  • Experience in researching, processing and consolidating substantive amounts of information and drafting briefs, reports, and abstracts.
  • Experience working in the UN system is an asset.

Language Requirements

Fluency in the English language required, with strong, confident command of both written and oral English.

Computer Skills

High level of proficiency in computer systems, internet navigation and various office applications.

Application

All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P/11) which can be downloaded from

Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

Note: Position Dependent Upon Funding Approval.

Note: 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.


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