UN Women: Country Representative, Kyrgyzstan (also overseeing Tajikistan and Uzbekistan)



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Localidad : Bishkek, Kirguistán
Fecha límite de postulación :10-Jan-19 (Medianoche Nueva York, Estados Unidos)
Tipo de contrato :FTA International
Nivel de puesto :P-5
Idiomas requeridos :
Inglés  
Duración del contrato inicial :1 year

Antecedentes

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.


Deberes y responsabilidades

Manage the strategic country programme planning and development:

  • Develop and implement strategic direction of the CO;
  • Lead the design, planning, formulation, preparation and development of the Country Strategic Note;
  • Provide substantive advice to the Executive Director, Regional Director and Senior Management on the regional strategy, direction and planning of programmes and projects;
  • Manage and ensure the quality of results-based and rights-based programming for the CO; Finalize the annual work plan and budget;
  • Lead the monitoring of the results-based management approach to programme planning and design.

Manage the Kyrgyzstan Country Office:

  • Lead the office in the delivery of operational goals; Finalize the annual work plan and budget; and oversee the implementation, including providing direction, guidance and technical support;
  • Oversee and approve programme work plans and monitor the overall progress and compliance of the Kyrgyzstan CO;
  • Manage the preparation of UN Women mandated country reports;
  • Manage the audit review process and timely response to audit reports;
  • Maintain and update country office security strategy, plan, and measures to ensure full compliance with UN security policies, procedures and requirements;
  • Manage the performance of staff under his/her supervision; provide managerial direction, guidance and leadership to staff and provide performance feedback and coaching to staff under supervision;
  • Maintain and update CO security strategy, plan, and measures to ensure full compliance with UN security policies, procedures and requirements.

 Represent UN Women in UN system coordination:

  • Serve as member of the UN Country Team (UNCT) under the strategic guidance and coordination of the UN Resident Coordinator (RC)/Humanitarian Coordinator (HC) and support UNCT programming and advocacy to ensure gender equality and women’s empowerment issues are fully integrated into UN programming processes, including the Common Country Assessment (CCA) and United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and in an enhanced response to national partners;
  • Partner with RC and UN system partners to strengthen UN system interagency coherence, collaboration, planning, cooperation, resource mobilization, advocacy, common services, and operations; Facilitate joint programming and promote UN competencies to advance gender equality and women’s human rights; report to the UN RC on these issues as required;
  • Ensure UN Women’s active participation in UN system thematic and other working groups to establish effective networks and keep abreast of ongoing debates and thinking on development.

 Represent UN Women and lead advocacy strategies:

  • Represent UN Women in intergovernmental forums, public information/relations events and key meetings, participate in policy dialogue; discuss policy initiatives, report on progress achieved and/or present policy papers/ideas;
  • Build relations and partnerships with high level and senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies and NGOs; and participate in regional, country and other critical meetings and events;
  • Lead and support advocacy for gender equality and women’s empowerment to ensure that UN support towards realization of the national plans and priorities are done in a gender responsive manner, and within agreed international frameworks that promote and protect gender equality.

Create and maintain strategic partnerships and manage resource mobilization strategies:

  • Lead the development of resource mobilization strategies and manage the implementation of resource mobilization strategies, plans, and efforts;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation and resource mobilization;
  • Finalize donor reports and negotiate and/or approve cost-sharing agreements with donors; Establish reporting accountability framework to ensure that donors are duly informed on a timely basis.

Knowledge management, innovation and capacity building:

  • Manage the development and implementation on CO communication plans, based on UN Women’s communication strategy;
  • Approve the implementation of innovation and best practices in the CO;
  • Promote learning and development by providing opportunities for training and capacity guiding to enhance the competencies/productivity of staff members;
  • Lead the production of knowledge products.

Oversee the UN Women Tajikistan Programme Presence:

  • Provide oversight for UN Women Programme Presence in Tajikistan;
  • Represent the Regional Office (RO) and cover high level engagement with the various stakeholders.

Oversee the UN Women activities in Uzbekistan:

  • Work with the UN Country Team (UNCT) to support GEWE related normative, coordination and high-level advocacy work;
  • Provide substantive advice to the Regional Director and Senior Management on the UN Women’s engagement and contribution to interagency, multi-country  and cross-border programmes and activities
  • Represent the Regional Office (RO) and cover high level engagement with the various stakeholders.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality development and implementation of the Country Strategic Note and Annual Workplan;
  • Timely and quality delivery on operational goals;
  • Timely submission of UN Women Country Reports, donor reports, and audit responses;
  • Quality and level of engagement with UNCT, including joint planning joint programming, joint resource mobilization, joint advocacy, working groups;
  • UN Women is seen as a reliable and trustworthy partner by governments, donors and civil society;
  • Timely development and implementation of CO resource mobilization strategy;
  • Performance of staff, security plans are in place and up to date, office produces quality knowledge products.


Competencias

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

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.

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice and interact with high level decision makers;
  • Excellent knowledge of gender equality and women's empowerment in country;
  • Strong knowledge of UN system;
  • Ability to envision and lead the strategic direction for UN Women in the country;
  • Excellent networking skills;
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies.


Habilidades y experiencia requeridas

Education:

  • Master's degree or equivalent in development related disciplines, economics or public policy or other social science fields is required;
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage.

Experience:

  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible development experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in aid development cooperation, some of which is in gender and women’s issues programming, at the international level, preferably in developing countries within the UN system, Agencies, Funds or Programmes or UN Mission;
  • Field based experience working with multi-cultural teams;
  • Experience in leading a team.

Languages:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN official language will be an asset;
  • Working knowledge of Russian is an asset.

Application:

  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from?http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment?Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

Note:

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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