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Gender Equality Advisor for the Libya Coordinated Needs Assessment


Following the beginning of hostilities in Libya, and the adoption of the United Nations Security Council resolution 1970 (2011) dated 26 February 2011, on 10 March 2011, the Secretary General nominated Mr. Abdel-Elah Mohamed Al-Khatib, former Minister for Foreign Affairs of Jordan as his Special Envoy to "provide leadership and oversee the coordination of the United Nations system" in regards to the Libyan crisis, working closely with Governments in the region and with the international community. On 17 March 2011, the Security Council adopted resolution 1973 (2011), calling for a cease fire and establishing the no-fly zone. On 29 March 2011, a conference was held in London where the Secretary General agreed that the UN would coordinate post-conflict efforts in Libya and nominated Ian Martin as his Special Advisor tasked with coordinating all UN post conflict planning efforts.

On 13 April, the UN-WB-EC framework agreement and the UN-WB partnership framework were triggered to support collaborative efforts in monitoring the situation in Libya and prepare the groundwork for coordinated post conflict responses. In parallel to the political efforts by the Special Envoy to reach a cessation of hostilities, the UN undertook a pre-assessment designed as an analytical effort to build a common knowledge base of the Libyan context and identify potential risks and recovery opportunities in the post conflict period. The pre-assessment included the participation of the World Bank, with close coordination with the EU and its own information gathering efforts.

At the 2 September meeting in Paris, the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) requested the international community, under the leadership of the United Nations, to provide immediate assistance in assessing and responding to a set of critical needs within a very short time frame (September to December). The NTC also requested that preparations be initiated for assessing transitional requirements identified during the mentioned meeting, defined as needs and results to be achieved in order to secure the country's future stability and development in the months and years to come. It was further agreed that the assessment of such transition requirements would be conducted under the leadership of the NTC and that it would follow the Post-Conflict Needs Assessment (PCNA) principles and methodology but be undertaken in an accelerated manner. On 16 September, the Security Council adopted resolution 2009 (2011), establishing the United Nations Support Mission for Libya (UNSMIL), which is mandated to coordinate international assistance, as well as to provide immediate advice in the areas of priority identified by the NTC as well as to plan for a future longer-term United Nations presence in Libya.

As articulated by the NTC, the overall goal of the Libya Coordinated Needs Assessment (LCNA) is to promote stability, recovery and development in the transition period, with a focus on the needs in the priority sectors identified by the NTC in the Paris meeting. The findings from the assessments will also inform the planning and programming of both multilateral and bilateral actors.

The assessment will be carried out over a 3 month period, and will culminate with the definition of a Transitional Results Framework (or similar action planning instrument). The assessment will be composed of a number of sector assessments that highlight key outputs and objectives, roles and responsibilities of government, other Libyan actors and international partners, inclusion of stakeholders, budgetary implications where relevant, and monitoring/review mechanisms to ensure implementation progress. Each of these assessments will be undertaken in a 3-5 week time frame. The envisaged timeframe for each results framework is (24) months, with distinct intermediary milestones to be defined, as relevant and appropriate, within each sector.

The assessments are designed to address needs and objectives on a national basis, with any specific geographical focus to be agreed, presented and justified within each sector with NTC approval.

The assessments of transition requirements will be structured around the following sectors, and will led by NTC focal points and with the support of a designated lead international organization:

- Social Services, with a focus on health and education (NTC - UNICEF)

- Civil society development, including women organizations (NTC - EU)

- Border Management (NTC -EU)

- DDR / Military integration / Weapons (NTC - UNSMIL)

- Public Safety and Rule of Law (NTC - UNSMIL)

- Constitutional and Electoral process (NTC - UNSMIL)

- Public Administration, Civil Service reform and Local Governance (NTC - UNDP)

- Economic Recovery, including youth employment (NTC - WB)

- Public Financial Management and Banking (NTC - WB)

- Macroeconomic framework, central banking, and the payments system (NTC - IMF)

- Public / Shared Service Delivery (NTC - WB)

- Infrastructure (NTC - WB)

The sub-sectors to be included in each sector will be defined in consultation between the NTC and the participants in each sector, following the process and principles outlined in this note. This will be detailed in the sector specific process design notes.

At present UN Women does not have a presence in Libya. However UN Women has been supporting the process of integrating gender equality into coordinated needs assessments and has been providing HQ-led technical assistance to the Libya process.

The person hired will be deployed to Libya to work with the PCNA core team to ensure that gender equality and women's empowerment is integrated into all stages of the coordinated needs assessment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the Team Leader for LCNA and in consultation with the UN Women Arab States section Chief and the Peace & Security cluster Chief, the Gender Advisor will be responsible for the following tasks:

    * Participate in all meetings and consultations held for preparing the LCNA;
    * Support the implementation of the methodology for the LCNA ensuing that it includes a gender equality perspective in all processes;
    * Provide inputs in the development of tools for data collection and analysis;
    * Work closely with crisis analysts for the integration of gender equality and gender and crisis analysis into desk reviews of existing crisis analyses by various entities, diagnostic study and strategic forecasting;
    * Provide inputs into Government led crisis analysis and framework of Strategic Priorities;
    * Participate in stakeholder consultations;
    * Facilitate consultations and dialogue with key stakeholders such as CSOs/women's organizations and key government institutions amongst others;
    * Provide technical support across the sectors, specifically ensuring that gender equality and women's rights analysis is a core part of all sectoral assessments and reports;
    * Enhance the strategic communication and development deficit analysis ensuring that gender equality concerns are given due space;
    * Ensure the quality of the final report by integrating the gender equality issues identified in the assessment, and reviewing all components of the LCNA to ensure that gender issues and women's rights identified in the needs assessment portion of the LCNA in each sector are supported by indicators and financial allocations in the TRM and the proposed budget;
    * Amend the cross-cutting guidance note on gender based on how relevant or not it was in practice;
    * Generate lessons learned for other coordinated needs assessment processes;
    * Generate data to add to our efforts to really assess where the money is allocated for post conflict needs;
    * Time permitting, the generation of a UN Women Country Programme options paper at the end of the assessment.


Core Values/Guiding Principles:

    * Integrity: Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
    * Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity: Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

    * Ethics and Values: Promoting Ethics and Integrity / Creating Organizational Precedents;
    * Working in Teams: Building and promoting effective teams;
    * Communicating Information and Ideas: Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication;
    * Self-management and Emotional intelligence: Creating an emotionally intelligent organization;
    * Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning: Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;
    * Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Fair and transparent decision-making; calculated risk-taking.

Required Skills and Experience


    * Advanced degree in social sciences - focus on gender issues and humanitarian/conflict response.


    * Minimum ten years experience in working with gender issues as well as conflict resolution , humanitarian assessments and response;
    * Previous experience on needs assessments with the UN is preferable;
    * Strong communication and writing skills in English;
    * Experience in emergency/conflict situations;
    * Experience of working with multilateral/bilateral agencies and stakeholders;
    * Experience of working with large teams.


    * Fluency in English is a requirement. Strong Arabic skills are important.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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