Job Opening

Posting Title: Practice Note on Women’s meaningful participation and Leadership in the implementation of WPS mandates in Peacekeeping Context,
Department/Office: Department of Peacekeeping Operations
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 22 April 2021 - 05 May 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Department of Peacekeeping Operations-153960-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

A clear, coherent practice note on women’s meaningful participation and leadership in peacekeeping contexts

Work Location

Home-Based

Expected duration

Duration: 30 days, starting May 25th through July 6th 2021

Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Peace Operations (DPO) has prioritized the implementation of Women, Peace and Security (WPS) mandate as one of its strategic outcomes in measuring peacekeeping effectiveness, outlined in the Secretary General’s Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) commitments, SG Directives and forward looking strategy in 2019/2020 WPS Annual report. On the 20th anniversary on UNSCR 1325, the SG made a Call to Action on Women Transforming Peace with commitment to accelerate the implementation of the WPS agenda by peacekeeping stakeholders, leading to WPS analytical policy brief on Women Transforming Peace with a 5 year trajectory on progress, challenges and recommendations.

The continued momentum in sustaining the gains on WPS is a political imperative for the Department. To this end and with reference to field missions, DPO seeks to document scalable good practices for UN peacekeeping missions with action-oriented recommendations for member states, Civil Society Organizations (CSO), research organizations, think tanks and women organizations.

The position is a continuation of an already started work. The practice note will contextualize scalable best and promising practices on women’s meaningful participation and leadership in five select peacekeeping missions. The expected outcome will be informed by existing field-based practices and anchored on the mission mandates and A4P priorities and women’s shared experiences in collaboration with select missions. This practice note will showcase good practice for cross learning among missions with action-oriented recommendations for peacekeeping stakeholders.

The individual contractor will oversee the production of the final product by undertaking the following tasks:

• Review the Analytical Policy Brief and Call to Action on Women Transforming Peace to contextualize the practice note.
• Review the existing draft, raw data and other supplementary documentations in consultation with the Gender Unit to agree on a preferable framework towards the finalization of the Practice Note.
• Conduct discussions with the Gender Unit, review select mission reports on Women, Peace and Security and reconcile with already existing information to inform concrete analysis.
• Provide direction and advise on the layout and design of the Practice Note working in collaboration with the Strategic Communications Unit.
• Produce a clear, well structured, analytical practice note (women’s meaningful participation and leadership with notable good practices and action-oriented recommendations for adoption in the prevailing context.
• Support in presentation of findings of the analysis at outreach events e.g. webinars/digital
platforms, as required and relevant.

Qualifications/special skills

• At least seven (7) years of work experience, of which at least five (5) years of proven experience in developing research and practice, including on Gender Equality Programming and the WPS mandates.
• Master’s degree in international development, peace and security, conflict management,
programme management, programme development, organisational development, gender and
security, or a related field is required.
• Proven examples of published research work related to political, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, gender equality and WPS issues is required.
• Demonstrated expertise in working across partners on WPS analysis particularly across the UN, sub regional organizations, research and academic institutions and civil society organizations through a combination of professional or academic experience is highly desirable required.
• Familiarity of peacekeeping field contexts is essential and experience with UN peacekeeping mission is desirable.
• The individual contractor must have excellent written and verbal communication skills in English.

Additional Information

This is a home-based assignment and is envisaged to take no more than one month. The assignment will commence on the 25th May 2020 with the review of raw data available. The individual contractor will follow their work plan per agreed schedule in undertaking the completion of the contract assignment.

i. An appropriate timeline and methodology will be determined by the individual contractor in consultation with the Gender Unit.
ii. The individual contractor will undertake a review and assessment of the raw data/information to inform the development of the Practice Note in close consultation with the Gender Unit.
iii. The individual contractor will produce a final Practice Note on June 30, 2021, subject to changes depending on commencement of the assignment.
iv. The individual contractor will facilitate the presentation of the final product to broad range of audience at different platforms to as agreed with the Gender Unit

Note: The number of working days has been estimated as being sufficient/ feasible for the envisaged volume of work to be completed successfully and is proposed as a guideline for the duration of assignment.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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