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.
Within the overall context of UN Women’s Strategic Plan for India and Bhutan, UN WOMEN MCO in New Delhi works towards realisation of the rights of women, with a focus on women from most marginalised and low-income communities, to decent work, opportunities of sustainable livelihood and social protection.
As part of its institutional mandate, UN Women, across the board, delivers on its advisory and supportive role to realise the global framework of gender equality, arrived at through the Beijing Platform for Action, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through formulation and implementation of gender responsive policies and programmes.
The recently adopted Agenda 2030 recognises women as key agents for achieving transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development; and provides a unique opportunity for strengthening and deepening engagements, initiatives, and policy perspectives with different stakeholders.
According to the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Gender Gap Report (2016), India is currently ranked 87 out of the 144; and 136 on the Economic Participation and Opportunity index. The gender gaps in literacy, health status, labour force participation and income levels of women are consequential outcomes of the deep-rooted discrimination that women face. The opportunities for decent work and wage employment are expanding only for a small section of women in the service sector, while the bulk of the women in the production sectors continue to be unpaid or in the unorganised sector, without any social protection. The lack of basic infrastructure such as water and sanitation facilities, energy, transport etc. add to time poverty and double burden of women.
The understanding is that targeted interventions for women alone cannot reduce the gender gaps. Gender needs to be mainstreamed in every policy and programme, initiative and idea, which reflect the aspirations and priorities of women, especially the most marginalised and vulnerable women. Unless women’s rights and women’s felt needs are incorporated and mainstreamed in the planning, policymaking and development process of the country, it is unlikely that benefits of economic growth will help women realise their political and socio-economic rights.
The National Policy on Empowerment of Women (2001) and the new draft National Policy for Women (2016) identified gender mainstreaming in all-round development processes, programmes, projects and actions as one of its key objectives to ensure equal rights and opportunities for women in family, community, workplace and governance spheres. The new draft Policy aims at mainstreaming gender concerns and increase women’s participation across the identified priority areas, such as Health, Education, Economy, Poverty eradication, Governance and Decision Making, Violence Against Women, Enabling Environment – Housing and Shelter, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Social Security, Infrastructure, and Environment and Climate Change.
As a strategy, Gender mainstreaming requires assessment of planned actions to identify the differing implications for women, with a conscious effort to put the perspective of the ‘last one first’, so that women from most marginalised and vulnerable groups can benefit, and existing gender inequalities are addressed. Further, towards ensuring that the policies and programmes are cognizant of the gender differences and inequalities, institutionalised budget support is imperative for transformative and sustainable development.
Various strategies for gender mainstreaming have been adopted by the Government of India as part of its normative commitments – such as, gender responsive budgeting (GRB), gender audit, etc. Gender audit is recognised as a management and planning tool. Gender Audit evaluates the gender responsiveness of how well the organisation is integrating the gender perspective into its work. It is also a kind of impact evaluation that assesses or measure the impact of interventions on gender equality and women’s empowerment. UN Women, in partnership with the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD), initiated gender mainstreaming of flagship programmes on rural livelihoods. As part of this, a Gender Budget Cell (GBC) has been institutionalised in MoRD and Gender Audit Guidelines have been issued. In partnership with the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), UN Women also developed a Gender Budgeting Handbook in 2015, which provides guidance and practical tools for effective, evidence based gender analysis and incorporation of the same into the core budget making process.
In 2014-15, UN Women, with support from the Asian Development Bank, implemented programme on ‘Engendering Economic Policies and Programmes for Women’s Right to Livelihoods: From ‘Formal to Substantive’ Gender Equality’ with the overall objective of deepening the mainstreaming of gender equality and women’s rights concerns within planning, implementation and monitoring of laws, policies and programmes for women’s right to livelihoods, employment and social protection. The programme focused on (a) making knowledge resources on gender available to Ministries for gender responsive implementation and monitoring of select schemes and (b) strengthening the capacities of women’s machineries and gender advocates to influence select economic policies and programmes.
Key results achieved:
In the recently released Draft Three Year Action Agenda (2017-18 to 2019-20) by the NITI Aayog, the Government of India has proposed policy changes within a three-year period, as part of its Vision, Strategy and Action Agenda. The Action Agenda is guided by the ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’, which translates as “Collective Effort, Inclusive Growth” and proposes investment in gender equality and empowerment of women. The Three Year Action Agenda framework particularly focuses on strategies for economic transformation within the agriculture, urban development and good governance through multi-sectoral, multi-level approach that reaches the unserved and vulnerable sections of the society.
Details of the Assignment :
In alignment with aforementioned national priorities and building on the key learnings and recommendations that emerged from its past engagement on gender mainstreaming initiatives, UN Women seeks the services of a Consultant to prepare a Resource Pack on Gender Mainstreaming to expand on the existing knowledge resources in select sectors. The Consultant will work closely with the WEE Unit in the UN Women Multi Country Office (MCO) for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka, and the scope of the exercise will be as follows:
 Select sectors: Agriculture, with a focus on rural livelihoods and food security; Urban Planning and Infrastructure; and Governance
Duties and Responsibilities
The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of Programme Specialist and Programme Analyst, Women’s Economic Empowerment Programme, UN Women. Specifically, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:
Knowledge Management and Learning:
Development and Operational Effectiveness:
Leadership and Self-Management:
Required Skills and Experience
Interested applicants should apply to this announcement through UNDP jobs site: jobs.undp.org
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
Evaluation and Selection Criteria
Criteria for shortlisting of CVs will be based on the following assessment:
The evaluation process for selection of the candidate will be based on the following assessment:
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.
|City, State:||Home Based|
|Closing date:||September 17, 2017|