EVAW Project Associate
Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
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.
Violence against women and girls and domestic violence are widespread social problems in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), constituting serious violations of fundamental human rights. This type of violence is still seen and tolerated as “socially acceptable behaviour” and is justified by the prevailing socially accepted gender norms on the role and status of women in the family and in society. Results of the first countrywide Survey on Prevalence and Characteristics of Violence against Women (2013) indicated that almost half of women older than fifteen have been subjected to one or more forms of violence at least once in their lifetime. This research confirmed that women in BiH are exposed to a high risk of experiencing violence, primarily through their immediate, intimate relationships with partners and family, and secondarily in their broader community. Women who suffer multiple forms of discrimination such as women with disabilities, Roma women and rural women are at greater risk of experiencing such violence.
“Standards and Engagement for Ending Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, is a three-year programme (2016-2019) developed by the UN Women Country Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina and financially supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The programme aims to strengthen the institutional and social response mechanisms to violence against women (VAW) and domestic violence (DV) in BiH by contributing to the implementation of the Istanbul Convention. Furthermore, the activities of the programme build upon the initiatives identified in the entity strategies on combating violence against women and domestic violence and present a comprehensive, transformative approach towards gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The programme builds on the previous work of UN Women and other UN agencies in BiH at the policy level as well as the support provided to improve services for survivors and to prevent violence against women and girls since 2008. The activities are being implemented by governmental and civil society partners in several locations: municipalities of Central Bosnia Canton and Canton 10, Bijeljina, Bratunac, Brcko District, East Sarajevo, Foca, Lopare, Milici, Rogatica, Srebrenica, Visegrad, Vlasenica and Zvornik. The programme has two main components that are focusing on protection of survivors and prevention of gender-based violence (GBV).
Under the direct supervision of the EVAW Project Manager and overall supervision of the Programme Specialist, the EVAW Project Associate will be responsible for supporting and assisting in implementing and monitoring the activities in the selected communities of the “Standards and Engagement for Ending Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina” programme. The EVAW Project Associate will work in close collaboration with the EVAW team and the operations team to ensure consistent service delivery.
Impact of Results
The overall objective of the programme is to strengthen the institutional and social response mechanisms to violence against women and domestic violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The programme aims to enhance availability, access and quality of services utilizing a multi-sectoral approach to address violence against women and domestic violence in BiH. This will be realized by support to state based and non-governmental institutional service provision in line with the requirements of the Istanbul Convention, as well as by deploying direct support to capacity development of relevant service providers in selected communities.
In addition, the focus is on promoting favourable social attitudes and behaviours towards ending violence against women and domestic violence among by engaging men, women and young people as well as media.
The Project Associate will be responsible for supporting the EVAW Team and will contribute to an effective implementation based on and agreed upon work plan and approved budget.
Duties and Responsibilities
Support the coordination of the implementation of the EVAW field and administrative activities:
- Support the EVAW Team in the implementation and coordination of the activities aimed at improving the availability, accessibility and quality of services to survivors of violence against women and domestic violence;
- Actively participate in planning meetings, and propose interventions based on need assessments;
- Establish effective working relations with the selected implementing partners and stakeholders;
- Participate in key aspects of the programme implementation, communication and information exchange with the EVAW team and implementing partners (government and CSOs);
- Contribute to the timely and efficient implementation of the programmes’s activities in the field and ensure that the programme results are aligned with guiding document.
Support the field work and provide technical assistance to the EVAW team:
- Undertake regular monitoring missions to contribute to timely delivery and quality of results;
- Provide support to the national experts/consultants and institutions/civil society groups who are involved in the implementation of certain activities;
- Identify and link to related ongoing activities within other institutions/organisations and encourage collaboration and synergies;
- Contribute to defining the programme deliverables and provide technical support and inputs as needed for the programme.
Reporting to UN Women
- Contribute to the development of quarterly monitoring reports on the state of the programme implementation in the communities where the programme will be implemented;
- Support the revision of the documentation and reports provided by implementing partners;
- Contribute to development of annual reports and donor reports;
- Contribute to ensure programme documentation/communication is properly done and tracking system is in place for effective programme closure;
- Ensure adherence to the UN Women operating rules and procedures;
- Perform appropriate operations in Enterprise Resource Management Software and other web - based management systems when needed.
- Respect for Diversity;
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Effective Communication;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Leading by Example.
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- Excellent substantive knowledge on gender based violence and the situation in Republika Sprska and Federation BiH;
- Ability to extract, interpret, analyze data and resolve operational problems;
- Ability to perform work of confidential nature and handle a large volume of work;
- Ability to support a team and team building skills;
- Strong IT skills and ability to apply it consistently in work tasks;
- Good knowledge of administrative rules and regulations, organizational policies and procedures related to the position and ability to apply it consistently in work tasks;
- Focus on results and positive response to feedback;
- Attention to detail;
- Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
- Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches;
- Reports to internal and external partners in a timely and appropriate fashion;
- Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet partners and donors needs and deadlines;
- Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external partners;
- Responds to partners needs promptly.
Required Skills and Experience
- University degree in gender, development, public policy, social studies or closely related field.
- A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience is required;
- Demonstrated project experience will be highly valued as well as the previous work on topics related to gender equality, human rights and provision of services for the survivors of gender based violence;
- Experience with the international standards related to the project cycle management and monitoring and evaluation of projects is required;
- Experience working with women rights issues is needed and having a good understanding of gender based violence and feminism would be considered an asset;
- Previous experience working with UN or other international organizations will be considered an asset.
- Excellent English and B/S/C language skills, both written and oral.
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