Job Opening

Posting Title: Individual Contractor for Human Rights and Gender Mainstreaming
Department/Office: Office of Counter-Terrorism
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 11 April 2022 - 24 April 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Office of Counter-Terrorism-178903-Individual Contractor
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The individual contractor will deliver the following outputs/products:

First delivery: Issue specific human rights and gender analysis, in line with the relevant normative framework, standards and reports. Proposals for revision and strengthening of the TAM Programme’s documentation, results framework, monitoring and reporting, including indicators and sources for verification, as it relates to human rights and gender equality to ensure that the Programme is integrating concerns towards minimizing harmful impacts to human rights and gender equality.

Second delivery: Proposals for reinforcement of gender and human rights components in the TAM Programme, results frameworks, monitoring and reporting, including indicators and sources for verification in accordance with programmatic adjustment proposals.

Third delivery: Propose entry points for human rights and gender in the risks matrix and risk mitigation measures to be used for implementation of programmatic activities and to support implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy and Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Action Plan. Review the risk management log to integrate specific concerns regarding gender equality and human rights for each step of the implementation.

Fourth delivery: Capacity building documentation on human rights and gender for beneficiary Member States under the TAM Programme.

Work Location

Home based

Expected duration

2 months from the start date with a possibility of extension subject to the operational requirements and the availability of funds.

Duties and Responsibilities

BACKGROUND

The United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) was established by the General Assembly in June 2017 (A/RES/71/291). The Office has five main functions: (a) provide leadership on the General Assembly counter-terrorism mandates across the United Nations System; (b) enhance coordination and coherence across the Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact entities to ensure the balanced implementation of the four pillars of the Strategy; (c) strengthen the delivery of United Nations counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance to Member States; (d) improve visibility, advocacy and resource mobilization for United Nations counter-terrorism efforts; and (e) ensure that due priority is given to counter-terrorism across the United Nations System and that the important work on preventing violent extremism is firmly rooted in the Strategy.

UNOCT Special Projects and Innovation Branch (SPIB) has recently launched the Programme on Threat Assessment Models for Aviation Security (“TAM Programme”), which consolidates multiple streams of expertise and provides selected Member States with the information required to establish a common approach to threat assessments within the context of aviation security, build an interagency coordination model to support the flow and sharing of relevant information, and improve internal operational capacity to comply with international aviation security requirements. It expands upon the UN Security Council’s call for Member States to intensify dialogue and cooperation on aviation security, including risk-related information through operational programming to facilitate greater connectivity between the aviation security workforce and other relevant entities. In this regard, Resolution 2309 (2016) calls upon Member States to regularly review the ever-evolving threat to civil aviation and to align and adapt mitigation measures accordingly. It also urges Member States to implement effective aviation security arrangements to detect threats, strengthen international information sharing efforts, and ensure that all relevant domestic entities work together to improve aviation security effectiveness.

RATIONALE
Ensuring the promotion and protection of human rights are key components of counter-terrorism efforts. It is essential that all UNOCT activities in support to beneficiary countries to prevent and counter terrorism are integrating human rights and gender considerations and mainstreaming human rights and gender in an effective, meaningful, and impactful manner.

The integration of gender perspectives into the UN’s counter-terrorism and P/CVE work is guided by relevant Security Council Resolutions, including resolution 2178 (2014), 2331 (2016), 2354 (2017), 2395 (2017) and 2396 (2017), the fifth and sixth review of the Global Counter Terrorism Strategy , as well as relevant other General Assembly resolutions. Additionally, the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda, composed of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and subsequent nine resolutions , provide the framework for considering women’s human rights and needs within conflict and conflict- affected settings including those which relate to CT and C/PVE. Resolution 2242 (2015) specifically recognizes the differential impact on the rights of women and girls of terrorism and violent extremism.
In his report on Women Peace and Security (2019), the UN Secretary-General underscores the need to ensure that measures taken to counter-terrorism and efforts to prevent and counter violent extremism are not used against civil society and human rights defenders, and that they do not disproportionately affect women.
The complexity of terrorism requires an equivalent complexity in incorporating human rights, gender, and other intersectional factors into terrorism responses. Gender dimensions permeate aspects such as recruitment and radicalization, the interaction with communities, the structure of terrorist organizations, and their operations. While this complexity is being captured in a growing body of research, this knowledge needs to also be fully incorporated within local, national, and international responses to terrorism.
The overall objective of the Individual Contractor position is to improve integration of human rights and gender into the Programme’s methodology, as well as to strengthen human rights and gender mainstreaming in the delivery of capacity building assistance to Member States through assessment of the UNOCT TAM Programme and its programmatic activities, development of relevant training modules and provision of technical expertise for the delivery of capacity building.

WORK ASSIGNMENT

The Individual Contractor for Human Rights and Gender Mainstreaming will be assigned to the UNOCT SPIB Countering Terrorist Travel Section (CTTS) Addressing Countering Terrorism in Aviation Security (ACTAS) Unit. The Individual Contractor will work under the direct supervision of the ACTAS Programme Management Officer, under the overall supervision of the Chief of the CTTS and in close collaboration with UNOCT’s Human Rights Unit and Gender Section.
Expected Duration: The Individual Contractor’s contract will be deliverables-based; however, the anticipated duration is two months starting from 3 May 2022 – 1 July 2022.
1. Conduct full review of TAM Programme and identify entry points for human rights and gender mainstreaming based on issue-specific human rights and gender analysis, and in line with relevant UNOCT Human Rights Due Diligence Policy, and the UNOCT Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Action Plan.
2. Identify areas for improvement and provide recommendations on how human rights considerations, human right compliance and gender related dimensions can be substantively integrated and reinforced in programme design, implementation, monitoring and reporting, and results framework.
3. Provide advice and identify relevant entry points for reinforcing human rights and gender components in the TAM Programme, adjust project results framework, indicators, risk matrix and lessons log to meaningfully integrate gender and human rights, and measure the gender and human rights impacts of the activities including gender-differentiated impacts.
4. Propose entry points for human rights and gender in the risks matrix and risk mitigation measures to be used for implementation of programmatic activities and to support implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy and Gender Mainstreaming Policy and Action Plan. Review the risk management log to integrate specific concerns regarding gender equality and human rights for each step of the implementation.
5. Assess how to mainstream human rights and gender considerations into the training curricula of the TAM Programme and meaningfully integrate human rights and gender within the substance of training materials.
6. Draft capacity building documents on human rights and gender for beneficiary Member States under the TAM Programme.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency: • Integrity: Demonstrates and abides by the core values of the Agency in activities and behaviour; resists all undue pressures in decision making and in the performance of duties; takes prompt and effective action to deal with unprofessional or unethical behaviour; makes decisions in the best interest of the Agency and without any consideration of personal gain; is accountable for actions taken and ensures that they are in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules.

• Professionalism: Ability to complete in-depth studies and analysis of global policy issues relevant to all major pillars of work of the United Nations. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of Gender analysis; shows pride in work and in achievements; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.

• Respect for Diversity: Displays a set of principles, behaviours, attitudes, and practices that enables individuals to work effectively, respectfully, and inclusively with people from different backgrounds and with different perspectives, consistent with the standards of conduct of an international civil servant, and the regulations, rules, and policies of the Agency. Shows respect for diversity and can contribute to creating a harmonious environment where all staff can work together and are treated with respect, dignity, and tolerance. Conduct including discrimination, harassment or bullying in any form is incompatible with respect for diversity and the standards of conduct of an international civil servant, as well as the regulations, rules, and policies of the Agency.
Academic Qualifications: Advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) from a university/military academy/law enforcement institution/security institution, with a specialization in gender, peace and women studies, gender equality, human rights, counter-terrorism, criminal justice and/or law. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: A minimum of 7 years of work experience in the human rights and gender field, with a focus on implementation of the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy. Proven experience in the analysis of capacity-building projects/programmes and drafting policy papers and action-oriented recommendations is desirable. Demonstrated experience in conducting gender analysis is also desirable. Previous experience with gender in monitoring and evaluation strongly desired. Strong familiarity with human rights and gender in contexts of countering and preventing terrorism and violent extremism; the Women, Peace and Security agenda; and the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy. Encouraged previous experience in the UN system or in international organizations.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this position, fluency in oral and written English is required.

Additional Information

CORE COMPETENCIES

COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrated openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocated appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

ACCOUNTABILITY: Takes ownership for all responsibilities and honours commitments. Delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards. Operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules.

TECHNOLOGICAL AWARENESS: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understand applicability and limitations of technology in countering terrorism.

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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