|Location :||Skopje, Republic of North Macedonia|
|Application Deadline :||03-Feb-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||6d 19h 23m|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Service Contract|
|Post Level :||SB-4|
|Languages Required :
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||December 2022 (with the possibility of extension)|
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 center of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action globally. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
Progress of North Macedonia in recent years respecting and promoting Gender Equality is highlighted in a series of international commitments and in national legal and policy frameworks. The main achievements in the field of gender equality and women’s empowerment reside in the Country’s institutional capacity development for the work on gender equality. Indeed, the legal provisions guaranteeing women’s rights and gender equality are largely in place – the Law of Equal Opportunities of Women and Men, the National Action Plan for Gender Equality, the Election Law amendment instituting quotas, the Action Plan for the implementation of UNSCR 1325 (2020-2025), and the ratification of the Istanbul Convention are normative achievements that influence the institutional practice in promoting gender equality in North Macedonia.
However, the Country still copes with deep-rooted, patriarchal stereotypes regarding the role and responsibilities of women and men in the family and in society at large. Women in North Macedonia face a precarious reality – they remain underrepresented in central and local government, have disproportionately limited access to employment, and many are subjected to violence. Gaps in policy development and slow implementation of the adopted legislation constitute important structural obstacles to achieving gender equality. Improvements are needed in both strengthening institutional capacities and enhancing cooperation between the gender mechanisms, the key ministries and civil society organizations in order to increase gender mainstreaming in all aspect of government work – primarily policy development and budgeting – as the means for achieving gender equality.
In line with the European Council’s decision of March 2020 to open accession negotiations with the Country, the Sida-funded “Gender Equality Facility” (GEF) in North Macedonia aims at strengthening the effective implementation of national and international legal frameworks on gender equality and women’s rights, mainstreaming gender equality into EU integration and planning processes for pre-accession assistance, and strengthening institutional mechanisms
for gender equality in line with EU standards. Expert support will be provided for the integration of gender perspectives into sector dialogue, policy revisions and ongoing reforms in line with the National Programme for Adoption of the Acquis (NPAA), recovery programmes, including EU-funded IPA programmes and actions, the Government’s Annual Work Programme, and the strategic planning of line Ministries. Thereby, GEF supports institutions to correctly align with the EU Gender Equality acquis. The intervention will also address challenges in implementation of laws and gender equality policies by providing support for enhancing coordination and monitoring of gender equality policies and measures. In the medium to longer-term, and in line with the EU Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 and the Principles of the EU Gender Action Plan III (2021-2025), the Project aims to secure implementation/application of gender equality legislation, policies and standards through policy dialogue, technical expertise and guidance, development and sharing of good practice, and strategic partnerships and cooperation.
The main stakeholders and partners of the Project are: the Secretariat for European Affairs (SEA, the main project beneficiary), the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy (MLSP), Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA) structures, and National Gender Machinery institutions.
Under the direct supervision of the UN Women Programme Specialist/Head of Office, and technically supported by international senior gender equality facility expert, the Project Manager, is responsible for managing the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting, overseeing and guiding personnel under the Project and budget management, building partnerships and providing support in developing resource mobilization strategies, and managing knowledge building efforts. The Project Manager in consultation with the Head of Office works in close collaboration with the Secretariat for European Affairs (SEA), the Equal Opportunities Department at the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy (MLSP), other relevant government officials, media, multilateral and bilateral donors, and civil society.
Duties and Responsibilities
Design and implementation of GEF programme intervention
Gender Equality Facility / European Integrations Technical Support
Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of the project
Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies
Ensure facilitation of capacity building and knowledge sharing, guidance to all stakeholders
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Required Skills and Experience
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via the Jobs website: https://www.mk.undp.org/content/north-macedonia/en/home/jobs.html Applications should contain:
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As this position is under Service Contract modality, only citizens of North Macedonia will be considered for the vacancy.
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