International Consultant—Capacity Development for Monitoring of Normative Framework, including Implementation of CEDAW and Concluding Observation and SDGs

Location: Home based with missions to Phnom Penh, Cambodia Application Deadline: 28-Feb-20 (Midnight New York, USA) Time left: 3d 18h 33m Additional Category: Gender Equality Type of Contract: Individual Contract Post Level: International Consultant Languages Required: English Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 16-Mar-2020 Expected Duration of Assignment: Between March to 15 December 2020   Background 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. The UN Women Cambodia Country Office (CCO) Strategic Note (SN) 2019-2023 focuses on three key priorities to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE). The first priority is to strengthen government capacity and accountability to integrate international norms and commitments (CEDAW, SDGs, Beijing PfA, Sendai) into national legislative and regulatory frameworks, including supporting dialogue and CSO engagement in accountability for GEWE commitments.  The second area of focus is Ending Violence Against Women where CCO’s focus includes creating an enabling environment to prevent, respond to and prosecute all forms of GBV as well as ensuring that marginalised women who experience violence, including women migrant workers, access services and protections.  Thirdly, CCO works to enhance gender responsiveness in climate change action and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).  A focus on empowerment, women’s leadership, challenging negative gender norms and leaving no one behind runs through the programme. The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) through the Cambodia National Council for Women (CNCW) has taken increased ownership to engage with the CEDAW monitoring cycle as well as other international commitments for monitoring Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GE&WE) such as Beijing PFA, CSW and SDGs. Following Cambodia’s 6th periodic report to CEDAW, Concluding Observations (COBs) provide concrete recommendations for RGC to tailor its actions for advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment. It has been observed that in order to enable implementation of COBs in a more effective and engaging manner, it is pivotal to support CNCW’s Secretariat and its members both at technical and decision making level to have robust understanding of what COBs mean to each sector and what action points are applicable in responding to specific COBs. As many COBs are directly linked with UPR Recommendations that were accepted by the Royal Government of Cambodia, it is important to leverage this opportunity through greater facilitation and collaboration between CNCW and the Cambodia Human Rights Committee (CHRC) to interpret COBs into actions through the joint effort of the women’s machinery (CNCW) and CHRC. At the same time, it is planned that UN Women and OHCHR can continue to work together on CEDAW and UPR implementation, and support increased collaboration between and with CNCW and CHRC on women’s rights. In this regard, CCO seeks the services of a consultant who has strong contextual background knowledge, experience in coordination with multiple agencies, including government and civil society, as well as robust knowledge on CEDAW and its process to support the Normative Programme and key government partners, especially CNCW, to develop an action plan for monitoring the implementation of Concluding Observations. The technical assistance will contribute to ensure that:
  1. CNCW has an action plan which details sector-specific actions to implement COBs, against which progress and achievements can be monitored. This includes support to CNCW and members to review, analyse and understand COBs so they can make a clear COB action plan to implement, monitor and report on the progress of the COBs, and establish clear links with  sectoral policies and strategies, the framework of Cambodia Sustainable Development Goals (CSDGs)  the UPR Recommendations and the forthcoming UPR Implementation Plan.  The process of developing the action plan should also include reaching a consensus on priority actions based on existing national and international commitments, accepted UPR recommendations and analysis of COBs which Cambodia is required to report against within a two-year timeframe;
  2. Collaboration with the UN Country Team and UNTGG utilizes normative framework/agenda (CEDAW, Beijing +25 and SDGs) for contributing to strengthening UN collaboration and result.  This includes finalization of CEDAW COB Advocacy Points and policy advice to strategise to reinforce the implementation of COB Advocacy Points;
  3. Women’s Machinery (CNCW and MOWA) has capacity to engage with Beijing+25, including Generation Equality Forums.
  Duties and Responsibilities 1. Provision of technical advice as well as guidance to CNCW’s Secretariat to capacitate ministerial members (CEDAW focal persons and senior officials) to develop action plan for implementing and monitoring COBs.
  • Work closely with CCO Normative Programme Team and CNCW’s Secretariat to ensure that CNCW TWG members/senior officials have reviewed, analysed and understood COBs.  This includes preparation of concept notes with detail programme and methods and technical advice for generating discussion and learning;
  • Support CNCW to conduct analysis of COBs and participatory consultations, including supporting CNCW to mobilise participation of civil society and providing technical advice in support of effective dialogue with CSOs;
  • Support CNCW to develop action plan for implementing and monitoring CEDAW COBs;
  • Support CNCW’s secretariat to capacitate CNCW’s members to implement COB action plan.
2. Provision of policy advice to CCO Normative Programme and National Women’s Machinery (CNCW and MOWA) to engage with Beijing+25 Anniversary, including Generation Equality Forum. 
  • Work closely CCO Normative Programme Team to support women machinery engage with national and global forums on Beijing+25 Anniversary. This includes policy advice for participation in the regional forum-Generation Equality.
3. Provision of policy advice to CCO, including Normative Programme, to utilize normative framework (CEDAW, Beijing +25 and SDGs) for strengthening UN Collaboration and result.
  • Finalise CEDAW COB Advocacy Points for UNCT;
  • Provide policy advice to engage other UN Agencies in implementing CEDAW COB Advocacy Points through UNTGG and UNCT.?
  Competencies Technical Competencies:
  • Good knowledge of institutional mechanisms relating to governance and women’s human rights, particularly CEDAW and considerable knowledge of the Cambodian policy and legislative framework is an asset.
  • Proven experience and skills in monitoring of CEDAW implementation and CEDAW report writing.
  • A proven history of leadership, management and staff capacity building through a participatory approach of mutual accountability and professional development.
  • Strong programming expertise on gender equality, knowledge of results-based management (RBM) principles, gender equality and human rights-based approaches.
  • A proven ability to liaise and coordinate with a myriad of stakeholders and partners, including government, civil society, UN, donors, international organizations and grassroots organizations
Functional Competencies:
  • Knowledge of the social, cultural, and political context of Cambodia and local issues of gender, public policy and governance, and multiple overlapping forms of discrimination would be an asset.
  • Promotion of knowledge management and a learning environment in the office through leadership.
  • Solid experience in coordination with government and civil society organisations.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity, discretion, tact, and courtesy in relation to gender equality and women’s rights, development principles, working with implementing partners, including with government counterparts and national and international personnel of varied nationalities and backgrounds.
  • Proven excellent writing skills with high-quality, evidence-based reports.
Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women.
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
  Required Skills and Experience 1. Education:
  • Master’s degree in gender, public administration, public policy, development studies, international relations, or other related disciplines.
2. Experience:
  • Minimum 10 years progressively responsible relevant experience with international organization or development project.
  • At least 7 years professional experience in women’s human rights, gender equality and women’s empowerment, CEDAW monitoring, evaluation, report writing, and institutional capacity development
  • Sound knowledge of international standards on human rights, women’s rights and related instruments such as CEDAW, SDGs, BfPA, etc.
  • Professional experience working in women’s human rights in Cambodia, in particular on CEDAW implementation and other normative intergovernmental framework such as General Recommendation, SDGs, BPfA, with UN Women or an international organization would be a strong asset.
  SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION Interested candidates are requested to submit an electronic application to cco.procurement@unwomen.org no later than 28 February 2020 by 5 p.m. local time in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Late application submissions will not be considered.   APPLICATION PACKAGE:
  • Application letter explaining why the candidate is the most suitable for the work;
  • CV and Copies of Educational Qualifications;
  • Personal History Form (P11).  The P11 Form can be downloaded from the following:
  • http://www2.unwomen.org/~/media/field%20office%20eseasia/docs/misc/2012/p_11_form_unwomen.doc?v=1&d=20160811T044602  or http://asiapacific.unwomen.org/en/about-us/jobs
  • Financial proposal. The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, which breaking down by 1) daily professional fee; 2) cost of living allowance for applicable missions outside duty station; and 3) international air fare (round trip from home-based country to Phnom Penh) and other travel-related costs such as visa, if applicable.
  • All applications must include (as attachments) the P11 Form, CV, and the Financial Proposal.
  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. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks. More Information and Application Details Candidates have to confirm having received the recruitment information through the recruiting channel NGO Recruitment in the application letter for this position

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