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International Gender Expert Consultant

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Posting Title: International Gender Expert Consultant (GLO, ACT Women's Network)
Department/Office: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Duty Station: VIENNA
Posting Period: 23 February 2022 - 08 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime-175269-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

Under the guidance and supervision of the GLO.ACT Regional Advisor, and the Project Coordinator of GLO.ACT Asia and the Middle East (or her OiC), the International Consultant will conduct the following key tasks:

A. Conduct a desk review of available resources on the topic based on recommendations of Women's Network members on what the Options Paper should include;
B. Interview key informants, including experts from within the Women's Network;
C. Develop a draft Options Paper;
D. Convene an Expert Group Meeting on the Options Paper, including members of the Women's Network;
E. Incorporate input and finalize the Options Paper. Work Location


Expected duration

From 21 March 2022 to 31 May 2022, 30 working days
Duties and Responsibilities

The United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is devoted to ensuring that States have the tools, expertise and commitment to effectively prevent and respond to trafficking in persons (TIP) and smuggling of migrants (SOM). UNODC's Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section (HTMSS) administers three Global Programmes aimed at addressing trafficking in persons and the smuggling of migrants.

The Global Action to Prevent and Address Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants in Asia and the Middle East (GLO.ACT Asia and the Middle East) is a joint initiative by the European Union (EU) and UNODC, being implemented in partnership with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

On 29 June 2020, GLO.ACT Asia and the Middle East launched a regional Women's Network, targeting female officials working in policy making, the justice sector, law enforcement, civil society and other relevant local entities. GLO.ACT seeks to strengthen the capacity, knowledge and resources available to the Women's Network, including through training, mentorship and coaching.
On 9-11 November 2021, the Women's Network convened its first Annual General meeting. It included session where experts from partner countries and partner organizations jointly explored avenues for effective participation of women in criminal justice systems of countries under Sharia law. This was towards the development of an Options Paper on this topic, to inform advocacy efforts and potential policy action in partner countries aimed at increasing the role and representation of women in key institutions working on TIP and SOM. The current consultancy therefore is for the development of this purpose.

The purpose of this assignment is to develop an Options Paper on the effective participation of women in criminal justice systems of countries under Sharia law. This resource will serve as an advocacy tool for members of the Women's Network in their respective spheres of influence. It will also be presented to decision makers at key regional and global policy meetings on TIP and SOM, or gender, including those convened as part of programming for the Women's Network, in order to influence the narrative on women's participation.
In a contextualized, region-specific, culturally-specific manner, it will address among others:
* An overview of statistical information of women in criminal justice and law enforcement in partner countries, and description of their roles, including in specialized agencies tasked with TIP and SOM
* What women participation entails in criminal justice systems of countries under Sharia law entails - i.e. beyond appointment of women into positions, addressing underlying obstacles and challenges
* How countries in the region and other Muslim/Sharia countries are achieving effective participation of women (i.e. analysis of success models),and whether this is potentially applicable to partner countries in the Women's Network.
* Who ought to be engaged to achieve effective participation of women in criminal justice, and how to formulate the appropriate narrative to engage the identified target audience.

The Consultant's work will be informed and guided, where relevant, by the UNODC Toolkit for mainstreaming human rights and gender equality in criminal justice responses to human trafficking and migrant smuggling Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced University degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in law, criminology, policing, gender, social sciences, management or humanities is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with additional 2 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
Experience: A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in the criminal justice system, or in research related to criminal justice or gender, or with practitioners in the area of human trafficking, violence against women, organized crime, law enforcement, or criminal justice is required;
* Proven experience working in or with a Sharia law system is required;
* Working experience in the Middle East and/or Southeast Asia regions is required;
* Strong knowledge of how to integrate gender and human rights considerations into criminal justice responses is required;
* Expert knowledge of human trafficking and migrant smuggling cases is desirable;
* Experience working with the United Nations or other international organizations is desirable.
Language: English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this position, fluency in English (i.e. oral and written proficiency and excellent drafting skills) is required. Knowledge of other official UN languages is an advantage.

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