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.
Businesses run by women (such as those in the agriculture and fisheries related sector) face major establishment hurdles and are frequently unable to respond to emerging economic opportunities.. While women have the rights to own assets, including land, and operate businesses in their own name, informal barriers and costs and social rules, (including sex stereotyping that leads to occupational sex segregation)and bargaining position also discriminate strongly against women’s economic participation.
Those gender inequalities in access to economic incentives and productive resources reduce productivity and output. They prevent women from sharing in the benefits of production, even when they have done most of the work. For example, giving women farmers the same level of land tenure rights of the land they work on as men receive could increase, as per some studies and research, agricultural production in some countries by 20% and thereby make a huge contribution to national and regional food security.
Policy settings and regulatory frameworks often drive these less positive outcomes, driven by discriminatory social institutions that reproduce gender stereotypes and mind-sets that go against women, and this needs to be addressed sustainably through in-depth policy and legislative change.
The above provides the conceptual foundation for the project, “Building Effective Resilience for Human Security in the Caribbean Countries: The Imperative of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in a Strengthened Agriculture (and related Agri/Fisheries Small Business) Sector”, supported by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security (UNHSTF) in collaboration with the UN Sub-Regional Team for Barbados and the OECS (UNST). This project argues strongly that gender inequality and women disempowerment is one of the main determinants of human insecurity.
The project thus aims, through a combination of policy reform advocacy and advice as well as direct downstream support to up to 2,500 farmers and small agro- and fisheries business entrepreneurs (the majority women), to advance multi-faceted human security by focusing on the economic empowerment (of women) in the agriculture, fisheries and the agriculture-fisheries related small business sector.
By doing so, the project will also lay the basis for the further up-scaling of the impact upon the completion of this 3-year project, and the expansion of its innovative strategy to other sectors. Success expected to be achieved under this project will then provide a major impetus for a broader recognition of the priority of gender equality and women empowerment for enhanced resilience; for stronger economic growth; for a more inclusive society; and finally for strengthened and sustainable human security.
By following a regional Caribbean approach and associating up to 14 Caribbean countries in the public policy and sector support strengthening aspects of the project a valuable contribution will also be made to broader awareness raising across the Caribbean on the subject of human security; of the link between human security and gender equality; and to the establishment of collaboration, experience sharing and resource pooling among Caribbean countries with respect to country-specific and regional human security strategies and innovation therein.
Reporting to Programme Specialist for Economic Empowerment and Statistics, the Project Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the “Building Effective Resilience for Human Security in the Caribbean Countries: The Imperative of Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in a Strengthened Agriculture (and related Agri/Fisheries Small Business) Sector’ project which includes coordinating relationships with national partners and stakeholders, monitoring and reporting, and the finances and personnel of the portfolio.
Duties and Responsibilities
Coordinate the Project
- Coordinate the overall Programme/Portfolio work plan development and implementation according to Strategic Note/ programme document;
- Liaise with the Project Steering Committee, national counterparts, donors, UN Women and partners to ensure the Programme results are achieved and resources are managed;
- Prepare and present work-plans, periodic narrative progress reports and expenditures status reports to the Programme Board and UN Women;
- Establish systems for project planning, implementation and monitoring, in collaboration with partners;
- Record and maintain documents on relevant Programme activities, issues, and risks.
Guide coordination with national partners and other stakeholders
- Coordinate relationships with national partners to support implementation of the Project, raise potential problems and provide solutions;
- Provide guidance to partners on establishment of performance indicators, and monitoring achievement of results;
- Identify capacity building needs and support partners through technical assistance, mentoring, training, cross-partner learning, and capacity development initiatives.
Coordinate the monitoring and reporting on the Project
- Gather and compile all information necessary for monitoring and reporting on programmes and projects from the planning to the evaluation stages;
- Monitor the implementation of activities and the expenditure of funds by partners; conduct regular monitoring visits;
- Write annual and quarterly reports; review and coordinate the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
- Coordinate project reporting for the Steering Committee, UNST, UN Women and broader HSTF reporting.
Manage financial resources and supervise staff
- Supervise and manage a team of consultants and administrative staff, review performance and mentor/ coach staff;
- Coordinate development and preparation of financial resources of the Programme including budgeting and budget revisions, and expenditure tracking and reporting;
- Oversee and monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds to participating partners.
Build partnerships and support in developing sustainability
- Provide technical support to the development of partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
- Identify potential programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs and donors’ priorities and develop the relevant partnerships.
Advocate and facilitate knowledge building and management and communication
- Ensure documentation of the project implementation process and products produced are in accordance with UN Women guidelines;
- Contribute to the exchange of information and knowledge products internally and externally of the project;
- Organize major advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products.
Key Performance Indicators
- Timely and quality implementation of Project activities against set workplans, timelines and budgets, in line with the Strategic Note
- Quality and timely reporting
- Strong relations with partners and stakeholders
- Regular and timely monitoring of activities
- Timely and quality implementation of advocacy events in line with work plan
- Enhanced best practices and lessons learned documented and circulated
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
- Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
- Strong budget and finance skills
- Strong knowledge of Results Based Management
- Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports in order to inform management and strategic decision-making
- Strong analytical skills
- Good knowledge of UN programme management systems
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
- Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, public administration, law, human rights, gender equality, management, social sciences or other related areas is required.
- A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage
- At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in managing complex and multi-component programme interventions with national partners, preferably related to human security, gender equality, agriculture, agri/fisheries small business.
- At least 2 years’ experience in coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development programmes and projects.
- Previous experience in a multi-country context is preferred.
- Previous experience in the Caribbean or SIDS is preferred.
- Previous experience working in the UN system is an asset.
- Fluency in English is required;
- Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;
- This position is open to Nationals of Barbados and CARICOM Nationals who can legally work in Barbados;
- 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; Please group all documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows one document to be uploaded.
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.
UN Women is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.