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(Re-advertising) International consultant to advance understanding of journalists and media towards gender equality (UN WOMEN)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home based with travel to Chisinau, MOLDOVA|
|Application Deadline :||16-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||9 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||up to 60 days during 9 months|
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.
UN Women’s presence in the Republic of Moldova has evolved from being a project-based office in 2007 to a Country Office with full delegated authority as of 2015. In 2018 UN Women Moldova Country Office started to implement its newly approved Strategic Note (SN) for 2018-2022, which is aligned with the Republic of Moldova–United Nations Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development 2018–2022 and the Global Strategic Plan of UN Women. Under its current SN, UN Women cooperates closely with the government, civil society, academia, private sector and the media to advance social, economic and political rights and opportunities for women and girls, placing special focus on those from marginalized, excluded and under-represented groups. These include rural women, Romani women, women with disabilities, women living with or affected by HIV, women survivors of violence, women migrants, elderly women and others. UN Women’s operation in Moldova focuses on bringing about concrete change in the lives of women and the society towards the long-term impact of achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in the country. Specifically, the SN 2018-2022 advances progress under the following three Impact Areas (IA): IA1:?More women fully participate and lead in gender responsive governance processes and institutions, including in the security sector, IA2: Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy, IA3: Public authorities, institutions and communities prevent violence against women and girls and deliver quality essential services. Towards these Impact Areas, UN Women works with variety of national and international partners to challenge gender-based stereotypes and towards the creation of an environment, whereby women act as key agents of change towards greater equality and development, in partnership with men and boys.
The media plays a significant role in perpetuating stereotypes as well as challenging social norms that condone discrimination or violence against women.?The media are?influential actors and essential partners to advance the gender equality agenda as they influence the way women’s and men’s roles and contributions to social, political and economic life are perceived by the public.?According to the data provided by the Public Opinion Barometer published in April 2017, the media is the second most trustworthy institution in the Republic of Moldova. According to the same report, television (TV) is the most important source of information for the population (65%) as well as the most trustworthy (40% of respondents) followed by the Internet in importance (24% of respondents) and trustworthiness (22% of respondents).
UN Women collaborates closely with the media as a key ally in advancing women’s rights, mainly on two fronts: 1) in their reporting, in disrupting stereotypes and biases towards a non-stereotypical and dignified portrayal of women, and ensuring a more balanced representation of women and men’s roles in society 2) In increasing the number of women in the media, including in leadership and decision-making roles.
Even though it is known that giving women a stronger and equal voice in the news is not only a matter of rights and democratic values, but also leads to higher quality journalism, journalistic practices in Moldova still fall short in the way women are portrayed both in quantitative and qualitative terms. Women politicians, for example, are underrepresented in news before and after elections. There is a strong preoccupation with women as mainly victims or celebrities.
In the Republic of Moldova, UN Women has been working in challenging the stereotypical portrayal of women in media since 2008 through employing various tools, most notable among which is gender self-assessment of media organizations. In 2013, in total 17 print and on-line media organizations participated in the self-assessment initiative and scored positive results, with some of them increasingly portraying women in the domains of politics and economy as well as increasing practices of gender sensitive reporting. A similar exercise was undertaken in 2015-2016, in partnership with the Association with Independent Press (API), through UN Programme “Women in Politics”/ UN Women component, and was extended to a broader range of 30 print, on-line and audio-visual media organizations to undertake gender self-assessment before, during and after the elections. This led to stronger awareness, and resulted in an increase in the share of women featured as main protagonists in sections where they were significantly under-represented in some of the participating outlets.
In September 2016, the self-assessment exercise peaked with the signing by 37 TV, print and online media outlets of commitments to respecting gender equality principles, specifying concrete steps to be performed. One of these steps is publishing a specific number of articles per month dedicated to promoting gender equality. Another is the use of gender sensitive language. Despite the progress made, an independent monitoring of the target media institutions in 2017 revealed that only some of them have maintained the progress made during the self-assessment and some have slipped backwards. Many have not managed to fulfill the gender equality commitments made.
In addition, in the previous years, UN Women has carried out different trainings and workshops with journalists on the topics of gender equality and gender sensitive reporting, as well as hands-on peer support in writing success stories for women in different fields of life. As a result of provided support in increasing media’s understanding related to gender equality and gender sensitive story-writing, the awareness of individual journalists was raised and progress in terms of promoting gender equality in media by them was noticed. This involves the increase of interest among journalists towards subjects reflecting women’s empowerment and gender equality and using of gender sensitive language, including feminization where required, in the media products.
Based on this work, further efforts are needed to increase understanding and strengthen the knowledge, capacities and skills of journalists to respect gender equality principles when developing media products and to use ensure gender sensitive and high-quality story-telling and reporting.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative and direct supervision of UN Women Communications Specialist, the consultant will be responsible to lead and coordinate two major tasks to be considered as separate, generally aimed at strengthening media understanding on gender sensitive storytelling. Specifically, the consultant will be responsible for following:
Task 1: The launch of UN Women capacity building Programme for journalists, 2018 edition, which will be composed of the following stages: contest for participants on creating gender sensitive media materials/articles; capacity building sessions; and study mission to a country from Europe with good practices of promoting gender equality in media.
Task 2: Provide support to Audiovisual Coordinating Council (ACC) in mainstreaming gender equality in their work, including developing a methodology for external monitoring of audiovisual media outlets, revision of Audiovisual Code. Besides this, the international consultant is expected to develop some knowledge products related to gender mainstreaming in media to be used by UN Women.
The international consultant will work in close collaboration with a national company/organization and UN Women designated personnel, which will be directly responsible of provision of conceptual and logistical support for organization of above mentioned Programme.
Duties and responsibilities of the Consultant:
Task 1:The launch of UN Women capacity building Programme for journalists, 2018 edition, which will be composed of the following stages: contest for participants on creating gender sensitive media materials/articles; capacity building sessions; and study mission to a country from Europe with good practices of promoting gender equality in media.
Under this task, the international consultant will be responsible to undertake the following duties:
1.6 In close cooperation with the national company and UN Women delegated personnel, the international consultant will be responsible to provide support in organization of a study mission for journalists winners awarded at the Gala (and possibly other selected media representatives) to a country in Europe with best practices in promoting gender equality in media. The consultant will be responsible to identify such good practices, develop draft mission agenda and set up meetings and discussions with journalists and representatives of media institutions, gender equality experts and other relevant stakeholders from the selected country.
Task 2: Provide support to Audiovisual Coordinating Council (ACC) in mainstreaming gender equality in their work. Besides this, the international consultant is expected to develop some knowledge products related to gender mainstreaming in media to be used by UN Women.
Under this task, the international consultant will be responsible to undertake the following duties:
Conduct research on best practices from other countries in relation to media outlets and media regulators ensuring gender sensitive practices and journalistic gender sensitive reporting. The research should contain recommendations to UN Women about the potential implementation of such practices in Moldova.Compile and submit to UN Women a list of journalists and media workers from other countries that have developed powerful materials on gender equality.
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
Displays cultural, gender, religion and age sensitivity and adaptability.
Required Skills and Experience
UN Women applies fair and transparent selection process that would take into account the competencies/skills of the applicants as well as their financial proposals.
UN WOMEN 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.
APPLICATION INFORMATION Pr18/01670:
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IMPORTANT NOTE: Please note this is a re-advertisement of the International Consultant to advance understanding of journalists and media towards gender equality position published Here. Previous applicants need not to apply. The previous applicants will be considered during evaluation of offers.
Interested candidates must submit via online submission system the following documents/ information to demonstrate their qualification:
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Qualified women candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
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.