Wednesday, February 10, 2010

UNIFEM, National Coordinator for Gender Responsive Budgeting, Deadline February 24, 2010.


Job Code Title: National Coordinator for Gender Responsive Budgeting
Type of Contract: Service Contract
Duration of Assignment: 12 months (renewable)   
Duty Station: Dili, Timor-Leste
Deadline for Application: 24 February 2010

1.      Introduction

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) provides technical and financial assistance to innovative programmes and strategies to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality.  The UNIFEM programmes in Timor-Leste contribute to two of UNIFEM’s thematic areas on reduction of violence against women and advancement of gender justice in democratic governance.  UNIFEM’s current programme strategy has as its overarching framework the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and focuses on political participation, women in peace building, community prevention mechanisms on sexual and gender-based violence and the application of CEDAW.

In 2008, UNIFEM became the lead agency for a joint programme on Supporting Gender-Equality and Women’s Rights in Nation Building of Timor-Leste, funded by the Spanish MDG Achievement Fund. The Joint Programme (JP) is a three-year programme that supports the Government of Timor-Leste (GoTL) to improve the conditions of women and girls in Timor-Leste through the protection of their rights and their empowerment.  It offers them fair access to social and economic resources by increasing their access to entitlements and rights. The JP will be implemented by UN agencies – UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNIFEM and IOM in partnership with government agencies and structures at national and district levels and in collaboration with relevant civil society organizations and individuals to build institutional capacity. 

Under this joint programme, UNIFEM will be building interest and commitment of gender responsive budgeting (GRB) as a concrete tool and accountability mechanism to address gender inequalities by offering women and girls the necessary resources and opportunities to develop their full potential.

2.      Duties and Responsibilities

The primary tasks of the National Coordinator for GRB will be to support the development, implementation and close monitoring of the planned work on gender responsive budgeting (GRB) under the joint programme. The National Coordinator will be supervised by the Country Programme Manager, and has the following responsibilities:

Project Management and Monitoring

·         Develop and continuously update the implementation plan for the GRB programme and ensure its timely execution.
·         Coordinate the implementation of the programme activities by implementing partners
·         Prepare regular programme reports that include regular tracking of progress towards the identified indicators
·         Ensure sound budget management

Project Implementation

·         Support the implementing partners to achieve results in a timely manner through the provision of technical guidance and support for capacity development
·         Facilitate training workshops and conduction training on GRB as appropriate
·         Build a database of relevant technical resources on GRB that are relevant to the context of Timor-Leste including guidelines, training resources, policies and plans
·         Draft TORs/concept notes/activity summary in relation to the implementation of GRB project activities as needed
·         Support processes for preparation of the national and local (at district level) gender responsive plans and budgets
·         Support the participation of women’s groups in planning, budgeting and monitoring

Programme Coordination 
·         Facilitate the building of partnerships among civil society organizations (CSO), women’s groups, academia and government partners
·         Support the Country Programme Manager in pursuing linkages between GRB activities and the other programmes being implemented in UNIFEM Timor-Leste, as well as contribute to the exchange of information and knowledge products

Perform other duties as required and assigned.

3.      Competencies

·         Familiarity with the UN system, dedication to its principles
·         Cultural, gender, religion, race and national and age sensitivity and adaptability
·         Knowledge of RDTL governmental institutions and legislative framework
·         Demonstrated experience in gender work
·         Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team and fair treatment of people without favoritism
·         Client-oriented readiness to provide support based on knowledge about the needs of counterpart
·         Flexibility, autonomy and reliability essential
·         Outstanding task management and organizational skills
·         Ability to multi-task and work under pressure in taxing situations without losing focus on the objectives and priorities

4.      Minimum Qualifications
·         Bachelor’s Degree in political or social sciences or related field of study. Master’s degree an asset.    
·         3 years of relevant experience in programme/project design and management.
·         Exposure/experience to gender work i.e. advocacy or training in Timor-Leste.
·         Previous employment experience with international organizations is an asset.
·         Good computer skills in Windows environment, knowledge of internet communication and command of MS Office applicants (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
·         Strong writing and communication skills in English
·         Fluency in English and Tetum.  Portuguese proficiency an asset.  

Application is open for TIMOR-LESTE NATIONALS ONLY. Please send application with CV, P11 and relevant supporting documents to: 

The Country Programme Manager
UNIFEM Timor-Leste Programme Office
UN House, Caicoli St., Dili, Timor-Leste
Tel No:  (+670) 3313294