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Gender Officer (Re-advertisement)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Yangon, MYANMAR|
|Application Deadline :||28-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SC-10|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year renewable|
UNCDF makes public and private finance work for the poor in the world’s 47 least developed countries. With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development. UNCDF’s financing models work through two channels: financial inclusion that expands the opportunities for individuals, households, and small businesses to participate in the local economy, providing them with the tools they need to climb out of poverty and manage their financial lives; and by showing how localized investments — through fiscal decentralization, innovative municipal finance, and structured project finance — can drive public and private funding that underpins local economic expansion and sustainable development. By strengthening how finance works for poor people at the household, small enterprise, and local infrastructure levels, UNCDF contributes to SDG 1 on eradicating poverty and SDG 17 on the means of implementation. By identifying those market segments where innovative financing models can have transformational impact in helping to reach the last mile and address exclusion and inequalities of access, UNCDF contributes to a number of different SDGs.
UNCDF provides investment capital and technical support to both the public and the private sector. It provides capital financing -- in the forms of grants, soft loans and credit enhancement – and the technical expertise in preparing portfolios of sustainable and resilient capacity building and infrastructure projects.
UNCDF has proven its ability to deliver true leverage on smaller and more risky investments and interventions within its core areas of expertise: Inclusive Finance and Local Development Finance. The concept- proven pilot projects and programmes are replicated and brought to scale with the help and the add-on financing of other development partners with different and complementary mandates.
UNCDF’s work on inclusive finance
UNCDF’s work on inclusive finance seeks to develop inclusive financial systems and ensure that a range of financial products is available to all segments of society, at a reasonable cost, and on a sustainable basis. UNCDF supports a wide range of providers (e.g. microfinance institutions, banks, cooperatives, money transfer companies) and a variety of financial products and services (e.g. savings, credit, insurance, payments, and remittances). UNCDF also supports newer delivery channels (e.g. mobile phone networks) that offer tremendous potential for scale.
Expanding Financial Access (EFA) Programme: To support the government of Myanmar in the implementation process of the Financial Inclusion Roadmap, UNCDF developed the programme “Expanding Financial Access (EFA) that focuses on priority areas of the Financial Inclusion Roadmap. Started in 2015, EFA is the core programme in Myanmar and works hand in hand at the country level with other regional and global UNCDF.
The EFA programme intends, by 2021, to increase the percentage of the adult population which are financially included from 30% in 2015 to 40%, and those which use more than one financial product from 6% to 15%. Moreover, EFA aims to have 830,000 low income direct beneficiaries and 3 million indirect ones by providing a full range of affordable, quality, effective and responsible financial services to MSME, small-scale farmers, women-led enterprises, youth, poor and low-income clients by encouraging stakeholders to work together in an integrated manner.
A core component of EFA is the Market Development Facility which seeks to address systemic market failures in a number of thematic areas through targeted funding solutions. It functions as a catalytic wholesale financial agent able to take-on risk and leverage outside sources of capital to boost funding to undercapitalized MFIs operating in Myanmar. Digital Financial Services and Women's Economic Empowerment are also critical cross-cutting themes and form the basis for a number of UNCDF Myanmar interventions, and the CleanStart programme provides funding to institutions working in renewables and clean energy. EFA also works in partnership with the innovative regional Shaping Inclusive Finance Transformations (SHIFT) funding facility which aims to accelerate financial inclusion across the ASEAN region.
Another component recently added to the EFA Programme is the Women’s Economic and Financial Inclusion Initiative aims at increasing 200,000 women and girls’ awareness of, access to, and use of agency over appropriate financial products and services responsibly provided by diverse and sustainable service providers in a well-regulated environment with a focus on conflict-affected areas of Myanmar. As a result, FSPs will have an enhanced capacity to collect, analyse and use sex-disaggregated financial inclusion data. They will be able to recognize the importance of serving diverse segments of women and girls leading to an expertise to design and pilot financial products and services customized to their needs. At the institutional level, FSPs will be able to implement policies and practices to enhance the gender diversity of their workforce as well as promote leadership programmes for women at staff and management levels.
On the demand-side, women and girls will have greater access to financial information and services offering the potential for an enhanced quality of life and expanded livelihood and development opportunities.
UNCDF is looking to hire a Gender Officer to provide the overall drive, direction, implementation of the gender-related activities within the EFA Programme.
The Gender Officer will report to the UNCDF Programme Specialist P-4 /Myanmar Country Coordinator and is expected to work closely with the rest of project team.
This position will be based in Yangon, Myanmar.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
1. Leads the implementation of programme activities related to gender:
2. Provides technical guidance to programme activities related to gender:
3. Ensures policy and advocacy support to programme activities related to gender:
4. Maintains current and establishes new strategic partnerships focusing on gender:
5. Facilitates knowledge management and sharing focusing on gender:
Results-Based Programme Development and Management:
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise:
Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda:
Building Strategic Partnerships:
Required Skills and Experience
***Please note: Paper-based applications will not be accepted. Candidates must apply on-line through UNDP job website. The one who previously applied for this post needs not 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.