UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, 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.
UN Women is dedicated to advancing gender equality and women’s human rights in Afghanistan. Staff and consultants of UN Women Afghanistan are expected to contribute to a professional working environment in which the strengthening of national capacities and human potential is prioritized. Respect for diversity and human dignity is required, as is the active pursuit of a collaborative and inclusive approach to both internal and external stakeholders, including colleagues and partners. UN Women is structured to ensure greater cohesion between the programme areas through three pillars: Eliminating Violence Against Women Pillar (EVAWP), Coordination and Advocacy Pillar (CAP) and Political and Economic Empowerment Pillar (PEEP), in which this position is placed.
The role of UN Women is to support national counterparts – including the Ministry of Women’s Affairs (MoWA), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), Ministry of Commerce and Industries (MoCI), Parliamentary bodies, Electoral bodies, and civil society in implementing the National Action Plan for the Women of Afghanistan (NAPWA) and the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) in the areas of political and economic opportunities for women. UN Women builds on partnerships developed with MoWA, MoFA and Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), the international community, the UN Country Team, etc., to promote increased women’s participation in political and economic development.
UN Women will be recruiting a Women, Peace and Security Specialist who will be responsible for the providing strategic input to the implementation and coordination of the programmes in the area of women, peace and security as well as ensuring links to on-going programmes of UN Women and enhancing synergies with UN agencies and other partners working in the same area. S/he works as part of the UN Women Afghanistan Country Office team, and also actively engages with colleagues across the region in knowledge sharing and peer support.