2020 marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth UN World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), (Beijing + 25), the international blueprint to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment. To mark this moment, UN Women is convening two global Generation Equality Forum, which is co-chaired by the governments of France and Mexico and being organized in partnership with civil society. Currently, there are no dates for virtual or in-person meetings for the Forum, but they are expected to be held in the first half of 2021.
The Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG) is comprised of 21 members of civil society, who were selected by their peers through a transparent nomination process, and who represent diverse constituencies. The CSAG is charged with supporting the Core Group—comprised of UN Women, France, Mexico and two representatives of the CSAG—in its organization of and decision-making related to the Generation Equality Forums.
The CSAG provides strategic guidance on issues related to the conceptualization and operationalization of the Forum, including:
- The conceptualization of the Forum, thematic priorities, and outcomes;
- Mechanisms and modalities for participation, communication, and engagement with civil society groups more broadly;
- The mobilization of wider support for the Forum; and
- Ensuring that the Forum is intersectional, intergenerational and responds to the demands of women’s and feminist movements.
The consultant will support the CSAG, and particularly Core Group members, in its work. Specifically, the consultant will work with the CSAG to:
- Develop agendas for CSAG meetings, timelines for CSAG work, and help to facilitate decision-making;
- Observe Core Group meetings and the meetings of other working groups established by the Core Group, participate in CSAG meetings, and clarify action items and responsibilities arising from them;
- Help to develop concrete positions and position papers, talking points and other resources, as needed, to inform the decision-making of the Core Group;
- Develop and implement a plan for meaningful engagement with broader civil society organizations, including communicating out information and seeking feedback on key decision points;
- Consolidate input received from civil society to inform CSAG and core group decision-making; and
- Other responsibilities as assigned.
The consultant will have experience:
- Convening and/or leading coalitions of women’s or other civil society organizations;
- Facilitating group decision-making processes;
- Developing position papers and other advocacy materials; and
- Mobilizing and engaging broad constituencies in international and/or regional advocacy efforts.
To be successful in this role, the consultant will have:
- Excellent emotional intelligence, including the ability to handle high-pressure situations and diverse personalities;
- Experience organizing civil society digitally across diverse time zones and languages;
- Significant expertise on gender equality and women’s human rights;
- Knowledge of key organizations and constituencies in the field of gender equality and women’s human rights;
- Exceptional organizational skills and the ability to ensure that decisions are being made and acted upon in a timely manner;
- The ability to work independently and take initiative and leadership; and
- Fluency in English, with the ability to communicate in other UN languages a plus.
Please note that this position is remote. The consultant does not have to be located in New York.
To apply, send a short cover note with examples of prior relevant experience, and a CV by July 17, 2020 lease note, the CSAG will follow up only with those applicants it wishes to interview.
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