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UN Women recruiting Peace and Security Policy Specialist

New York, United States of America, 21 March 2014


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 all its efforts, UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

The Policy Division develops and implements the UN Women program of work on analysis, research and knowledge management that provides the evidence base for the advice and guidance UN Women provides to the intergovernmental process, the UN system, and to UN Women staff working at country and regional level on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. It identifies emerging issues and trends, and develops and proposes new strategies for achieving the agreed goals through innovative approaches and lessons learned about what works in practice. It also designs and oversees the training and capacity development programs of UN Women, working closely with the UN Women training facility in Santa Domingo.

Based on UN legislative mandates and UN Women Strategic Programme Plan, it undertakes or coordinates global or sectoral research and data analysis; advises on norms, policies and strategies for achieving the internationally agreed goals related to gender equality and women’s empowerment issues. It acts as a knowledge hub, collecting evidence on progress and emerging issues, identifying trends in implementation of global commitments; and sharing knowledge on innovative approaches and lessons learned in implementation. It designs tools for inter-regional capabilities building and institutional development programmes and fosters strategic substantive partnerships with academia and other UN partners, in close collaboration with the Intergovernmental Support and Strategic Partnership Bureau, the Programme division and UN Women Training Center (Santa Domingo).  

The Policy Specialist (Peace and Security) reports to the Peace and Security Chief for strategic guidance and direction, and is responsible for leading the development of work within the area of national implementation of women, peace and security, including technical support to the development of national and regional action plans and other tools and implementation strategies. The Policy Specialist will act as an important channel between country and regional offices and global policy-related work and support engagement with the Security Council in particular on follow-up on the implementation of Security Council resolution 2122 (2013).

The Policy Division staff is organised in thematic sections, bringing together technical experts who: undertake issues-based research; analyse data on country, regional or global trends; build a knowledge-base on policy commitments and their implementation; propose evidence-based options for global policy, norms and standards and for UNW global programme strategies; and contribute substantive inputs to policy advocacy and technical cooperation programmes.

Staff in thematic sections provide technical advice at country and regional levels, on request, through strategy development, thematic reviews, tools for capabilities building and channels for knowledge sharing and prepare documentation for UN normative intergovernmental processes; prepare studies, reports and content for policy advocacy.

The Policy Specialist will provide overall leadership, strategic guidance, coordination, management, quality assurance and technical oversight to UN Women’s work on national implementation of the Security Council’s women, peace and security agenda; and directly support and monitor the implementation of relevant cross-regional components of the Unit’s global policy development and programming on women, peace and security involving various countries. These include components related to technical assistance, monitoring, knowledge-sharing, advocacy and resource mobilization, and results-based reporting.

Summary of key functions

  • Policy development and coordination;

  • Substantive support to intergovernmental processes ;

  • Representation and advocacy;

  • Learning and knowledge management.

Policy development and coordination:  

  • Substantively support the Section Chief in leading the global-level coordination, monitoring, and catalytic programming efforts to advance the national implementation of the women, peace and security agenda;

  • Support UN Women Country Offices, civil society and governmental partners to move the national level implementation of the women, peace and security agenda, including through technical assistance, action planning, advocacy and research;

  • Conceptualize and execute action-oriented policy research on national planning and implementation of 1325;

  • Develop and solidify partnerships with key stakeholders on national implementation of women, peace and security actors, including academic institutions, governments and civil society organizations;

  • Assess implementation bottlenecks and gaps in advancing the women, peace and security agenda and take appropriate responses whether in terms of policy development and negotiation with relevant stakeholders, or pilot programming interventions;

  • Support resource mobilization for both global advisory work on national implementation as well as for country-specific and region-specific efforts;

  • Ensure information flow between field and HQ on lessons learned, promising approaches, and good practice.

Substantive support to intergovernmental processes and policy development: 

  • Provide inputs in international fora to help shape development of global and regional policies, norms and standards and implementation strategies;

  • Produce studies, reports, background papers on the programme in accordance with mandates provided by relevant intergovernmental bodies, highlighting progress and challenges in critical areas and emerging issues as well as preparing options and recommendations for action;

  • Organize expert meetings, panels and other interactive events on gender issues for intergovernmental processes;

  • Provide substantive support to intergovernmental bodies such as the Security Council and UN Women Executive Board, preparing analytical summaries of debates, supporting negotiations and analyzing/compiling outcomes;  

  • Targeted engagement with the Security Council to monitor the ongoing programme of work, track debates and outcomes, provide technical support, and provide linkages for information sharing between Council experts and UN Women country and regional offices.

Representation and advocacy: 

  • Represent UN-Women in international fora to encourage greater commitment to and collaboration on the implementation of gender equality policies (in Peace and Security);

  • Strengthen partnerships with other UN entities  and international policy making forums to highlight and reinforce accountability mechanisms for the implementation of global policy commitments on women, peace and security, including SCRs 1325 (2000) , 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009),1889 (2009), 1960 (2010), 2106 (2013), and 2122 (2013); support inter-agency work and processes pertaining to gender, conflict prevention and peace building within the UN system, when requested;

  • Contribute to the development of strategic approaches to policy dialogue, resource mobilization, partnerships, and outreach;

  • Establish and nurture relationship with academia, research institutes, civil society and experts on gender, peace and security  to expand and share knowledge, exchange views on latest findings, incorporate cutting-edge thinking in UN work on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Learning and knowledge management:

  • Contribute to the development of policy and knowledge, as appropriate and under the guidance of the Chief;

  • Monitor and provide substantive guidance and technical inputs to ensure the quality of knowledge products and capacity development tools commissioned under the Programme Review;

  • Provide feedback to UN-Women offices on case studies and other related knowledge products and publications as requested and needed;

  • Recruit, monitor and assess performance of consultants and other service providers hired to design and develop  knowledge products related to the programme;

  • Contribute to the systematic collation of good practices and lessons learned;

  • Produce relevant knowledge products to meet UN-Women needs and standards of quality.

Impact of Results

The Policy Specialist, Peace and Security, impacts on success of the efforts to develop and implement the UN Women Policy Strategies.

Deadline:  6 April 2014

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