Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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 leads and coordinates United Nations System’s efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. UN Women provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
This position is joint with UNHCR. UNHCR is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.
In Bangladesh UNHCR provides protection and essential services for 30,000 registered refugees from Myanmar. They live in two refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar region. The camps represent one of the most protracted refugee situations in the world, with around 60% of residents born in Bangladesh. One of the biggest protection issues in the camp is the lack of safety for women, combined with low rates of participation by women in decision making and few opportunities for economic engagement. An existing conservative culture among the refugee population coupled with years of frustration and hopelessness have contributed to a very high level of sexual and gender based violence in the camps.
The Gender Advisor will work with technical support and guidance of the International/ Senior Gender Advisor and in consultation with women and girls in the refugee camps, to develop and implement programmes that will improve the status of women and reduce sexual and gender based violence. The position will also support camp stakeholders to strengthen their capacity to address violence against women and support women’s participation in economic activities and decision-making processes.
Objectives and Expected Outputs
The overall objective of the work of the Gender Advisor is to contribute to increased economic and social empowerment of women in the refugee camps through direct support to interventions and strengthening the capacity and leadership of UN agencies and other humanitarian stakeholders to undertake and promote gender-sensitive humanitarian programming.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Country Representative/ Programme Specialist, with the support of the UNHCR Senior Protection Officer and the direct supervision of the Senior Gender Advisor the Gender Advisor will support the implementation of the following key activities:
1.Programme design, implementation and monitoring
2.Capacity building and partnership development
3.Inter-agency coordination support
4.Support to advocacy and knowledge management
Impact of results:
The impact of the Gender Advisor’s role will be to support changes in the refugee camps in order to achieve positive outcomes for women and girls by:
CORE VALUES / GUIDING PRINCIPLES:
Cultural Sensitivity/ Valuing diversity:
Ethics and Values:
Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring:
Working in Teams:
Communicating Information and Ideas:
Self-management and Emotional intelligence:
Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements:
Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning:
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
Required Skills and Experience
This position is for Bangladeshi nationals only. Interested applicants should apply for the vacancy, using the “Personal History Form – P 11” and the latest CV.
Application to this vacancy should be sent to email@example.com. Please insert Vacancy Announcement Number (UNWOMEN/SC/ Gender Adviser/ 2016) in the Subject of the E-mail. Applications without the Vacancy Number or with the incorrect Vacancy Number will not be accepted.
PLEASE NOTE: Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.