Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Programme Officer (Gender Responsive Budgeting) - UNWOMEN (Apply by: 06 May 2014)

I. Position Information

Job Code Title :         Programme  Officer  - MWCD, GOI - UN WOMEN –
                                                     (Gender Responsive Budgeting)*

Organization :           United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the
                                                     Empowerment of  Women  (UN WOMEN)

Classified Grade :       SB-4

Direct supervisor :     Additional Secretary/ Joint Secretary/Director, MWCD,
                      Government of India & Programme Specialist – GRB, UN WOMEN.

Duty Station :             New Delhi , India
Type of Contract :      Service Contract

No. of positions :        One

Duration :          One Year (Renewable subject to availability of project funds)

*Open to Indian Nationals Only

This vacancy is open to applicants of either sex with an approach to have a workforce which reflects diversity and gender balance, to promote equal opportunities. UN does not solicit or screen for information in respect of HIV or AIDS status. All selections are based on merit.  

II. Organizational Context

UN Women is the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. UN Women is dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

All human development and human rights issues have gender dimensions. UN Women focuses on priority areas that are fundamental to women’s equality, and that can unlock progress across the board. Five focus areas include violence against women, economic empowerment, leadership and participation, peace and security and national planning and budgeting

UN Women’s Multi Country Office, based in New Delhi, India, covers four countries of the region, i.e., Bhutan, India, Maldives, and Sri Lanka.
UN Women is a leading supporter of efforts towards ensuring that national planning, budgeting and monitoring and evaluation processes incorporate a gender perspective. UN Women's GRB programmes at cross regional, regional and country level have made significant contribution towards this by building political support, developing technical resources and capacity, generating good practices for improving women's access to services and increasing accountability to gender equality. The programmes have also launched partnerships with UN agencies and other development partners and resulted in increased support for GRB around the world. GRB initiatives supported by UN Women are continuously cited at high level policy forums and have been instrumental in building alliances with strategic stakeholders including the European Commission, OECD, UN agencies and the Commonwealth Secretariat among others.
UN Women's approach to GRB has focused on introducing strategic and sustainable changes into budgetary processes. This approach has been pursued by assisting governments to introduce measures for incorporating gender into their public finance management systems, and building the capacity of and officials to apply GRB to ensure that budget policies and outcomes are gender-responsive. This approach also emphasizes the importance of bringing gender equality advocates, parliamentarians and other stakeholders into the budgeting process.
UN Women's programming on GRB consists of a portfolio of cross-regional, regional and country level programmes. The cross-regional programmes on GRB were formulated with the vision that they would support piloting and knowledge building on GRB and generate approaches and lessons for mainstreaming gender in national budgeting processes. These cross regional programmes have set the foundation for expanded regional and country level programming on GRB.
The main regional programming is found in Latin America where UN WOMEN has been working in partnership with United Nations Volunteers (UNV) and CEPAL (with support from the government of Spain) to implement various projects to strengthen policy response to women's unpaid work and support women's role in participatory budgeting processes at local level. In recent years, CEE launched extensive GRB programming with a regional programme implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, and Moldova. In 2009, UN Women’s offices in Asia Pacific and Arab States convened in Bangkok to develop a coherent regional strategy for GRB. Finally, the Africa Region has issued the first draft of its regional GRB strategy. 
In India, Gender Budgeting has been recognized as an effective tool for women’s empowerment and addressing gender inequality. The Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) adopted the mission statement of ‘Budgeting for Gender Equity’ in 2004-05 for universalizing Gender Budgeting both in the Centre and the States and developed a strategic framework of activities to implement this mission.

UN Women has supported GRB Initiatives of the Ministry of Women and Child Development since the beginning of GRB processes in the country. It has provided valuable resources for the GRB Handbook and Manual that the Ministry launched in 2009. UN Women has also organized three regional workshops on CEDAW (Convention on Elimination of Discrimination against Women) and GRB for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and North Eastern regions, in close collaboration with the Ministry and civil society experts. UN Women has also provided technical support to the Ministry of Women and Chid Development on GRB from time to time.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Additional Secretary/ Joint Secretary/Director, MWCD, Government of India & Programme Specialist – GRB,
UN WOMEN, the Programme Officer will undertake the following key tasks and other responsibilities as may be assigned.

III. Functions / Key Results Expected

  1. Facilitating Training and Capacity Development of various stakeholders on GRB
·         Developing and taking forward an action plan for expansion of   the scope of GB trainings across the country by developing partnerships with various National and State level training   institutions.
·         Conduct trainings and orientation programmes on Gender Budgeting for (i) Union Government, (ii) State Governments, (iii) District level officers, (iv) PRI  members, (v) Training Institutes and (vi) NGO and others;
·         Collaborate with training institutions/organizations engaged in training activities with a view to furthering the aims and objectives of Gender Budgeting and providing technical inputs on Gender Budgeting;

  1. Developing Training and IEC Material on GRB
·         Developing training tools, manual, and other IEC materials on GRB;
·         Handholding Institutes preparing sector specific training manuals with MWCD’s support
·         Preparing Concept Notes on GRB for developing short films and documentaries

  1. Undertaking Gender Audit and Research:
·           Finalizing a detailed guideline on Gender Auditing and taking gender audit forward of identified schemes in discussion with Ministries/Departments and other stakeholders;
·           Preparing detailed Questionnaire, organise consultations, focus group discussions, feedback sessions, as part of gender audit exercise;
·           Developing training programme/sessions to improve understanding of all stakeholders and partners, to facilitate gender audit for improved implementation of gender mainstreaming in all policies, programmes and schemes.
·           Compiling research papers on GB and analyzing budgets from a gender perspective.

  1. Strengthening Coordination with relevant Ministries on GRB
·         Strengthening the response of the Ministry to GB by planned and   systematic follow up
·         Providing inputs to various Ministries/Departments on gender issues, particularly for new policies, programmes and legislations.
·         Undertaking Assessment of Ministries/Departments and States on   their progress on GRB and supporting in the development of the Ministry wise and State wise Action Plans on GRB.
·         Analysis of document s/references from different Ministries/ Departments from a gender  perspective
·         Collate, compile and analyze information and data received from Ministries/Gender Budgeting Cells on Gender Budgeting
·         Coordination with Ministry of Finance for revision of the Gender Budget Statement and Outcome Budget.
·         Analysis of the Gender Budget Statement and coordination with Ministries/ Departments with regards to the same.
·         Analysis of RFD and coordination with the Cabinet Secretariat for engendering RFD
·         Representing MWCD in various meetings with regard to GRB

V.      Strengthening Coordination with State Governments

·         Preparing a checklist for systematic follow up with the states for strengthening the process of GB and undertaking assessment of states on their progress on GRB
·         Providing inputs to various State Departments on gender issues, and supporting the states in preparing statewise action plans on GRB
·         Analysis of document s/references from different States from a gender  perspective
·         Collate, compile and analyze information and data received from State Governments/Nodal Departments on GRB on Gender Budgeting

VI.   Reporting, Documentation and Dissemination of relevant GRB Resources

·         Document and disseminate resources for GRB, such as case studies and best practices;
·         Assist in preparation of documents pertaining to GRB, including Annual Reports, Annual Plans and Results Framework Documents etc;
·         Process papers/proposals  received for GRB;
·         Assist in preparation of Sanction Orders and Bills and monitor progress of unutilized receipts and disbursements, utilization certificates, vouchers, etc. related to assignments pertaining to GRB;
·         Assist in preparatory work for review meetings with Secretary and Ministers, including, preparation of resource materials, agenda papers, minutes etc;
·         Assist in preparing Parliamentary Questions, Supplementary Notes etc.
·         Providing inputs on GRB for various International  agencies
·         Providing inputs for updating information on GRB for the MWCD website

VII.  Any other duties assigned by Supervisor from time to time.

IV. Impact of Results

The key results will have an impact on the overall performance of the Programme Unit and success in implementation of the regional strategy and annual reporting.  Accurate analysis, data entry and presentation of information will ensure proper programme implementation.

V. Competencies and Critical Success Factors

Functional Competencies:  

Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda

Level 1.1: Support the preparation of information for advocacy
Identifies relevant information for advocacy for a variety of audiences

Results-Based Programme Development and Management

Level 1.1: Contributing to results through provision of information
Provides information and documentation on specific stages of projects/programme implementation
Provides background information to identify opportunities for project development and helps drafting proposals

Building Strategic Partnerships

Level 1.1: Maintaining information and databases
Analyzes general information and selects materials in support of partnership building initiatives
Maintains databases of donor information
Tracks and reports on mobilized resources

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches

Level 1.1: Implementing processes and uses products
Documents and tracks innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches
Responds positively to new approaches

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing

Level 1.1: Basic research and analysis
Researches best practices and poses new, more effective ways of doing things

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

Level 1.1: Fundamental knowledge of processes, methods and procedures
Understands the main processes and methods of work regarding to the position
Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks
Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools, and utilizes these regularly in work assignments

Global Leadership and Advocacy for UN Women’s Goals

Level 1.1: Research and analysis
Identifies relevant information for advocacy for UN Women’s goals for a variety of audiences

Client Orientation

Level 1.1:  Maintains effective client relationships
Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion
Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines
Responds to client needs promptly

Core Competencies:
Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity  
Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
Self-development, initiative-taking
Acting as a team player and facilitating team work
Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
Creating synergies through self-control
Managing conflict
Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others.
Informed and transparent decision making

VI. Recruitment Qualifications

Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Public Policy, Economics, Women’s studies or a related field.

5 years of professional experience with programming, especially project design, implementation, management and evaluation. Working knowledge and experience of working with Central Government desirable, though not mandatory.
Excellent analytical writing, presentation and documentation skills required. Should be well versed with the use of computers and its programmes / applications. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spread sheet and database packages.

Language Requirements:
Fluency in written and spoken English and language of the duty station.

Interested applicants should apply for the vacancy, using the “Personal History Form - P 11” and the latest CV.

Application to this vacancy should be sent to jobs.india@unwomen.org.  Please insert Vacancy Announcement Number in the Subject of the E-mail.  Applications without the Vacancy Number or with the incorrect Vacancy Number will not be accepted. Applications received after the close date will not be accepted.
NOTE : Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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