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National Consultant on Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE) and Women’s Issues
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Amman (home based with some days travel to the field), JORDAN|
|Application Deadline :||26-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||Arabic English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||10 working days in a month|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 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 center of all of its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations systems 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.
Over the past years, and in response to the need for increased accountability for implementation of gender equality commitments policies and financing decisions related to aid and domestic resources, UN Women played an active role with all its partners, to ensure that gender equality is mainstreamed in strategies, programmes and action plans. Moreover, UN Women is leading the global efforts related to women, peace and security (WPS) agenda.
One of the key areas of work for UN Women country office for Jordan is supporting Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW) and other government stakeholders in the implementation of the Jordanian National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 (JONAP) for 2018-2021, which was endorsed by the prime minister and the cabinet in December 2017. The JONAP is based around four strategic goals, aiming to increase; (1) gender responsiveness and meaningful participation and leadership of women in the security sector and in peace operations, (2) participation of women in Prevention of Violent Extremism and in peacemaking, (3) gender sensitive services to refugee and Jordanian women, and (4) recognition of the benefits of gender equality and the role of women in Peace and Security.
JONAP’s focus on women’s role in PVE as a strategic Goal 2 is a novel element that is in line with UNSCR 2242, and which had not been integrated in any other countries’ national plans at the time of its approval.
Women and girls are disproportionately affected by violent extremism. They are often the first victims of violent extremist groups, experiencing violations of their human rights, including prohibiting women’s access to education, health care, public life and limiting decision making. UN-led investigations have uncovered a wide range of sexual and gender-based crimes including rape, forced marriage, abductions and sexual slavery, highlighting the use of gender-based crimes as part of the strategic objectives of violent extremist groups. It is also the case that, at times, women are being brought into violently radical groups against their wills.
To date there has been no comprehensive research study on the gender dimensions of the prevention of violent extremism in Jordan. UN Women and the Jordanian National Commission on Women commissioned a qualitative study in 2016 that identified a number of trends, however was based on a small sample making it difficult to draw generalizations. Regardless, respondents in this study did highlight that women are at risk of the effects of radicalization, in particular in terms of exacerbating existing limitations on their freedom and access to rights, including a heightened sense of responsibility (and blame) for their children’s actions. Another important knowledge product developed by UN Women in 2018 was An Analysis of ISIL's Gender Messaging. The Analysis has collected the gender narratives used by ISIL from ISIL’s magazines in Arabic, English and French, and showed how ISIL strategically crafted its messages to women in different ways to persuade them to travel to its territory and to adhere to its moral code and governance model, which includes women’s strict obedience to their husbands. The report reveals that the group used women, their voices and experiences as tools to promote the group’s rigid social order and the subjugation of women.
These findings illustrate the need to research further the drivers and impact of violent extremism in Jordan and identify the gender-sensitive approaches working with individuals and communities towards preventing violent extremism.
UN Women will continue strengthening the capacity and providing technical assistance to the national stakeholders to implement the Jordanian National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 (JONAP) and especially its Goal 2 on PVE and outcome -2.1 Women (including young women), CSOs and national institutions are able to contribute to efforts to prevent violent extremism (PVE), through responsive and gender-sensitive approaches.
With the aim to provide expert support in preventing violent extremism and integrating a Gender Perspective into research, policy and practice recommendations UN Women is seeking to hire a National Consultant with extended knowledge and practical experience in preventing violent extremism and women’s issues. The Consultant will work in close cooperation with the UN Women team, JNCW, JONAP national stakeholders and UN agencies.
Objectives of the Assignment
The consultant is expected to work from home for a period of at least 10 days per month and with trips to field as relevant and as per agreed work plan (at least 10 field trips in Jordan). The national consultant on PVE and women’s issues will work under the management and guidance of UN Women Programme Management Specialist and will report directly to her/him.
The consultant will conduct a mapping of programming strategies at global, regional and national level to identify the existing strategies within the field of PVE and gender; develop a research proposal on gendered drivers and dynamics of violent extremism and its specific impact on women and girls; organize consultations with national stakeholders and women’s civil society organizations to identify the entry points for developing the evidence-based advocacy campaign disseminating key gender and PVE messaging, design the capacity building plan on gender and PVE targeting the JONAP partners and provide information sessions. He/she will work closely with JNCW, JONAP national stakeholders and UN Women implementing partners-Civil Society Organizations.
 Finland’s National Action Plan on WPS for 2018-2021, is a notable exception which incorporates PVE explicitly; however, dated March 2018, it came on the heels of the JONAP.
 Secretary General’s Report on Sexual Violence in Conflict 2016
 Noor, S. and D. Hussain 2009: “Women and Radicalization: An Empirical Study” Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies, p.6
Duties and Responsibilities
All monthly reports and final report should be submitted in English language (the supporting documents, such as meeting agendas etc. can be submitted in Arabic language).
The Consultant is expected to work from home and conduct at least 10 in-country trips for consultations to preliminary defined locations. He/she may access the UN Women office in Amman for printing of relevant documents.
The Consultant will be provided with UN Women’s programme related necessary materials and strategic guidance by UN Women during the implementation of the assignment.
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Required Skills and Experience
Fees and Schedule of Payments
The position will be remunerated based on a daily rate.The successful candidate will receive his/her payment based on satisfactory services and deliverable in accordance with the ToR and a time sheet duly approved by the supervisor and the UNWOMEN Country Representative.
The candidate’s application should include:
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.