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Gender and Health Consultant
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||06-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Other|
|Post Level :||Other|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||7 Months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||7 Months|
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 (UNW), 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 centre of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations system 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.
UN Women plays an innovative and catalytic role in the State of Palestine since its inception in 1997. UN Women Palestine Office focuses its activities on one overarching goal, namely, to support the implementation at the national level of existing international commitments to advance gender equality in line with the national priorities. In support of this goal, and thoroughly taking into consideration the specificities of the Palestinian context, UN Women concentrates its efforts and interventions toward the realisation of following strategic goals: Mainstreaming gender in governance, peace and security; supporting women's economic security and rights; and Promoting women’s rights and protection against violence.
COVID-19 was first confirmed in the West Bank on 5 March 2020 and in the Gaza Strip on 21 March 2020. As of 31 December 2020, there were 133,405 detected cases in Palestine (MoH). The virus and its consequences have dramatically impacted the Palestinian economy, which the World Bank estimates had contracted by at least 2.5 percent in 2020. The Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) quantifies losses at roughly 2.5 Billion USD, which would represent a 14 percent decline in the GDP. COVID-19 has also exacerbated pre-existing inequalities at the societal and family levels. Women, who were already overwhelmed by domestic tasks, were forced to take on board home-schooling. Mobility restrictions, while part of patriarchal norms in Palestinian society now became even more rigid; economic opportunities, already scarce, were narrowed down even more for women – who were more frequently employed in the informal sector and lack good working conditions. COVID-19 has tested the resilience of families across the world and this situation has in particular intensified pre-existing factors that trigger sexual, and gender-based violence (SGBV) in Palestine.
UN Women is committed to ensuring equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of humanitarian action. UN Women’s work in humanitarian action is guided by global norms and standards. As an emerging crisis, the COVID-19 crisis is expected to affect women, girls, boys, and men differently. As a result, their needs and interests will differ, as do their resources, capacities, and coping strategies. Women are often the first responders to a crisis, and they play a central role in the survival and resilience of families and communities. Understanding how the crisis has a gendered impact on the population is key to ensuring that the response of humanitarian partners guarantee the protection of all members of the affected population and contribute to addressing the needs and priorities of women, men, girls, and boys equitably and effectively.
Against this background, UN Women in Palestine is seeking to hire a Gender and Health Consultant who will be seconded to the Health Cluster for a period of seven months, from 15 May 2021 until 15 December 2021.
Under the overall guidance of UN Women Special Representative and the direct supervision of the UN Women task manager and the Health Cluster Coordinator, the consultant will be responsible for providing technical support on gender mainstreaming in the Health Cluster COVID-19 response in the West Bank and Gaza, including through data collection, capacity development, knowledge management, and policy/technical guidance.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Gender and Health consultant will work on the following:
Any other tasks as requested by supervisors.
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
Proven networking, organizational and communication skills.
Required Skills and Experience
Education: Master’s degree or equivalent in gender, health sciences, human rights, or other related fields is required.
The Consultant should have the following experience: