Consultant - Coordinator – Transformative Financing for Gender Equality (Open to Indian Nationals Only)
Home Based - May require travel (Home Based)
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.
Placing women’s rights at the centre of its efforts, UN Women is mandated to lead and coordinate United Nations’ system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming are translated into action. It is also mandated to provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
As the UN agency with the mandate to work on gender equality, UN Women is responsible for leading and coordinating United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world and at the country level. UN Women is also expected to provide strong and coherent leadership in support of countries’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society, the nodal government agency, private sector, and other relevant actors.
As a part of its normative and coordination mandate, UN Women co-facilitates the Feminist Policy Collective, which is an alliance of individuals and organisations working on policy and financing related to women’s rights and gender equality. It aims to modify the nature and practice of gender responsive budgeting from an ex-post analysis of the budget to a Transformative Policy and Financing agenda for gender equality.
UN Women believes that at both national and subnational levels, fiscal policy can be shaped to achieve gender equality outcomes. For instance, well-designed gender budgets can support increased investment in infrastructure, essential services, education, training and skills development for women and girls.
The Feminist Policy Collective (FPC) is committed to transforming policy and financing agenda to achieve women’s rights and gender equality. Formally set up in February 2019, the collective seeks to achieve this through its mission of:
- Establishing platforms for dialogue and learning to strengthen linkages between advocacy, administration, and feminist researchers to influence local, national and global policy making priorities.
- Creating knowledge for informing policy formulation, implementation, and monitoring, centring diverse women's voices from the ground
- Taking forward key policy recommendations with the Government at National and sub-national level for advancing women's constitutional rights in the context of the above
- Building partnerships with like-minded organisations and networks, including with International and UN Agencies.
UN Women India CO is seeking the services of an experienced consultant to assist in its normative and coordination mandate and strengthening of norms and standards internationally. The main objective of this assignment will be to work closely with the Feminist Policy Collective and provide coordination support on effective management and implementation of workplan on transformative financing for gender equality.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of Co-Conveners (FPC), the Coordinator will undertake the following tasks:
- Organising regular virtual and in-person meetings of the Steering Committee and the Collective, as well as workshops and convenings around FPC agendas.
- Documentation of internal meetings, convenings as well as Follow up on decisions made/ Action taken Reports.
- Ensuring steady follow up on interactions (internal and external), time-sensitive tasks, to support advocacy related outcome document(s).
- Support the roll out of the planned programmes and tracking progress on its implementation.
- Preparing monthly reports, minutes, finance reports, et al.
- Provide a point of ongoing connection between UN Women and the Collective to maximise collaboration and impact.
- Managing the list-serv and social media for the FPC, keeping the website updated with a promotion plan to disseminate it widely.
- Support with developing Briefs related to Union budget, providing support to GBAC (as needed), issue-based briefs on domestic policies to promote TFGE, communications with Ministries and NITI Aayog [based on opportunity], as well as interventions for international policy spaces].
- Maintaining liaison with key stakeholders, including relevant government agencies at the national and sub-national levels, research institutes, with think-tanks and other issue-based groups/social campaigns, women’s collectives, organisations, and funders to strengthen multi-sector partnerships.
Documentation and research support:
- Collating relevant research materials on transformative financing and disseminating information on relevant knowledge resources of FPC to various stakeholders via email lists, social media, updating the FPC website on a regular basis, etc.
- Preparing presentations, proposals and supporting resource mobilization efforts with donors, and other local philanthropies.
Any other work requested by FPC Steering Committee members and UN Women reporting manager.
In this context, the Coordinator along with the Co-Convenors of Feminist Policy Collective and Programme Analyst, Intergovernmental Processes, UN Coordination and Women, Peace & Security Division at UN Women, to support in management of planned activities and coordinate with relevant team members, including implementing partners and government officials, to ensure successful implementation of FPC’s mission.
- Drafting minutes and coordinating the implementation of meeting decisions and the combined workplans of the working groups of FPC and tracking status.
- Report(s) on convenings, actions taken, interactions with key stakeholders and documentation of internal processes.
- Series of policy papers finalised and shared with relevant partners.
- Updating and Managing communication including outreach databases, FPC website and social media.
- Regular discussions between relevant UN Women staff and collective members to strategise and co-create agreed policy and research papers.
- Advocacy follow ups in regard to outputs from FPC convenings and workshops;
- Submission of monthly progress report.
Core Values / Guiding Principles:
- Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
- Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
- Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Ethics and Values:
- Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.
- Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
Work in teams:
- Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Communicating and Information Sharing:
- Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
- Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others.
- Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
- Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
- Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master's degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Public Administration, International Relations, Mass Communications, Law, Gender Studies, or related field.
- Minimum 2 years of relevant work experience in the field of gender equality and women’s rights, public policy, and financing in India.
- Previous work experience with UN agencies and Secretariat of Networks are considered an advantage.
- Knowledge and understanding of national policy initiatives on women’s rights and gender responsive budgeting.
- Have good programme management, report writing, coordination and communications skills.
- Ability to write and undertake documentation processes on a regular basis.
- Ability to work independently and in a consultative manner with members of the FPC collective.
- Ability to manage contact databases and prompt response to external and internal requests.
- Experience of managing/ using Social Media handles and Website is desirable.
- Fluency in English. Knowledge of Hindi is desirable.
Interested applicants should apply to this announcement through UNDP jobs site: jobs.undp.org.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
- All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/about-us/jobs.
- Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment, please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
- Applications received after the close date will not be accepted.
- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
Evaluation and Selection Criteria
Criteria for shortlisting of CVs will be based on the following assessment:
- Required Degree and Qualification (5 points).
- Expertise and Experience relevant to the assignment (10 points).
- Demonstrable experience of working on gender issues 5 points).
The evaluation process for selection of the candidate will be based on the following assessment:
- Written Test (30 points)
- Interview (70 points)
- For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 65 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.
- Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.
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.