Gender and Local Governance Expert – UN Women

unwomen_logoUN 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.

UN Women’s programming in Liberia is developed within the framework of the gender priorities identified in Liberia’s 2012 – 2017 Agenda for Transformation (AfT) and reflected in the 2013 – 2017 UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The goal of UN Women’s presence in Liberia is to contribute to addressing gender justice and equity through sustained peace building efforts particularly addressing violence against women and girls, promoting gender equality in governance and supporting women’s economic security and rights. The following have been identified as strategic areas for UN Women’s support:
  • Increased leadership and political participation for women;
  • Increased economic empowerment of women , especially those who are most excluded;
  • Women’s leadership in peace, security and humanitarian response;
  • National planning and budgeting processes which promote stronger institutional accountability to gender equality commitments.
UN Women’s programme is implemented within the context of Liberia as a post-conflict country emerging from 14 years of armed conflict with devastating gender dimensions, which continue to pose serious challenges to the achievement of women’s human rights and gender equality in Liberia.
UN WOMEN Country Office is currently implementing its 2014 – 2017 Strategic Plan, informed by gender priorities within the Agenda for Transformation (AfT) 2012 – 2017 and the 2013 – 2017 UNDAF ONE Programme.
About the Position:
In line with its Strategic Plan, UN Women Liberia CO has received support from the Governance Peace and Security Division of UN Women to work on strengthening the focus of Decentralization and Local Governance on Gender.
This consultancy contributes to the results under DRF 1 of UN Women Liberia’s strategic plan for 2014 and  will provide initial support to the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA), the Governance Commission (GC) and Ministry of Gender and Development (MOGD) for the implementation of recommendations from the Study “From the Sidelines to the Forefront: Ensuring a Gender-Responsive Foundation for Liberia’s Decentralization Process.” The consultant will provide technical support to the relevant government actors to ensure that the foundations of the decentralization process and structures are gender-responsive and to help develop a longer-term programme focused on gender and local governance.

Location: Monrovia, LIBERIA

Application deadline: 27-Mar-14

Read more and apply here.

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