Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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.
In Nepal, UN Women focuses on strengthening women’s voice, agency and leadership across sectors to advance women’s rights, provide space for women’s meaningful participation, and contribute to tangible differences in their lives. The UN Women Nepal’s Strategic Note (SN) for the period 2018-2022 lays out the agency’s unique role and comparative advantage in supporting national stakeholders in advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women in line with internationally agreed normative standards. The SN is aligned with and contributes to Nepal’s national priorities and commitments as described in the Nepal Constitution 2015 and the Fourteenth Three-year Periodic Plan, the needs of women’s organizations, and the UNDAF 2018-2022 with a commitment of leaving no one behind. UN Women will advance its efforts in Nepal in accordance with its unique role and triple mandate (normative, operational and coordination) and lessons learned to “achieve gender equality and social inclusion and empower women and girls in Nepal to realize their human rights” (Nepal Country Office SN Goal Statement).
Under the overarching SN 2018-2022, UN Women focuses on two programmatic areas, governance and leadership, and women’s economic empowerment. In prioritizing inclusive governance, UN Women Nepal seeks to advance women’s political empowerment and leadership and enhance women’s access to justice in Nepal’s federal structure. Towards this goal UN Women will work with elected officials, civil servants and citizens at all levels. The approach will extend beyond policy and law reform, to implementation and monitoring of policies, supporting the development of plans and budgets, enhancing the capacity of key government officials, and promoting gender equality and social inclusion in local governance. In addition, UN Women will work together with excluded groups to support their active participation and enable their voices to be heard. UN Women Nepal continues to seek to advance women’s economic empowerment by promoting increased income security, better jobs and economic independence of women and girls, especially those who from vulnerable and excluded groups, taking into account specific vulnerability of women and girls in the context of disaster risk and climate change impact. For this purpose, UN Women aims to foster an enabling environment at home and in the community to address discriminatory social and economic norms and structural barriers, to ensure gender-responsiveness in the development and implementation of macroeconomic and sectoral policies, and to leverage women’s income generation capacity for advancing their empowerment and leadership. By adopting a substantive equality approach to women’s economic empowerment, Un Women aims to deepen its support beyond enhancing the skills and economic competency of women, to also addressing the social dimensions of their challenges and inequalities. Leveraging women’s economic empowerment as an entry point, UN Women will also continue to support women and girls on their leadership and decision-making in public and private domains, bringing about positive changes in behaviours and influencing power relations at their homes and in the community. This, in the long-term, will contribute to transformation of discriminatory social norms. Given the fact, the majority of women engaged in the agricultural sectors, a special focus will be given to building resilience and climate change adaptive capacity in rural women’s livelihoods.
The two main components of the country programme will contribute to UN Women Global SP results. The Governance and Leadership component will contribute mainly to Outcome 2 – women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems. The Women’s Economic Empowerment component is related to Outcome 3 – women have income security, better jobs and economic autonomy.
Throughout this work, UN Women seeks to contribute to transforming discriminatory social norms and eliminating harmful practices and behaviours, including violence against women. All of the above contribute to fulfilling Nepal's obligations to international treaties and commitments, including regular reporting on progress related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Beijing Platform for Action and to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The two main components of the country programme will contribute to UN Women Global SP results.
Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Head of Governance Unit (50%) and Head of Economic Empowerment Unit (50%), the Programme Officer exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under his/her portfolio. She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.
Provide programme development and management support. The specific tasks include but not limited to:
Provision of technical expertise to develop, design and plan UN Women programmes/projects in the area of Women’s Economic Empowerment and Inclusive Governance.
Result-based management (RBM), implementation, monitoring and reporting support of portfolio programmes, particularly focusing on tracking and documenting positive changes in social norms and behaviours of women and girls from vulnerable groups.
Manage technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners and service providers.
Other coordination and management support to the timely implementation of programme/project activities in the relevant fields.
Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships and support the implementation of resource mobilization strategies.
Contribute to inter-agency coordination to achieve a coherent and aligned presence for inclusive governance and women’s economic empowerment programmes in Nepal.
Support advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts by providing substantive inputs.
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Required Skills and Experience
Education: Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required.
Language: Fluency in English and Nepali is required.