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Background

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women, is a United Nations entity charged with working for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

About UN Women

UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. It was established in 2010 by the UN General Assembly, merging four previously distinct entities focused on women’s issues: the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI), and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

UN Women works towards promoting women’s rights, gender equality, and the empowerment of women in all aspects of life. Its mandate encompasses a wide range of areas, including political participation, economic empowerment, ending violence against women, ensuring access to education and healthcare, and promoting women’s role in peace and security.

The key areas of work for UN Women can be summarized as follows:

  1. Normative and Policy Advocacy: UN Women advocates for the adoption and implementation of international standards and policies that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. It works with governments, civil society, and other stakeholders to promote legal reforms and policy changes.
  2. Program Development and Implementation: UN Women designs and implements programs and projects aimed at addressing gender inequalities and empowering women. These initiatives focus on areas such as women’s economic empowerment, leadership and political participation, ending violence against women, and women’s rights in conflict and post-conflict settings.
  3. Coordination and Partnership: UN Women coordinates efforts and partnerships at the global, regional, and national levels to advance gender equality. It works closely with other UN agencies, governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector to leverage resources and expertise.
  4. Monitoring and Reporting: UN Women monitors progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment, conducts research and analysis, and produces reports and publications to inform policy and decision-making processes.

UN Women plays a pivotal role in advancing gender equality and women’s rights globally. It supports governments, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders in their efforts to create a more equitable and inclusive world for women and girls.

Why work at UN Women

UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. It was established in 2010 by the UN General Assembly, merging four previously distinct entities focused on women’s issues: the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), the Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women (OSAGI), and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).

UN Women works towards promoting women’s rights, gender equality, and the empowerment of women in all aspects of life. Its mandate encompasses a wide range of areas, including political participation, economic empowerment, ending violence against women, ensuring access to education and healthcare, and promoting women’s role in peace and security.

The key areas of work for UN Women can be summarized as follows:

  1. Normative and Policy Advocacy: UN Women advocates for the adoption and implementation of international standards and policies that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment. It works with governments, civil society, and other stakeholders to promote legal reforms and policy changes.
  2. Program Development and Implementation: UN Women designs and implements programs and projects aimed at addressing gender inequalities and empowering women. These initiatives focus on areas such as women’s economic empowerment, leadership and political participation, ending violence against women, and women’s rights in conflict and post-conflict settings.
  3. Coordination and Partnership: UN Women coordinates efforts and partnerships at the global, regional, and national levels to advance gender equality. It works closely with other UN agencies, governments, civil society organizations, and the private sector to leverage resources and expertise.
  4. Monitoring and Reporting: UN Women monitors progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment, conducts research and analysis, and produces reports and publications to inform policy and decision-making processes.

UN Women plays a pivotal role in advancing gender equality and women’s rights globally. It supports governments, civil society organizations, and other stakeholders in their efforts to create a more equitable and inclusive world for women and girls.

Location: Nairobi, Kenya

Starting Date: To be determined

Application Deadline: May 6, 2024 (Midnight New York, USA time)

Post Level: Other

Duration of Initial Contract: 5.5 Months

Time Left: 6 days, 4 hours, 44 minutes

Languages Required: English

Expected Duration of Assignment:5.5 Months

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Support the coordination of Knowledge Management and Research initiatives:
  • Organize and facilitate meetings for gender profile focal points.
  • Create virtual content for the Africa website.
  • Promote knowledge sharing within ESARO through networks and communities of practice.
  • Conduct a study on the status of gender equality in universities in East and Southern Africa.
  • Coordinate the launch of the regional gender profile, including participant coordination and preparation of presentations.
  • Develop key messages for infographics and collaborate with the communications team for social media engagement.
  • Compile quarterly data and statistics on thematic issues for knowledge series.
  • Contribute to the development of new knowledge sharing mechanisms.
  • Utilize multimedia technology for knowledge sharing and engagement.
  1. Dissemination of Knowledge products:
  • Develop strategies for the dissemination of the regional gender profile and universities’ gender equality report.
  • Coordinate knowledge dissemination events.
  • Advise on dissemination formats to enhance the use and adoption of knowledge products.

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

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to design qualitative and quantitative research projects.
  • Demonstrable gender research experience.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Familiarity with Knowledge Management technologies, including social media-based systems.
  • Strong promotion of knowledge sharing and products.
  • Good knowledge of gender and women’s empowerment issues.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
  • Building effective relationships with clients.
  • Model and promote transparency, honesty, and openness.
  • Understanding of client’s perspective.

Required Skills and Experience:
Education and Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in economics, gender, development studies, social sciences, or a relevant field.

Experience:

  • One year of relevant experience in development work, administrative or program management/support.
  • Experience in gender equality work at national, regional, and international levels is an asset.
  • Experience in a multicultural environment.
  • Proficiency in using multiple office software packages.
  • Experience with ERP systems, preferably Oracle Cloud, is desirable.
  • Experience in supporting a team is desirable.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to work independently to achieve results.

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