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Programme Specialist, Women’s Economic Empowerment and Humanitarian Action
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Juba, SOUTH SUDAN|
|Application Deadline :||12-Sep-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||4 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. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women South Sudan has developed a Strategic Note for the period 2017-2018 which is aligned with the South Sudan Development Plan and the United Nations Interim Cooperation Framework (2017-2018). Within this plan, targeted gender equality and women’s empowerment interventions are undertaken to increase development effectiveness. To this end, UN Women supports an integrated community aimed at consolidating response particularly at state level. The integrated model combines for example, functional literacy with economic empowerment and capacity building; and functional literacy and economic empowerment for peace building and ending violence against women. The integration of gender equality is intended to ensure that mainstreaming takes place in all areas of operations and programming, and real progress is made in supporting South Sudan in reducing gender inequalities and improving the lives of women.
The four strategic priority areas for UN Women South Sudan elaborated in the Strategic Note and annual work plan are as follows:
1) Increase women's leadership and participation;
2) Increase women's access to economic empowerment and opportunities;
3) Prevent VAWG and expand access to services; and
4) Increase women’s leadership in peace, security and humanitarian response.
Women’s economic security is critical for the eradication of poverty and achieving sustainable development because when women have ownership and control over productive resources and access to productive work, they can ensure a better livelihood for their families and communities. Furthermore, when women are economically empowered, they are more likely to attain political and social empowerment.
Since 2014, UN Women have been implementing a humanitarian assistance programme aimed at addressing critical gender gaps in humanitarian response and enhancing resilience and wellbeing among women and girls in IDP settlements and their host communities. The programme components include improving access to livelihood opportunities; preventing/ reducing violence against women and girls in the target communities and building and sustaining peace. The Programme also strengthened the capacity of the Ministry of Gender and Humanitarian Affairs, and other international and national humanitarian actors, including the coordination system (especially the HCT and the Cluster system).
Reporting to the Deputy Country Representative, the Programme Specialist-Women’s Economic Empowerment and Humanitarian Action will continue to implement and provide overall oversight to UN Women’s South Sudan work in the area of women’s economic empowerment and women peace and security and humanitarian action.
Duties and Responsibilities
Oversee Policy and Research:
Design and develop programmes in the areas of Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) and Humanitarian Action in the South Sudan:
Design a standard process and train partners on management of women empowerment centers while drawing on best practices in other parts of the country and sub-Saharan Africa.
Lead the implementation and management of the WEE and Humanitarian Action programmes:
Prepare and launch Request for Proposals (RFPs); review partners proposals and budgets and progress reports for the implementation of Humanitarian Assistance Programme funded by the government of Japan and Germany;
Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:
Communication and Knowledge Management:
Representation and Coordination:
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
Qualified women candidates are highly 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.
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.