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International Consultant – Gender Lens Investment and Financing
|Location :||Copenhagen with office space in UN City (with opportunity to work remotely), DENMARK|
|Application Deadline :||05-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||25 Working Days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||25 Working Days|
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; women’s empowerment; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action, and peace and security. UN Women is leading and coordinating the United Nations System to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It is providing strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with the private sector, civil society, government and other relevant actors.
With 10 years to go to the end date of gender inequality in 2030, UN Women is calling for enhanced and sustained actions to deliver on our collective global commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment as they are reflected across the Sustainable Development Goals including in SDG 5 and in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action which celebrated 25 years in 2020. Evidence demonstrates that without adequate financing, the promise of the SDGs will not be met. In the wake of the global Covid-19 pandemic, extreme poverty is on the rise and it is feminized. Progress towards many SDG targets has sharply decelerated – widening inequalities within and between countries, and disproportionately impacting vulnerable groups. Women and girls have been especially, and adversely impacted.
UN Women is at the forefront of innovative financing for gender equality, partnering with Multilateral Development Banks and private financial institutions to catalyze Financing for Development (FFD)for governments’ own funding needs for SDG 5.
UN Women’s Key Objectives on innovative financing for gender equality include
UN Women is working to scale up and engage much more systematically with the IFIs and with Ministries of Finance to drive impact through programming. A series of high-level dialogues with IFIs have focused on the need to ensure a gender lens in IFIs' response and strengthening collaboration with UN Women. Discussions with Ministries of Finance have focused on the need to ensure gender responsive fiscal stimulus in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
UN Women Nordic Liaison Office will recruit a consultant to identify innovative financing mechanisms, for example gender lens investment, and new instruments, such as gender bonds, and support in taking UN Women’s work in this area forward. UN Women’s goal is to work closer with financing institutions in the Nordic countries to scale-up and sustain investments needed for gender equality. The Nordic Liaison Office will consider options for coordinated and collective action, as well as plan and prepare a roundtable, hosted by UN Women, which will seek to bring together the financial institutions in the Nordic countries. This roundtable will set out concrete actions to ensure women and girls are at the heart of long-term strategies and investments, including fiscal stimulus packages, for sustainable recovery to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the leadership of the Director of the Nordic Liaison Office, and in close collaboration with the teams in UN Women HQ working on innovative financing, UN Women is looking to recruit a consultant to identify entry points and to conduct a mapping exercise of, and when possible establish, key relations with financial institutions, development funds, and other relevant actors in the Nordic countries to ensure that gender equality and inclusion is a high priority for financial institutions and is a key component of financing packages. The consultant will also create a detailed action plan for engagement and collaboration to drive this agenda forward, including conducting the necessary preparations to set up a Nordic Roundtable on Innovative Financing for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
Duties and Responsibilities
Location: Copenhagen with office space in UN City (with opportunity to work remotely)
Purpose and Objective of the Consultancy
The objective of the consultancy is twofold:
(1) Identify potential new partnerships and collaboration opportunities with the Nordic financial institutions, development funds, and other relevant institutions by considering collaboration on mobilizing financing for gender equality. This includes (i) the identification and mapping of specific entry points for engagement with the identified partners to enhance investment in gender equality, and (ii) to align the overall objectives with the outcomes in the Declaration of 2020 Finance in Common Summit, and the annexed Paris Development Banks’ Statement on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, to which UN Women have contributed, and (iii) to draft a detailed and elaborated action plan that outlines a strategy for initiating, facilitating, and implementing the proposed collaboration, differentiated between actors.
2) Conduct the necessary planning and preparations to organize a roundtable that brings together key financial institutions in the Nordic Countries, with the intention to encourage concrete actions at the highest level and collaboration with UN Women to ensure women and girls are at the heart of response plans and long-term strategies, including fiscal stimulus packages.
Scope of Work and Responsibilities
Identify potential partners in the Nordic countries for UN Women outreach to promote investment in gender equality
1. Conduct research on behalf of the Nordic Liaison Office to identify relevant financial institutions, development funds, and identify options for innovative financing for GEWE in the Nordic countries and other relevant actors in the Nordic countries with whom UN Women can collaborate on mobilizing financing for UN Women’s gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) mandate. The consultant will map the entry points for UN Women to collaborate with identified partners as well as produce an action plan on strategies for further collaboration, including on SDG5, for example, through
Define ways UN Women can engage with identified partners: Develop entry points
Action plan to establish and develop collaboration with identified partners, through conducting the necessary planning and preparation a Nordic Roundtable on Innovative Financing for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women.
Identify partners for UN Women’s engagement on financing for gender equality in the Nordics (10 days)
Define ways UN Women can engage with the identified partners in the Nordics (8 days)
Produce Action Plan for engagement and collaboration with identified partners, and prepare a Nordic Roundtable on Innovative Financing for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (7 days)
Required Skills and Experience