Consultant - State Coordinator for Assam - Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) (Open to Indian Nationals Only)



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Guwahati, Assam, INDIA
Application Deadline :20-Apr-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-May-2019
Duration of Initial Contract :1 May 2019 to 31 December 2019 (To be renewed depending on availability of funds)
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 May 2019 to 31 December 2019 (To be renewed depending on availability of funds)

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.


Background

UN Women is the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. UN Women is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

All human development and human rights issues have gender dimensions. UN Women focuses on priority areas that are fundamental to women’s equality, and that can unlock progress across the board. Five focus areas of interventions include ending violence against women; economic empowerment; leadership and participation; peace and security; and national planning and budgeting.

UN Women’s Multi Country Office, based in New Delhi, India, covers four countries of the region, i.e., Bhutan, India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka.

UN Women works on several fronts towards ending violence against women and girls. This includes tackling its main root cause: gender inequality. Interventions focus both on prevention as well as response mechanisms.  Efforts are multiplied through advocacy campaigns and partnerships with governments, civil society, private sector and sister UN agencies. Initiatives range from working to establish legal frameworks and specific national actions, to supporting prevention at the grassroots level, including in conflict and post-conflict situations and building capacities of relevant stakeholders. UN Women supports data collection on violence against women and facilitating new learning on the issue.

UN Women India MCO is implementing a three-year project titled “Prevention of Violence against Women and Girls Programme ‘’ from 2017-2019 in select Tea Estates in India that aims to ensure that women and girls are socially, economically and politically empowered. The objective of the project is to develop and implement an evidence based and human rights-based violence prevention programme aimed at women outgrowers and plantation workers. Towards the realization of this objective, UN Women will work with multi sectoral actors, including government authorities, other UN agencies, women’s organizations, suppliers and other partners. This project will support two of UN Women’s Flagship initiatives: Prevention and Access to Essential Services to End Violence against Women and Girls and the Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Flagship Initiative.

In this context, UN Women seeks to hire a Consultant as State Coordinator in Assam. Under the direct supervision of the Programme Analyst-EVAW, UN Women and the overall guidance of the Programme Specialist- EVAW, UN WOMEN, the Consultant - State Coordinator will undertake the following key tasks and other responsibilities as may be assigned.


Duties and Responsibilities

Provide support to implementation of EVAW project in Assam:

  • Support implementation of project activities in Assam and monitor implementation of planned activities.
  • Under the guidance of the supervisor, support the establishment of advocacy networks with government departments and civil society in Assam.
  • Support strategic partnerships and knowledge generation at the state level by participating in workshops and public information events convened by NGOs, Department of Social Welfare, SDGs or UN Agencies.
  • Support the Programme Team in the financial management of the project.
  • Provide guidance to the implementing partners/ agencies on routine implementation of activities.
  • Coordinate key meetings, conferences, and training under the project, and prepare proceedings report/meeting minutes.
  • Support project activities and evaluation according to results-based management requirements.
  • Support in maintaining project related reports/files and extend support preparation of quarterly narrative reports.

Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing activities:

  • Support synthesis of lessons learnt, and promising practices at the state level related to women’s safety and empowerment.
  • Periodically share latest news and developments in the area of prevention and response to VAWG in relation to the result areas under the project.

Deliverables:

  • Submit a monthly workplan for activities planned at the state level in Assam, in coordination with the project team.
  • Submit a report on facilitating programme execution including financial management of the project, provide support to implementing partner NGO/ agency for narrative and financial reporting.
  • End of the month report of progress against targets outlined in the workplan/ tasks assigned by the supervisor.


Competencies

Core Values / Guiding Principles:

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 of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organisation and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organisational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

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.

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Functional Competencies:

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences, Social Work, Rural Development, Gender Studies or related fields is required.

Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years of professional experience in the development sector on human rights, social welfare, women empowerment, etc.
  • Experience of working on gender related issues desirable.

Language:

  • Proficiency in English and Assamese required.

Application:

Interested applicants should apply to this announcement through UNDP jobs site: jobs.undp.org

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:

  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/about-us/jobs;
  • Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment, please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment;
  • Applications should be submiited along with latest CV and statement of purpose/cover letter stating your interest in this role;
  • Applications received after the close date will not be accepted;
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

Evaluation and Selection Criteria:

Criteria for shortlisting of CVs will be based on the following assessment:

  • Required Degree and Qualification (5 points);
  • Minimum Experience relevant to the assignment (5 points);
  • Experience of working in women related projects would be desirable (2.5 points);
  • Language proficiency in Assamese and English (2.5 points);
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) required and advance knowledge of spread sheet and database packages desirable. (5 points).

The evaluation process for selection of the candidate will be based on the following assessment:

  • Interview (70 points);
  • Written Test (30 points).

Please Note:

  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 65 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.
  • Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the selection process.

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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