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Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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.
Placing women's rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations System's efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. UN Women provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women's Peace and Security cluster is responsible for providing technical support to UN Women Country Offices in a number of areas, including: conflict prevention and peacebuilding, justice sector and security reform, transitional justice, promoting women's political participation and mainstreaming gender issues into governance reforms. It has global components but is grounded in country-level activities. To further this work, UN Women has entered into a joint partnership with the Peacebuilding Support Office to support the implementation of the Secretary-General's Report on Women's Participation in Peacebuilding. At its core, the report contains a 7-point action plan for gender-responsive peacebuilding, with concrete recommendations covering the following thematic areas: mediation, UN post-conflict planning, financing for peacebuilding, the deployment of civilian capacities, governance, rule of law and economic recovery. The joint partnership works to translate these commitments into country-level results.
The staff member will manage the South Sudan component of this joint programme and have dual reporting lines to the UN Women South Sudan Country Director and the Chief of the Peace and Security thematic cluster (on behalf of the UN Women/PBSO joint programme Steering Committee).
UN Women has established a programme for South Sudan that targets 5 key priority areas: (i) Peace consolidation and gender responsiveness of security sector reform processes strengthened; (ii) Protection of women and girls enhanced; (iii) Women's economic security enhanced; (iv) Women's leadership and gender-responsive governance, enhanced; and (v) Women's access to adult literacy services increased.
Priority area one specifically looks at supporting women's peacebuilding networks and efforts. Additionally, the South Sudan UN Country Team will soon begin a process to 'nationalise' the 7-point action plan in order to generate concrete results in the area of women's participation in peacebuilding, which UN Women South Sudan will coordinate and oversee.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Specialist will: (a) engage and support women's civil society groups to participate in peacebuilding, as identified in the UN Women South Sudan Country Programme; (b) provide micro-grants to community organizations to support them in meeting their peacebuilding and security related needs; (c) provide technical support on women, peace and security to UN, Government, donor and CSO partners in South Sudan; (d) support the country level implementation of the Secretary-General's Action Plan on Women's Participation in Peacebuilding.
All coordination-related work will be done in collaboration with the UN Women South Sudan Coordination Specialist.
Specific duties include -:
Project Management
  • Manages the country-level partnership between UN Women and the Peacebuilding Support Office, 'Building Back Better: Gender Responsive Peacebuilding' and oversee UN Women South Sudan's work on peace consolidation.
  • Develops, manages and oversees project budget, in consultation with UN Women South Sudan Country Director and HQ Peace & Security cluster, and in close collaboration with administrative and financial staff, including the management of programming funds received for peacebuilding, conflict resolution and mitigation.
  • Develops annual work plan for implementation of outputs and generation of results. Ensure high-quality, evidence-based, results-oriented reporting on the results generated.
  • Designs and implements a baseline study on women's community security and peacebuilding needs in target communities, in partnership with UNDP's ongoing community security programming. Coordinates with civil society, the Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare (MOGCSW), UN entities and other key partners on the identification of priorities and stakeholders.
  • Supports the selection of partners for project implementation in line with UN Women rules and regulations.
  • Supports the establishment of requisite small grants dispersal mechanism in line with priorities identified during initial stages of project implementation.
  • Supports effective information flow, communication and coordination with and between the UN Women South Sudan Office and UN Women Peace & Security cluster.
  • Supervises support staff as required, including consultants, providing services linked to the implementation of programme.
  • Ensures procurement and staffing requirements of the programmes are met and comply with UN Women and UN rules and regulations.
Support to National Women's Organizations to Engage in Peacebuilding
  • Provides support and resources to women's grassroots peacebuilding efforts. Support to be identified through baseline study listed above, as well as through community security threat mapping undertaken in partnership with relevant actors.
  • Supports grassroots women's organizations to advocate for gender-responsive peacebuilding and participates in key decision-making forums.
  • Supports CSOs, advocates and women's organizations to establish collective advocacy platform. Development of position papers and awareness-raising campaigns on the importance of women's participation in peacebuilding.
  • Facilitates 'Open Days' between UN senior leaders and women peacebuilders on their priorities for peacebuilding.
  • Provides expert advice to UN, CSOs and Govt partners as requested on women, peace and security. This could include support related to, inter alia, integrating gender equality into peace and security programming, integrating gender into peace & security national planning framework and peace & security-related national law reform.
  • Supports, as needed, integrating civil society perspectives into UN and national peacebuilding planning frameworks.
  • Facilitates South-South and regional cooperation on gender-responsive pecebuilding.
  • Undertakes frequent field missions throughout South Sudan and meetings with national CSOs.
Technical Support Provided to Conflict Mitigation Mechanisms
  • Conducts a desk review of conflict-mitigation mechanisms, formal and informal, in use in South Sudan. Undertake a gender analysis of different systems, with identification of entry points for engagement.
  • Provides technical support and capacity building, as requested, to partners on generating gender-responsive conflict mitigation mechanisms.
  • Facilitates the dispersal of small grants to increase gender-responsiveness of conflict-mitigation mechanisms at community level.
Technical Assistance on Women and Peacebuilding to UN partners, to be undertaken in tandem with the UN Women Coordination Specialist
  • Supports the Coordination Specialist in the UN national system-wide coordination and implementation of the Secretary-General's Action Plan for Women's Participation in Peacebuilding.
  • Working with the UN Coordination Specialist, provides technical assistance to members of the South Sudan UN on women and peacebuilding with a focus on supporting programme development and system-wide learning on gender-responsive peacebuilding through real-time monitoring and evaluation.
  • Leads the development and implementation of a financial-tracking system for the UN's peacebuilding funds.
  • Works with the in-country Peacebuilding Fund mechanism (if ever applicable) to support the development of quality gender and peacebuilding projects for PBF submission, in particular in the areas of economic recovery and rule of law.
  • Supports the Coordination Specialist to raise awareness within the UNCT and national partners of the importance of women's role in peacebuilding, and highlighting practical recommendations for integrating women into all areas of peacebuilding, with a particular focus on economic recovery, rule of law and transitional justice.
Impact of Results
The Gender and Peacebuilding Specialist will implement UN Women South Sudan's programming on peacebuilding with the aim of supporting South Sudanese women to be active partners in deepening peace in South Sudan. In addition, the Specialist will work with UN, Government and CSO partners to ensure peacebuilding policy and programmes respond to women's and men's needs and priorities.



Integrity: Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity: Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Ethics and Values: Promoting Ethics and Integrity / Creating Organizational Precedents
Organizational Awareness: Building support and political acumen
Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring: Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation
Working in Teams: Building and promoting effective teams
Communicating Information and Ideas: Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication
Self-management and Emotional intelligence: Creating an emotionally intelligent organization
Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements: Leveraging conflict in the interests of the organization & setting standards
Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning: Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking
  • Promotes knowledge management in UN Women and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example.
  • Development and Operational Effectiveness:
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to lead the formulation and monitoring of management projects;
  • Solid knowledge of financial and human-resources management, contracts, asset and procurement, information and communication technology, general administration;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

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.
All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History Form (P-11) which can be downloaded from 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.
An advanced University degree (Masters level) in social sciences, political science, international affairs, international development studies, gender/women's studies, human rights or a related technical field.
  • At least five years' relevant experience in programming on women, peace and security;
  • Prior experience, at the country level, preferably in a conflict or post-conflict context, will be an asset;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of programming for gender-responsive peacebuilding;
  • Experience providing high-level policy advice and technical assistance on women, peace and security;
  • Experience engaging in results oriented in-country capacity development;
  • Experience supporting women's organizations in conflict and post-conflict situations is desirable;
  • Professional project management, monitoring and evaluation experience;
  • Experience working within the UN is an asset;
  • Fluency in English is required.
Language Requirements:
Outstanding oral and written communication skills in English and one other UN language. Arabic is an asset.
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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.

Consultant – Governance Programme

SSA Announcement UNWOMEN/PAK/2011/003 - International Consultant – Governance Programme

Organization : UNWOMEN

Duty Station : Islamabad, Pakistan

Duration : 1 Feb 2012 - 30 June 2012 ( 128 days)

Type of Contract : SSA – (Short Service Agreement)

1. Background and Purpose:

UN WOMEN Pakistan is committed to provide technical support to Government of Pakistan in advancing the gender equality and women’s empowerment commitments made under; Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Beijing Platform for Action, Convention on the Rights of the child (CRC), Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CRD) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

In Pakistan as compared to the region there are higher numbers of women in Parliament contributing to stronger emphasis to women’s issues. This political participation of women is contributing towards facilitating women’s direct involvement in public decision-making and is a means of ensuring better accountability for women. At the same time vigilance needs to be paramount to ensure women friendly reforms in election related laws and policies and its implementation. Women’s participation in politics as voters, candidates, and political activists’ needs to be further strengthened and an enabling environment in which women can exercise their political rights without fear and coercion yet needs. Temporary measures like allocating 10% quota for women on winnable seats by political parties, voters and civic education programs and voters registration seats are also equally important to ensure increased women representation and participation in elections.

UN Women in collaboration with UNDP under its Electoral Cycle Support to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECAP) will be providing technical assistance to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to ensure gender mainstreaming at all levels in preparation for the upcoming election in 2013. A separate project office will be established for ECAP Project by UNDP. UNW among other staff will place an International Consultant to work closely with the UNW programme team, ECAP project team to facilitate ECP in its endeavours of voter’s education and gender mainstreaming.

He/she will be based at ECAP Project office, and work in close collaboration and direction of ECAP team leader and Secretary ECP or a person nominated by the secretary. However, the final mechanism will be agreed upon with ECP and clearly notified within two months of joining. The International Consultant will provide regular updates on his/her work or emerging opportunities/challenges to the Secretary ECP, ECAP team and UNW Governance programme team fortnightly

Tasks and Responsibilities:

The tasks and responsibilities for the International Consultant are as follows:
• Providing technical assistance to ECP to develop and adopt implementation plans and operational strategies around CEDAW and other national and international commitments of the GOP on Gender Equality (GE), Women Empowerment (WE),
• Support the development of gender policy for ECP and its implementation plan by working closely with key actors involved in the process and ECP Secretary and designated officer for the purpose.
• Provide recommendations and plans for gender mainstreaming in all areas of research, legal reforms and voters education materials.
• Review and provide quality technical input in all the processes related to research, legislative reforms, campaign, voters education, capacity building of ECP to ensure that gender is mainstream in all processes at all levels.
• Ensure strong gender perspective in all monitoring and evaluation plans and human resource policies of the project.
• Ensure that electoral research that is outsourced also maintains gender perspective and its findings are analysed from the perspective of men and women and disseminated accordingly.

Some important deliverables includes;
• Implementation plan and operational strategic plans for gender mainstreaming agreed with ECP
• Best practices and recommendations for gender mainstreaming are documented and shared with ECP
• Fortnightly and quarterly progress reports submitted to ECP

Requirements, Qualifications, and Experience:

- Advanced university Degree or equivalent in Development Studies, gender studies, anthropology, and legal studies with special focus on women issues or any other related field.
- Minimum 10 to 12 years international experience in working with the Government and international organizations on development issues, with strong experience in Gender and Development issues and programmes;

- Experience in report writing, editing, communications and coordination skills in English.
- Good time management and interpersonal skills.
- Extensive work experience in Social Sector focusing on promotion of women's human rights and gender equality.
- Knowledge of CEDAW, and other related international Conventions & instruments. Also, knowledge of Pakistan's all national and international commitments related to women is valuable.
- Knowledge of International legislative framework and electoral processes.

Application Process:

Interested applicants may apply to this announcement, using the “UN Personal History Form - P 11” and the latest CV.

All applications to this vacancy should be sent to :

Please insert Announcement Number in the Subject of the E-mail. Applications without the SSA Announcement Number or with the incorrect Announcement Number will not be accepted.

NOTE : Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


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