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International Consultant (Women, Peace and Security)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||YAOUNDE, CAMEROON|
|Application Deadline :||15-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English French|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||10 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||10 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.
For several decades, Cameroon was considered as a model of peace in Africa. However, nowadays, the country is confronted with enormous security challenges provoked by political instability in neighboring countries Central African Republic and Chad), the unjustified attacks of the islamist sect Boko Haram in the North and the socio-political crisis in the South-West and North-West Regions of Cameroon. This situation has provoked massive displacements of populations into its territory and contributed to the destruction of livelihoods and the socioeconomic system of the society with dramatic consequences as the increase of violence, the death of numerous innocent Cameroonians among whom many women and children, forced and massive displacements of populations, the destruction of whole villages and livelihoods and the slowing down economic activities.
In August 2017, Cameroon adopted its first ever national action plan for UN Resolution 1325 (NAP) on women, peace and security. The vision of the plan of action is aligned with that of the country: “Cameroon, an emerging, democratic country which is united in its diversity”. The strategic objectives of the 1325 NAP is : “ By 2020, the commitments and indebtedness of Cameroon towards women, peace and security are realized through, (a) the leadership and participation of women in the process of prevention and management of conflict and post-conflict situations, to construct peace and social cohesion, (b) the scrupulous observation of international humanitarian law and legal instruments for the protection of the rights of women and girls against sexual violence and gender based violence during periods of armed conflict, (c) a better integration of the gender dimension in emergency aid, during reconstruction in the course of, and after, armed conflicts as well as in the management of the past, (d) the strengthening of institutional mechanisms and the collection of quantitative and qualitative data on the consideration of gender in the domains of peace, security prevention and Resolution of conflicts.
UN Women Cameroon 2018-2020 Strategic Note has identified humanitarian action and women peace and security among its five (5) priority areas. The main actions will focus on building resilience through the reinforcement of capacities of actors and beneficiaries in order to implement sustainable development solutions. The Country office will ensure the effective implementation of the NAP 1325 adopted in 2017, through the setting up of a secretariat, the appropriation and enforcement of the plan of action and the reinforcement of the capacities of the actors, in particular the security forces (police and gendarmerie). In addition, he Country Office will scale up of the holistic approach to EVAWG, which includes protection, prevention, access to services, and to justice as well as reintegration of VAW’ survivors’ trough the nexus between humanitarian and development. Income generating activities will also be promoted to improve resilience of women refugees; displaced and from host communities.
Under the overall guidance of the Cameroon Country Representative, and under the direct supervision of the Deputy Representative, the Humanitarian action and WPS Consultant will provide technical expertise to the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda in Cameroon in support to UN agencies, Government and civil society actors as defined in the strategic note 2018-2020 of the country office as well as mainstreaming gender in humanitarian interventions.
Duties and Responsibilities
Produce regular articles on the different activities on women, peace and security
Professionalism: Sound knowledge of international legal procedures and instruments, including international human rights law, international humanitarian law and international criminal law. Expertise in sexual and gender-based crime. Sound knowledge of the functioning of criminal investigations and prosecutions at the national and international levels and experience in ligation. Ability to apply legal knowledge to analyze a diverse range of complex issues and in developing innovative solutions. Strong analytical skills and proficiency in legal writing and expression and ability to prepare legal documents. Experience and ability to work well in a multicultural environment. Ability to work to tight deadlines and to handle multiple concurrent projects. Good computer skills and ability to use relevant software applications and online legal research tools. Shows pride in work and in achievements, is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
Communication: Ability to speak and write in a clear manner including ability to draft a variety of reports; correspondence etc.
Planning and Organizing: Ability to establish priorities and to plan work assignments, respond to competing demands and work under pressure of frequent, multiple and tight deadlines.
Teamwork: Excellent interpersonal skills; prior team-leadership experience, ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
Familiarity with the UN system and knowledge of UN Women is an asset.
Required Skills and Experience
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.