Terms of Reference - Programme Analyst, Transitional Justice, Peace and Security Section
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Duration of contract: 4 Months
Starting date: July 1, 2012
Duty Station: New York
Contract Status: SSA (P3 equivalent)
Women’s access to justice post-conflict is an area of increasing focus in the UN system. All five Women Peace and Security resolutions of the UN Security Council speak of the need to combat impunity in relation to the crimes experienced by women in conflict, ensure their equal access to all transitional justice mechanisms established, and reform justice systems in line with the real needs and obstacles women encounter in seeking justice for conflict-related crimes. In the past two years, the Secretary-General’s reports on Women’s Participation in Peacebuilding (2010) and Rule of Law and Transitional Justice (2011) as well as UN Women’s own Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of Justice (2011) all point to the need for an increased focus on women’s access to justice post-conflict, including through transitional justice mechanisms. It is acknowledged that this is necessary to combat impunity, expand the benefits of the rule of law to all, and prevent ongoing cycles of violence and insecurity that disproportionately impact women post-conflict.
UN Women as the UN system leader on women’s access to justice is increasingly focused on galvanizing a coordinated and strengthened response on post-conflict justice for women, gender-sensitive transitional justice mechanisms, effective and inclusive reparations programmes and strengthened accountability and prosecutions for crimes committed against women in the course of conflicts. Increased capacity is needed to support ongoing global policy developments as well as technical support to international and domestic institutions of justice and UN Women’s field offices in countries recovering from conflict.
Under the supervision of the Programme Specialist on Rule of Law and Transitional Justice, the consultant will work on UN Women’s Global Programme on Women’s Access to Justice in conflict and post-conflict contexts to organize UN Women events in this area, develop knowledge products, initiate a community of practice for country offices working in the area of transitional justice, and provide support on justice issues for UN Women offices in countries emerging from conflict.
a) Support the organization of a high level side event on women’s access to justice during the High Level Debate on Rule of Law of the UN General Assembly, September 2012.
b) Support the organization of an international meeting related to women’s access to justice through international courts
c) Develop a community of practice for UN Women and partners involved in gender-sensitive transitional justice programming, to share research, good practices and lessons learned and facilitate identification of future needed research and programming
d) Update a review of UN Women support to past truth commissions and commissions of inquiry in order to develop guidance for future programming.
e) Support knowledge products being developed by UN Women consultants on gender-sensitive transitional justice.
f) Maintain a watching brief on events and knowledge development in the area of transitional justice in order to bring issues to the attention of the Programme Specialist and Chief Advisor. To this end, produce regular updates and attend relevant meetings.
E. Undertake other tasks as needed and requested by the Chief Advisor of Peace and Security or Programme Specialist on Rule of Law and Transitional Justice
Work experience: Minimum of five (5) years’ experience in one of: Rule of Law/human rights, peacebuilding, transitional justice, or development. Established gender expertise. Programme and policy analysis, project management, and field experience in peacebuilding settings. Experience working with women’s organizations and governments and in the field desirable.
Technical expertise: Knowledge of rule of law programming, including transitional justice notably in post-conflict contexts. Knowledge of mechanisms for preventing SGBV through rule of law responses. Experience in knowledge management and generation including via communities of practice and publication track record. Ability to work as a member of a team. Excellent writing and communication skills.
Academic background: Advanced University degree (Masters Level) in law, social sciences, political science/ international affairs (i.e. international development studies, gender/women’s studies) or a related technical field.
Languages: Fluency in English is required. Fluency in French, Spanish or Arabic is a significant asset.
To apply please submit CVs to nahla.valji(at)unwomen.org before June 15, 2012.