The Gender Based Governance Systems project builds upon the lessons learnt from the Women’s Political School (WPS) and the Gender Mainstreaming through Planning and Development (GMP&D) projects of UNDP’s Gender Support Programme (GSP). WPS focused on women councilors capacity enhancement and was intended to institutionalize gender based governance through appropriate capacity enhancement of women councilors and relevant training institutions. The implementation experience of these two projects points to the necessity of putting in place an innovative implementation mechanism, benefiting from the previous experience of working with reform champions.
Gender Based Governance Systems is designed as a sustainable, long-term initiative to institutionalize the process of enabling and empowering local representatives particularly women to raise their issues and concerns in policy agenda. The major contribution of this project will be capacity building of a myriad of stakeholders which include government officers, local government representatives, parliamentarians and provincial assembly representatives. The strengthening of institutional capacities of relevant training organizations, institutes and governmental departments will be considered vital for the sustainability of the capacity-building process beyond the period of the project. This will be done through; representation of the concerned organizations, institutes and departments in the Project Advisory Board and Project Review Boards; involving them in the development of the curriculum; engaging their faculty/staff in delivery of the training; utilizing their premises and facilities; sharing of information and materials; and provision of training to their faculty/staff who will deliver the trainings to the stakeholders. The programme from the initiation stage will house itself in the relevant training institutes to ensure that there is increased capacity within training institutions; including local government training academies, National School of Public Policy and other government training institutions, organizations like civil society and academic institutions; and government departments to devise and deliver quality trainings to public representatives and officials. GBG also supports government on forthcoming population census which may include capacity building of public servants, especially for the prospective enumerators.
Tasks and Responsibilities:
The Institutional Development Specialist will undertake the following duties:
· Institutional mapping of stakeholders in the area of gender and governance to support and streamline MOWD initiatives inline with the international conventions such as CEDAW
· Carry out research related activities as required by the project.
· Support the Project team in identifying relevant research topics to support MoWD, in its gender mainstreaming advocacy efforts.
· Act as the focal point for developing networks with experts, institutions on policy development.
· Guide and support GBG stakeholders in material development for capacity building, including orientation and skill training (for access to resources) packages
· Organize regular consultative forums and meetings of stakeholders towards providing optimal coordination for mainstreaming gendered practices at different tiers of governance
· provide expert inputs to review government systems and procedures and make recommendations where appropriate to bring in a gendered approach in all the systems and procedures
· Support the provincial stakeholders as requested on gender and governance trainings at national and provincial levels
· Work closely with Project Manager and support him as and when required