Gender and Social Inclusion Analyst (Re-ad) (NPSA9)
Job Identification: 14076
Locations: Birendranagar, Nepal
Job Schedule: Full time
Vacancy Type: National Personnel Service Agreement
Practice Area: Gender
Bureau: Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
Contract Duration: 10 months
Education & Work Experience: Master’s Degree – 2 year(s) experience OR Bachelor’s Degree – 4 year(s) experience
Required Languages: English and Nepali
Vacancy Timeline: 2 Weeks
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP: we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
The Government of Nepal (GoN) initiated the Provincial and Local Governance Support Programme (PLGSP) in July 2019 as the national framework programme to build capacity of Provincial and Local Governments (PLGs) and to strengthen inter-governmental mechanisms (IG) for coordination and collaboration across all levels of Government. The European Union Mission to Nepal is the largest contributor to the PLGSP. As per the PLGSP Financing Agreement between the EU and GoN of March 2020, in addition to the EU basket funding to PLGSP of € 28m, the EU has earmarked a separate budget of € 2 for a complementary technical assistance project: the European Union Support to Inclusive Federalism (EUSIF) project.
The EUSIF Project Objective is to “provide impetus to strengthening the inclusiveness and responsiveness of Provinces and Local Governments to the diverse needs of people, especially women, historically excluded and marginalized groups, and to augment PLG provision of inclusive, good quality and sustainable basic services”. EUSIF will thus complement PLGSP efforts in enhancing inclusiveness, accountability, and sustainability of functioning of PLG systems and procedures with focus on Green, Resilient and Inclusive Development (GRID) approach. The project will engage specifically on PLG capacity for providing quality and sustainable services to all people as well as strengthening people’s voice in inclusive and resilient service design (demand) and on PLG performance accountability and transparency towards realizing people’s rights (especially for historically excluded and disadvantaged groups).
EUSIF Project Output is “Performance of Provincial and Local Government systems and staff is inclusive and responsive to the diverse needs of people, especially women, historically excluded and marginalized groups”. The EUISF Project Results are:
- Result 1: Inclusiveness, Community Benefit and Sustainability of Local Government and Ward Basic Services enhanced in line with Green, Resilient and Inclusive Development objectives.
- Result 2: PLG data management, monitoring and reporting systems are evidence-based and enable achieving PLG Green, Resilient and Inclusive Development objectives.
- Result 3: Capacity of Provincial Centres for Good Governance attuned to PLG Green, Resilient and Inclusive Development and Basic Service Delivery; and
- Result 4: Capacity of Local Government Associations enhanced for evidence-based advocacy and representation of Local Government Voice.
EUSIF Project Approach
The Project aims foremost to enrich implementation of PLG systems and procedures for federal institution building and to initiate a multi-stakeholder learning process for accessing and scaling (largely) already available good practices. The Project will therefore (I) work closely within the ongoing federal reform process at Provincial and LG levels, to ensure pragmatic and relevant action in support to PLGs; (ii) capture and translate good practice from multiple sources into the present reality of PLG functioning; and (iii) create an intense collaboration and cross-learning way of working with the Provincial PLGSP TA teams to strengthen and embed overall PLG federalization support efforts. The Project approach is thus aiming to facilitate ‘structural transformation’, ‘leaving no one behind’, ‘systems thinking’ and ‘new cultures and ways of working’. EUSIF will be implemented initially in Karnali as the ‘Pilot-Province’, not only to capture, package and apply good practice and knowledge but also to test and document approaches to embedding such practice and learning within PLG systems and processes and service delivery. Successes from the EUSIF pilot in Karnali will then be scaled through PLGSP and partners into other Provinces.
The European Union funded project will be implemented by UNDP in close collaboration with the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration (MoFAGA) and the Provincial Government of Karnali Province. Coordination and partnership will be established with LGs, PLGSP, LG associations, development partners, projects, (I)NGOs, civil society/community organizations and other stakeholders working at the local level on local governance and inclusive federalism. The total duration of the project is from 1 March 2022 to 31 August 2024.
Project Implementation Structure
The Project Management Unit (PMU) (the arrangement on the location of the PMU and the TA positions will be decided by UNDP in consultation with MoFAGA and the Karnali Provincial Government as part of the start-up of the project) comprising the PMU staff and TA team, will be based in the UNDP Field Office in Surkhet, capital city of Karnali Pilot-Province. The PIU will be led by the Team Leader cum GRID Advisor, who is responsible for implementation of all project activities and day-to-day management and decision-making for the project, as well as ensuring that the project produces the agreed output and results. The project TA team and support staff based in Surkhet is directly accountable to the Team Leader. For national level liaison and coordination with MoFAGA, EU, other PLGSP donors and further stakeholders, a Kathmandu based Inclusive Governance Specialist will further act as project liaison and coordination officer.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of Team Leader, the key responsibilities of Gender and Social inclusion (GESI) Analyst are to advise the project and team members on PLG gender and social inclusion issues; mainstreaming gender equality and social inclusion in PLG systems and procedures, as well as trainings of staff and elected representatives; and support to integrate GESI and human rights-based approach in basic service delivery systems.
Key tasks and responsibilities of the Gender and Social inclusion (GESI) Analyst are:
- Analyze PLG systems and procedures in support to the project objective to also facilitate structural transformation in PLG mind-sets and ways of working in relation to GESI (system thinking).
- Engage with stakeholders and projects and conduct where required research, to capture existing good practice (knowledge, products, and approaches) on GESI integration.
- Ensure that GESI is mainstreamed in all mapping exercises, assessments, research, and policy documents prepared by PLGs supported by the Project
- Develop discussion papers with recommendations and facilitate team reflections on project strategy and approach to integrate GESI objectives, with the aim to be transformational.
- Ensure GESI is mainstreamed, and targeted interventions planned and implemented by the Project under different results areas to enhance social accountability and inclusive service delivery, policy designs and systems development, including on PLG:
• Basic Service Delivery.
• Local Planning and Budgeting processes.
• PLG data management, monitoring, and reporting.
• PCGG capacity and services.
• Project stakeholder capacity, e.g., LG-Associations, CSOs and service providers
- Support team work on mainstreaming GESI in PLGs systems, policies and procedures and assist in developing targeted policy documents and strategies on GESI
- Provide recommendations for GESI and human rights-based approach in basic service delivery systems.
- Ensure that the relevant baseline studies and data collection/assessment are GESI sensitive
- Support development of the knowledge products on GESI in line with SDG principle of Leaving No One Behind (LNOB)
- Support PLGs in documentation of learnings and best practices on GESI related issues, with the aim of supporting scaling-up within PLGSP and in other Provinces/LGs
Specific responsibilities under key results areas identified by the Project are the following:
Inclusive Basic Service Delivery, Local Planning and Budgeting:
- Support TA team and Karnali Province and LGs in conducting a mapping exercise of the BSD systems and procedures from GESI perspective, including local planning and budgeting processes
- Provide technical support in strategic and annual planning and budgeting processes to ensure GESI is significantly considered in provincial and local level planning and budgeting
- Ensure that research on BSD system functioning, impact, and sustainability are carried out with special attention to social accountability of PLGs to women, people with disability and marginalized groups in relation to decision making, policy formulation, development planning and budgeting processes.
- Provide advisory support in inclusive service designs, including GESI sensitive service procurement processes and resilient infrastructure development for long-term livelihood benefits.
- Ensure GESI is mainstreamed in the Green, Resilient and Inclusive Development (GRID) approach.
- Support inclusive participation and engagement of women, PWD and minority groups in documenting lessons learned and strengthening BSD system and processes of PLGs
- Support updating PLG job descriptions and strengthening PLG human resource management capacity (functional and technical) with GESI knowledge and approaches.
- Assist provincial government in evidence-based policy development including, targeted policies and strategies, plans (budgeted) on GESI
- Develop, test and support roll out innovative ways to increase service outreach and efficiency to the most vulnerable groups including the persons with disabilities, LGBTIQ+ and other poor and marginalized groups.
- Support capacity building of PLGs and Wards to deliver services (systems, procedures, staff) within a GRID approach and with integrated GESI knowledge and approaches.
- Strengthen capacity of PLGs and stakeholders to engage in deliberations in making an inclusive public decision and GESI to local development.
- Strengthen PLGs social accountability, feed-back and grievance handling mechanisms that are accessible to women, PwD and marginalized groups
Inclusive Data Management, Monitoring and Reporting
- Support the Provincial Government to map and analyze all on-going interventions and programmes, and PLG data requirements from GESI perspective
- Guide PLGs with development, strengthening, adaptation and implementation of ‘Data and M&E-Reporting’ systems and procedures including the ‘LG Profiles’ as developed by PLGSP taking GESI into prime consideration.
- Support PCGG on updating / developing capacity development packages related to data/evidence systems and procedures to ensure data on GESI is systematically collected, analyzed, and used in policy formulation
- Provide technical expertise in conducting research and studies regarding the implementation status of human rights obligations at sub-national level including CEDAW
- Support mainstreaming of GESI in PLGs data management, monitoring, and reporting, including systematic collection of gender disaggregated data, monitoring of attainment of results on GESI and data analysis to report on progress / results that benefit men, women, PWD and people from marginalized groups
- From GESI perspective, provide recommendations for enriching the PLGSP M&E, learning and reporting system, including on baseline and progress data and on strengthening PLG capacity for providing required data and information to MoFAGA and PLGSP management/donors
- In collaboration with PLGs and other stakeholders develop knowledge products and policy influencing papers, support advocacy and information sharing, on inclusive federal institution building through ‘Data and M&E-Reporting’ systems and evidence generation
Capacity Development of PCGG attuned to GESI and GRID
- Organize consultation meetings with stakeholders (elected women representatives, LG staff women’s groups, CSOs, LG associations etc) and PLGs to identify key capacity requirements of PLGs taking GRID and GESI into consideration.
- Provide technical assistance to mainstream GESI and develop targeted CD interventions for PCGG’s CD strategy and plans (short, medium, and long term) and assist in their implementation.
- Support development of a PCGG organizational strategy to deliver required GRID and GESI responsive CD services, and for assessing training outcomes and for continuous adaptation to evolving CD needs on e.g., planning, monitoring, and procurement.
- Support PCGG with integration of GESI objectives and actions in CD packages for PLGs, also considering their further use in up-scaling in other PLGs.
- Support MoFAGA with assessing the demand, role and responsibilities, and vision & mission, of a possible ‘National Academy for Good Governance (NAGG), which will serve as the secretariat of Federalization in Nepal taking GESI into consideration.
Capacity- Building of Local Government Associations
- Support in institutionalization GESI in organizational functioning, performance, and services of MuAN and NARMIN.
- Ensure issues related to GESI are prioritized on evidence-based advocacy and LG voice in provincial level and national federalization platforms
- Mainstream GESI on standardized research assignment packages to be outsourced by PLGs and PCGGs, as well as PLGSP to competent service providers
- Mainstream GESI in CD strategy developed for MuAN and NARMAN
- Ensure meaningful participation of women, PwD, youth and people from marginalized groups in policy dialogues and research discourse organized by LG associations and CSOs
- Achieve Results: LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
- Think Innovatively: LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
- Learn Continuously: LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
- Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
- Act with Determination: LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
- Engage and Partner: LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
- Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination
Cross Functional & Technical competencies:
- Collective Intelligence Design: Ability to bringing together diverse groups of people, data, information or ideas, and technology to design services or solutions
Business Direction & Strategy
- System Thinking: Ability to use objective problem analysis and judgement to understand how interrelated elements coexist within an overall process or system, and to consider how altering one element can impact on other parts of the system.
- Working with Evidence and DataAbil: ity to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions, and supporting decision-making
- Partnerships Management: Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies
2030 Agenda: Peace
- Governance: Institutional Capacity to Implement and Coordinate SDGs; Municipal Planning and Basic Service Delivery (including budgeting financing)
- Gender: Gender issues and analysis
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in Gender, Sociology, Political Science, Public Policy, or any other relevant areas is required.
- A first-level university degree (Bachelor’s degree) in in Gender, Sociology, Political Science, Public Policy, or any other relevant areas in combination with an additional 2 years of qualifying experience will be given due consideration in lieu of Master´s degree.
- Minimum 2 years (with Master´s degree) or four years (with Bachelor´s degree) of experience on GESI and experience in mainstreaming GESI in development projects, preferably in the governance sector/local governance/basic service delivery
- Significant experience of developing strategies and evidence-based policy documents on GESI for government institutions at federal, provincial, and local level is an asset.
- Experience of capacity-building of government institutions and local government representatives/officials, preferably for strengthening inclusive service delivery and governance is an asset.
- Experience of working with LG associations, civil society organizations, women’s groups etc. for policy advocacy is an asset.
- Experience of working in Karnali province will be an added advantage
- Excellent knowledge of computer including MS Office (Word, Excel, mail, and Power Point)
- Experience of working with local governments will be an asset.
- Fluency in English and Nepali is required.
Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.
UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.
Applicant information about UNDP rosters
Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.
UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
The United Nations does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you receive a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web.
Apply Before: 10/25/2023, 11:59 PM