UN Women: Policy Specialist, Gender and Migration
Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women will work 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 will lead and coordinate United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development recognizes that gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will make a crucial contribution to progress across all goals and targets – and promises to leave no one behind. UN Women is committed to ensuring that SDG 5 (Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls) is applied to migrant women and girls, ending all forms of discrimination and inequality in law and practice – including in migration governance.
The New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants called for the launch of a process of intergovernmental negotiations in 2017 which will lead on to the adoption of a global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration (global compact) at an intergovernmental conference in 2018. As the blueprint to the governance and coordination on international migration, it is critical that gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is central to the global compact to ensure that the human rights of all migrants are promoted and protected at all stages of migration. The development of the global compact over the course of 2017 and 2018 presents a unique opportunity to ensure that migrant women’s human rights are effectively promoted and protected at all stages of migration. UN Women is committed to ensure that the global compact is gender responsive.
To this end, UN Women together with leading experts from treaty bodies, UN agencies and civil society has developed expert recommendations on addressing women’s human rights in the global compact for migration, and will co-chair an Expert Working Group for addressing women’s human rights in the global compact. The key role of the Expert Working Group is to mobilize forces to ensure that gender equality and the rights of migrant women and girls are central in the preparatory process leading to the adoption of the global compact.
Under the supervision of the Policy Advisor, Sustainable Development the Policy Specialist is responsible for the substantive secretariat for the Expert Working Group. This position will provide support to network management, coordinate the organization of side events and meetings, provide substantive inputs to strategic advocacy and policy dialogue, coordinate the dissemination of the recommendations, and provide technical and coordination support in resource mobilization and donor liaison.
Duties and Responsibilities
Serve as the substantive secretariat for the Expert Working Group:
- Organize and chair regular meetings of the Expert Working Group;
- Seek inputs for the planning and implementation of activities from members of the Expert Working Group;
- Keep members of the Expert Working Group abreast of pertinent developments and outcomes of joint activities;
- Prepare background notes, agendas and summaries of meetings.
Build and maintain relations and manage the Network activities:
- Strengthen relationships with members of the Expert Working Group;
- Build, strengthen and expand relationships with Member States, treaty bodies, UN agencies and civil society partners;
- Prepare and carry out briefings at treaty body review sessions.
Organize side events and meetings:
- Organize side events and other meetings at informal thematic sessions, multi-stakeholder hearings and other key events taking place in preparation for the global compact for migration;
- Secure the participation of members of the Expert Working Group as panellists in these meetings.
Strengthen strategic advocacy and policy dialogue:
- Provide substantive support and technical inputs on women’s human rights in migration to inter-agency issue briefs and other key documents;
- Engage in strategic advocacy with Member States, treaty bodies, UN agencies and civil society partners to build the capacity and accountability of participants of global/ regional/ national preparatory processes to address the rights of migrant women in the global compact for migration.
Dissemination of the Recommendations:
- Develop a dissemination strategy for the recommendations for consultation and inputs.
Coordinate Resource mobilisation and donor liaison activities:
- Develop and implement resource mobilization strategies and liaise with donors;
- Manage and track spending against the budget and prepare donor reports.
Key Performance Indicators:
- Timely and quality support to and collaboration with members of the Expert Working Group and other key partners;
- Quality organization of events and meetings;
- Quality inputs to issue briefs and documents;
- Wide dissemination of recommendations on addressing women’s human rights in the global compact for migration;
- Developed and implemented resource mobilization strategies;
- Regular interactions with and timely follow up on request from donors, partners and other stakeholders.
- Respect for Diversity;
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- 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
- Thorough knowledge of international mechanisms to protect Women Migrant Workers;
- Demonstrated knowledge of CEDAW and General Recommendation 26;
- Excellent relationships with treaty bodies;
- Expertise and knowledge on gender equality and migrant women’s human rights;
- Experience in leading the design and implementation of projects or programmes on protecting migrant women workers’ human and labour rights;
- Knowledge of the preparatory process for the intergovernmental negotiations of the global compact for safe, orderly and regular migration;
- Strong networking skills;
- Strong writing skills;
- Ability to negotiate and interact with donors, identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising
- Capacity to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time;
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree in social sciences, gender/women’s studies, development studies, or a related technical field is required.
- At least 5 years of experience in policy research and analysis, and normative work in gender equality and women’s rights;
- Experience in leading the implementation of projects or programmes on protecting the labour and human rights of women migrant workers;
- Experience in establishing strong relationships with treaty bodies in the field of gender and human rights of women;
- Familiarity with the UN system’s rules and procedures is an asset.
- Fluency in English is required;
- Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.
- 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.
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.