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Gender Specialist

Thailand

  • Organization: UNV - United Nations Volunteers
  • Location: Thailand
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2022-05-31

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Mission and objectives

UNDP Thailand works with the Royal Thai Government and other partners to support inclusive and sustainable development, based on national priorities and plans. Thailand signed the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework or UNSDCF 2022-2026 with the Royal Thai Government in 2021. The UNSDCF is a document which articulates outcomes for the next five years and UN agencies’ responsibilities that are agreed by the Government UNDP Thailand is at the start of implementing its current Country Programme Document (CPD) 2022–2026, which sets out the direction for a new UNDP and is optimized to help Thailand achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Reducing gender inequalities and empowering vulnerable groups is vital to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

Context

UNDP Thailand works to improve the lives of the people in Thailand through an integrated approach to achieve the SDGs. In Thailand, UNDP works with the Royal Thai Government, civil society, national partners and the private sector to promote an inclusive and integrated approach to achieving the SDGs. Addressing gender equality and social inclusion is a central part of UNDP’s work, and is cross-cutting through all work by the Country Office (CO). UNDP is co-chair of the Inter-Agency Gender Theme Group, thus leading with UN Women a ‘one UN’ approach to promote gender equality in Thailand under the direction of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF). Furthermore, UNDP is in 2021-2023 participating in UNDP’s Gender Equality Seal Programme, with the objective to enhance the CO’s capacity to promote gender equality both internally and externally. To strategically and systematically promote gender equality internally and externally, the CO has in 2021 developed a Gender Equality Strategy and Action Plan, which will be implemented during 2022-2026.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of the Resident Representative or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer Gender Specialist will: • Facilitate the effective implementation of UNDP gender equality strategy, guidelines, and tools in on-going programme and support in development of strategies, evidence-based argument in the area of gender and inclusion to strengthen UNDP’s work. • With support from the CO’s Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) team, lead the CO’s work participating in the Gender Equality Seal Programme. • Analyze programmatic and substantive reports and documents to ensure gender equality and social inclusion is addressed, focusing on gender and inclusion perspective and recommend the required follow-up actions. • Work on different options to different counterparts for facilitation of knowledge products on gender and inclusion. • Provide support to the implementation of the CPD (2022-2026), with attention given to addressing issues to gender equality and social inclusion. • Raise awareness and assist colleagues in engendering the programmatic interventions of UNDP Thailand and all the work related to promoting the SDGs and assisting Thailand achieve the Global Goals, with a special focus on the gender dimensions of all the Goals. • Work on the effective implementation of gender equality, human rights and social inclusion. • Support in documentation of knowledge products, resources, roster on gender and inclusion. • Support the preparation/finalization of reports/research related to gender and inclusion. • Provide technical inputs to conduct research/studies and draft/review concept papers etc. from a gender and social inclusion perspective. • Work closely with UN colleagues and, in particular UN Women, to ensure a strong UNDP contribution to the implementation of the UNSDCF, as well as other joint UN interventions and initiatives. • Engage actively in the Inter-Agency Gender Theme Group. • Carry out other duties as assigned by the supervisor Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities: • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Provide annual and end of assignment self- reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities. • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible. Results/expected outputs • As an active UNDP team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNDP and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: • Provide strategic, technical and programmatic leadership in the areas of gender equality and social inclusion in Thailand and its linkage with government plans, policies and global development agencies. • The development of the CO’s capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counter-parts, including Implementing Partners (IPs); • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

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