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National Programme Coordinating Consultant – Women, Peace and Security (WPS) UN Women Thailand

home-based with travel to narathiwat

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: home-based with travel to narathiwat
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Security and Safety
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Peace and Development
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-17

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Background

. BACKGROUND

 

UN Security Council resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), unanimously adopted in October 2000, stressed the importance of the equal participation and full involvement of women in all efforts to maintain and promote peace and security. In the years since, seven additional resolutions on women, peace and security (WPS) have been adopted. That created a robust framework for implementing the WPS agenda and reinforced global, commitments, treaties and conventions on women’s rights, including the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.

 

UN Women in Thailand has been working on women, peace and security since 2012 and from November 2016 has collaborated with the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS) and local women’s organizations in implementing and localizing the Measures and Guidelines on Women, Peace and Security to ensure accountability and policy coherence at national and sub-national levels. The Measures and Guidelines response to the Security Council Resolution 1325 which reaffirms the important role of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian response and in post-conflict reconstruction and stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.

 

Three national consultations were held to introduce these Measures and Guidelines to local women and civil society groups, to address the needs of women and girls in the southern border provinces with local authorities and relevant government agencies. The National Consultation on Women’s Leadership and Peace and Security in December 2018 organized by UN Women led to the institutionalization of the Coordination Center for Children and Women in Southern Border Provinces (CCCW-SBP) in July 2019. The CCCW-SBP acts as the coordinating body on women and children issues between central and local levels and among multi-ministry government, non-government and civil society sectors to enhance women’s participation in promoting social cohesion and resilient communities and to protect women and girls from all forms of violence.

 

While supporting the Thai Government in moving forward and rolling out the policies on Women, Peace and Security at the national level, UN Women in Thailand actively engages local women’s groups in Songkhla, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat to develop joint agendas and advocacy strategies to influence government organizations to apply gender responsive peace building approaches to public policies. This has widened advocacy space and included marginalized groups in the engagement of social dialogues as a means to resolve and prevent tensions within communities in order to contribute to a peaceful society. At least 350 women and young people in pilot communities in the Southern Border Provinces of Thailand have developed strategies for peace building, mediation and business development based on community needs. By establishing a common space where community dialogues, social mobilization and community development initiatives take place, women are able to contribute to fostering peaceful and resilient communities. Women’s increasing roles have gained recognition and acceptance from men, community members and authorities through consultation and livelihood and economic empowerment initiatives based on local needs resulted in increased trust among community members and authorities. With increased knowledge and skills, women have transformed their roles from vulnerable or soft target to agent of change and peace communicators to connect community with authorities and to promote social cohesion and take initiatives in communities at risks.

 

UN Women continues to support the capacity building and platform of dialogue and knowledge sharing of women and women’s civil society in the southern border provinces to engage with other peacebuilding stakeholders to influence public decision-making and peace dialogues. It intends to address the needs and amplify the voices of women and girls in conflict-affected areas and will continue to provide the technical support to the Coordination Center for Women and Children in Southern Border Provinces (CCWC-SBP) in engaging women in building peace and promoting social cohesion and resilient communities through capacity on media and information literacy to positive content, as well as to monitor, report and counter hate speech and intersectoral dialogues to promote gender-responsive disaster risk reduction (DRR). In this connection, UN Women in Thailand will recruit the National Programme Coordinating Consultant to support the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Programme in the Southern Border Provinces of Thailand.

Duties and Responsibilities

SCOPE OF WORK

Under the supervision of the Country Programme Coordinator for Thailand, the primary role of the National Security Programme Coordinating Consultant on Women, Peace and Security includes:

  1. Develop a comprehensive strategic intervention plan for UN Women Thailand on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Response in the Southern Border Provinces of Thailand.
  2. Coordinate and collate inputs from programme partners and stakeholders in promoting Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Response in the southern border provinces of Thailand.
  3. Facilitate at least one consultative meeting, two training workshops and focused groups discussions Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Response.
  4. Prepare two comprehensive reports on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Response with key achievements, best practices, lessons learned and recommendations for future interventions.

 

EXPECTED DELIVERABLES AND TIME FRAME

 

Tentative timeline

  • Develop a comprehensive strategic intervention plan with engagement of stakeholders on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Response in the Southern Border Provinces of Thailand
  • The intervention plan includes:
  • Media and information literacy in promoting social cohesion and elimination of hate speeches
  • Gender-responsive disaster risk reduction (DRR)

25 September 2020

  • Coordinate with stakeholders on project implementation and provide technical advice on UN Women Thailand work in the Southern Border Provinces
  • Progress report and inputs for 3rd quarterly monitoring report

23 October 2020

•Facilitate at least one consultative meetings, two training workshops and stakeholder meetings

  • Concept notes and meeting reports

25 November 2020

  • Document implementation progress on Women, Peace and Security in the Southern Border Provinces
  • Two reports documenting achievements, lessons learned, challenges, and recommendations for future interventions for UN Women in Thailand

23 December 2020

 

DURATION OF ASSIGNMENT AND DUTY STATION

 

The time required for the consultancy is within the period of 4 months. For upcountry assignments, UN Women will be responsible for the accommodation and travel expenses for any cost incurred during assignment period.

 

CONTRACT SUPERVISION 

 

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of Country Programme Coordinator for Thailand, UN Women Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific who will be responsible for the quality assurance of the deliverables. 

SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS

 

Payment in full upon final submission and satisfactory deliverables of monitoring and summary reports submitted.

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

Required Skills and Experience

THE QUALIFICATIONS EXPECTED ARE AS FOLLOWS:

 

  • Thai Nationality
  • Master’s degree in the field of Political Science, international relations, international development, gender studies, conflict/humanitarian action or other related area with at least three years of experience in coordinating a project/programme in the area of peace building and deradicalization in the Southern Border Provinces of Thailand
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant work experience in the Southern border provinces of Thailand, with demonstrable expertise in programmatic reporting on thematic areas of Women, Peace and Security
  • Familiarity with UN agencies, government agencies and/or non-profit organisations in the southern border provinces of Thailand is preferred.
  • Knowledge about gender equality and peace and security in the Southern Border Provinces of Thailand.
  • Strong research and writing skills, with strong coordinating skills.
  • Proficient in English communication, verbal and writing. Knowledge of Malayu is an asset.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested applicants are requested to submit documents listed below to UN Women via email: somjai.noohuang@unwomen.org

  • Minimum of one writing sample

Please note that the system only allows 1 attachment per application so please combined all files into one.  In case that is not possible, you can submit the application again with different attachments.

  • 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.

     

UNDP 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. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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