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Women, Peace & Security Program Technical Specialist in Somalia
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home Based, SOMALIA|
|Application Deadline :||18-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|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 :||60 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||60 working days (15th May-12th Sept)|
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.
Background and Justification
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 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. UN partners in Somalia operationalizes the above through Joint Programming Initiatives (JPs) developed to achieve transformative results for gender equality and women empowerment in line with the UNSCF 2021-2025, NDP-9, National Action Plan on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict, Somalia Women’s Charter and the draft National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. The JPs also responds to the expanded agenda for SCR 1325, Beijing+20 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The resolutions on sustaining peace (S/RES/2282 and A/RES/70/262) offer a comprehensive approach to peacebuilding that prioritizes supporting capacities for peace across the conflict cycle. These resolutions also recognize the importance of joint analysis and effective strategic planning across the United Nations system in its long-term engagement in conflict-affected countries while underscoring the importance of inclusivity of women, youth and CSOs as critical in all conflict prevention and peacebuilding efforts.
In Somalia, the Government and the CSOs have taken a number of initiatives to operationalize the WPS agenda. The Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development (MoWHRD) with support of UN Women, UNDP and other development partners has led the development of the Somalia Women’s Charter. The Somali Women’s Charter lists down priorities identified by Somali women and gender champions during the Somali Women’s Convention which took place over three days in March 2019, which is also reinforced by a national consultation meeting held on 15 December 2020. The Charter assures unconditional commitment to gender equality, human rights and empowerment of women, zero tolerance to gender-based violence (GBV), justice for all, women’s economic empowerment, reconciliation and peace for women at the center of transitional justice. To operationalize the WPS agenda and the Somali Women’s Charter the MoWHRD has also identified and designated “Charter Champions” for oversight and support to implementation of the Somali Women’s Charter.
UN Women Somalia also supported the Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development in developing a draft National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security and the Somalia Women Charter. The plan is in draft form and expected to be finalized by September 2021.
In order to strategically engaging in planning processes around the above areas and position UN, Government and CSOs partners to mainstream gender and promote women and youth participation in the response, an expert consultant is required to convene and execute PBF full proposal development processes in Somalia and also support the finalization of the NAP on SCR 1325 utilizing methodology that the UN and Government partners through a consultative process have adopted as part of a joint gender-responsive conflict analysis initiative.
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