UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, 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 (UNW) 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.
Increasing women’s political participation in all forms of political engagement has long been a priority for UN WOMEN. Work on political participation is a core issue to achieve good governance. That implies democratic governance and this is a key area of work for all UN WOMEN offices. Increasing the numbers of women in public office is essential to building inclusive democracy at national and local levels.
UN WOMEN’s goal is to eliminate obstacles that prevent women from full participation in the political domain, and to facilitate the implementation of legislative and executive agendas on gender equality, meaning participation, human rights and social justice.
Increased political participation by women in national legislatures is an indicator of progress toward MDG3. Yet progress toward achieving even the minimum target of 30% representation of women in national parliaments, envisioned in the Beijing Platform of Action, has been slow: the worldwide average is 19.5% of the members of the single or lower national parliaments, while upper houses/senates consist of 18.7 % women. Two countries have met parity. Seven countries still have no women in parliament, and 46 countries have less than 10%.IPU-UN Women 2012). As at June 2012, only 32 countries have more than 30% women in their parliaments. At the current rate of progress, it will take developed countries at least 20 years and all other countries closer to 40 years to reach the parity zone between 40 and 60 per cent.
The General Assembly voted last session ( 2011) with consensus to recognize the central role of women in decision-making and committed to concrete action to give women better access to leadership positions and elected office (GA resolution on women and political participation (A/RES/66/130)).
The work of the Policy Advisor will be linked to a number of global initiatives and networks that UN WOMEN is supporting, to advance women’s political participation in the Arab States and in the Pacific. Another important area will be increasing South-South and South-North cooperation on this issue. The Policy Advisor will provide advice to the Executive Director and the Directorate on institutional initiatives related to Women’s Political Participation.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Section Chief, the Policy Advisor will be responsible for the following duties:
Analysis, technical guidance and monitoring of trends, opportunities and challenges:
Develop and manage partnerships and global programmes:
Interagency coordination and collaboration:
Normative and intergovernmental:
Impact of Results
Core Values and Guiding Principles:
Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity:
Core Competencies and Principal Values:
Ethics and Values:
Planning and organizing:
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:
Commitment to continuous learning:
Required Skills and Experience
In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.
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