United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Gender Specialist (3 Positions)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

  3 Positions for Ermera, Viqueque, Bobonaro Municipalities To address the challenges of VAWG, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations have embarked on a new multi-year program- the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative. The Spotlight Initiative aims to support transformative change on the ground to end violence against women and girls and harmful practices in numerous countries globally. The Initiative comes with the highest level of commitment globally and is governed by the UN Deputy Secretary-General and the EU Commission's vice president.

The Spotlight Initiative in Timor-Leste will be implemented through five UN agencies (UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP, UNICEF, and ILO) to address intimate partner violence and domestic violence. In addition to the five agencies above, the Programme will collaborate with the International Organization for Migration, the Human Rights Advisor's Unit, and the World Health Organization.

The Spotlight Initiative's overall vision in Timor-Leste is that women and girls enjoy their right to a life free of violence within an inclusive and gender-equitable Timor-Leste.

The program, aligned to the Timor-Leste "National Action Plan on Gender-based Violence (2017-2021)" will contribute to the elimination of domestic violence/ intimate partner violence (DV/IPV) by responding to the needs of women and girls and addressing the underlying causes of violence against women and girls using a multi-sectoral and intersectional approach to implement intervention on the following six outcomes areas: 1) Pillar 1: Legislation and Policies 2) Pillar 2: Institutional strengthening 3) Pillar 3: Prevention of violence 4) Pillar 4: Available, accessible, and acceptable, quality services 5) Pillar 5: Quality and reliable data 6) Pillar 6: Supporting women's movements and relevant Civil Society Organizations The Programme is grounded on the core principle of leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest behind first. The interventions have been designed to target women and girls most marginalized (rural, poor, with disabilities), at higher risk of intimate partner violence, and groups that face multiple or intersecting forms of discrimination.

To ensure the effective and meaningful impact of the Spotlight Initiative in Timor-Leste, the Programme will focus on a comprehensive set of actions at the national level, alongside community-based interventions in 3 municipalities (of the country's 13 municipalities). Based on a preliminary Analysis of needs, gaps, and opportunities, from a thematic and geographic lens and consultations with various stakeholders, the Programme will focus its community-level efforts in Ermera, Viqueque, and Bobonaro municipalities.

Against this background, the project is hiring three Gender Specialists based in the Municipal Authority of Ermera, Viqueque, Bobonaro to provide Technical Support on mainstreaming gender and the prevention of violence against women and girls into the Municipality's 2021 Action plan. The Gender Specialists will work closely with the Municipal Authorities of Ermera, Viqueque, Bobonaro on their response and VAWG prevention across the municipality.

The Gender Specialist will also provide support to the Spotlight Initiative-UNDP team to develop, implement, monitor, and evaluate the following activities: Activity 2.2.1 Municipal strategies aligned with NAP GBV: Based on the work done on identifying the gaps and needs on the local level, supporting the municipalities in incorporating and delivering prevention and response of GBV as part of their annual work plans.

Activity 4.2.2 Linking the work of the GWG from the municipal level on the NAP GBV obligations for service provision on a lower level of governance (post-administrative), closer to the survivors. This is a pilot activity linked to municipal Coordination activities, supporting prioritizing actions in the action plan designed at the municipal level.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Gender Specialist will provide support to the Spotlight Initiative-UNDP team with its work with the Municipal Authorities in Ermera, Viqueque, and Bobonaro and will undertake the following tasks: Activity 2.2.1 Municipal strategies aligned with NAP GBV: Based on the work done on identifying the gaps and needs on a local level, supporting the municipalities in incorporating and delivering prevention and response of GBV as part of their annual work plans.

  • Review and analyze the UNDP-SI's planned activities with the Municipal Authority (Activity 2.2.1 and 4.2.2) and provide recommendations for implementation as well as Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E);
  • With reference to the NAP-GBV, assess the Municipality's actions in delivering services in the prevention of and in response to GBV and provide recommendations for activities that can be included into the 2021 Municipality Action Plan as well as recommendations for their implementation and M&E;
  • Based on the recommendations made in the assessment report, review the Municipality 2021 Action Plan in close collaboration with the relevant departments in the Municipal Authority, and facilitate the planning, budgeting, and M&E discussion to ensure that the Municipal strategy is aligned with the NAP-GBV;
  • Coordinate with the Municipal Authority and the relevant entities (government staff, Gender Working Group, gender focal point, CSOs, and UN agencies) to implement the EVAWG-related activities of the Municipality Action Plan (Activities 2.2.1 and 4.2.2);
  • Provide capacity-building training on gender-related topics (gender mainstreaming, GBV, among others) to the Municipality Authorities staff, focusing on the Gender Working Group. The Gender Specialist shall develop a capacity-building training work plan in close collaboration with the relevant entities of the Municipality Authorities (to ensure it responds to the capacity-building needs they have identified) and with the UNDP Spotlight Initiative team;
  • Provide technical advisory support to all Municipality staff on a gender-related issue;
  • Coordinate UNDP's support to Municipality as requested – procurement of items, production of communication materials, and others (Activities 2.2.1 and 4.2.2).
Activity 4.2.2 Linking the work of the GWG from a municipal level on the NAP GBV obligations for service provision on a lower level of governance (post-administrative), closer to the survivors. This is a pilot activity linked to municipal coordination activities, supporting the implementation of prioritized actions in the action plan designed at a municipal level.

  • Coordinate with Municipal Authority and the identified administrative post to hire staff in the administrative post to ensure prioritized EVAWG actions under municipality action plan are implemented at the administrative post level;
  • Prepare TOR for hiring the staff- gender Focal Point in an administrative post to implement GBV-related components of the Municipality Action Plan at the administrative post level;
  • With the support of the hired staff in the administrative post, prepare all the documentation and take part in the selection of the CSOs for the small grants for small community projects aligned with municipal investment work plan at the administrative post level;
  • Support to monitor the grants for small community projects aligned with municipal investment work plan at the administrative post level;
  • Coordinate with CSOs to conduct the Capacity Building related workshops/ short-term training to the community of the respective Municipality on the prevention of violence against women and girls;
  • Support with the implementation of broader Activity tasks as required for the project's success and other duties as assigned.

Competencies

Functional / Technical Knowledge:?

  • Excellent coordination and communications skills, including the ability to convince, convey and advocate;
  • Ability to consolidate information from multiple sources;
  • Able to prepare strategic information for decision-makers;
  • Ability to work independently as well as a good team player;
  • Excellent time management and ability to produce outputs as per agreed deadlines;

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master's Degree or bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in international development, international relations, women's studies, public Administration, or a relevant field.
Professional Experience:?

  • At least one year of relevant experience with a master's degree or two years with a bachelor's degree at the national or international level in working for gender equality and mainstreaming with a specific focus on government and civil society strengthening, including conducting analyses, action planning, making recommendations, and reporting.
  • Experience working to promote and develop gender-sensitive policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Experience imparting internal and/or external gender training to mainstream gender programming and sensitivities across institutional practices and programming.
  • Experience developing and tracking gender-related indicators for government-funded programs.
  • Experience working to develop and implement programming that supports women and members of marginalized communities to participate in civil society.
  • Experience working with municipality institutions and/or at the municipal level is an asset.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and individually with limited supervision.
  • Demonstrated expertise in managing development projects with the focus on capacity building;
Language Skills

  • The candidate shall be fluent in English with excellent writing abilities;
  • Knowledge of Tetum required;
  • Knowledge of Portuguese as an asset;
  • Knowledge of local dialect (determined by the municipality in which the Gender Specialist will be based) as an asset.
Interested applicants are mandatory to apply online through https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?job_id=96603. Supporting documents/filled templates to be submitted along with the applications are following, and those templates can be download from https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=74810.

  • UN P11 Form
  • Individual Contract Offerors Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability
  • Individual Contract Reference Check (at least from two referees)
  • CV
Any request for clarification must be sent in writing to procurement.staff.tp@undp.org
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