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Gender Equality Advisor
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Beirut, LEBANON|
|Application Deadline :||30-Oct-20 (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 :||12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 months with possibility of extension|
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.
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 its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system in Lebanon 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.
Today, Lebanon is facing the long term structural challenges as well as the profound effects that the subsequent crises are having on its economy (the Syrian crisis since 2011 and more recently the monetary and economic crisis), and there is ongoing need to support job creation and inclusive economic growth especially for the most vulnerable in the most disadvantaged areas. These adverse conditions coupled with the recent financial crisis and the rising unemployment make supporting job creation and economic opportunities a top priority. In particular, women face disproportionately high levels of unemployment and vulnerability. Without serious efforts to support the economic empowerment of women, high levels of unemployment and poverty are likely to persist and even worsen, thus further reducing the resilience of communities and their ability to withstand the shocks and stresses caused by local and regional crises.
Under Lebanon Recovery Fund, UN Women is supporting a joint UN programme in Lebanon, namely Productive Sectors Development Programme (PSDP), with technical gender analysis and the implementation. The purpose of the joint programme is to support gender-responsive job creation and economic opportunities in the agriculture and agro-food sectors, prioritizing women, and female youth in disadvantaged areas. Considering the wide array of challenges that particularly women and girls are facing in the agriculture and agro-food sectors–ranging from a poor policy environment to high cost of doing business and shortage of skills– a comprehensive approach is needed in order to tackle those challenges and create an enabling environment for inclusive and sustainable job creation.
In the PSDP, UN Women is one of six participating UN agencies responsible for a set of activities/outcomes as part of the overall programme. Given the importance of gender equality to the programme and UN Women’s expertise in this area, a Gender Equality Advisor is being recruited for the PSDP to make sure that gender equality outcomes are integrated and achieved throughout the inception phase and implementation of the programme. The Gender Equality advisor will work closely with UN Women and the PSDP Programme Coordinator in support of all participating UN Agencies and the overall objectives of the programme.
The Gender Equality Advisor will support PUNOs in the implementation of the PSDP in support of Lebanon’s productive sectors. S/he will ensure gender mainstreaming throughout the implementation and support the participating agencies on gender related issues, including support to the implementation of UN Women’s PSDP programme interventions
Duties and Responsibilities
The main purpose of the consultancy is to support United Nations partners and UN Women in the implementation of a joint programme in support of Lebanon’s productive sectors. The consultant will ensure gender mainstreaming throughout the PSDP implementation and support the participating agencies on gender related issues and will lead the implementation of UN Women’s programme interventions. This will be done through 2 major areas of work:
a) Knowledge production: Support in the selection of target value chain and the development of gender analysis and develop at inception the gender equality strategy for the project. These will support the government of Lebanon and UN partners to mainstream women gender issues across the programme, to understand the role of women in productive sectors and cultural and social barriers to women’s work, and promote financial inclusion for women including equal access to capital, markets and business development services, thus further advancing gender responsive policy work at a national scale.
b) Coordination: Support in mainstreaming gender in the M&E framework and progress reports, support UN partners in mainstreaming gender consideration in all project activities throughout implementation. This will support UN and governmental stakeholders of the UN Joint Programme to ensure gender-responsive job creation and economic opportunities with a view to promote dialogue and advocacy for gender responsive policy and legislative reforms amongst key stakeholders.
Under the overall leadership of UN Women and the day-to-day supervision of the RCO Programme Coordinator, the consultant is expected to:
Responsibilities, Scope of Work, and Tasks:
Gender Mainstreaming (60%)
Gender training, including for national counterparts (10%)
Gender-related communication, research, codification of knowledge (10%)
Support the implementation of UN Women’s interventions in the programme (20%)
Required Skills and Experience