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Programme Officer (Open to Tonga Nationals only)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Nuku'alofa, TONGA|
|Application Deadline :||05-Jul-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SC-5|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 Year|
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.
The scope of work of the Programme Officer requires experience and in-depth understanding of gender equality and violence against women and girls, to translate UN Women's strategic plans into effective programmes and results.
The UN Women Pacific Multi-Country Office (MCO) is based in Suva, Fiji and works alongside the 19 other UN agencies in the region and in 14 countries: Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.
Under its Strategic Note 2018-2022, UN Women Fiji MCO focuses on delivering on four interlinked programme areas underpinned by support for intergovernmental and normative processes:
Ending Violence Against Women and Girls / EVAWG In the Pacific
The Pacific has some of the world’s highest reported rates of violence against women, with studies showing that up to 68% of women are affected.
To respond to the rates of violence in the Pacific, UN Women has developed a comprehensive EVAWG programme which takes a transformative approach to prevent violence against women and girls at multiple levels (regional, national and community), and to ensure survivors have access to quality response services.
UN Women’s EVAWG programme is implemented under the Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (hereafter referred to as ‘Pacific Partnership’), a four and a half year programme (2018-2022) which brings together governments, civil society organizations, communities and other partners to change the social norms that allow violence against women and girls to continue; to ensure survivors have access to quality response services; and to support national and regional institutions to meet their commitments to gender equality and prevention of violence against women and girls.
The Pacific Partnership is funded primarily by the European Union (EU) with targeted support from the Australian Government and UN Women, and is directly supporting UN Women’s programmatic interventions under the programme. Kiribati is one of the five priority countries in the Pacific Partnership Programme.
There is a high level of attention and political will to address violence against women and girls and the Kingdom of Tonga has long recognized the importance of promoting gender equality to achieve sustainable development outcomes. The Government of Tonga is contributing towards progressing gender equality through the implementation of the Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality Tonga (WEGET) National Policy and Strategic Plan of Action 2019 – 2025 which provides a significant platform to improve the lives of all women and men, boys and girls through a raft of strategic objectives and associated interventions which represents the Government’s key activities across all sectors of government and society. Further, the passing of the Family Protection Act (FPA) in 2013 has become a critical vehicle for protection, security and justice for most victims/survivors of domestic violence.
Under the overall supervision of the Technical Specialist, Primary Prevention at the UN Women Pacific Multi-Country Office (MCO) in Suva, Fiji, the Programme Officer, Pacific Partnership is expected to engage proactively with local, national and regional women leaders, partners, civil society organizations, service providers and UN Entities. This position is expected play a lead role coordinating the delivery of Pacific Partnership Country Plan for Tonga, along with supporting and/or coordinating additional EVAWG initiatives as they arise. This position has an important role to play in ensuring that activities captured under the Pacific Partnership are implemented in a timely manner and continue to enjoy full ownership and buy-in by all Government, UN and CSO partners. Key responsibilities including supporting planning and coordination; supporting implementation of activities; capacity building and monitoring and evaluation.
This position reports to the Technical Specialist, Primary Prevention, and will work closely with key partners Ministry of International Affairs (MIA) Women’s Affair Division, the Talita Project, Tongan Women and Children Crises Centre (WCCC), frontline service providers, civil society organisations in Tonga, and UN agencies.
Duties and Responsibilities
Lead the planning, coordinating and implementing of the Primary Prevention and Service Delivery Pillars under the Pacific Partnership Programme for UN Women Activities:
Oversee the coordination and delivery of results-based monitoring and evaluation:
Facilitation and dissemination and generation of knowledge on Pacific Partnership and impacts:
Provide technical support and capacity development to national partners:
Build partnerships and support stakeholders coordination on EVAW/G Prevention and Services:
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
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.