UN Women, based on the vision of equality embodied in the United Nations Letter, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action, and peace and security.
The elimination of violence against women and girls is a key area for UN Women. The focus of outcome 4 of the UN Entity Strategic Plan for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (2018-2021) is that all women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence.
The European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) have embarked on a new global and multi-year initiative aimed at eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls: the Spotlight Initiative. In Latin America, the Initiative focuses on eliminating the most extreme manifestation of violence, femicide, and will be implemented in five countries: Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.
According to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), at least 12 women die every day, on average, in the region because they are women. Although Argentina is a country with high human development, a third of the population lives below the poverty line and there are large disparities between provinces. Violence against women and girls is a major public concern and, according to available information, it is estimated that 250 women are murdered each year, equivalent to one woman every 30 hours.
Through a comprehensive approach, the Spotlight Initiative will work on six key pillars: 1) developing and implementing relevant legislation and policies; 2) strengthening national and sub-national institutions; 3) preventing violence through evidence-based programmes, campaigns and training; 4) establishing essential services for victims and survivors; 5) ensuring the collection and use of prevalence and incidence data; and 6) partnering directly with women's movements and civil society organizations.
Argentina has a strong legal framework on violence against women and girls, has ratified most of the international and regional human rights treaties, and is committed to complying with Agenda 2030. However, the country still presents challenges at the provincial level, as a federal country, in terms of adopting and adapting procedures to ensure the effective implementation of legislation on violence against women and girls. In 2016, the National Plan of Action for the Prevention, Assistance and Eradication of Violence against Women and Girls (2017-2019) was approved, which faces challenges in terms of budget and implementation at the provincial level.
In April 2018, UN Women signed an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Argentine Republic to begin working in the country, providing technical support for the development of on-site programmes aimed at promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.
The Spotlight Initiative represents an excellent opportunity to advance the human rights and development agenda in Argentina, ensuring effective access for women and girls to the right to a "life free from violence". The Initiative will also strengthen the State's efforts to achieve Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development (ODS 5, among others) and the harmonization and effective implementation of national and provincial legal frameworks.
UN Women, UNDP, UNFPA and ILO, under the leadership of the Office of the Resident Coordinator, are the United Nations agencies that will implement the Spotlight Initiative in Argentina (RUNO). For its part, UNICEF will participate as an Associated Agency working closely with the RUNOs and providing technical assistance. Inter-governmental organizations, social partners, national civil society networks, other UN agencies and other national partners will also be involved.
In Argentina, UN Women will lead three pillars: Pillar 2) strengthen national and subnational institutions, Pillar 5) ensure the collection and use of data on prevalence and incidence, and Pillar 6) direct partnership with women's movements and civil society and will participate in a Pillar 4 action (establish essential services for victims and survivors) where it will share the implementation of activities with UNDP.
Under the supervision of the Program Specialist, the Programme Assistant will undertake the following key tasks and other responsibilities as may be assigned as per the following Functions / Key Results Expected.
Summary of key functions:
Support the management of the Spotlight Initiative:
Provides effective support to management of the programme focusing on the achievement of the following results:
Supports knowledge building and knowledge sharing focusing on achievement of the following results:
Provide administrative and financial support to other programmes of UN Women Argentina.
Impact of Results
Accurate data entry and financial information have an impact on the quality and implementation of Spotlight Initiative. A client-oriented and efficient approach impact on the image of UN WOMEN in Argentina.
Core Values / Guiding Principles:
Cultural Sensitivity and Valuing Diversity:
Ethics and Values:
Development and Innovation:
Work in teams:
Communicating and Information Sharing:
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
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Contract Duration: 12 months
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