UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, work for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men and other diverse gender as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
UN Women’s work on ending violence against women focuses on advocacy for, and support to, women and girls’ access to quality, multi-sectoral services essential for their safety, protection, and recovery, especially for those who already suffer multiple forms of discrimination. As part of UN Women’s comprehensive approach, the team also work with partners to enhance data collection and analysis to provide a better understanding of the nature, magnitude, and consequences of violence against women and girls.
Violence negatively affects women’s health and well-being and prevents women from fully participating in society. It impacts their families, their community, and the country at large. It has tremendous costs, from greater strains on health care to legal expenses and losses in productivity.
A woman’s right to live free from violence is upheld by international agreements such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the 1993 UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.
India is among the 155 countries that have passed laws on domestic violence and has strong legislation on sexual harassment in the workplace. But challenges remain in enforcing these laws, limiting women and girls’ access to safety and justice. Efforts to prevent violence must be stronger, along with effective accountability of perpetrators. The 2011 United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights is the first global framework that outlines the role of businesses and governments in combatting human rights violations in the context of business activities. In 2015, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognised the critical importance of partnerships among governments, businesses, and civil society to implement human rights-based approaches. Gender equality is also recognized as both an enabler and accelerator for all SDGs. Adopted in 2019, International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No. 190 (C190) is the first international treaty to recognize the right of everyone to a world of work free from violence and harassment, including gender-based violence and harassment.
At the end of 2014-15, there were approximately 60-75 million people employed in the garment and textile industry worldwide, 75% of whom were women. While the garment industry creates employment opportunities for millions of workers, there are many challenges. Sexual harassment (SH) against women and girls is highly prevalent in the textile and apparel sector globally, as well as in India. This women-dominated sector with low-paid and low-skilled jobs also comes with high risks of sexual harassment and violence
Within this context, UN Women is undertaking efforts to address gender-based inequalities faced by women workers in the garment supply industry. The Project ‘Addressing Sexual Harassment of women and girls at the workplace and other forms of gender-based violence: An Initiative with Textile and Apparel Industry in Tamil Nadu’ forms part of UN Women’s ‘WeEmpower’ Asia Programme and its intersections with UN Women’s Flagship Programme Initiatives [ Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces for Women and Girls and global initiatives (SASA ,RESPECT)] to end Violence against Women and Girls. It is an innovative and catalytic initiative aimed at preventing and responding to sexual harassment at the workplace and prevention of other forms of gender-based violence against women and girls in select locations of the Textile Industry in the state of Tamil Nadu. This will be done through strategic alliances with brands, suppliers/manufacturers, government partners, service providers, industry associations, civil society organizations, women’s groups, youth groups, research institutions, communities, and women and girls on ground. The interventions implemented and lessons learned in this project will inform the development of a comprehensive Global/National Framework on Women’s Safety and Empowerment in the Textile and Apparel Supply Chain in partnership with brands, for adaptation to other country contexts in the textile industry and to other supply chains.
UN Women is seeking the services of a Programme Coordinator based in New Delhi, India who will be working with the Ending Violence Against Women Unit towards the following goals:
Output 1: Increased rights awareness among women workers in garment supply chains.
Output 2: Identifying implementable solutions towards addressing violence against women workers.
Output 3: Multistakeholder discourse on women workers’ rights, safety and redress measures in formal and informal economies.
Output 4: Increased discourse on clarity needed for roles of employees of women workers.
Theory of Change (TOC): IF:
- Women have increased awareness of legally assigned rights and solutions available to them at workplace.
- Channels to access such rights and justice in workplace are strengthened.
- Women have increased capacity to voice grievances with minimal fear of backlash.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance and direct supervision of UN Women Programme Specialist Ending Violence against Women and guidance from the Country Program Manager- Women’s Economic Empowerment, the Programme Coordinator - EVAW, will have the following Roles and Resposibilities:
- Provide technical support in the development and implementation of an integrated strategy for the delivery of technical assistance, policy advocacy and programme support;
- Work closely with Programme Specialist and the EVAW Unit to manage the project delivery on time;
- Support in the delivery and monitoring of activities aligned to the Programme Framework;
- Provide expert support and oversight of the programme design and implementation, including implementing partners (government and NGOs), consultants and collaborators, and other stakeholders;
- Draft annual workplans and progress and financial reports and as per internal UN Women processes;
- Facilitate outreach and media campaigns for the project;
- Review project implementation and expenditure of the project;
- Document good practices and updates from the programme, for website and quarterly reporting and donor reporting;
- Lead preparation and quality assurance of the internal and donor reports;
- Coordinate and monitor the work of the partners, and trainers for the project;
- Build and facilitate strategic partnerships with relevant stakeholders;
- Ensure effective communication and coordination with implementing partners in Tamil Nadu for community level mobilization;
- Draft and work in accordance with the resource mobilization strategy;
- Track and report on mobilized resources;
- Build and support the development of knowledge resources on gender-based violence: prevention and response including but not limited to resource kits/tool kits, information booklets; technology enabled interactive audio-visual tools and posts on social media for a multi-stakeholder audience;
- Maintain a record of meetings and official communication;
- Provide policy advice and technical support to Government functionaries and stakeholders related to concerned sector
- Build an online repository of knowledge resources and meeting records;
- Any other task assigned by the Programme Specialist, Country Program Manager- Women’s Economic Empowerment and Representative /Deputy Representative about overall programmatic functions.
- Ensure adherence to the UN Women operating rules and procedures
Key Performance Indicators:
- Workplan for the assignment.
- Timely and effective delivery of the project
- Coordination between key stakeholders ensured
- Strategic partnerships created
- Results based monitoring system in place
- Knowledge building and knowledge sharing facilitated
- Communications and knowledge products for the project in place
- Interim and final donor reports for the project
Core Values / Guiding Principles:
- Integrity - Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
- Professionalism - Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
- Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity - Demonstrates an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.
- Ethics and Values - Demonstrates and safeguards ethics and integrity.
- Organizational Awareness - Demonstrates corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
- Work in teams - Demonstrates ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
- Communicating and Information Sharing - Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
- Self-management and Emotional Intelligence - Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others.
- Conflict Management - Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
- Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing - Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
- Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s Degree in Social Sciences/ Social Work /Gender Studies/Public Administration/Policy/law or related fields.
- 7 years of professional experience with programming, especially project design, implementation, management, and evaluation.
- Programming experience on human rights and violence against women would be an asset.
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spread sheet and database packages.
- Experience in handling of web-based management systems.
- Experience in high level documentation and reporting skills desirable.
- Fluency in English and Hindi is required.
Interested applicants should apply to this vacancy announcement through UNDP jobs site: jobs.undp.org
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In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.