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National Consultant – Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Field Coordinator (Thai National Only)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||?Home-based, THAILAND|
|Application Deadline :||09-Sep-20 (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)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||16 September 2020 to 31 December 2020|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||16 September 2020 to 31 December 2020|
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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 centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates the efforts of the United Nations system to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. UN Women provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Security Council resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), unanimously adopted in October 2000, stressed the importance of the equal participation and full involvement of women in all efforts to maintain and promote peace and security. In the years since, seven additional resolutions on women, peace and security (WPS) have been adopted. That created a robust framework for implementing the WPS agenda and reinforced global, commitments, treaties and conventions on women’s rights, including the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.
Since the reemergence of conflict in 2004, women and other marginalized groups in the southern border provinces of Yala, Pattani, Narathiwat and some districts of Songkhla of Thailand have suffered the heaviest casualties. Women have been made widows and heads of households but are deprived of their opportunities to earn the necessary income and raise their young families in a secure environment. Those who became widows or have lost their sons in the violent incidents are struggling to gain access to justice in the judiciary process and to reintegrate themselves in the communities.
The violent conflict does not only bring threats to personal safety, but also affects economic survival and the overall quality of life in the deep southern region. The impact of COVID-19 has proved to further reverse the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights in the southern border provinces with social and economic consequences for women and girls. These include unemployment, increased unpaid care work, limited access to services such as education and health and increased risks of violence against women and girls.
UN Women in Thailand has been working on women, peace and security since 2012 and from November 2016 has collaborated with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS) and local women’s organizations in implementing and localizing the Measures and Guidelines on Women, Peace and Security to ensure accountability and policy coherence at national and sub-national levels. The National Consultation on Women’s Leadership and Peace and Security in December 2018 organized by UN Women led to the institutionalization of the Coordination Center for Children and Women in Southern Border Provinces (CCCW-SBP) in July 2019.
While supporting the Thai Government in moving forward and rolling out the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security at the national level, UN Women in Thailand actively engages at least 30 local women’s groups in Songkhla, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat to develop joint agendas and advocacy strategies to influence government organizations to apply gender responsive peace building approaches to public policies. This has widened advocacy space and included marginalized groups in the engagement of social dialogues as a means to resolve tensions, prevent violence within communities and to contribute to a peaceful society. At least 750 women and young people in pilot communities in the Southern Border Provinces of Thailand have developed strategies for peace building, mediation and business development based on community needs.
By establishing a common space where community dialogues, social mobilization and community development initiatives take place, women are able to contribute to fostering peaceful and resilient communities. With increased knowledge and skills, women have transformed their roles from vulnerable or soft target to agent of change and peace communicators to connect community with authorities and to promote social cohesion and take initiatives in communities at risks.
UN Women will continue to support the capacity building and platform of dialogue and knowledge sharing of women and women’s civil society in the southern border provinces to engage with other peacebuilding stakeholders to influence public decision-making and peace dialogues.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK
Under the supervision of the Country Programme Coordinator for Thailand, the primary role of the Women, Peace and Security Field Coordinator includes:
Required Skills and Experience
Submission Package: Interested applicants are requested to submit documents listed below to UN Women
Please note that the system only allows 1 attachment per application so please combined all files into one. In case that is not possible, you can submit the application again with different attachments.
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.