Gender Officer (National UN Volunteer)
In recent years, despite the overall progress in Viet Nam, the Judicial Reform Strategy to 2020 recognizes that social and economic achievements have to be sustained through deepening democracy and building a substantive “rule of law” state. The need to promote legal empowerment and ensure justice to all, and vulnerable groups in particular, remains strong and is an utmost national priority especially when Viet Nam is experiencing rapid changes as a newly emerged middle-income-country. To further support Viet Nam in the implementation of the Strategy for the Development and Improvement of Viet Nam’s Legal System to 2010 with a Vision to 2020 (Resolution 48) and the Judicial Reform Strategy for the Period until 2020 (Resolution 49), the “Justice and Legal Empowerment Programme” has been developed to meet the most urgent need as results of recent reviews of the implementation of these important Strategies to identify key priorities for law and judicial reforms in 2016-2020.
The Programme is funded by the European Union, and consists of two parts - a co-delegation agreement (PAGoDA) to provide targeted capacity building to institutions and evidence-based research and a basket fund for small grants for civil society organisations called the Justice Initiative Facilitation Fund (JIFF). The PAGoDA mechanism is co-funded by UNDP, UNODC, UNICEF and is implemented by UNDP, UNODC and UNICEF in partnership with Ministry of Justice of Vietnam.
Under the PAGoDA mechanism, the Programme will strengthen the rule of law through a more reliable, trusted and better accessed justice system. Specifically, it aims to focus on those population groups which, according to dependable data, face the greatest obstacles in using the justice system to invoke their rights, and on improvement of mechanisms for rights protection, legal services including advice, assistance and representation.
The four targeted results of the Justice and Legal Empowerment Programme are:
1. Increased public awareness and understanding of rights and how to invoke those rights according to principles enshrined in Vietnamese law, mechanisms and procedures for how to use the law, and options for seeking legal advice, assistance and representation.
2. Increased access to legal advice, assistance and representation in both civil and criminal matters.
3. Improved enabling legislative and regulatory framework for legal empowerment and access to justice
4. Enhanced integrity and transparency in the justice sector
In the implementation of the Programme, gender equality is mainstreamed throughout the Programme outputs and there will be a continual process of assessing the impact on women and men of any planned action, in all areas and at all levels. Gender equality is integrated as a cross-cutting issue by the rationale, activities, indicators and budget associated with each output, and with each output promoting gender equality in a significant and consistent way.
The Gender Specialist (NUNV, UNDP) will support the implementation of Programme activities implemented by UNDP in synergy with the broader Democratic Governance objectives of UNDP Viet Nam. Special attention will be placed on adherence with the UNDP Viet Nam Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Strategy 2017-2021, as well as UNDP’s global Gender Equality Strategy.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of Assistant Country Director/Head of Governance and Participation Team, the UN Volunteer will contribute to:
Strengthen UNDP advocacy work for gender equality through supporting research and compilation of documents for development of briefs, and organization of workshops and events;
Advise and assist UNDP coordination work including supporting joint planning exercises, joint monitoring task (including data consolidation), reporting (including collecting and processing inputs from participating UN Agencies) and knowledge management. In this regard, the UN Volunteer will participate in various activities in support of UN mandates and volunteerism which are relevant to the Delivering as One for UN agencies in Viet Nam;
Formulate and implement UNDP programmes in the most strategic way to provide value-added to the national efforts in the fields of gender equality in Viet Nam, taking into account other domestic and external activities therein.
Key Tasks and responsibilities
Provide gender expertise in UNDP advocacy work and coordinate advocacy initiatives in priority areas of Democratic Governance, and justice and legal empowerment in particular. These activities will be highlighted at certain times of the year corresponding with the Annual Work Plan(s) of the Programme.
Identify and formulate UNDP programme support on gender, including joint UN activities on gender in the areas of justice and legal empowerment in consultation with other members of the UNDP Programme Team; identify strategic areas for gender support, develop programme/project concept notes for resource mobilization. Work in close collaboration with national counterparts, UN and other international partners, to develop concrete programmes/projects of UNDP and joint UN programme support on gender equity, legal empowerment and gender mainstreaming.
Under the Justice and Legal Empowerment Programme, PAGoDA mechanism, the UN Volunteer will support the mainstreaming of gender equality in the implementation of the following tasks. This includes supporting knowledge management, documentation and the strategic dissemination of Programme results and lessons learned to generate debates and policy improvements in the field:
- Support a public campaign for awareness-raising on legal rights and protection with focus on gender equality;
- Provide technical advice and inputs to the design and implement of an assessment of grass-root mediation mechanisms and support innovations in grass-roots mediation;
- Conduct gender analysis to support strengthening gender equality in implementation of laws, and support the gender dimension of a justice index;
- Support interventions to raise public awareness on protection of rights and access to justice for vulnerable groups, in particular for women, children, ethnic minorities and poor people;
- Targeted support for dispute resolution mechanisms in accordance with the Law on Grass-root Mediation;
- Expand the evidence base for results oriented justice sector policy making at national and sub-national levels; and
- Rolling out of a justice index at provincial and national levels to measure performance in the justice sector.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:
Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant
Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country;
Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities;
Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for
Assist with the
Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the
UNDP democratic governance, in particular justice and legal empowerment programme and joint UN activities on gender equality and the empowerment of women supported;
Development of policy documents and research papers supported;
Legal and gender policy dialogues and advocacy initiatives with national counterparts and development partners organized.
A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.
Required Skills and Experience
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social sciences with specialization in gender issues a strong asset;
Sound knowledge of the major development issues regarding gender issues in Viet Nam;
Experience in working with gender equality issues;
Full proficiency in English and Vietnamese, including excellent written and spoken skills in both languages;
Strong interpersonal and networking skills;
Highly organized and self-motivated;
Personal sensitivity and commitment to issues affecting disadvantaged women;
A high level of computer literacy;
Basic administration / secretarial skills;
Demonstrated personal sensitivity and commitment to the values and principles of volunteerism, gender equality and cultural diversity;
Prior volunteering experience is an asset;
Persons with ethnic minority background are strongly encouraged to apply.
A minimum of 3 years of professional experience working in development, gender equality, justice and rule of law or related field;
Previous experience with the UN or other international organizations is an asset.
Strong analytical and conceptual thinking;
Ability to cope with pressure/meet deadlines;
Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and strong team working capacity;
Demonstrated personal sensitivity and commitment to the values and principles; of volunteerism, gender equality and cultural diversity.
Social media skills;
A high level of computer literacy;
Internet communication and research skills;
Basic administration / secretarial skills;
Full proficiency in English and Vietnamese, including excellent written and spoken skills in both languages.
United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.
United Nations Volunteers reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this opening for other openings with United Nations Volunteers with similar assignment description, experience and educational requirements.