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UN Women: Country Representative, Kyrgyzstan (also overseeing Tajikistan and Uzbekistan)
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Bishkek, KYRGYZSTAN|
|Application Deadline :||10-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||FTA International|
|Post Level :||P-5|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
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.
Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are among the ten poorest countries in the world, based on a projected GDP per capita for 2018: so, Tajikistan takes the 4th place in the list of the poorest countries with a projected GDP per capita in 2018 of $836; Uzbekistan occupies the 8th place in the ranking with GDP per capita of $1,026; and Kyrgyzstan takes the 10th place with GDP per capita of $1,222. Protracted economic difficulties in some countries have led to an increase in intraregional female labour migration flows. The increasing rate of HIV infections in the region (affecting migrants, sex workers, and women disproportionately) represents an urgent development challenge. Likewise, youth unemployment and poverty threaten these countries representing some of the main barriers to development. These factors, coupled with pervading traditional views and gendered mindsets, render women disproportionately affected by and exposed to violence, poverty, discrimination, persistent wage gap, exploitation, and limited career opportunities. In these countries main challenges for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) were identified in low opportunities for economic and political participation of women, including low female labour force participation rate and weak women’s presence in the political sphere. Causes are rooted in women’s limited access to land and property rights, uneven female retention rate, and gender stereotypes. Women are victims of several harmful practices such as child marriage, whilst most of them have experienced physical, psychological or sexual violence. There are also cross-border related challenges impacting all these countries – they are linked with an inefficient management and use of the shared natural resources, environmental degradation and poor water, transportation and electricity infrastructure as well as a high unemployment and poverty rates among the young population. Within the Central Asia region, the Ferghana Valley is considered as particularly vulnerable, impacted as it is by environmental hazards, water stress, ethnic tensions, increased poverty and urbanization as well as national and regional power plays.
Reporting to the Regional Director, Europe and Central Asia, the Country Representative is responsible for leading and managing the Kyrgyzstan Country Office (CO) portfolio and for translating the UN Women's Strategic Plan (SP) in line with regional and national priorities, into development initiatives and results by developing, implementing and managing programmes and projects for the country; and developing effective partnerships with Government counterparts, UN system agencies and organizations, civil society organizations, and with bilateral and non-traditional donors in order to promote inter-agency partnerships, support for UN reform, and mobilization of visibility and resources to advance gender equality and women's empowerment.
The incumbent of this position will also oversee UN Women’s programme activities in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The incumbent will provide oversight for UN Women programme presence in Tajikistan, represent the Regional Office (RO) and cover high level engagement with the various stakeholders. In Uzbekistan, the incumbent will work with the UN Country Team (UNCT) to support GEWE related normative and high-level advocacy work, as well as will activities related to cross-border programmes. Similarly, the incumbent will also represent the RO Regional Office (RO) and cover high level engagement with the various stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities
Manage the strategic country programme planning and development:
Manage the Kyrgyzstan Country Office:
Represent UN Women in UN system coordination:
Represent UN Women and lead advocacy strategies:
Create and maintain strategic partnerships and manage resource mobilization strategies:
Knowledge management, innovation and capacity building:
Oversee the UN Women Tajikistan Programme Presence:
Oversee the UN Women activities in Uzbekistan:
Key Performance Indicators:
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.
Required Skills and Experience
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.
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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.