UN Women Job Consultant: Women, Peace & Security in Indonesian


Title: Consultant on Women, Peace and Security in Indonesia
Closing Date: 2 September 2016

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 centre of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Based on UN legislative mandates and the UNW Strategic Plan, the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is tasked with providing strategic programme development, policy / technical advisory services and quality assurance support to Multi Country Offices and Country Offices. It undertakes or coordinates regional research and data analysis; advises on norms, policies and strategies for achieving the internationally and regionally agreed goals related to gender equality and women’s empowerment issues. It acts as a knowledge hub at the regional level, collecting evidence on progress and emerging issues and sharing knowledge on innovative approaches and lessons learned in implementation.

In 2000, the Security Council adopted the ground-breaking resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security — the first to link women’s experiences of conflict to the international peace and security agenda. It focused on the disproportionate impact of conflict on women, and called for their engagement in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The Security Council has passed seven additional resolutions on women, peace and security since the adoption of resolution 1325. Among these, Security Council resolution 2242 (2015) provides one of the most important pronouncements of the linkages between countering terrorism and violent extremism, and women, peace and security. It delivers a roadmap and issues a call to action for ensuring a gender perspective in all efforts, and that an emphasis is placed on prevention responses. It calls on Member States and the UN system to ensure the participation and leadership of women in developing strategies to counter terrorism and violent extremism, and build their capacity to do so effectively; as well as for adequate financing to make good on these commitments.

The UN Secretary-General’s Plan of Action to Prevent Violent Extremism calls for, “a comprehensive approach encompassing not only essential security-based counter-terrorism measures but also systematic preventive steps to address the underlying conditions that drive individuals to radicalize and join violent extremist groups.”  It acknowledges the important role of women and youth, and in particular young women, in preventing violent extremism. Indeed, the Plan of Action has a dedicated section on gender equality and women’s empowerment, mainstreamed language on the importance of a human rights and gender approach, as well as the commitment to earmark funds within these efforts to further women’s rights and empowerment.

Based on the above, UN Women is currently developing its programmatic approach in Asia and the Pacific including Indonesia. Through this consultancy, UN Women Indonesia intends to get a catalogue of initiatives currently being implemented to prevent violent extremism in the country, with special attention to the extent to which they include women and/or address issues of gender equality.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the UN women’s National coordinator, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:
  • Analysis of existing trends of violent extremism in Indonesia with particular attention to high risk areas, identifying key actors including women’s groups and the different roles they play.
  • Mapping of existing initiatives aiming to prevent violent extremism and reverse radicalization with particular attention to high risk areas. The mapping should clearly identify the different types of organizations involved (i.e. national government, local government, international NGOs, national NGOs, religious organizations, among others) and their profiles (including operational annual budget if available). If possible, provide a brief summary of flagship activities, number of people reached and focus areas of these initiatives.
  • Assess the integration of gender equality and women’s and girls human rights into the existing PVE initiatives both conducted by government and non-government actors.
Required qualification
  • Master’s degree in conflict or development related disciplines, gender issues, economics, public policy, law, international relations or other social science fields.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience in the area of peacebuilding, peace and security, or related areas, and on promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Excellent command of English (oral and written).
How to apply
Interested candidates are requested to submit updated CV, financial proposal with proposed number of working day and daily professional fee, and P11 to dian.heryasih@unwomen.org with a subject line as “Consultant on Women, Peace and Security in Indonesia” no later than 02 September 2016