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UN Women hiring Consultant for Local Governance Research

New York, United States of America, 27 August 2013


Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women will work 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 center 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.

 In 2011, UN Women established a section on Governance and Leadership, with a specific work area dedicated to women’s leadership and political participation. Under guidance of UN Women’s founding resolution (GA resolution 64/289) and its Strategic Plan, UN Women has developed a Global Initiative on Leadership and Political Participation that comprises the delivery of solid guidance and knowledge on key issues related with women’s political participation. Under the Initiative, two key areas (Electoral assistance and Constitutional Reform) are currently being implemented, and work on local level governanceis commending. 

Local level political processes are often the most relevant in terms of direct impact on women's lives, including its potential as a training ground for women’s political leadership. Despite the importance of this sphere of government, there is no central repository of data to track advancements and no global baseline measurement of women’s representation in local government. The lack of data and concrete information at the local level creates challenges to monitoring and supporting positive change for women's involvement. In order to advance work in this area, UN Women is developing internal policy guidance on women’s political participation at local level and fostering key partnerships to coordinate work in this area.

Under direct supervision of UN Women’s Political Participation Advisor in HQ, and in coordination with UN Women Research and Data section, the consultant will design and implement a research project to determine the level of women’s representation at different levels in local government across all regions. The consultant will also develop a concept note to design a global interactive website on women in politics around the world, which will present the data on local government and other key data such as the proportion of women in national parliaments.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will work under the overall supervision and report to the Political Participation Advisor in HQ, and work with other team members, particularly within research and data. S/he will be responsible for:

  • Design and implement a research project (including a project document) to collect and analyze data on women’s participation in local government and develop a global baseline. This will involve coordination and consultation with relevant partners within and outside the United Nations to develop options for conducting research and mapping of the different levels of women’s representation in local governments around the world;

  • Organize a partner meeting to consult with key partners on the proposed methodology for research, including the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Regional Commissions in Europe and Latin America and the Caribbean (UNECE and ECLAC) and other UN partners;

  • Undertake research, populate a file with relevant data on women at the local level which will feed into the development of an interactive Map on Women in Politics;

  • The consultant will develop a proposal with options for the presentation of data (and other variables including national parliaments) in a searchable online interactive database.

Deadline: 4 September 2013

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