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UN Women Grants

UN Women Grants: Accepting applications

The United Nations Trust Fund in Support of Actions to Eliminate Violence against Women is accepting applications for its 20th grant cycle (2016) from civil society organizations and government authorities. Special attention will be paid to applications from women’s rights, women-led, and small organizations (including youth organizations) in recognition of the contribution these make to reaching women and girls at the grassroots level.

This year, the UN Trust Fund is looking to support organizations that qualify for funding under:

(a) the three programmatic areas of the UN Trust Fund’s 2015-2020 Strategy

(b) a “special window” addressing violence against women and girls in the context of the current refugee crisis

(c) those specifically invited to submit proposals.

See the UN Women homepage for criteria, eligibility requirements and application guidelines.


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Vacancies with UN-Women

UN Women is recruiting:

For all their vacancies visit the following weblink: http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment


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Two employment Opportunities: UN Women/Oxfam and FAO

The 2006 IASC Gender Handbook is due for an update, as was recently done for its sister publication, the GBV Guidelines.  As per the GRG’s 2015 AWP, UN Women and Oxfam are facilitating this process and to this end, we are looking to hire a consultant to undertake the work.  The post has been advertised on UNDP’s job site at the following link:  https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_lang=en&cur_job_id=60251   The deadline for applications is 6th October.

FAO is looking for a senior consultant (policy expert) on gender and food security.

For more information please read the Terms of Reference or visit  http://www.fao.org/employment/current-vacancies/consultants/en/


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Launch of UN Women flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights

The World Bank Group Gender Group and UN Women invite you to

UN Women’s Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016

 Thursday, October 1, 2015

Room MC 4-800, 1818 H St NW

1:00-2:30PM


RSVP Here

This event will be livestreamed here

Please join the WBG Gender Group at the Washington DC launch of UN Women’s flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights. This report draws on promising experiences from around the world, proposing a comprehensive agenda for key policy actors-including gender equality advocates, national governments, and international agencies-to make human rights a lived reality for all women and girls. A frequent WBG partner on a range of issues, UN Women has released this report at a pivotal moment for global development, 20 years after the landmark Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing and ahead of the adoption of new global Sustainable Development Goals.

Progress of the World’s Women finds that despite some significant advances toward gender equality, persistent gaps between males and females remain-hindering efforts to end poverty and preventing individuals and economies alike from achieving their full potential. Embedded in a framework of substantive equality, the report focuses on three interrelated challenges: transforming paid and unpaid work for women’s rights; making social policy work for women; and creating an enabling macroeconomic environment.

Chair:

Caren Grown, Senior Director, Gender Cross-Cutting Solutions Area, The World Bank Group

Speakers:

Shahrashoub Razavi, Chief, Research and Data, UN Women

James Heintz, Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics, Associate Director of Political Economy Research Institute, University of Massachusetts, Amhurst


Discussant:

Samuel Otoo, Economic Adviser, Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice, The World Bank Group

Caren Grown, Senior Director, Gender CCSA, is an internationally recognized expert on gender issues in development. Prior to joining the Bank, she was Economist-In-Residence and co-director of the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics at American University (AU) in Washington, DC. In 2013-2014, she led the UNU-WIDER program on aid effectiveness and gender equality. During 2011-2013 she served as Senior Gender Advisor and Acting Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), where she crafted the Agency’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment policy and led efforts to implement it in systems and programs.

Shahra Razavim is the Chief of the Research & Data Section at UN Women. Her research and publications have been on gender dimensions of development, with a focus on agrarian issues, social policy and the care economy. Since January 2013 when she joined UN Women, Shahra has overseen the research on two of UN Women’s flagship reports, Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016 (Transforming the Economy, Realizing Rights) and the World Survey on the Role of Women in Development 2014 (Gender Equality and Sustainable Development).   Before joining UN Women, Shahra was a senior researcher at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) in Geneva. Her recent publications include Seen, Heard and Counted: Rethinking Care in a Development Context (special issue of Development and Change, 2011) and Gendered Impacts of Liberalization (Routledge, 2009). Shahra grew up in Iran, and obtained her Bachelors from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and her Masters and PhD (D.Phil.) from Oxford University.

James Heintz is Andrew Glyn Professor of Economics and Associate Director of the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  His current work focuses on employment policy; economics and human rights; informal and atypical employment; macroeconomic policies for sub-Saharan Africa; and the links between economic policies and distributive outcomes, including race and gender dimensions.

Samuel Otoo is Economic Adviser in the Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice. A macro-economist by training, Samuel has extensive and diverse leadership experience with economic policy, public sector management and capacity development issues in Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, South Asia and the Pacific. He has held managerial and senior technical positions across the operational and knowledge complexes of the World Bank, including Sector Manager for Economic Policy in the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Regional Office, and Manager of the Global Governance Programs and Capacity Development and Results units of the World Bank Institute.

A light lunch will be provided.


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New UN Women online training: How to manage gender-responsive evaluation

This new UN Women eLearning course has 9 modules that aim to support those initiating, managing and/or using gender-responsive evaluations by providing direction, advice and tools for every step in the evaluation process: planning, preparation, conduct, reporting, evaluation use and follow up.
The course is intended to complement the UN Women Evaluation Handbook, a practical handbook to help those initiating, managing and/or using gender-responsive evaluations by providing direction, advice and tools for every step in the evaluation process: planning, preparation, conduct, reporting, evaluation use and follow up.
While the course is open to anyone around the world, the primary audience is UN Women staff, in particular M&E Officers/focal points and other staff that manage evaluations, and the senior management involved in evaluation processes. However, it may also be useful to international development evaluators and professionals, particularly those working on gender equality, women’s empow­erment and human rights.
The course takes approximately 9 hours to complete. After completing the course participants receive a certificate of completion.  We invite you to enroll in the course today!


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Nominations open for 2015 Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2015 Gender Equality and Mainstreaming in Technology (GEM-TECH) Awards – See more at UN Women.

This year, the global community commits to a new UN framework for sustainable development for the next 15 years and in the current draft, the use of ICTs is included as an important means of implementing gender equality commitments. The year 2015 also marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. One of the pillars of this platform is Media, including information and communications technology. The GEM-TECH Awards are an opportunity to highlight ways in which women’s meaningful access, use and development of technology can be achieved and to inform thinking and investments as we look forward.

The 2015 awards will focus on the following three categories:

  • Application of Technology for Women’s Empowerment: Recognizing applications of technology across all sectors, and particularly the pillars of the Beijing Platform for Action, for the empowerment of women and to achieve gender equality.
  • Women in the Technology Sector: Recognizing success in the promotion of girls and women as creators, drivers, leaders and decision-makers in the technology sector.
  • Gender-Responsive Technology Governance, Policy and Access: Recognizing efforts to bridge the gender digital divide through strategies, policies and regulations that ensure enabling and foundational factors such as access, connectivity, security, digital literacy and citizenship, and more advanced skills-development are gender-responsive.

Nominations of civil society, government, international organizations and private sector stakeholders can be made here until 31 July.

For more information on the 2014 and 2015 GEM-TECH Awards please see: http://www.itu.int/en/action/women/gem/Pages/award-2015.aspx.


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Registration open for e-learning course on development evaluation and gender

UN Women Independent Evaluation Office, Claremont Graduate University and IOCE, within the EvalPartners initiative, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation and in partnership with UNEG, OECD/DAC EvalNet, ALNAP, UNICEF, ReLAC, IPEN and EvalMena, have announced the opening of the registration for the second 2015 cohort of the introductory e-Learning programme on Development Evaluation. which will close on  17 September 2015.  Read details at http://gendereval.ning.com/profiles/blogs/register-now-to-e-learning-on-development-evaluation?xg_source=activity


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Job opportunity: International Coordinator of the Joint Programme of FAO, IFAD, UN Women and WFP

The International Coordinator will provide support to the implementation of the Joint Programme of FAO, IFAD, UN Women and WFP on “Accelerating progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women.”

This five-year (2012-2017) JP aims to economically empower rural women in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda. The coalition of FAO, IFAD, UN Women and WFP is expected to generate synergies that capitalize on each agency’s mandate, comparative advantage and institutional strength to generate more lasting and wider-scale improvements in the living conditions and rights of rural women and girls in the context of sustainable rural development. The

JP focuses on four key outcomes for rural women: 1) improved food and nutrition security, 2) increased incomes to sustain livelihoods, 3) enhanced leadership and participation in rural institutions and in shaping laws, policies and programmes, and 4) more gender-responsive policy environment for the economic empowerment of rural women.

Read more about the position in the Terms of Reference (pdf).


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UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality: now accepting proposals

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality is pleased to announce its third call for proposals. This year the Fund welcomes submissions from women-led civil society organizations with innovative, high-impact, and multi-stakeholder women’s rights and gender equality programmes that help jumpstart progress towards the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The Fund will grant applications in the areas of:

  • Women’s economic empowerment: Can include efforts to expand women’s equal opportunities to access and control economic resources, promote women’s sustainable entrepreneurship, access to decent work and equal pay, and shared responsibility within the household.
  •  Women’s political empowerment: Can include efforts to promote women’s full and effective leadership and political participation at all levels of decision-making and in all spheres of life, or initiatives to help design, enforce and implement new and existing gender equality laws and policies, or to shift social norms and practices toward greater respect for and enjoyment of women’s equal rights.

UN Women’s Fund for Gender Equality was launched in 2009 to accelerate implementation of gender equality commitments worldwide. It is the organization’s leading global grant mechanism and multi-donor Fund dedicated to rights-based programming in the two overlapping thematic areas of women’s economic and political empowerment. Since 2009, the Fund has disbursed over USD 56 million to fund 96 programmes in 72 countries.

Interested applicants are encouraged to read the call for proposals (available in Arabic, English, French, Russian, and Spanish) and start preparing for the online application process, open from 9 March to 5 April 2015.


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Live webcasts this week from the Commission on the Status of Women

Watch these events live on EmpowerWomen.org:

Wednesday 11 March, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm (EDT)

“Principles into Practice: Market Place and Value Chain” organized by UN Women’s Empower Women Team during the annual event on the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs)

Wednesday 11 March, 3:00 to 4:15 pm (EDT)

“Unlocking domestic capital for women’s economic empowerment” organized by UN Women, UNCDF and UNDP

Tuesday 17 March, 10:00 to 11:15am (EDT)

“Making women’s voices heard on Social Media” organized by UN Women and the OECD Development Center

Visit http://www.empowerwomen.org/ for more resources on women’s economic empowerment.