Project Analyst – Gender and Research
* This position is open to Serbia nationals ONLY
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.
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SEESAC is a joint initiative of the UNDP and the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC). As such, it is an integral part of UNDP’s work in the Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (ECIS) region and has, since 2002, worked primarily to strengthen the capacities of national and regional stakeholders to control and reduce the proliferation and misuse of small arms and light weapons, and thus contribute to enhanced stability, security and development in Southeast and Eastern Europe (SEE). SEESAC also has a distinguished record of working closely with Governments to advance gender equality.
The overall objective of the project is to contribute to international peace and security by combatting the threat posed by the widespread accumulation and illicit trafficking in small arms and light weapons and their ammunition in and from SEE. At the same time, it enhances regional stability by working within the framework of the RCC and in partnership with other relevant initiatives. The project is directly contributing to the implementation of the EU Security Strategy, the EU SALW (Small Arms and Light Weapons) Strategy, the Arms Trade Treaty, the UN Programme of Action on Small Arms and its International Tracing Instrument, the UN Firearms Protocol, UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and will specifically enhance regional cooperation in combating the threat posed by the spread of SALW and their ammunition. Specifically, the project is contributing to the implementation of the Southeast Europe Regional Implementation Plan Combatting the Proliferations and Impact of Small Arms and Light Weapons and the Roadmap for a sustainable solution to the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of SALW and their ammunition in the Western Balkans by 2024. The project results are also directly contributing to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 16 on peaceful and just societies, in particular targets 16.1 (Significantly reduce all forms of violence and death rate everywhere) and 16.4 (significantly reduce illicit arms flows), and Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
SEESAC is implementing the Council Decision 2019/2111 in support of SEESAC disarmament and arms control activities in South-East Europe in the framework of the EU Strategy to combat illicit accumulation and trafficking of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) and their ammunition. Further, with the support of European Union, represented by the European Commission, Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, through the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA II), SEESAC is implementing the project Support for enhancing the fight against the illegal possession, misuse and trafficking of small arms and light weapons (SALW) in the Western Balkans - IPA/2021 - 425/067. In addition to this, SEESAC is implementing the second phase of the Strengthening of Regional Cooperation on Gender Mainstreaming in Security Sector Reform in the Western Balkans project. The project facilitates regional cooperation on gender equality in the military and further strengthen the capacities of the Ministries of Defense and the Armed Forces for implementation of gender responsive policies. These initiatives continue to strengthen safety and security through regional cooperation in Southeast Europe.
The Project Analyst – Gender and Research ensures the implementation of activities within the UNDP SEESAC portfolio under the direct supervision of the SEESAC Project Manager.
Key Duties and Accountabilities
Ensures results oriented, effective, efficient and accountable implementation of activities within the UNDP SEESAC portfolio and focusing on achievement of the following results:
• Achievement of project results specified in the project document (in particular with focus on gender equality and research), to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and costs.
• Successful development and implementation of capacity development activities for the national authorities, based on the needs assessments and in close cooperation with the national counterparts.
• Oversight of preparation and development of knowledge products.
• Financial and substantive monitoring of projects, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions.
• Facilitation of information exchange and knowledge sharing.
• Maintenance of close cooperation with responsible partners, institutions to ensure effective implementation of the agreed activities and delivery of outputs in a timely manner.
• Preparation of briefs, talking points and other relevant material.
• Drafting terms of reference for procurement of goods and services.
• Contribution to the Project Works Plans and preparation of quarterly and annual narrative and financial progress reports, as well as ad hoc reports, presentations and papers as the needs of the project arise.
• Prepare regular updates and reports on projects’ progress, implementing issues, emerging risks/problems and proposals for necessary remedial actions.
• Active participation in and manages the organization of meetings, training sessions, conferences.
• Assuming responsibilities in line with the Internal Control Framework.
• Performing any other duties that may be required to ensure efficient and effective project implementation
Provides top quality advisory services to the Governments and ensures facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
• Identification of sources of information related to UNDP SEESAC portfolio.
• Design and coordination of data collection activities, including development of data collection tools and methodologies to support research and evidence-based policy making and contribution to the improvement of current data collection practices.
• Development and implementation of research related to gender aspects of SALW control, including legislative and strategic framework, armed violence prevention, citizen security and security sector reform.
• Produce studies, analysis, policy papers and fact sheets on the impact of SALW on citizens, both women and men, girls and boys based on regular data collection and high-quality literature review.
• Development and coordination of capacity building activities to enhance capabilities of institutions to increase their competence in integrating the gender perspective in security sector, and specifically in small arms control
• Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to UNDP SEESAC portfolio.
• Technical advice to the national authorities in mainstreaming gender equality in security sector reform processes, armed violence prevention, citizen security and arms control activities.
• Identification, development and implementation of practical strategies for sustainable gender mainstreaming
• Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
• Professional growth through active learning.
Supports creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy focusing on achievement of the following results:
• Keep up to date on partnerships related issues; identifies possible areas of cooperation, identify opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall UNDP SEESAC effort in resource mobilization.
• Contribute to design and formulation of new projects in consultation with national counterparts, translating UNDP’s priorities into local interventions, as the needs and opportunities arise
Advocacy and promotion of awareness of UNDP/SEESAC’s mandate and mission focusing on the achievement of the following results:
• Policy advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), Human Development, and pro-poor and equitable economic growth by participating in relevant forums, conferences, and trainings.
• Production of high-quality research papers for UNDP presentation at international workshops
• Support monitoring progress and formulation of strategies toward the achievement of the
Sustainable Development Goals.
- Master’s Degree in political or social sciences or related field or equivalent and minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience in development programming or policy and partnership building.
- Bachelor’s degree in political or social sciences or related field and minimum of 4 years of relevant professional experience in development programming or policy and partnership building.
Experience, Knowledge, and Skills
• Additional relevant experience will be considered as strong asset
• Strong experience in partnership building at the international, national, regional, and local level.
• Experience in project development and implementation in the field of gender mainstreaming in security sector reform, armed violence prevention, citizen security, or arms control in Southeast Europe is a strong asset.
• Experience in the provision of technical advice and development of capacity-building activities for the national authorities in the region for the advancement of gender equality is a strong asset.
• Practical knowledge and expertise in the preparation of working arrangements and maintaining successful relations with national counterparts in the fields mentioned above.
• Experience in procuring goods and services/works in line with UNDP rules and regulations is a strong asset.
• Experience in budgets development and management.
• Knowledge of gender equality in security sector reform processes, and gender aspects of armed violence prevention, citizen security, and arms control.
• Excellent understanding of the political and economic situation in the Western Balkans.
• Knowledge of the existent legal and institutional frameworks for gender equality in Southeast Europe.
• Knowledge of UNDP rules and procedures would be an asset; in particular, finance and procurement.
• Experience in the use of computers and office software packages and handling of web-based management systems.
• Written and spoken proficiency in English and Bosnian/Croatian/Montenegrin/Serbian
Expected Demonstration of Competencies
Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline.
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements.
Learn Continuously LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback.
Adapt with Agility LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible.
Act with Determination LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident.
Engage and Partner LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships.
Enable Diversity and Inclusion LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination.
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies
Business Direction & Strategy - Strategic Thinking Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks, and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions.
Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP.
Business Development Knowledge Generation Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to a stated need.
Business Management Partnerships Management Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.
Business Management Monitoring Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results.
Communications Advocacy strategy and implementation Ability to create and implement advocacy strategies which lead to impactful change.
2030 Agenda People - Gender Gender Issues & Analysis
2030 Agenda People - Gender Gender Mainstreaming
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