Gender Specialist, Legislative
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.
UN Women in Tanzania is implementing its Strategic Note (2017-2021), under which one of the priority areas is women’s leadership and political participation. The Women’s Leadership and Political Participation Project (Wanawake Wanaweza) Phase II (2017-2021) builds on Phase I (2014 – 2017) and continues to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women as per UN Women’s global mandate and supports the Government of Tanzania as a Member State to the United Nations to implement international standards, providing suitable technical and financial assistance. The second phase of the project aims at achieving the overarching goal/impact “Women lead and participate in decision-making at all levels” building on the momentum created and gains made from the first phase. The project is in line with the UNDAP II outcome “Women and girls increasingly participate in political and public life and are elected to leadership position”, the UN Women Tanzania, Country Strategic Framework 2017 – 2021; the UN Women Global Flagship Programme Initiative on Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership, as well as, national gender policy, the SDGs, CEDAW and other international and regional commitments.
Within the UNDP led Legislative Support Project II 2017-2021, UN Women will support the National Assembly to undertake gender mainstreaming in all its functions, in line with the delivery on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and in particular on Goal 5 to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’ and Goal 16 relating to good governance and strong institutions.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the dual supervision of the UN Women Programme Specialist Leadership and Political Participation and the UNDP Chief Technical Advisor for the Legislative Support Project, the Gender Specialist will support the integration of gender equality and empowerment in the Legislative Support Project II. She/he works in close collaboration with the Legislative Support Project II and UN Women WLPP program team, National Assembly, Government officials, and other key stakeholders for the successful implementation and achievement of planned results under his/her portfolio. The main tasks of the Gender Specialist will be to support the implementation of Output 5 of the Legislative Support Project II and ensure effective mainstreaming of gender in all other components of the Legislative Support Project II to enhance National Assembly effectiveness and inclusiveness in fulfilling its constitutional mandate.
The Gender Specialist will perform the following tasks:
- Advisory Services
- Provide high quality technical and strategic policy advice to the Legislative Support Project II, on effective implementation of programmes and initiatives on gender mainstreaming in the National Assembly; and
- Advise on the continued alignment of the Legislative Support Project II with gender-related international and national commitments and goals.
- Undertake periodic gender analysis of various issues identified in the Gender Audit and Assessment and develop specific gender profiles for the National Assembly;
- Facilitate sex-disaggregated data collection for Legislative Support Project II.
- Ensure and make available existing gender tools and frameworks with clear performance targets and indicators;
- Coordinate systematic gender analysis and contributions for the full range of National Assembly, national and UN policy, planning, assessment and programme documents.
- Programme Development and Monitoring
- Support the implementation of the Gender Strategy and Action Plan.
- Support the implementation of Output 5 of the Legislative Support Project II including designing training tools and conducting various trainings on gender equality and women’s empowerment principles to the National Assembly;
- Coordinate, monitor and provide support towards the achievement of gender equality targets, aggregating results to inform programme and policy interventions at the National Assembly and contribute to UN Women and UNDP corporate reporting requirements;
- Coordinate mentorship of the National Assembly Legislative Support Project II team on gender mainstreaming and programming including the Legislative Support Project II secretariat, the Gender Desk, clerks of parliamentary committees and management team;
- Develop a mechanism to track and monitor progress on gender mainstreaming in Legislative Support Project II;
- Support designing and formulation of programme/ project proposals and initiatives related to support to the National Assembly.
- Developing Partnerships and Networks
- Coordinate with and involve the Gender National Machinery (Ministry of Health, Community Development, Elderly, Gender and Children) and Women’s Rights Organizations in key aspects of Legislative Support Project II and ensure that all information and outreach activities and resources of the project target and involve both women and men;
- Develop and strengthen partnerships with existing national and international initiatives, especially those that focus on gender equality and women’s empowerment principles including initiatives with Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Pan African Parliament, SADC Parliamentary Forum and East African Legislative Assembly;
- Identify opportunities for strategic partnerships with national research and academic institutions working on gender issues at the country level and establish linkages with UN Women global initiatives such as the UN Women training Centre.
- Advocacy and Leadership
- Coordinate and oversee the development of advocacy material to promote gender mainstreaming within the National Assembly;
- Conduct periodic reviews of progress towards the implementation of Output 5 and gender mainstreaming in all other aspects of the Legislative Support Project II;
- Advise UN Women and UNDP LSP project team on key achievements, messages and advocacy opportunities for which there may wish to engage strategically.
- Knowledge Management:
- Promote good practices and lessons learned and organize meetings to draw lessons on issues of gender mainstreaming in the Legislative Support Project II;
- Facilitate the utilization of localized international best practices on gender mainstreaming and programming to be applied in the Legislative Support Project II, and document and share information and knowledge coming out of this project;
- Ensure the documentation of good practices, the preparation of policy papers and guidance notes gender mainstreaming and programming.
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
- Strong gender analysis and gender mainstreaming skills
- Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
- Strong knowledge of Results Based Management
- Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making
- Strong knowledge of gender mainstreaming issues in the National Assembly
- Ability to identify and analyze GEWE trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree in law, political science, gender/women's studies, international development.
- At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes on gender equality and women’s empowerment;
- Technical experience in gender mainstreaming in the National Assemblies/Parliaments;
- Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
- Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
- Fluency in English and Swahili is required;
- Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset;
UNWOMEN is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.