Programme Officer: Gender and Social Norms - Female Genital Mutilation

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The Global programmes on FGM focuses on areas that are critical for the empowerment of women, girls, and youth, protection of the most vulnerable women and children from violence, including harmful practices, exploitation, and discrimination, and to be rehabilitated to enjoy and fully exercise their human rights. About 65 percent of women aged 15-49 are circumcised, with the highest rate at 99 percent in Somali region. The median age of marriage is 16.5 years, with 40 percent of women in their early 20s married before age 18, and 20 percent before 15 (EDHS 2016). The program aims at empowering Girls and women to exercise and express their rights by transforming social and gender norms in communities to eliminate FGM. The UNV is expected to provide support and contribute to the elimination of harmful practices focusing on FGM.

The UN Volunteer will support the UNFPA CO in overall activities related to Gender and Social Norms. He/she will liaise directly with the Country Office team of professionals for quality assurance, policy application, and effective and sound resources. He/she will work with the Country office's main partners in this field and assist in Gender equality and Social Norm coordination and partnerships, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, capacity development, and contribute to the development of relevant advocacy documents to address, harmful practices ( Ending Child Marriage and FGM), support the donor mapping exercise of the UNFPA CO Gender team to identify new donors and to sustain partnership with existing ones by contributing for the development of concept notes and proposals focusing on Gender and social norm interventions.

Under the overall supervision of the Gender and Social Norm Specialist and the direct supervision of the National Programme Analyst- Gender and Harmful Practices, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

 •    Effective management of UNFPA activities in the areas of the component, analyze and assess relevant social and economic trends and provides substantive inputs to project formulation and 
    evaluation, joint programming initiatives and national development frameworks. 

 •    Provision of specific inputs in gender mainstreaming to various Government agencies, NGOs, UN Agencies, development partners and other international organizations rep-resented in Ethiopia 
    with which UNFPA has established collaborative arrangements. This will include Women’s empowerment including sexual and reproductive health and rights and fight against Child Marriage, 
    Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Gender Based violence (GBV 

 •    Formulation and design of the annual work plans on Gender and Social Norms in line with Government priorities and according to UNFPA programme policies and procedures. 

 •    Contributes to quality programme/project design incorporating lessons learned, newly developed policies and best practices and establishing appropriate execution and monitoring mechanisms 
    and systems. 

 •    Keeps abreast of new policy developments and strategies analyzing policy papers, strategy documents, national plans and development frameworks. 

 •    Create and document knowledge about current and emerging gender and human rights issues, use in knowledge sharing and planning future strategies.

 •    Play pivotal role in advocacy and resource mobilization efforts of the Country Office by preparing relevant documentation, i.e. project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles and 
    participating in donor meetings and public information events
  • Accountability
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Building Trust
  • Commitment and Motivation
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Ethics and Values
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Professionalism
  • Respect for Diversity
  • Self-Management
  • Working in Teams

gender mainstreaming • Knowledge on Social norms, GBV and harmful Practice Interventions as added value • Excellent communication and report writing skills,

Addis Ababa is the capital of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. The population is estimated at about 4 million or so. It is located in the Ethiopian highlands at an altitude of 2,500-2,700 meters. The climate is sunny and temperate, but it can be very cold at night, with freezing temperature at times. It is therefore advisable to bring warm clothing and foresee using heaters and/or log fires when necessary.

Addis Ababa is the headquarters for the UN Economic Commission for Africa as well as the African Union (ex-OAU). Thus, there is a very large community of expatriates from all over the world. There are some 80 embassies/diplomatic missions. Housing is most of the time readily available and the rents are, on average, reasonable. Most foodstuffs, beverages, household goods, furniture and clothing, mostly imported from the Middle/Far East, South Africa and Europe, or local brands, can be found, although they can be expensive. Meat, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables are cheap and abundantly available.

The basic infrastructures - roads, utilities, and telecommunications - are below standard, as are medical facilities, which are still largely inadequate, although a few private clinics and hospitals provide reasonably good routine care.

There are lots of tourist attractions to visit around the country, although the amenities are often poor to average. Several restaurants around the city serve local or international cuisine and there are numerous social and cultural events throughout the year organized by the international and local communities. Sports facilities (fitness, tennis, swimming, riding, golf, etc.) exist in the major hotels or in different establishments around the city.

According to the UN classification, Addis Ababa is in ‘’B’’ category which is a level II duty station. Addis Ababa is a relatively safe duty station that is a seat for many diplomats and missions.

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