Job Opening

Posting Title: BPF Gender and PNMA Consultant
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 01 April 2022 - 07 April 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Department of Economic and Social Affairs-178246-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The consultant will be responsible for facilitating and documenting the work related to convening of the one BPF and one PN, recommended by the IGF MAG, related to the following topics:
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1. Best Practice Forum on Cybersecurity
2. Policy Network on Internet Fragmentation

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

The proposed contract will be for a period of sixty-seven (66) working days. ¿

Duties and Responsibilities

The second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) held in Tunis on ¿¿16-18 November 2005, requested the Secretary-General, amongst other, to convene “a ¿new forum for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue – the Internet Governance Forum (IGF). ¿The Internet Governance Forum Secretariat is based in the United Nations Office at ¿Geneva (UNOG). The mandate of the IGF, set out in Paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda for ¿the Information Society is to discuss the main public policy issues related to Internet ¿governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and ¿development of the Internet. ¿
A report produced by the UN General Assembly Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) ¿Working Group on Improvements to the IGF called for the development of more tangible ¿outputs to ‘enhance the impact of the IGF on global Internet governance and policy’. To ¿enrich the potential for IGF outputs, the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) ¿developed an intersessional programme intended to complement other IGF activities. The ¿outputs from IGF intersessional activities are intended to become robust resources, to serve ¿as inputs into other pertinent forums, and to evolve and grow over time. ¿
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The intersessional work streams offer substantive ways for the IGF ¿community to produce more concrete outcomes and inform policy discussions. They take forms of Best Practice Forums (BPFs) and Policy Networks (PNs), among others. While the BPFs focus on gathering good practices of a particular Internet governance issue, the PNs look more in depth into the nature of the issue, status quo, good and not so good practices, and help navigate the ways forward. Both forms of intersessional work produce substantive outputs through an open, inclusive and multistakeholder methodology. These outputs have ¿already been useful in informing policy debates, and they are also viewed as iterative materials ¿that are not only flexible but also ‘living’ in the sense that they can be updated at any time ¿to accommodate the pace of technological change faced by internet policymakers.

Under the supervision of the IGF Programme and Technology Manager of the IGF ¿Secretariat, the Consultant will be responsible for carrying out tasks related to hosting ¿and reporting on IGF BPF and PN meetings, synthesis and drafting of outputs, ¿presenting and discussing them during dedicated sessions at the 17th Annual Meeting of the ¿Internet Governance Forum.¿

Assignments will be the following:

¿1.¿ Work closely with the MAG-appointed facilitators for the Best Practices Forum on Gender and Digital Rights (BPF Gender) and multistakeholder working group for the Policy Network on Meaningful Access (PNMA) to develop the implementation strategy and workplan for each, as well as to ensure that the convening work and preparation of ¿outputs are consistent with the work done by the IGF multistakeholder intersessional ¿teams, including the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) work and PNMA multistakeholder working group.

2. Suggest and advise the PNMA and BPF Gender on modalities and concrete actions to effectively respond ¿to:¿
a) The recommendations of the UN Secretary-General (in his statement at ¿IGF 2018/19) to extend from multistakeholder to multidisciplinary; ¿create share language and references; ¿and include and amplify the weak and the missing voices¿.
b) The Secretary-General priorities “to strengthen the Internet Governance Forum to ¿serve as a central gathering point to discuss and propose effective digital policies” ¿(remarks to UN GA 22 January 2020).
c) The United Nations Secretary-General’s Roadmap for Digital Cooperation that envisages a strengthened IGF including better integrating programme and intersessional work policy development work in other priority areas of the roadmap (Roadmap, para 93).
d) The recommendations to enhance future BPF work included in the final report of the 2020 “BPF on BPFs”.
e) The Secretary-General’s call for the IGF to ‘’adapt, innovate and reform to support effective governance of the digital commons and keep pace with rapid, real-world developments’’ (Our Common Agenda report, para 93).

¿3. Monitor and manage the discussion mailing lists and carry out meetings using Zoom or other ¿methods setup for the assigned PNMA and BPF Gender and document the process by compiling ¿meeting summaries, feeding into the output documents and the related substantive sessions ¿at the 17th IGF.¿

¿4. Gather information on the subject of the PNMA and BPF Gender, in consultation with the MAG appointed ¿facilitators, the PNMA multistakeholder working group and the IGF Secretariat, in line with the discussed methodologies. It ¿is recommended to use the list of questions defined in the BPF template and the proposal for PNMA. ¿

¿5. Prepare the substantive output report for the BPF Gender and PNMA (minimum 20 pages, maximum of 40 pages, each ¿¿(annexes not included) in 12 points single space, using preferably the font, “Times New ¿Roman”), based on the inputs and the work produced by the PNMA and BPF Gender ¿community participants, other identified stakeholder groups, complemented with ¿independent research. ¿

¿6.¿ Invite and engage the wider community, including members of the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), members of the PNMA multistakeholder working group and their affiliated networks, networks of National, Regional and Youth IGFs (NRIs) as well as the network of Dynamic Coalitions (DCs), to comment on the draft output reports and incorporate comments into a ¿revised paper. ¿

¿7.¿ Prepare summaries, introductions and background materials that can be used to brief the ¿press and experts on subject matter and conduct outreach toward the wider community ahead of the ¿PNMA and BPF Gender sessions at the annual IGF meeting, as well as summaries of achievements for subject ¿experts after the meeting. This also includes populating the dedicated PNMA and BPF Gender section on ¿the IGF website, advising on social media outreach, and providing input for the online meeting schedule. ¿¿

¿8.¿ Act as rapporteur and summarize all inputs provided to the PNMA and BPF Gender work over the course of ¿the contract, update and adjust the draft outcome document, and compile the final draft ¿that will be presented at the annual meeting, as per the requirements referenced above. ¿

¿9. Support the PNMA and BPF facilitators in coordinating the organization of the PNMA and BPF Gender sessions at the 17th annual IGF meeting and for each session, summarize discussions, taking into account the ¿proceedings, and adjust the outputs if necessary. ¿

10. Together with the full IGF Secretariat team, under the guidance of the supervisor, taking into account the reports from the session organizers, contribute to drafting of the IGF 2022 Messages ¿¿(minimum 4 pages in 12-point font single-spaced). ¿

¿11.¿ For publication of the outputs on the IGF website and their distribution, produce publishable summaries of PNMA and BPF Gender, including executive summaries, that could be ¿used as stand-alone documents or compiled with the executive summaries of the other ¿intersessional work-streams in one document and annexed to the final IGF 2022 report. On these, coordinate with the Secretariat on ¿layout and structure of the final document (minimum 3 pages each in 12 points single ¿space, using preferably the font, “Times New Roman”).¿ ¿

12.¿ Over the course of contract, contribute to the IGF Secretariat’s capacity development activities, by contributing inputs from the PNMA and BPF Gender into the capacity development workshops.¿

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Master’s degree in information communication technologies, social sciences, ¿development studies, management or other relevant disciplines or equivalent fields, ¿or 8 years of relevant work experience.¿
Experience: A minimum of 5 years of professional experience including analytical work related ¿to ICT, Internet governance, public policy-making, development management, ¿participatory governance, capacity building, etc. Considerable related experience ¿drafting high-level reports, meeting summary’s, and synthesizing complex ¿information and inputs. Evidence of high-level level knowledge, particularly in ¿the discourse of cybersecurity, digital inclusion, gender policy, participatory policy ¿development or other related area is required. ¿
Language: Excellent written and oral English language skills are required.

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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