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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS OF MEMBERS OF UNWOMEN UGANDA CIVIL SOCIETY ADVISORY GROUP
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Kampala, UGANDA|
|Application Deadline :||15-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Other|
|Post Level :||Other|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Two Years|
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) was established by UN General Assembly Resolution 64/289 (hereafter ‘Resolution’) on System-wide Coherence, as a composite entity, by consolidating the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, the Division for the Advancement of Women, UNIFEM and the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women. UN Women has a universal and enhanced mandate to that of its predecessors, on strengthening and promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women nationally, regionally and globally. The Resolution recognizing the vital role that CSOs, in particular women’s organizations, play in promoting women’s rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women requests ‘the head of the Entity to continue the existing practice of effective consultation with civil society organizations, and encourages their meaningful contribution to the work of the Entity’
In particular, the Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) Campaign, a global network of over 300 women’s, human rights and social justice groups, played a significant role in the establishment of UN Women. It continues to engage with the new Entity on the implementation of commitments made to advocate for the integration of a human rights-based approach to its work and for meaningful participation of civil society in its proceedings at all levels—national, regional and global.
The concept of setting up of a Civil Society Advisory Group at global, regional and national levels was announced by Mme Michelle Bachelet, during the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women in 2012. The purpose of the CSOs Advisory Group is to serve as consultative forum for UN Women and to facilitate regular dialogues between civil society and UN Women, providing institutionalized mechanisms for civil society to share their perspectives, expertise and knowledge in informing UN Women's work.
In similar vein, UN Women Uganda Office wishes to establish a Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) at the national level and this term of reference (TOR) is prepared to guide the nomination process of CSAG members and delineate their role.
UN Women at the National Level
UN Women’s goal in Uganda is to promote women’s leadership and participation in decision making at all levels; that women, especially the poorest and most excluded, are economically empowered and benefit from development; that women and girls lead a life free from violence; that governance and national planning fully reflect accountability for gender equality commitments and priorities, including supporting informed policy decisions based on gender-responsive data; and that peace, security and humanitarian actions fully account for the needs of women and girls, by promoting both their active participation and leadership. In addition to programmatic work, UN Women is tasked through its coordination mandate to coordinate the United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality are translated into action in Uganda and that gender equality and women’s empowerment is prioritized in the work of development partners more broadly.
To achieve these goals the Uganda Country Office works closely with a range of partners and believes that these partnerships are most effective when partners hold each other to mutual account on advancing GEWE. It is with this recognition that UN Women Uganda intends to create a structure for sustaining this partnership and fostering the exchange of expertise.
Objective of the Advisory Group
UN Women recognizes the invaluable work and contributions CSOs have towards meeting national commitments to gender equality and the empowerment of women. Hence, the Agency envisions CSAGs as an institutional mechanism for regular dialogue, between UN Women and leaders from the gender equality movement, on key gender equality issues and priorities at national, regional and global levels. They have a double and complementary role — as advisors to UN Women and as advocates for the realization of the gender equality agenda. UN Women and CSAG members draw upon each other’s initiatives, ideas, and policy perspectives to advance on national gender equality goals. UN Women draws upon the National CSAGs for advocacy and political strategies at the country level to strengthen national activism and results for gender equality. Through the group, UN Women hopes to sustain its partnership with civil society and advance strategic dialogue in order to ultimately progress towards meeting the goal of gender equality and empowerment of women.
Duties and Responsibilities
The CSAG for UN Women Uganda is expected to serve the following role:
The CSAG will report to UN Women’s Uganda Country Office. It will meet biannually and will ensure opportunities for more regular engagement with UN Women’s Country Representative and senior staff through other means. The ongoing collaboration with UN Women will take place via informal meetings and online interactions. In addition, members of the CSAG will be given an opportunity to engage and contribute to the inter-governmental processes.
Duration of the Mandate
Members of the Advisory Group will serve for a period of two years.
One third of the Group will be renewed each term, following the initial year. In order to ensure continuity in the Group’s work, a proportion of its members could serve for a period of maximum three years in total, according to the Committee’s own decision.
Required Skills and Experience
The following criteria will guide the selection of the members of the Advisory Group:
The organizations /Networks /Individuals interested in submitting a nomination must submit a short motivational letter (max. 500 words) and CV, in addition to answering the following question: What do you see as the key challenge to achieving women’s rights and empowerment in Uganda? (500 words max). Applicants may submit as part of their application recommendation or nomination letters by civil society networks/coalitions
All applications must be submitted online as one PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org; clearly indicating “Uganda CSAG Application” as subject line.
The deadline for submission is 15th March 2019. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
A multisectoral committee composed of UN Women, other UN agencies, Women leaders, and representatives of women’s rights networks will conduct the selection process. Members of the Advisory Group will be introduced during a general meeting of CSOs that will take place in May 2019.
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.