Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women will work 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 center of all its efforts, UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations System efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
Women’s leadership and participation is one of UN Women’s primary areas of work as mandated in its inception, recognizing the integral role of women in strong and stable democratic processes. In order to promote the leadership and participation of women in decision-making processes, UN Women works to promote gender equality in parliaments, electoral bodies, political parties, media, and other institutions.
UN Women has a proven track-record in supporting women’s political participation through its projects across various regions, under the guidance of UN Women’s founding resolution (GA resolution 64/289) and its Strategic Plan. UN Women is increasingly being called upon by UN partners, civil society partners, donors and governments to provide specific and often short-term gender expertise for capacity building and policy support on women’s political rights, participation and leadership.
To achieve its objectives, and ensure a high quality rapid response capacity on women’s political rights, participation, leadership and influence, UN Women supports the adoption and implementation of constitutional reforms and other measures in laws and policies, (including temporary special measures), gender-responsive electoral processes, and institutional change to enhance women’s engagement on leadership positions.
With the generous support of the Government of Japan, UN Women will implement a one year programme in Central African Republic (CAR) to undertake a series of catalytic interventions to generate longer-term commitment by state authorities for sustainable programmes on gender equality and women’s empowerment and to strengthen women’s participation in all peace and security decision-making forums.
The programme will contribute to the following UN Women’s Strategic Plan Impact Areas:
Under Impact 1, and in coordination with the UNDP Electoral Assistance Programme in CAR (PACEC) and the UN Integrated Electoral Assistance Mission (UNIET), UN Women will deploy a gender and elections Specialist to support the UN’s overall efforts to promote women’s full participation in political and electoral processes, and ensure compliance with the gender equality-related recommendations in the electoral needs assessment. This will include building national capacities ahead of elections, gender responsive electoral management and civic education, awareness raising with political parties and the media; and building capacities of women’s CSOs, leaders and aspiring women candidates.
Under direct supervision of the Women, Peace and Security Programme Advisor, the Elections and Political Participation Specialist will be responsible to provide policy and programme advice and oversee the implementation of the Electoral Assistance Programme (PACEC) Programme gender component.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Women, Peace and Security Programme Advisor, the Elections and Political Participation Specialist will be responsible for:
Core Values and Guiding Principles:
Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:
Ethics and values:
Development and innovation:
Work in teams:
Communication and information sharing:
Self-management and emotional intelligence:
Continuous learning and knowledge sharing:
Appropriate and transparent decision making:
Required Skills and Experience