The goal of UN Women’s presence in Cambodia is to ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment are achieved and women’s human rights are promoted and protected. As such, the focus of UN Women’s programmes in Cambodia can be summarised as the following:
- Promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment through building knowledge and skills within government and civil society to promote gender responsive laws, policies, plans and institutional structures to ensure the implementation of these in line with international human rights standards;
- Promoting women’s effective leadership, including excluded groups of women and their meaningful participation in democratic governance
- Empowering excluded women’s groups in organising themselves and advocating for gender responsive policies and programmes;
- Supporting innovative efforts of the government and civil society groups to ending gender based violence, addressing the impact of HIV/AIDS and promoting economic security.
One of the pillars of UN Women’s work is advancing women’s political participation and good governance, to ensure that decision-making processes are participatory, responsive, equitable and inclusive. Efforts are focused through strategic entry points that can advance the status of women by catalysing wide-ranging, long-term impacts. With this objective, UN Women has been implementing the CEDAW Southeast Asia Programme (CEDAW SEAP) to support governments and civil society organizations in understanding and applying CEDAW towards the full realization of women’s human rights in Cambodia since 2004. The 1st phase of the programme has focused on a) enhancing government and civil society understanding of the principles of the convention and their application to legal framework, b) strengthening government and civil society participation in the CEDAW review process, and c) supporting advocacy for the implementation of CEDAW Committee Concluding Observations. The 2nd phase of the programme (2011-2016), will see deeper and more focused capacity building for application of CEDAW in selected areas with a more focused set of target groups and institutions in order to create systemic changes in the government at policy and institutional level for implementation of gender equality commitments. In addition to continuing to support the government and civil society in monitoring and reporting on implementation of CEDAW, the areas that the 2nd phase of the programme will focus on are; 1) strengthening legal frameworks through addressing discriminatory laws and facilitating implementation of laws that promote gender equality, and 2) improving women’s access to justice through engendering the justice system and actors. The National Programme Officer for Governance will be responsible for the smooth implementation of the CEDAW SEA Programme Phase II (2011-2016) and its associated ASEAN Regional Human Rights Mechanism project in Cambodia, ensuring an integrated approach to linking CEDAW SEAP activities to all governance-related activities of UN Women in Cambodia.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the UN Women Country Director, the National Programme Officer for Governance is responsible for the successful development and implementation of programmes and project within the area of governance and with particular responsibilities for the CEDAW SEAP and its associated ASEAN Regional Human Rights Mechanism project. The National Programme Officer analyzes political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management and evaluation of programme and project activities within his/ her portfolio, and provides policy advice services.
In managing the programmes/projects, s/he will be provided technical advice and guidance from relevant regional programme managers and technical specialists in the East and Southeast Asia Regional Office, and will work closely with Operations staff of the Regional Office. S/he works in close collaboration with programme staff in other UN agencies, Government officials, Civil Society partners, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors ensuring successful implementation of the programmes and projects that s/he is responsible for. S/he works as part of the UN Women Cambodia Country Office team, and also actively engages with colleagues across the region in knowledge sharing and peer support.
Summary of Key Functions:
- Management of Governance projects and CEDAW programme (2011-2016)
- Creation of strategic partnerships
- Provision of top quality advice to partners and facilitation of knowledge building and management
1.Ensures effective management of the CEDAW programme and projects in the area of Governance focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation of the programmes/projects achieving the following results:
- Thorough analysis of political, social, economic situations in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to country strategy documents, project proposals, Annual Workplans and other documents for UN Women’s Governance programmes/projects in Cambodia.
- Design and formulation of programme activities, translating the priorities of the Country Strategy in the area of Governance into local interventions. Coordination of programme implementation with implementing agencies.
- Effective application of Results Based Management (RBM) tools, providing guidance to partners on establishment of performance indicators, and monitoring achievement of results.
- Substantive monitoring of the programme activities, including tracking use of financial resources, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions.
- Reporting requirements fulfilled in a timely manner focusing on outputs, and outcomes.
2.Ensures creation of strategic partnerships focusing on the following results:
- Facilitate consultation with stakeholders for strategic selection of programme activities and partners based on the results framework of the programmes and projects, national priorities, partner capacity assessments.
- Development of partnerships with UN agencies, government institutions, private sector, civil society, etc. for programme/project implementation.
3.Ensures provision of top quality advisory services to the government, civil society and other development partners, and facilitation of knowledge building and sharing in the areas of CEDAW, CEDAW Optional Protocol, gender responsive governance, women’s human rights and gender equality focusing on the following results.
- Identification of key women’s human rights and governance issues and challenges. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned directly linked to policy goals, leading to the formulation of substantive policy advice.
- Support to development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government, civil society organizations and other strategic partners
- Active participation and contribution of UN Women’s perspectives to relevant conferences, fora and meetings addressing women’s human rights and government accountability issues.
- Active mobilization of UN Women colleagues across the region as knowledge resources, soliciting advice, good practice information, and reciprocating through contribution of knowledge for UN Women.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women
- Displays sensitivity and fairness in regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, and disability.
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism
Knowledge Management and Learning
Knowledge Management and Learning
- Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office
- 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 apply conceptual models in support of formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects, mobilize resources
- Ability to lead implementation of new systems (business side), and affect staff behavioral/attitudinal change
Management and Leadership
- Focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
- Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
- Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
Required Skills and ExperienceMaster’s Degree or equivalent in Gender and Development, International Relations, Public Administration, Law or Human Rights;
- Minimum 2 years of professional experience working in the field of gender responsive governance and women’s human rights in Cambodia;
- Hands on experience in designing, implementing and monitoring development projects
- A good understanding of CEDAW and practical experience applying CEDAW in programme and policy development is essential.
- Good knowledge of policies and programmes and the architecture of the government to advance gender equality.
- Familiarity of civil society organizations and networks in Cambodia working to advance gender equality.
- Familiarity with the UN and its coordination mechanism would be an advantage.
- Good written and communication skills in English and fluent Khmer