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Job: UNIFEM- Coordinator for International Women’s Commission for a Just and Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Peace

September 29, 2010
UNIFEM (Part of UN Women). New York, NY, USA.
Closing date: September 29, 2010.
Background:
The International Women’s Commission for a Just and Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Peace (herewith IWC) was established as a tripartite body comprised of Palestinian, Israeli and International women leaders committed to advancing a just and sustainable peace between Israel and Palestine. The IWC is guided by a Charter of political principles adopted at its founding meeting (Istanbul 2005) that emphasizes the fulfillment of all UN resolutions relevant to the conflict, including UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which is core to the work of the IWC. The IWC regards its role as unique in introducing a women’s rights perspective to mainstream political analysis and political actions, which are absent from ongoing peace negotiation efforts. IWC members engage at the highest political level at home and abroad, drawing on the voices and insights of women experiencing the impact of the conflict in their daily lives.
The IWC was founded with support from the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM – Part of UN Women) and the Executive Director of UNIFEM is the Chair of the IWC. The IWC is supported by two coordinators based in Israel and Palestine, respectively responsible for supporting IWC activities and for coordination of joint IWC activities in the region.
Since its inception, the IWC has also had an International Coordinator, based in Equality Now (an international NGO) during its first 2 years and, most recently, in UNIFEM Brussels. Given the IWC’s most recent strategy meeting in Israel/OpT (August 2009) and its renewed focus on policy advocacy with the United Nations and the U.S. Administration – in addition to ongoing advocacy with European decision-makers – an International Coordinator is being recruited to work out of UNIFEM HQ in New York to support the UNIFEM Executive Director’s role as Chair, intensified outreach and political advocacy internationally, and more sustained engagement with IWC International Members, in line with the IWC work plan for the next 15 months. The Coordinator will be located in UNIFEM’s Governance, Peace and Security team and will also contribute to the team’s capacity to enhance support and knowledge sharing on bringing women leaders across lines of conflict to develop and advance common agendas for peace-building.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Senior Advisor on Governance, Peace and Security, the IWC International Coordinator will be responsible for the following:
Internal Communications
Support the ongoing and effective communications between IWC international members and the Palestinian and Israeli members, working closely with the Palestinian and Israeli coordinators and the Steering Committee
Organize and document all meetings of international Steering Committee members and ensure that all international IWC members are apprised of the outcomes, as well as the Israeli and Palestinian coordinators
Update and liaise with the offices of IWC honorary members to ensure that they are able to fully support the work of the IWC
Disseminate twice monthly updates of IWC member activities as well as of events related to the work of the IWC
Development and Dissemination of IWC analysis and perspectives
Support drafting processes of IWC documents, reports, and statements and provide oversight support finalization and strategic distribution of these products, including to those interested in the IWC’s work
Undertake background research at the request of the IWC in support of IWC communications and advocacy, including on the status of negotiations, on issues of protection and accountability, and in order to support the IWC to pull together existing documentation on the impact of the conflict on the women’s lives
Work with the Palestinian and Israeli coordinators to ensure that the documentation produced is widely available, including on the IWC website, other electronic communications, etc.
As needed, work with media consultants to support placement of IWC vision for a peaceful resolution to the conflict in influential media outlets
International outreach and advocacy
Support international members to organize briefings, missions and other outreach initiatives to build understanding of the gender dimensions of the conflict
In consultation with IWC Steering Committee, build partnerships with social justice networks and peace/security institutions to foster strong partnerships and collective action
Track the deliberations and decisions of the Security Council, the Quartet and other negotiating or security institutions relevant to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and provide updates on these to international IWC members and the Palestinian and Israeli coordinators
Support preparation of documents for and organization of IWC events involving international members (e.g. conferences, all-member meetings, advocacy missions), including preparation of background documents as well as outcome reports, and monitoring that follow up decisions/actions are implemented
Assist the Israeli and Palestinian coordinator, as needed, in facilitating the participation of invited IWC members in outside events
Support IWC linkage with relevant UNIFEM (Part of UN Women) strategic initiatives, including those supported by UNIFEM at EU level, as well as with relevant UNIFEM staff in Headquarters and the Field
Fundraising and administration
With guidance of the Steering Committee and UNIFEM Governance, Peace and Security Senior Advisor, develop and secure IWC consensus on proposals that can be used for resource mobilization
Oversee preparation of high-quality, timely reports to donors and ensure that donors are regularly updated on IWC achievements and challenges
In consultation with UNIFEM financial and administrative staff, ensure financial management and monitoring of all IWC funds and that reports on these are disseminated regularly to IWC members as well as to donors
Broader support for GPS work on women’s peace coalition-building
As time permits and under the direction of the Senior Advisor, Governance, Peace and Security:
Extend lessons learned from IWC networking and partnership development to UNIFEM’s work supporting other coalitions of women peace-builders in other conflict and post-conflict settings. This can include supporting the production of guidance material or policy briefs on the means of enhancing the impact of such coalitions, by, inter-alia, supporting confidence-building measures between civil society groups on different sides of a conflict, supporting engagement between women’s peace coalitions and international Contact Groups and Groups of Friends, supporting encounters with mediators and their teams, and supporting evidence-based advocacy
Support the work of the GPS team in documenting and disseminating lessons learned from UNIFEM’s efforts in sustaining women’s peace activism and building women’s engagement in peace processes and other areas of conflict prevention and mitigation
Support the GPS team in ensuring that efforts towards preparation for 1325+10 and 1820+2 are fully informed by UNIFEM’s approaches and findings on means of engaging women in conflict resolution and peace building
Support the GPS team in related activities at the discretion of the Senior Advisor
Competencies:
Corporate Competencies:
Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNIFEM (Part of UN Women)
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Functional Competencies:
Knowledge Management and Learning
Promotes knowledge management in UNIFEM and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example
Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting
Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects, mobilize resources
Ability to formulate and manage budgets, manage contributions and investments, manage transactions, conduct financial analysis, reporting and cost-recovery
Good knowledge of the Results Management Guide and Toolkit
Good ICT skills, knowledge of Atlas
Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change
Management and Leadership
Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
Required Skills and Experience:
Advanced degree (Masters or equivalent) in international development, public policy, development economics or other relevant social sciences, with focus on gender and socio-economic issues
Minimum of 2 years working experience in relevant field
Working on women, peace and security issues, and knowledge of the Israel-Palestine conflict, as well as the UN, are an advantage
Sound judgment, strong analytical skills as well as professionalism and maturity
Strong interpersonal skills, including in networking
Commitment to UN values and specific goals outlined in the IWC Charter
Experience in advocacy work and media outreach
Fluency in English with excellent writing and research skills an absolute requirement
To Apply:
All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UNIFEM Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unifem.org/attachments/about/employment/UNIFEM_personal_history_form_P11.doc. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UNIFEM P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
Application Deadline: 29 September 2010.
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