The United Nations has been supporting the efforts of Malawian electoral stakeholders in strengthening the transparency and inclusiveness of their electoral processes since the country adopted a multi-party system in 1993. UN electoral support, in close partnership with national stakeholders and international partners, has included support to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) in developing its institutional and operational capacity, assisting civil society organizations (CSOs), providing support to electoral reform initiatives, promoting women’s participation, and the mitigation of election related violence.
The current electoral assistance project, MECS (2017 -2019) is structured around four outputs, (i) support to the MEC to administer and manage elections in accordance with regional and international standards; (ii)the strengthening of women’s political empowerment throughout the electoral cycle; (iii)the improved ability of political parties to contribute to orderly and inclusive elections;(iv) and effective and efficient management of the project.
A UNDP managed basket fund has been opened for the project and a partnership between UNDP and UNWomen has been established to ensure the strengthening of women’s empowerment throught the electoral cycle. UNW leads on output two that aims at strengthening women political empowerment throughout the elections cycle. However, the project also contain women empowerment initiatives in output one and three led by UNDP.
It is against this background that services of an Elections – Gender Specialist are being sought to manage the women empowerment portfolio under UNDP components of the elections project. The incumbent will liase with UNW on the implementation of this portfolio. The incumbent will also support – where required – country office initiatives on gender and gender aspects of social cohesion work.
Duties and Responsibilities
Substantive support on gender and inclusion to the electoral process:
- Provide strategic and timely advice to MEC and CMD on steps to ensure more women and specified others seek political party nominations for the 2019 tripartite election;
- Develop plans to engage women, youth and people with disabilities and others who have been traditionally marginalized to encourage and empower them to seek political party nominations;
- Undertake research and broad consultations with political parties and others on roadblocks to participation in Malawi
- Develop baselines and targets for enlarged participation (candidates for nominations);
- Provide technical support to the implementation of the Elections Project
- Develop training of trainers strategies, approaches and methodologies focusing on engagement and empowerment of potential women, youth and PWD candidates;
- Develop TORs for contracted experts/others and assess proposals;
- Provide periodic updates and briefing notes as required;
Organization, Management and Reporting:
- Lead the project team in the design, development and implementation of activities related to promoting political participation and inclusion of women, youth and PWDs as potential candidates and leaders;
- Ensure the preparation and quality assurance of monthly, quarterly, and annual progress and financial reports and briefings as agreed with donor partners, the diplomatic community, delegations and other stakeholders as directed by the PM and CTA;
- Coordinate effectively with UN Women CO , the elections project technical comiiteee and partners supporting the implementation of the project and ensure adequate monitoring and reporting;
- Ensure that appropriate monitoring and evaluation mechanisms are in place and used effectively for the assurance of both quality and delivery.
Capacity Development and Knowledge Building:
- Provide advice, support and assistance to MEC, political parties, potential candidates and others partners;
- Prepare a capacity development plan, taking into consideration the need of the potential candidates, political parties, and others as appropriate;
- Recommend and develop strategies to enhance and maintain communication with stakeholders including political parties, the media, civil society and donor partners;
- Promote and supervise capacity development in consultation with UN Women and the Elections CTO.
- Monitor and document the experiences and achievements of capacity development initiatives in supporting women, youth and PWD nomination through political parties’ structures and processes as well as through other partnerships;
- Recommend and ensure the application of national and international best-practice in the subject areas and generate knowledge-based products, drawing on global, regional and thematic policy and advisory support resources within the UN, UN Women and UNDP, iKnow Politics and others;
- Lead the analytical development work of the team and ensure high quality knowledge products on women’s political participation. Ensure the substantive quality of all knowledge products, reports and services, and ensure effective integration and compatibility with other practice areas;
- Disseminate information on international best practices and be an active member of global and regional networks.
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
- Substantive knowledge and understanding of gender and development ie. Gender equality and women empowerment with an emphasis on the provision of coordinated support and management of strategic programmes to advance gender equality and women’s rights
- Strong knowledge of programme formulation and implementation and Results Based Management
- Strong knowledge of monitoring and evaluation, evaluation design, data collection and analysis, and reporting
- Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports
- Strong analytical and report writing skills
- Good knowledge of UN programme management systems
Required Skills and Experience
- A minimum requirement is a Master’s degree in Political Science, Economics, Public Administration or its equivalent.
- Candidate should have at least 5 years of experience in management of electoral projects, including institutional analysis and design, strategic management and coordination and monitoring and evaluation.
- Strong understanding of the role of gender in governance processes.
- Excellent analytical and reporting skills.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Excellent negotiation skills.
- Willingness and ability to work effectively with people of different races, creeds, cultures and religions.
- Fluency in English.