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Gender Analyst

Dhaka (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-29

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Background

Over the past decades, Bangladesh made remarkable human development progress, despite frequent intensive and extensive disasters, impact of climate change and, more recently, the Rohingya refugee crisis. As one of the world's fastest growing economies, the country is an aspirant of LDC graduate and aims to become a developed nation by 2041. 
 
However, its development gains have not been distributed in an equitable way resulting in widening inequality despite making good progress women economic empowerment. Its economic reliance on foreign remittances and RMG have increasingly being exposed to 4th Industrial Revolution and more recently COVID-19. While urbanization and industrialization continue to offer an economic dividend, they have a compound negative impact on eco-system health. Besides, climate and disaster remain major fault-line in the economy and society. 
 
In addressing the challenges, the country was able to maintain a forward-facing policy environment. As a result, the reduction of poverty and inequality, and becoming a resilient nation remain the GoB's top priority. The country is also known for its accelerated implementation approach of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through nationally driven policies and investments. 
 
In support of the country's ambition, UNDP has been a strong partner of the government in co-designing policy solutions, capacity building and promoting innovations. The expectation from UNDP to play an SDG integrator role is growing in the context of the post-UN reform.  
 
The design of UNDP’s new programme portfolio is intended to support progress towards sustainable development and sustainable peace. It focuses on economic transformation, sustainable energy, social protection, environment and climate change, and governance issues such as anti-corruption, local government, justice and security sector reform, peace and reconciliation. The design of each of these programmes is based on the UN’s three core principles of human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and environmental sustainability and is guided by the UNDP Strategic Plan (2018-2021). 
 
In this context, the Programme Management and Partnership Support Unit (PMPSU) is entrusted with the following elements of support to the CO’s programme:
 
Programme Agility 
•Pipeline Atlas consolidation & technical support for CO business development
•Results-based Management support to programmes M&E  
•Defining M&E framework, identifying indicators, advising evaluations, etc. 
•Coordination and quality assurance of CO results reporting 
•Technical risk management support
 
Programme Quality 
•Support to corporate planning – COABP, IWP, etc. 
•Collaboration with Programme and project teams on developing integrated development approaches 
•Legal Compliance with partner agreements / MOUs 
•Compliance with cost recovery and resource management practices.
 
As part of its Development Effectiveness efforts, UNDP is committed to making gender equality, a basic human right and a necessity for a sustainable world, a reality. Women's empowerment and gender equality are vital to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which envisions a world “of universal respect for human rights and human dignity” in which “every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality and all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed.”  
 
The UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2021, the third such strategy, provides a road map to elevate and integrate gender equality into all aspects of UNDP's work to reduce poverty, build resilience and achieve peace in communities and territories, helping to accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda. 
 
In particular, the strategy delineates the UNDP commitment to:
 
•Strengthen UNDP interventions tackling structural changes that accelerate gender equality and women’s empowerment;
•Strengthen the integration of gender equality into UNDP's work on the environment, energy and crisis response and recovery;
•Better align UNDP programming with the centrality of gender equality and women’s empowerment to the achievement of sustainable development; and
•Build upon institutional mechanisms for gender mainstreaming such as the Gender Equality Seal and the Gender Marker, which provide measurable standards and incentives to drive 
 
In this context, the Programme Specialist reports to the PMPSU Head and provides strategic support on policy research, policy advice and project delivery for the CO while providing substantive inputs and contributing to a resource mobilization and partnerships strategy. 
 

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Substantive Support to Policy Research and Development 
•Develop guidance in the specific thematic area of Gender, and explores crosscutting opportunities with Peace, Prosperity and Sustainability initiatives ensuring.
•Contributes to the development of policy initiatives for different contexts on key emerging policy agendas with the view of strengthening gender equality policy outomes, in collaboration with policy teams in the Regional Hub.
•Coordinate and conduct gender analysis of data, case evidence and research findings to distill relevant lessons from projects and programmes to inform policy formulation and guidance for gender equality advocacy and programming;
•Guide the programme team in applying gender policy and tools to crisis contexts to make them relevant for specific situations; 
•Support the quality assurance of policy services and foster policy innovation in the specific thematic area of Gender equality and women’s empowerment by reviewing lessons learned and evaluations to enhance programme delivery; and
•Develop gender equality vision, strategy and action plan for UNDP’s work in Bangladesh.
 
2. Technical Support:
•Coordinate internally with the Project Managers and Technical Advisors on the implementation of key gender components throughout the programmes and projects;
•Provide advice and support to the technical staff working within prioritized projects;
•Foster synergy building and collaboration for gender equality outcomes across programmes and projects;
•Update and share with staff recent developments and knowledge tools in the areas of intervention;
•Provide mentoring to focal points of the gender projects.
•Guide and facilitate gender mainstreaming capacity building for Programmes and Projects staff and partners; Assess and analyze project proposals for relevance, coherence and to ensure quality design.
•Co-develop project-specific annual gender action plans with Project Teams using the Gender Marker framework and guide and monitor their implementation.
 
3. Monitoring and Reporting
•Monitor and report on the development and implementation of the gender mainstreaming work of UNDP-Bangladesh;
•Monitor and report on the gender development issues within Bangladesh and the region;
•Write reports as required;
•Participate and contribute to the ROAR, and the Integrated Workplan;
•Review Atlas input by Projects;
•Track the Gender Marker ratings throughout the Annual Work Planning process with the assistance of the Program Associates.
•Provide technical support and guidance for the development indicators to measure progress in gender equality and women’s empowerment for Projects.
 
4. Partnerships and Resource Mobilization 
•Support the CO to engage with global partners and develop/implement resource mobilization plan under corporate guidelines, including to fulfill corporate and donor reporting, advocacy and information-sharing requirements;
•Provide substantive inputs related to external partnerships in the area of work; and
•Develop implementation plan to foster strategic partnerships with UN and external partner institutions, Governments, private sector, academia, NGOs, and CSOs.
 
5. Knowledge Management 
•Provide contributions and support to corporate Gender KM activities, whether at the global, cross-regional or region-specific level to help influence/advance policy dialogue in collaboration with HQ and in Regional Hubs;
•Coordinate and perform knowledge extraction, analysis, documentation, codification of results/lessons learned in gender and verify that knowledge sharing and content management is in line with guidelines and performed using corporate tools.
•Facilitate capacity building for communicating the CO’s gender equality contributions
 
 
 
 
 

Competencies

Core
 
Innovation
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
 
Leadership
Ability to persuade others to follow
Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
 
People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Level 4: Models independent thinking and action 
 
Communication
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
 
Delivery
Ability to get things done
Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
 
Technical/Functional
 
Primary
 
Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
Knowledge of systems for gender mainstreaming and capacity development and interagency collaboration and ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations
Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
 
Gender mainstreaming and analysis
Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective
Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
 
Project and Programme Management
Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals
Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
 
Partnerships
Ability to engage with other agencies, donors, and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships
Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
 
Knowledge Management
Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge
Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
 
Secondary
 
Resource Mobilization
Ability to identify and organize programmes  and projects to implement solutions and generate resources
Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
 
Coordination 
Ability to manage complex relationships through pathways of knowledge exchange, capacity development, funding relationships and strategic engagement
Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
 
Trends and emerging areas analytics
Ability to scan the horizon and identify approaches and initiatives to bring into policy and programme design
Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
 
 
 
 
 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) or Bachelor’s degree in governance, gender or women’s studies, development, law, economics, political science, social sciences or related disciplines.
 
Experience:
2 years with Master’s degree, or 4 years with Bachelor’s degree of professional work experience providing support to policy advice and programme support in the general area of gender equality and women’s empowerment in different development contexts. 
 
Experience working in developing country settings is required and experience in crisis contexts is an asset.
 
Language Requirements:Fluency in English, 2nd UN language is desirable.
 

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