Background UNDP is committed to making gender equality, a basic human right and a necessity for a sustainable world, a reality. Women’s empowerment and gender equality are vital to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which envisions a world “of universal respect for human rights and human dignity” in which “every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality and all legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment have been removed.” The UNDP Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2021, the third such strategy, provides a road map to elevate and integrate gender equality into all aspects of UNDP’s work to reduce poverty, build resilience and achieve peace in communities and territories, helping to accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda. In particular, the strategy delineates the UNDP commitment to: a) Strengthen UNDP interventions tackling structural changes that accelerate gender equality and women’s empowerment; b) Strengthen the integration of gender equality into UNDP’s work on the environment, energy and crisis response and recovery; c) Better align UNDP programming with the centrality of gender equality and women’s empowerment to the achievement of sustainable development; and d) Build upon institutional mechanisms for gender mainstreaming such as the Gender Equality Seal and the Gender Marker, which provide measurable standards and incentives to drive development progress. Somalia is launching its new National Development Plan (NDP9) as its roadmap to achieve peace and inclusive development. The Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development (MOWHRD) wants to ensure that women are key participants and recipients in the implementation of this plan. UNDP Somalia, in line with its corporate mandate, is fully committed to strengthening the capacity of the MOWHRD, in partnership with other UN agencies, to contribute to the achievement of the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) agenda. The Federal Government of Somalia’s commitment to the GEWE agenda is sealed through the endorsement of the Somalia Women’s Charter which captures a joint commitment by Somalia women representing government entities, civil society organizations, academia, women networks, and marginalized women – including women with disabilities. The Charter reflects a strong commitment to transformational change.
Within this context a Project Initiation Plan has been developed to support the Ministry of Women and Human Rights Development to implement start up activities towards the establishment and building of its capacity as the driver of GEWE initiatives across key stakeholders. The initiation plan will support the formulation of a full project document that will assist the Ministry to enhance its capacity to address the structural barriers that hinder GEWE through implementation of new legislations across targeted key stakeholders, whilst effectively monitor, evaluate and report – based on real evidence – implementation of GEWE policies. The Gender Officer is required to support the implementation of the Project Initiation Plan. He/She will support the Project Manager of the Initiation Plan of the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Project in ensuring the effective implementation of activities of the plan. Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of key functions:
Ensures effective implementation of all PIP operations focusing on achievement of the following results:
Ensures effective and accurate financial resources management focusing on achievement of the following results:
Ensures efficient procurement and logistical services management focusing on achievement of the following results:
Ensures efficient support to tasks related to financial management, advocacy, programming, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and representation focusing on achievement of the following results:
Innovation Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Leadership Ability to persuade others to follow
People Management Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Communication Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Delivery Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Knowledge Management and Learning Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Ability to plan, prioritize and deliver tasks on time; participate effectively in a team; manage complex problems proactively and effectively, including responses to field based emergencies; in-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues; proven networking, team building, organizational and communication skills; IT competencies in Word, Excel, Power Point and the internet
Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback; consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude; demonstrates strong analytical and management skills; demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities; remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure; acceptance of additional responsibilities and capacity to work under pressure
Required Skills and Experience
Education Master’s degree in social policy, public policy, politics, economics, development studies or a related area.
Languages Fluency in written and spoken Somali and English
Other This is a non-staff contract under the Service Contract modality of hiring of the UNDP. Individuals engaged under a Service Contract serve in their individual capacity and not as representative of a government institution, corporate body or other authority external to UNDP. The incumbent shall not be considered as staff of UNDP, the UN common system or the government and are therefore not entitled to any diplomatic privileges or any other special status or condition Disclaimer Important applicant information
All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.
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UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements. Workforce diversity
UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence. Qualified Somalia women are strongly encouraged to apply