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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Gender-based violence
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2017-11-10

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UN Women: Capacity Development and Knowledge Management Specialist, Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG)

New York City (United States of America)

Background

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.

The European Union and the United Nations have launched the Spotlight Initiative aimed at addressing all forms of violence against women and girls, and harmful practices, which will follow a transformative and evidence-based approach, addressing unequal power relations between men and women and focusing on gender equality and women’s empowerment. In line with the principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Initiative will follow a human rights-based approach and take into consideration the specific needs of women and girls who experience multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and uphold the principle of “leaving no one behind”.

Spotlight Initiative aims to support transformative change on the ground to end violence against women and girls, in numerous countries globally. In order to ensure coherence, alignment, quality, and strong technical support for a programme of this size with regional specificities, the Initiative will be supported by a Technical Unit. A multi-partner fund has been set up to receive, disburse and manage funds and deliver programmes under the Initiative. The Secretariat for the Initiative will comprise two parts, the programme fund management component (housed at the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office) and the Technical Unit (housed at UN Women).

The Technical Unit is accountable for the technical quality and coherence of the Fund, it will respond to requests from the Fund’s Strategic and Operational Committee, for support and assistance to: Provide key technical support and guidance in development of country programmes: collaborate with and provide support to technical officers of UN Agencies at country and regional levels to guarantee the technical quality and coherence of the Fund, regularly brief and consult all relevant UN Agencies, serve as a liaison to civil society at the global level to build partnerships and ensure inclusion, ensure timely deployment of technical capacity to country programmes as needed, initiate and support regional programming where there is no regional structure, make the linkages between programming and policy outputs, provide on-going monitoring support for quality assurance, coordinate the evaluation of programmes, and ensure public information, communication and visibility for the Initiative and Conduct analysis and management of the Fund’s knowledge.

The Technical Unit will be led by a Senior Technical Advisor who will work closely with the Fund’s Secretariat, the core implementing agencies (UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP) and the Administrative Agent (MPTFO) and will be overseen by the EOSG.

The Capacity Development and Knowledge Management Specialist will report to the Senior Technical Advisor. He/She Is responsible for providing technical support in the development and implementation of the Fund’s EVAW/HP programmes; providing capacity development support on EVAWG/HP and knowledge management for the Fund’s programmes; strengthening knowledge building and management of the Fund’s programmes at global, regional and country levels; coordinating; and the collection of good practices and lessons-learned for scale up and replication of the Fund’s activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical support in the development and implementation of the Fund’s EVAWG/HP programmes:

  • Provide technical support in the development and implementation of an integrated strategy for the delivery of technical assistance, policy advocacy and programme support for the Fund;
  • Work in close collaboration with the Fund’s core implementing agencies, including to review and vet country programme proposals;
  • Provide technical support in the contextualization/localization of programme documents and country strategies;
  • Provide technical and operational assistance to the Fund’s programme teams;
  • Provide direct support to the Senior Technical Advisor on technical assistance needs.

Provide capacity development support on EVAWG/HP and knowledge management for the Fund’s programmes:

  • Provide technical inputs to the development of a capacity development on EVAWG/HP strategy for the fund and ensure its implementation;
  • Develop and convene high-quality capacity development workshops for the Fund’s programmes on EVAWG/HP and knowledge management, working directly with the Fund’s core implementing agencies;
  • Provide evidence-based knowledge including research, good practices, upstream policy analysis, design and development of guidance and operational tools aimed at strengthening the Fund’s response to EVAWG/HP;
  • Coordinate the provision of training and coaching on EVAWG/HP and knowledge management to the Fund’s Programme teams and implementing partners at regional and national levels;
  • Provide advice/information/guidance to the Fund’s programme managers/specialists on EVAWG/HP and knowledge management;
  • Provide technical inputs to the establishment of partnerships with governments, regional evaluation associations, networks and academic institutions to promote capacity development on EVAWG/HP and knowledge management.

Strengthen knowledge building and management of the Fund’s programmes at global, regional and country levels:

  • Draft the knowledge management strategy for the Fund and ensure its implementation;
  • Provide technical support to development of high-quality knowledge products for the Fund;
  • Ensure that the knowledge generated from the Fund’s programming is thoroughly documented, stored, disseminated, used for institutional learning and shared with partners;
  • Establish Communities of Practice and mobilize technical officers of national and regional programmes to share experiences, lessons-learned and good practices;
  • Provide technical Support to key intra-regional South-South/Triangular Cooperation opportunities in close collaboration with of the Fund’s core implementing agencies, funds and programmes;
  • Keep abreast of developments in the area of EVAWG/HP, exploring innovative approaches;
  • Coordinate and Contribute to the active exchange of information with the Fund’s programme teams;
  • Manage the Fund’s Community (ies) of Practice;
  • Provide technical and coordination support to global meetings of the Fund.

Coordinate the collection of good practices and lessons-learned for scale up and replication of the Fund’s activities:

  • Develop guidance and training materials for the identification and collection of good practices and lessons learned at the level of country and national programmes;
  • Coordinate the design of a data base and knowledge platform for the identification, collection, and dissemination to the Fund’s programme teams and relevant stakeholders’ best practices and lessons learned on EVAWG/HP policies and programming;
  • Develop a strategy for dissemination of lessons-learned and good practices outside of the Fund;
  • Develop a Technical Guide for replication based on the experiences and lessons learnt from national and regional programmes.

Perform other related duties and assignments as and when requested by supervisor.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and high-quality implementation of the Fund’s capacity development and knowledge management strategies;
  • Timely provision of high-quality trainings and capacity development workshops on EVAWG/HP and knowledge management;
  • Timely and high-quality advanced technical support and guidance to the Fund’s programme teams in line with workplan;
  • High-quality and timely systems for tracking/monitoring of the Fund’s programmes developed and implemented;
  • Number of monitoring visits to countries and regional supported by the Fund.

Competencies

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:

  • Strong knowledge of gender equality, women’s human rights and EVAWG/HP issues;
  • Technical knowledge of policies and programmes on gender equality and EVAWG/HP, including on the forms in Fund’s regional thematic focus areas;
  • Experience in working on rights based approaches including intervention models to address multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination;
  • Strong understanding of various methodologies in capacity development on gender equality, and/or EVAWG/HP and knowledge management;
  • Ability to contribute to the development of the most efficient and effective capacity development and knowledge management strategies;
  • Ability to collect reliable, valid and accurate information in an objective way;
  • Ability to develop partnerships to promote knowledge on EVAWG/HP in the UN system and with national and regional partners;
  • Strong training and coaching skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in evaluation or relevant social science or related field is required.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience working on gender equality and human rights, especially in the area of EVAWG/HP;
  • Experience working in developing countries;
  • Experience providing capacity development support to gender equality and human rights programmes/initiatives, especially in the area of EVAWG/HP;
  • Experience in knowledge management on gender equality and EVAWG/HP.

Languages:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of another UN official working language 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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