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UNESCO Office in Apia

OVERVIEW

Parent Sector : [[CULTURE]]

Duty Station: [[APIA]]

Classification of duty station: [[FIELD OFFICE]]

Standard Duration of Assignement : [[5 MONTHS WITH POSSIBILITY OF RENEWAL]]

Job Family: [[CULTURE]]

Type of contract : [[NON-STAFF]]

Duration of contract : [[5 MONTHS WITH POSSIBILITY OF RENEWAL]]

Recruitment open to : [[EXTERNAL CANDIDATES]]

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : [[22 JULY 2022]]

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism

OVERVIEW OF THE FUNCTIONS OF THE POST

BACKGROUND

The Spotlight Initiative is a global, multi-year partnership between the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), focusing on eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls (VAWG). The initiative places SDG 5 at the center of efforts with the aim to provide an enabling environment for the implementation of all goals. Spotlight provides a model for partnership with donors, civil society, and all UN partners, to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a comprehensive manner leveraging comparative expertise.

The two-year (2020-21) programme, Spotlight initiative in Samoa, focuses on Intimate partner (physical, sexual and emotional) violence (IPV) to address the continuum of gender-based violence in the Pacific region. The Initiative aims at improving access to services, particularly for those most left behind and will build upon existing programmes, both at the country and regional level.

The Spotlight Initiative in Samoa builds on existing Government commitments to ending domestic and intimate partner violence and cultural, sport, youth and civil society institutions in Samoa that support ending violence against women and girls. The programme will contextualize international best practice in preventing and responding to violence and learn from emerging practice on what works in Samoa. The UN organizations implementing the programme in Samoa are: UNESCO, UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women and UNICEF.

The programme has been launched against the global COVID-19 pandemic, which is affecting all aspects of life, including the functioning of the government, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), sport, cultural, economic and many other types of institutions.

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RATIONALE AND SCOPE

The Samoa Spotlight Initiative as a reflection of the global initiative is built on six outcome areas. The six outcome areas are:

  • gender responsive laws and policies;
  • strengthening government institutions;
  • prevention;
  • gender-based violence protection and services;
  • improved collection and use of data and innovation; and
  • strengthening women’s movements.

This consultancy provides support to outcome area 3 ‘prevention’ but also will aim to improve coordination across the outcome areas where UNESCO works. The outcome area focusing on Prevention uses community based prevention strategies, mobilizes women and men at the community level, and e men and boys as well as uses educational approaches.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of this consultancy are:

  • Coordinate execution of project and monitor activities by implementing partners;
  • Assist in the identification of new partners and establishment of contractual arrangements;
  • Plan and organize Spotlight Partners meetings;
  • Contribute to the creation of visibility material and outreach of the project’s outcomes.

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OUTPUTS

  • Monthly progress reports on the implementation status of the assigned activities;
  • One human interest story and at least 10 social media posts on the implementation of the Spotlight Initiative;
  • Final narrative report on the implementation status of the assigned activities on culture related projects.

TASKS RELATED TO THE ASSIGNMENT

  • Manage implementation, coordinate execution by implementing partners, and monitor the activities in the frame the Spotlight Initiative in accordance with the project’s approved programme, work plan and budget;
  • Facilitate the effective coordination between partners working on the Spotlight Initiative, enabling links between the activities carried out by UNESCO partners and ensuring effective collaboration with the SI UN partners and CSO-NRG;
  • Provide assistance in the procurement process for new partners for Spotlight Initiative project;
  • Oversee, when relevant, the quality of the partner deliverables in by the contractors and relevant partners by ensuring that the expected outputs from the project are delivered in time and in line with the signed contractual arrangements;
  • Participate in meetings and site visits as required to facilitate the implementation of the project and oversee on-site activities;

  • Contribute to the final report of the Spotlight Initiative by compiling inputs from implementing partners;
  • Ensure visibility to the project through partners’ promotional events and production of publicity material such as, press and web articles, radio interviews, and social media content.

SKILLS AND FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES

Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Professionalism
  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues

Functional Competencies:

1. Knowledge Management

  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture.

2. Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results based management and reporting;
  • Ability to apply conceptual models in support of formulations, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programs and projects and mobilize resources.
  • Strong organization skills and ability to pay close attention to detail;
  • Strong policy analysis
  • Ability to lead formulation of strategies and their implementation;
  • Strong networking skills;

3. Management and Leadership:

  • Build strong relationships with partners, focuses on impact and results for the partners and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrate openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrate good listening skills and responsiveness to the opinion of others

CORE COMPETENCIES

Accountability (C)

Communication (C)

Innovation (C)

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)

Planning and organizing (C)

Results focus (C)

Teamwork (C)

Professionalism (C)

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Advanced university degree or equivalent in the field of Social Sciences, Pedagogical Studies or other relevant field

Work experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years working experience in community engagement or with relevant project coordination experience. Previous experience in projects focusing on GBV prevention would be an advantage.
  • Proven experience in planning, coordinating, follow-up and engagement with various stakeholders in implementation of programme/project activities

Language : Excellent knowledge of the English language

Knowledge of Office ICTs : Good knowledge of MS Office

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

Experience: Prior experience with the UN or international organizations is an advantage.

Skills: Strong inter-personal skills, especially oral and written communication skill

Language : Good knowledge of the local language.

Specific ICTs : MS Office proficiency

SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.

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Tags: access to services, continuous improvement, covid, gender parity, knowledge management, knowledge sharing, monitoring and evaluation, procurement, results based management, social sciences, sustainable development, sustainable development goals, violence against women, women and girls