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National BIOFIN’s Gender Action Plan Volunteer National Specialist - THAR000350

National BIOFIN’s Gender Action Plan Volunteer

 National Specialist - THAR000350

 

Host entity: United Nations Development Programme

Duty station: Bangkok, Thailand

Start date: As soon as possible

Assignment Duration: 6 months

Application deadline: 05 July 2020

 

Organizational Context & Project Description

 

Since 2014, The United Nations Development Programme through its Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) Project, has been supporting the Royal Thai Government in articulating the financial resources it needs to maintain a healthy biodiversity portfolio incountry. In particular, BIOFIN in collaboration with the Office of National Economic and Social Development Council, the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning and the Bureau of the Budget, have conducted the following assessments: 1) Policy and Institutional Review (PIR); 2) Public and Private Biodiversity Expenditure Review (PBER); 3) Assessment of financial needs (cost and gap analysis of implementing Thailand’s National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP). These assessments significantly contributed to the development of a Biodiversity Finance Plan (BFP).

 

Based on insights gained from the results of the three BIOFIN assessments, the Biodiversity Finance Plan acknowledges the importance of tapping additional financing to support the biodiversity agenda of Thailand, mainly through its National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP). This Plan is cognizant of the parallel challenges that could not be addressed by generating financing alone: thus, the Plan transcends the focus on generating additional resources and also identifies a range of “finance

solutions” that leverage finance, fiscal and economic tools and strategies to improve the outcome of biodiversity objectives in the country. The Biodiversity Finance for Thailand is to implement innovative finance solutions in four priority areas of intervention in Thailand including: sustainable tourism, financing for protected areas and wildlife, improved guidelines for local government budgets

and increased private sector engagement. The Plan contributes to Thailand’s development not only for achieving it international targets under the Convention on Biological Diversity, but also for mobilizing resources to implement the National Biodiversity Strategic and Action Plans.

 

UNDP Thailand recognizes the importance of gender considerations to the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the NBSAP and will give due consideration to the integration of gender into its work in line with the BIOFIN’s Gender Action Plan (BIOFINGAP) and UNDP gender guidelines and the 2015-2020 CBD Gender Plan of Action. UNDP will continue its efforts to promote gender equality and develop capacities contributing to the national gender equality agenda and SDG 5.

 

Description of tasks:

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of Project Manager of BIOFIN Thailand and the Gender Advisor of UNDP Thailand or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV National BIOFIN’s Gender Action Plan Volunteer will:

  • Develop BIOFIN’s Gender Action Plan with annual outputs to facilitate implementation of activities that promote gender equality and women’s empowerment for each finance solution. This will include mechanisms/measures/interventions to support gender equality integration into biodiversity planning mechanisms and capacity building activities including the development/formulation of gender-responsive legislation/strategies/policies to address gender and biodiversity related issues. The Action Plan will also identify a finance solution with a specific additional impact on gender and contribute to development of specific activities that would enhance participation, empowerment, leadership and institutional strengthening;
  • In relation to the Gender Action Plan, conduct participatory gender analysis (geographical area/community/island) to fully consider the different needs, roles, benefits, impacts, risks and access to/control over resources of women and men (including considerations of intersecting categories of identity such as age, social status, ethnicity, marital status, etc.) for the finance solutions. This will include collection of gender responsive baseline data relevant to finance solution planning, implementation and monitoring; identification of the share of female and male direct beneficiaries and work with the BIOFIN team using findings from gender analysis to develop a gender-responsive plan or engender existing activities;
  • As needed, conduct consultations with key stakeholders including women organizations on the gender issues related to the project and collect stakeholders’ feedback and incorporate these comments into the project results framework and the Gender Action Plan;
  • Assess potential negative impacts of the project on gender equality and specific activities to mitigate and/or minimize them and incorporate into UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards process;
  • Ensure that the M&E system of the project can provide gender-disaggregated data and analysis;
  • Provide guidance and recommendations to the design of proposed policies and to related training programs;
  • In cooperation with the BIOFIN project team and the Gender Advisor of UNDP Thailand, develop at least 3 gender-responsive or comparative case studies development with inputs from project partners;
  • Attend relevant project meetings and workshops/exercises;
  • Submit reports as required by the National Steering Committee of BIOFIN Thailand and UNDP;
  • Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor.

 

The National BIOFIN’s Gender Action Plan Volunteer is expected to liaise/interact/collaborate/meet with the national and global (as necessary) BIOFIN project team, and UNDP. As needed, the project management associate of BIOFIN Thailand shall provide administrative assistance to her/him in order for her/him to accomplish all requirements.

 

Results/Expected Outputs

 

As an active UNDP Thailand team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNDP / Biodiversity Finance Initiative - BIOFIN and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:

  • Inception Report
  • Report on gender analysis of finance solutions
  • Gender action plan that includes gender targets and indicators
  • Three (3) case studies

The Project Manager shall directly supervise and approve and accept the output/s of volunteer. At different points during project implementation, he/she is expected to liaise/ interact/ collaborate/ meet with the BIOFIN team members and with other relevant stakeholders.

 

Qualifications/Requirements

 

Required Degree Level:  Master’s Degree in gender issues, gender development, sustainable development or related fields.

 

Required experiences:

  • At least 3 years of practical working experience in gender mainstreaming, women’s empowerment and sustainable development;
  • Experience in carrying out participatory gender analysis; collecting and formulating gender responsive indicators and sex-disaggregated data and preparing gender responsive project analysis; and developing gender action plans;
  • Demonstrated expertise in gender issues in the environment or biodiversity management /conservation;
  • Demonstrated experience working on policy and programmatic issues with national and local governments in Thailand and civil society organizations including community organizations;
  • Experience in facilitating gender responsive stakeholder meetings.

Language skills:

English (Mandatory), Level – Fluent.

 

Conditions of Service:

 

The contract lasts for the period indicated above with possibility of extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment.

 

The applicable Volunteer Living Allowance (VLA) is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. The average monthly Volunteer Living Allowance, as of June 2020, for a National UN Volunteer Specialist, with Bangkok as duty station, is THB 47,000 per month (subject to change based on an exchange rate)

Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents).

 

Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-ln-Grant will be provided in the event the duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment.

 

For UN Volunteer entitlements, kindly refer to the link https://vmam.unv.org/calculator/entitlements

 

How to apply:

 

Visit: https://www.unv.org/calls/THAR000350-7242  for more detail and to apply

Note: Applicants needs to register their profile within UNV Talent Pool to be able to apply

After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then apply for this vacancy through https://www.unv.org/calls/THAR000350-7242   

In order to create profiles, you can also watch the video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VT5uJ_FolWU which will guide more in details.

 

To learn more about UN Volunteers (UNV) Programme, please visit: https://www.unv.org/

 

Contact : pareena.kunanukun@unv.org


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