Job Description

UNDP established its electoral support project the Strengthening the Electoral Cycle in the Solomon Islands Project (SECSIP), in 2013 with the main objective to support the sustainability and credibility of the electoral processes in the Solomon Islands through continued capacity-building. UNDP SECSIP receives financial assistance from the Government of Australia, the European Union and UNDP. As reflected in SECSIP Project Document, civic education programmes aimed at increasing voters’ awareness of gender imbalances in political representation should be strengthened. Accordingly, UNDP SECSIP in close collaboration with national and international stakeholders aims to continue supporting gender mainstreaming across all aspects of the electoral cycle. To this end in 2018, SECSIP commissioned a research on ‘Women’s political participation and leadership in ten selected constituencies. The findings and recommendations informed the development of an action plan to encourage women’s political participation. The plan identified 4 basic premises: -Need for a long-term nature of promotion of women’s political participation -Short term multi-layered approach focusing on the 2019 national and provincial elections. The national general election and the provincial assembly elections held in 2018 and 2019 have yielded 2 women members of Parliament, 4 members of provincial assemblies (Isabel, Guadalcanal, Temotu and Western Province). In the case of Makira province, the provincial elections are to be held in December 2019). At local level, one woman was elected a member of Honiara City Council earlier this year. -Recognition of positive effects of short-term actions if framed within a long-term perspective -Active participation of all major segments of society in political processes, women as well as men is an indispensable aspect of a strong democracy. Under the overall guidance of SECSIP CTA and in Coordination with the UNDP Sub-Office in the Solomon Islands, UN Women, the Solomon Islands Government stakeholders, the Senior Adviser will advise in the Design and implementation of the portfolio of project activities related to women’s political participation and leadership ensuring that objectives are reached as set out in the project document. The Senior Adviser will report directly to UNDP SECSIP CTA and will work in close partnership with the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs, the Electoral Office senior management and other relevant state entities and civil society stakeholders. Duties and Responsibilities Summary of key functions: The specific duties and responsibilities during the assignment will include, but not be limited to, the following: Provision of expertise, Advisory Services, advocacy and knowledge management:  Provide expert advice to the project for the development and implementation of gender-sensitive actions, including national level guidelines, policies, procedures and legislation. This may include collaborating with other project consultants including legal experts as well as with senior officials from partner entities and other stakeholders  Plan, coordinate and organize events and conferences relevant to gender and elections and/or women’s political participation; support to SIEC/SECSIP Communication and Awareness actions linked to the portfolio under this assignment.  Lead and coordinate the planning and implementation of gender related Capacity Building activities for SIEC and other electoral stakeholders (such as CSO, media, political parties, independent candidates, etc.); conduct monitoring of actions under the area of responsibility providing suggestions for the better achievement of results.  Document major achievements and challenges in promoting gender equality in the work of elections on the Solomon Islands (and the wider Pacific region);  Prepare thematic briefing papers to keep stakeholders and donors informed.  Provide particular advice, planning and implementation with respect to the findings and recommendations of the Research on Women’s Political Participation in Selected Constituencies of Solomon Islands commissioned by SECSIP for targeted actions.  Design and develop concept on inclusive dialogues and other mechanisms for strengthening coordinating with the Government, national and international stakeholders on women’s leadership and political participation. Build networks and partnerships for women’s political participation  Implementation of the project’s actions to promote and encourage women’s leadership and political participation so project’s activities are effectively and efficiently conducted, in close coordination with the relevant partners. This will involve the Analysis of project actions to promote linkages between candidates and successful women, trainings, special publications, videos  resource centres and initiatives  including the “Outstanding Women of Solomon Islands” and “Secondary School Poster and Essay Competition on Women’s Political Participation and Leadership” Competencies Corporate Competencies:  Demonstrates high moral integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards, sound political judgment, as diplomacy, impartially and discretion and proved capacity of initiative, leadership and autonomy.  Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic, goals of UNDP.  Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitively and adaptability.  Treats all people fairly without favoritism. Functional Competencies Strategic Policy Direction  Be able to lead the strategic planning, formulation and monitoring of the portfolio of women’s political participation and leadership  Ability to identify challenges and highlights and propose alternatives to enhance implementation of project actions under relevant portfolio  Demonstrates capacity to provide substantial advice in formulating policy options for SIG and SECSIP partners on women’s leadership and inclusive political participation. Project Support  To be able to advise SIG and SECSIP partners on strategies related to women’s leadership and inclusive political participation.  To be able to provide expert advice and recommendations to the UN team and senior government officers on how UN/UNDP can further strengthen and support the women’s leadership and political participation.  Knowledge Management and Learning  Promotes knowledge management and a learning environment in the office on gender related issues:  Ability to identify significant capacity building opportunities for governmental institutions and UNDP team and to design and implement capacity building actions Networking and Communications  Excellent communication skills and ability to establish excellent professional relationships with senior national/local authorities and donor partners  Capacity to build strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and results for the client responding positively to feedback.  Excellent oral communication skills in English  Excellent written communication skills in English, with analytic capacity and ability to synthesize findings and contribute to reports in a succinct manner  Maturity and confidence in dealing with senior and high-ranking members of national and international institutions, government and non-government. Self-Management  Capacity to perform effectively under pressure and with discretion in a politically sensitive environment, with a minimum of comfort.  Good inter-personal and teamwork skills, networking aptitude, ability to work in multicultural environment and awareness of gender issues in the workplace.  Focuses on results for the clients.  Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.  Demonstrates openness to change.  Responds positively to feedback and differing points of view Required Skills and Experience Education:  A master’s degree in management, Public Administration, Political Science or in related field with a minimum of 7 years of professional work experience.  Candidates with a bachelor’s degree and more than 10 years of relevant experience in human right advocacy work with   experience on women’s advancement related issues will also be considered  Specific courses on gender advancement are considered an important asset; Experience:  Experience with international/regional organizations  Experience in working with the UN – and UNDP in particular – would be preferable. Knowledge of UN assistance procedures and best practices and experience from the Pacific region is essential.  Experience in working, liaising and collaborating with officials, governments' representatives, Civil Society Organizations, and public international organizations is required. Work on topics related to elections and democracy is required  Computer proficiency, including working knowledge of MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Language Requirements: Full working knowledge of English, including excellent drafting and presentation skills Pidgin is desired
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