Principal Legal Counsel

  • Position title: Principal Legal Counsel
  • Grade: PL4
  • Position N°: 50000638 / 50000659
  • Reference: ADB/19/108
  • Publication date: 23/05/2019
  • Closing date: 22/06/2019

THE BANK:

Established in 1964, the African Development Bank (AfDB) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. There are 80 member states, including 54 in Africa (Regional Member Countries).  The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative projects that will significantly reduce poverty through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. In order to sharply focus the objectives of the Ten Year Strategy (2013 – 2022) and ensure greater developmental impact, five major areas (High 5s), all of which will accelerate our delivery for Africa, have been identified for scaling up, namely; energy, agro-business, industrialization, integration and improving the quality of life for the people of Africa.

THE COMPLEX:

The President, plans, supervises and manages the business of the Bank Group. Under the direction of the Boards of Directors, the President conducts the business of the Bank and the African Development Fund and manages operations and activities in accordance with the Agreements establishing the ADB and the ADF. The President supervises several Departments and Units including Office of the President (PRST0); Independent Development Evaluation Department (BDEV); Integrity and Anti-Corruption Department (PIAC); Compliance Review and Mediation Unit (BCRM); Secretariat to the Sanctions Appeals Board (BSAB); Administrative Tribunal (BATR); Office of the Auditor General (PAGL); Group Risk Management Directorate (PGRM);  General Counsel and Legal Services Department (PGCL); Communication and External Relations Department (PCER); Staff Integrity and Ethics Office (PETH) and Office of the Secretary General & General Secretariat(PSEG).

THE HIRING DEPARTMENT:

The General Counsel and Legal Services Department (PGCL) delivers legal advice and services to the statutory organs of the Bank group: Boards of the Bank Group (the Bank), to Senior Management, to Directorate General Regional Hubs and more generally to the whole Bank. PGCL also protects the interest of the Bank from legal liability and as necessary ensures an appropriate legal defence in cases filed against or brought by the Bank.

The role of PGCL.4 is to provide legal advice and assistance in connection with (i) litigation of any nature brought by or against the Bank (including legal action against the Bank through its own internal recourse mechanisms), (ii) all legal aspects pertaining to the Bank’s rules, regulations, procedures and processes in respect of human resources management including employment contracts, staff performance management, benefits, discipline and separation, (iii) institutional procurement, (iv) corporate legal issues arising from the interpretation and application of various Bank instruments, and (v) insurance and pension matters, (vi) cooperation with public sector or private sector entities, including NGOs.

THE POSITION:

The Principal Legal Counsel will ensure the correct interpretation of, and compliance with, the various Bank’s policies, rules, regulations and procedures applicable to staff (including Staff Regulations and Staff Rules,  applicable Presidential Directives and Administrative Instructions), corporate procurement, and delegation of authority.

Under the supervision and guidance of the Division Manager, PGCL.4, the Principal Legal Counsel will:

  1. Advise on constitutional and corporate legal issues arising from the interpretation and application of the Agreement Establishing the African Development Bank  (the Bank) and the African Development Fund (the Fund);
  2. Advise on, draft, vet and revise legal documentation relating to the organization, structure, and administration of the Bank, the Fund and the Nigeria Trust Fund (together “the Bank Group”) and the relations of the Bank Group with international organizations and with member and non-member states, including matters pertaining to the privileges, immunities and exemptions of the Bank and the Fund and those of officers, employees, experts and consultants of the Bank;
  3. Prepare submissions and represent the Bank in litigation, arbitration, other administrative or legal proceedings including internal administrative review and appeal and tribunal proceedings and other matters in which the Bank is a party or may have an interest;
  4. Advise on, negotiate, and prepare contracts for the acquisition of goods and services for the Bank including consulting and professional services, intellectual property, technology and other products, in accordance with the Bank’s procurement rules and financial regulations, and provide legal support and advice regarding existing contracts or new contracts to be entered into the Bank; and advise on the legal aspects of matters arising in the course of contractual relations with external parties;
  5. Advise on administrative and human resources management matters of the Bank, including the drafting, reviewing and amending of contracts and legal documents and advising on legal questions relating to personnel matters;
  6. Advise on insurance matters and on administrative and policy matters concerning Staff Retirement Plan and Medical Benefits Plan, and provide legal support that may be required in respect of the Staff Retirement Plan and the Medical Benefits Plan;
  7. Advise on and provide legal support in the negotiation and finalization of legal instruments of co-operation between the Bank and the Fund and bilateral, multilateral and other partners;draft, negotiate and finalize host agreements and other instruments required to ensure the Bank’s presence in its member countries;
  8. Maintain contact with legal services of other multilateral institutions and of member states and with the legal profession in general in member states of the Bank on matters relating to the functions and activities of the Bank and the Fund;
  9. Undertake such other assignments as required.
  1. At least a Master’s degree or its equivalent in Law, or a Juris Doctor (JD) and admission to the Bar of one of the member countries of the African Development Bank;
  2. A minimum of Six (6) years of relevant experience preferably with an established law firm or an international financial institution, with proven administrative experience;
  3. Ability to manage multiple, simultaneous and shifting demands, priorities and tight deadlines.
  4. Good communication and inter-personal skillswith the ability to build partnerships with a broad range of clients and deliver results that meet the needs of the Legal Service Departments and the Regional Directorate Hub’s work programs.
  5. Demonstrated knowledge in the current trend of developments and familiarity with international law, and related matters
  6. Skills in drafting of legal documents including briefs and confidential legal opinions, resolutions for Boards of Directors, preparing certificates, leading the negotiation of host countries agreements or technology contracts and partnership agreements;
  7. Strong negotiation skills in relation to a varied range of legal documents. .
  8. Ability to work and deal with sensitive issues in a multi-cultural environment and to build and maintain effective working relations with colleagues.
  9. Ability to apply his / her legal knowledge and experience to deliver the full scope of strategic legal services
  10. Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally in English and preferably with a working knowledge of French.
  11. Competence in the use of standard Microsoft Office Suite applications; knowledge of SAP is an added advantage.

THIS POSITION IS CLASSIFIED AS A POST WITH INTERNATIONAL STATUS AND ATTRACTS INTERNATIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

To apply for this position, you need to be national of one of AfDB member countries.

Legal Counsel

Type of contract: Fixed-term contract until 31 August 2022, which may be extended subject to individual performance and organisational needs

Who can apply: EU nationals

Salary: F/G band and benefits

Working time : Full-time

Place of work: Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date for applications: 13 June 2019

Your team

You will be a member of the Financial Law Division in the Directorate General Legal Services. Our Division is responsible for advising on legal questions related to monetary policy, financial regulation, foreign reserves and own funds management, financial market infrastructures and statistics. Among other things, we currently provide legal advice on the following areas:

  • non-standard monetary policy measures, such as asset purchase programmes and targeted longer-term refinancing operations;
  • the impact of regulatory, supervisory and other developments relating to the ECB’s market operations;
  • reforms of interest rate benchmarks;
  • the ECB’s role as operator, catalyst and overseer of financial market infrastructures and innovations in this area;
  • involvement in strengthening the EU’s financial crisis management and resolution frameworks, as well as important EU financial market regulations;
  • EU-IMF programmes pertaining to the ECB’s responsibilities.

The Division also represents the ECB on these issues at the European Court of Justice and in national courts.

In your role as Legal Counsel, you will work on issues relating to the areas of financial law outlined above, cooperating with the Division’s management, relevant ECB business areas and, when necessary, the national central banks in the context of Eurosystem working groups, task forces or committees.

The ECB is an inclusive employer and we strive to reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We encourage you to apply, irrespective of your gender, gender identity, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability or other characteristics.

Your role

As a Legal Counsel you will:

  • provide legal advice on issues related to any of the areas of financial law outlined above, and interact with both internal and external counterparties;
  • prepare briefing memos for the ECB’s decision-making bodies;
  • support the Division’s management in the assessment and preparation of legal documentation pertaining to the work of the Division and provide regular updates on current activities; when necessary, represent the ECB in court proceedings. The position offers excellent opportunities to actively contribute to legal assessments in a multi-jurisdictional environment, shape the legal framework for the ECB’s operational activities and support the development of EU financial market legislation. You will be part of a diverse team that continuously follows market developments and strives for legal excellence and innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens.

Qualifications, experience and skills

Essential:

  • a master’s degree or equivalent in law that was obtained in an EU Member State and facilitates recognition as a lawyer under Council Directive 77/249/EEC (for details on degree equivalences, https://www.ecb.europa.eu/careers/before-you-apply/html/index.en.html );
  • in addition to the above, at least three years of professional experience in financial law, obtained as a legal counsel or associate, or at a comparable level of responsibility, upon completion of an advanced law degree or a professional legal qualification referred to above;
  • sound knowledge of financial market instruments and relevant legal documentation, as well as the international and EU regulatory framework applicable to financial markets;
  • an advanced (C1) command of English and an intermediate (B1) command of at least one other official language of the EU according to the Common European Framework for Languages http://bit.ly/ECBLPS.

Desired:

  • a PhD or a master’s degree (LLM) in EU or financial law;
  • admission to the bar;
  • experience obtained in a legal practice active in the field of financial markets or in the legal department of a financial institution or operator of a financial market infrastructure;
  • a higher level of experience than stated above. You engage collaboratively with others. You pursue team goals and learn willingly from other people’s diverse perspectives. You signal any need for change by explaining it and proposing alternative solutions. You analyse complex information effectively and can evaluate different views to arrive at solutions. You know and anticipate stakeholder needs.
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Consultancy for the preparation of a guide (with road map) to prevent, monitor, sanction and eradicate violence against women in politics.

Application closing date: 5 June 2019

Background

The persistent and lasting gender gap in the political representation of women is a global problem. As of 2017, only 23% of parliamentarians in the world are women (IPU 2018, https://www.ipu.org/file/4398/download?token=JCRQRubR ). Despite this reality, Latin America is the first region in the world with the largest number of women elected in parliament. Latin America and the Caribbean has a regional average of 30.7% of parliamentarians (OIG, 2019 based on IPU data), and with some countries that are among those with the representation of women in the lower or only single Chambers of the world: Cuba (53.2%), Bolivia (53.1%), Mexico (48.2%), Grenada (46.7%), Nicaragua (45.7%), Costa Rica (45.6%) (OIG , 2019 based on IPU data, Ibid).

However, these advances are not homogeneous, since large disparities coexist between countries and within all countries. Thus, 13 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have less than 20% of parliamentarians (OIG, 2019. https://oig.cepal.org/es/indicadores/poder-legislativo-porcentaje-mujeres-organo-legislativo-nacional- camara-baja-o-unica ,) and the percentages of women who participate in decision-making spaces at the national level, are not always reflected at the local level, where we have an average of 14.5% of women mayors (ECLAC, 2017 ). The participation and political representation of women in the region takes place in a growing context of violence and intimidation based on gender, which constantly affects their development in the political sphere.

The increase that we have witnessed in the last decades of the women who participate in political spaces has made visible a reality that continues to hinder the achievement of substantive equality, the violence that women suffer as candidates, as elected women, but also as electors.In Latin America and the Caribbean, expressions of harassment and political violence against women are of a varied nature. Among others, aggressions or threats during the campaign period, the assignment of clearly losing districts, the absence of financial or human support, and, in the case of elected women, the assignment to areas of little relevance, with low budget; discriminatory treatment by the media; greater demands for accountability, and intimidation, threats or physical violence directed at themselves or their families, which in extreme situations may include rape or murder or other forms of violence (ECLAC, 2016. https://repositorio.cepal.org /bitstream/handle/11362/40633/4/S1601248_en.pdf ).

According to a global study of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) of 2018, 81.8% of women parliamentarians in the world experience psychological violence, 44.4% have received death threats, rape, beatings or kidnapping during their term. 65% have been subjected to sexism by their colleagues in parliament. 25.5% experience physical violence in the parliament and in 21.2% of the parliaments surveyed there is sexual harassment. 38.7% of women parliamentarians said violence against women in politics undermined the implementation of their mandate as freedom of expression and 46.7% feared for their safety and that of their family.

Despite the global phenomenon of this type of violence, very few countries are legislating on the issue and in the majority, it is not even discussed, nor relieved, nor are data generated. The first time the term “political violence” was mentioned by a United Nations document was in 2011 where it was requested to investigate these crimes. Since then, an avalanche of cases, complaints and examples have begun to appear, to the point that the Secretary General of the United Nations assigned a specific investigation on VAWP to the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Dubravka Šimonovic, who delivered his report in August 2018 (UN Women, 2019).

In the report, one of the main findings is the blanket of silence surrounding the issue with the consequent lack of data and evidence. The rapporteur Šimonovic, in her report presented in the context of UNGA 2018, emphasizes that this violence is widespread and systematic, achieving among the women who hold these positions a shocking effect on their political careers, with intergenerational consequences for the full exercise of your political rights.

Political violence against women is a type of violence that has arisen to the extent that they are incorporated more into the political sphere. Historically recognized as a land of men, the arrival of women as candidates and then representatives in parliament, or in mayorships, or municipal councils, or even as presidents, has encouraged other women to follow their example and project in full exercise. of their political rights.

In 2019, Latin America and the Caribbean will be the scene of 8 presidential elections (El Salvador, Dominica, Panama, Guatemala, Antigua and Barbuda, Uruguay, Argentina and Bolivia). In some of these countries, the parity law will be implemented for the first time in a context that in many cases resists a greater participation of women in the political sphere.

The understanding that the political sphere is an essential space for the promotion of inclusive government plans and the eradication of practices that validate the traditional prejudices that sustain patriarchy, has driven actions from various multilateral organizations, such as the Organization of American States , the Follow-up Mechanism to the Convention of Belem Do Pará (MESECVI), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and UN-Women, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and International Idea, among others, aimed at establishing real commitments to advance the participation and political representation of women in our region.

INSTITUTIONAL CONTEXT

The joint program ATENEA: Mechanism to accelerate the political participation of women in Latin America and the Caribbean seeks to contribute to the effective exercise of women’s right to political participation in conditions of equality and non-discrimination in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. contribute in the progress, the achievement and consolidation of a parity democracy in the region. It is a proposal developed jointly by the UNDP, UN Women and International IDEA with the purpose of giving a more strategic turn to the work they carry out individually and to consolidate a joint working alliance on the subject that will produce sustainable transformations in the long term.

Currently, the mechanism has already been implemented at a national level in 8 countries (Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Peru and Honduras) and its implementation is beginning in Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and Córdoba-Argentina and The Savior.

The mechanism seeks to accelerate progress towards parity democracy in the region by monitoring the progress made and generating recommendations to correct, reverse or prevent identified situations of discrimination, inequality or exclusion of women in politics and move towards the achievement of a substantive political parity in the spaces of political power. This project is based on the notion that parity is fundamental for the strengthening of our democracies and the research carried out that shows that if participation reaches around 30% (critical mass), repercussions can be generated in the political style and the content of decisions and a renewal of political life (paragraph 16 of recommendation 23 of the CEDAW).

However, it is not enough to have a vision of the number of women in decision-making positions, it is necessary to have a comprehensive view that covers both an analysis of the obstacles that exist and that do not allow them to reach these decision-making positions. formalities, the conditions in which they access and perform their functions, as well as the effects that the participation of women and the inclusion of the gender perspective in political institutions have.

Aware that the violence suffered by women in the political sphere is one of the main barriers to the achievement of substantive equality and democratic parity, the organizations that constitute the ATENEA project organized in February 2019 a Think Tank of political violence, a work table for the construction of a strategic roadmap to prevent, sanction and eradicate gender violence in the political sphere in Latin America.

From the discussions that were promoted during the meeting, it was possible to identify the advances and pending challenges for the conceptualization, monitoring and measurement of the phenomenon of gender violence in the political sphere; analyzed the legal tools existing in the region, Law 243 of Bolivia, the Protocol of Mexico, the Model Law elaborated and promoted by the CIM / MESECVI, covering both the legislative initiatives and the role of the electoral bodies in the prevention and eradication of this type of violence in the absence of specific legislation; We also analyzed those non-legal tools that can help address and eradicate this type of violence.

OBJECTIVE OF THE CONSULTANCY

From the existing literature and the work that organizations have carried out, as well as the conclusions of the technical meeting of ATENEA that was held in February within the framework of the ATENEA project, to elaborate a strategic road map that identifies actions and actors involved for each of the dimensions of prevention, monitoring, sanction and eradication of gender violence in the political sphere.

Duties and Responsibilities

ACTIVITIES TO BE CARRIED OUT FOR THE SCOPE OF THE OBJECTIVE

The main functions that the contractor must fulfill are the following:

  • Develop a work plan that includes a calendar of goals and deliveries, and prepare an index of the document to be developed.
  • Make a strategic reading of the model law to identify key points where it is necessary to detail possible actions by governments, legislatures and / or electoral institutions to adapt the law to the national context;
  • Make a (strategic) reading of the minutes of the technical meeting “Think Tank to address violence against women in politics”, as well as key regional policies and documents, relevant reports and current documents (2016-2018) on the phenomenon of violence against women in the political space, to identify what already exists and what needs to be developed.
  • Include in this reading examples of gender violence in the political sphere that occurs in the media and social networks.
  • Mapping national and regional initiatives that monitor and measure cases of violence against women in politics, identifying the main criteria / indicators used;
  • Carry out interviews with at least 10 key actors who have studied and worked on this issue and / or participated in processes to elaborate legal and / or non-legal tools to prevent, punish and eradicate violence against women in politics;
  • Based on these readings and investigations, and taking as guide documents Bolivia’s law 243 against harassment and political violence against women, the Protocol of Mexico to address political violence against women for reasons of gender and the Model Law Interamericana elaborated and promoted by CIM / OAS, to prepare a guide (with a road map) that analyzes and summarizes the challenges for the eradication of this type of violence and proposes strategic action options to generate legal frameworks and work on prevention, monitoring, sanction and eradication of this form of violence against women.
  • Incorporate the comments and contributions that are collected regarding this product by the ATENEA inter-agency team, and an external group of 3 to 6 experts to arrive at a final version. Said comments will be previously reviewed and consolidated by the inter-agency team of ATENEA and delivered to the consultant in a single document for incorporation in the final version.

Required Skills and Experience

PROFILE OF THE CONSULTANT

  • Training in Social Sciences, Political Science, Law or related disciplines at the postgraduate level.
  • At least 8 years experience in issues of political participation of women in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Demonstrable experience and participation in at least 3 researches and / or studies on the phenomenon of violence against women in politics.
  • Regarding the language, proficiency in Spanish is required with oral and written fluency.

International Consultant on Gender Responsive Security Sector Reform

Application closing date: 6 June 2019

Background

UN Women (UNW) 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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all of its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations systems efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Over the past years, and in response to the need for increased accountability for implementation of gender equality commitments policies and financing decisions related to aid and domestic resources, UN Women played an active role with all its partners, to ensure that gender equality is mainstreamed in strategies, programmes and action plans. Moreover, UN Women is leading the global efforts related to women, peace and security (WPS) agenda.

One of the key areas of work for UN Women country office for Jordan is supporting Jordanian National Commission for Women (JNCW) and other government stakeholders in the security sector in the implementation of the Jordanian National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 (JONAP), which was endorsed by the prime minister and the cabinet in December 2017 and formally launched it in a ceremony in March 2018. There were also extensive discussions during 2018 between UN Women, government and international partners on additional funding required for JONAP full implementation. As a result, a pooled fund mechanism was established in partnership between UN Women and the Government with support of Canada, Finland, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom[1].

The JONAP is based around four strategic goals, aiming to increase; (1) gender responsiveness and meaningful participation and leadership of women in the security sector and in peace operations, (2) participation of women in Prevention of Violent Extremism and in peacemaking, (3) gender sensitive services to refugee and Jordanian women, and (4) recognition of the benefits of gender equality and the role of women in Peace and Security.

As part of supporting JONAP’s implementation UN Women has been working with national Security Sector agencies to support gender mainstreaming in security sector reform. All four security sector agencies – Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF); General Directorate of Civil Defence (CDD), Public Security Directorate (PSD), and General Directorate of the Gendarmerie have finalized the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and are in the process of approving the Work Plans. MOUs will be signed with UN Women for setting the framework for partnership for JONAP implementation. This is significant step towards contributing to increase the number of women in peacekeeping police/military contingents through concrete support to JAF’s Directorate for Women and Military Affairs and Peacekeeping Operation Training Center, to Gendarmerie Women’s Unit, to Public Security Directorate Women’s Unit and Peacekeeping Operation Training Center. UN Women will continue to provide technical expertise and support to relevant departments of all security sector institutions in strengthening institutional capacity development on women, peace and security issues and gender responsive security sector reform; and support in implementation of JONAP Strategic Goal 1: Achieve gender-responsiveness and meaningful participation of women in the security sector and in peace operations. The further work will be focused to finalize the annual work plans and then implement their activities.

UN Women continues work with JNCW and security sector agencies in Jordan towards implementation of the JONAP on a national level and is recruiting an international consultant to provide further technical support and capacity building to all security sector agencies to enhance capacity for gender responsive security sector reform in line with JONAP.

Objective of this Assignment

The main objectives of this assignment are to support security sector agencies to strengthen their institutional capacity, and enhance skills, knowledge and attitudes to mainstream gender and to implement the Women, Peace and Security Agenda in security sector reform. The consultant has to work in close cooperation with the UN Women, its Institutional Capacity Building Specialist and all four security sector agencies in Jordan.

Duration

The duration of this assignment is estimated to be 200 working days within a period of 24 months between June 2019-July 2021. The contract will be managed in accordance to the UN Women applicable human resource procedures and general terms and conditions.

[1] The pooled fund mechanism was approved for the period of 2018-2021.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of UN Women’s Country Representative, and the direct supervision of the Programme Management Specialist, and the Institutional Capacity Building Specialist the Consultant will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop work plan for the assignment, including the proposed approach, the specific activities and timeline and get approval from UN Women.
  • Conduct the initial consultations and strategic meetings with all security sector agencies- Jordanian Armed Forces; General Directorate of Civil Defence, Public Security Directorate, and General Directorate of the Gendarmerie. Especially with the heads of relevant departments, and gender focal points. He/she will introduce the approved work plan by UN Women and agree on the next steps
  • Provide capacity building sessions on gender mainstreaming and UN SCR 1325 for the high ranked military officials from security sector agencies, such as heads of departments, and to the female and male staff on leading positions (in total 4 sessions)
  • Provide technical assistance to the Jordanian Armed Forces; General Directorate of Civil Defence, Public Security Directorate, and General Directorate of the Gendarmerie to implement the gender related work plans and mainstream the gender into their internal policies and procedures, including revision of the strategic papers, ToRs for gender advisors, operational policies and procedures
  • Plan and conduct the trainings needs assessment of the representatives of different departments in all four security sector agencies to define the learning needs in gender and security related issues
  • Design the capacity building plan for all security sector agencies based on the results of trainings needs assessment in close cooperation with UN Women, PSD, JAF, CDD, and Gendarmerie
  • Provide four capacity building trainings for the different representatives of all four security sector agencies in gender mainstreaming, on women, peace and security, conflict-related sexual violence in particular in the context of military operations and Gender-based Violence. One training will be conducted in each agency
  • Conduct the Training of Trainers (ToT) Course for GFPs and gender advisors, in total four ToTs, one course will be conducted per agency, including PSD, JAF, CDD, and Gendarmerie
  • Conduct four gender responsive pre-deployment training for peacekeeping operations. One training will be conducted in each agency
  • Provide regular follow-up and coaching to GFPs from all security sector agencies both remotely and at least 12 times in person in Amman Jordan during 2019-2021
  • Design four gender and security sector training modules based on the results of the capacity assessment of the and submit for UN Women’s feedback and endorsement. The content of the module has to be agreed with the respective security sector agency. Each agency has to have one specially designed gender and security sector training module.
  • Adjust draft modules based on the feedback from UN Women. The training module should consist of the following minimum elements:
  1. Course outline and agenda;
  2. Training methodology;
  3. Presentation slides with visuals, infographics, charts, maps, including notes for each slide;
  4. Case studies and small groups exercises with handouts;
  5. Background reading;
  6. Pre and post-tests to assess progress of participants’ skills and knowledge before and after trainings.
  • Contribute to the annual conferences as a resource person JONAP implementation, which will be planned and organized by JNCW and UN Women; in total two to three conferences will be conducted.
  • Support and provide technical assistance to organize the international missions, and study visits for security sector agencies. This task will include drafting the concept notes, agendas and discussing the content of the visits with host security and training institutions
  • Liaise on an ongoing basis with UN Women, and four security sector agencies and provide advice to UN Women and partners as needed
  • Work closely with the national partners to ensure their effective engagement in the execution of the assignment.
  • Submit final report with recommendations for further strengthening the institutionalization of gender mainstreaming in security sector on national level.

Deliverables:

Monthly time-sheets and brief progress reports about implemented activities and achieved results with supporting documents (summary of strategic meetings, training reports, other materials) submitted. (by 5th of each month, up to 195 working days)- by 1 July 2021. Final report about the progress and achievements, lessons learnt, and recommendations submitted (up to 5 working days)- by 25 July 2021.

Required Skills and Experience

Education

A first level university degree or above in Law, Political Sciences, Governance, Social Sciences, Gender Studies, Public Administration, International Relations, International Law, Public Policy, or related fields. A degree from a military staff/war college is strongly preferred

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of relevant professional experience at an international level in the formulation, designing, implementation and facilitating military-related training;
  • Experience in training on women, peace and security and conflict-related sexual violence in particular in the context of military operations and military staff responsibilities;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of mandates and role of UN Peacekeeping operations on preventing conflict-related sexual violence and promoting gender equality;
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting similar kinds of capacity building exercises with proven experience in providing technical support with a facilitation role;
  • Institutional knowledge of the UN and UN Women would be an asset;

Language Requirements:

Fluent spoken and written English (Arabic is an asset).

Mapping legislation or bills that address and / or criminalize violence against women in politics (linkage with comprehensive laws of violence) including a section on the main legislative debates on the subject

Application closing date: 5 June 2019

Background

The persistent and lasting gender gap in the political representation of women is a global problem. As of 2017, only 23% of parliamentarians in the world are women ( Data from the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), 2018. See: https://www.ipu.org/file/4398/download?token=JCRQRubR ). Despite this reality, Latin America is the first region in the world with the largest number of women elected in parliament (Ibid) .Latin America and the Caribbean has a regional average of 30.7% of parliamentarians (OIG, 2019 based on IPU data), and with some countries that are among those with the representation of women in the lower or only single Chambers of the world: Cuba (53.2%), Bolivia (53.1%), Mexico (48.2%), Grenada (46.7%), Nicaragua (45.7%), Costa Rica (45.6%) (OIG , 2019 based on IPU data) (See Observatory on Gender Equality in Latin America and the Caribbean.) Information available at: https://oig.cepal.org/es/indicadores/poder-legislativo-porcentaje-mujeres-organo -legislative-national-camera-low-only , consulted on February 4, 2019.)

However, these advances are not homogeneous, since large disparities coexist between countries and within all countries. Thus, 13 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have less than 20% of parliamentarians (OIG, 2019) (See Observatory on Gender Equality in Latin America and the Caribbean.) Information available at: https://oig.cepal.org/ is / indicators / power-legislative-percentage-women-organo-legislative-national-chamber-low-or-only , consulted on February 4, 2019) and the percentages of women participating in decision-making spaces at the national level , they are not always reflected at the local level, where we have an average of 14.5% of women mayors (ECLAC, 2017).The participation and political representation of women in the region takes place in a growing context of violence and intimidation based on gender, which constantly affects their development in the political sphere.

The increase that we have witnessed in the last decades of the women who participate in political spaces has made visible a reality that continues to hinder the achievement of substantive equality, the violence that women suffer as candidates, as elected women, but also as electors. In Latin America and the Caribbean, expressions of harassment and political violence against women are of a varied nature. Among others, aggressions or threats during the campaign period, the assignment of clearly losing districts, the absence of financial or human support, and, in the case of elected women, the assignment to areas of little relevance, with low budget; discriminatory treatment by the media; greater demands for accountability, and intimidation, threats or physical violence directed at themselves or their families, which in extreme situations may include rape or murder or other forms of violence (ECLAC, 2016) (ECLAC (2016) Autonomy of women and equality in the sustainable development agenda (LC / G.2686 / Rev.1), available at: https://repositorio.cepal.org/bitstream/handle/11362/40633/4 /S1601248_en.pdf.)

According to a global study of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) of 2018, 81.8% of women parliamentarians in the world experience psychological violence, 44.4% have received death threats, rape, beatings or kidnapping during their term. 65% have been subjected to sexism by their colleagues in parliament. 25.5% experience physical violence in the parliament and in 21.2% of the parliaments surveyed there is sexual harassment. 38.7% of women parliamentarians said violence against women in politics undermined the implementation of their mandate as freedom of expression and 46.7% feared for their safety and that of their family.

Despite the global phenomenon of this type of violence, very few countries are legislating on the issue and in the majority, it is not even discussed, nor relieved, nor are data generated. The first time the term “political violence” was mentioned by a United Nations document was in 2011 where it was requested to investigate these crimes. Since then, an avalanche of cases, complaints and examples have begun to appear, to the point that the Secretary General of the United Nations assigned a specific investigation on VAWP to the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Dubravka Šimonovic, who delivered his report in August 2018 (UN Women, 2019).

In the report, one of the main findings is the blanket of silence surrounding the issue with the consequent lack of data and evidence. The rapporteur Šimonovic, in her report presented in the context of UNGA 2018, emphasizes that this violence is widespread and systematic, achieving among the women who hold these positions a shocking effect on their political careers, with intergenerational consequences for the full exercise of your political rights.

Political violence against women is a type of violence that has arisen to the extent that they are incorporated more into the political sphere. Historically recognized as a land of men, the arrival of women as candidates and then representatives in parliament, or in mayorships, or municipal councils, or even as presidents, has encouraged other women to follow their example and project in full exercise. of their political rights.

The understanding that the political sphere is an indispensable space for the promotion of inclusive government plans and the eradication of practices that validate the traditional prejudices that sustain patriarchy, has prompted UN Women to elaborate a regional project together with CIM / MESECVI to prevent, sanction and eradicate violence against women in politics.

OBJECTIVE OF THE CONSULTANCY

Mapping legislation or proposals that address and / or criminalize violence against women in politics (linkage with comprehensive laws of violence), including a section on the main legislative debates on this subject in Latin America and the Caribbean. The reference framework for this consultancy consists of the Convention of Belém do Pará and the Model Inter-American Law on Violence against Women in Political Life.

Duties and Responsibilities

ACTIVITIES TO BE CARRIED OUT FOR THE SCOPE OF THE OBJECTIVE

Carry out a regional mapping of:

  • Existing normative frameworks that address violence against women in politics;
  • Comprehensive laws of violence that mention or not political violence against women as one of the manifestations of gender violence;
  • Bills in current debate in the region, includes a section on the main contents of the legislative debates on the subject, performs an analysis of arguments for and against; explore the reasons why laws have not been passed.
  • Profile of the actors that present and support the legislative initiatives. (PDL sponsored by the executive, parliamentary initiatives, civil society initiatives in alliance with the parliamentarians).

Required Skills and Experience

PROFILE OF THE CONSULTANT

  • Training in Law, Political Science or Social Sciences, at the undergraduate or postgraduate level.
  • Experience of at least 5 years in matters of political participation of women in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Demonstrable experience and participation in at least 3 investigations and / or studies on violence against women in politics.
  • Have at least 3 publications violence against women in politics in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Regarding the language, proficiency in Spanish is required with oral and written fluency.

Multilingual Assistant in the Legal Service

Office location: Basel
Department: Legal Service
Unit:
Service:
Employment – Duration: 3 years
Contract type: Fixed-term
FTE%: 100%
Application Deadline: 03/06/2019

The Legal Service of the BIS has an opening for a Multilingual Assistant at its headquarters in Basel. You will be reporting directly to the Deputy Head of the Legal Service. You will contribute to the smooth running of the unit by providing high-quality and timely administrative services to the members and management of the Legal Service. The position will comprise a wide range of activities, from drawing up correspondence and other texts to diary management and maintaining the Legal Service’s files.

We would like to meet candidates with a diploma in office management from a reputable secretarial school. Relevant work experience, preferably in a multinational bank, law firm or international institution, would be a plus. You should be language-oriented, comfortable working with technology, able to multitask and customer service-minded. Excellent typing and language skills in English and German are essential (knowledge of French would be a plus).

We offer competitive conditions of employment and the chance to work in a unique, highly rewarding, international work environment. And because of our status as an international organisation, we are able to hire globally and welcome applications from candidates of all nationalities.

The BIS’s head office is located in Basel, Switzerland, with representative offices in Hong Kong SAR and Mexico City. All new staff members are recruited on a fixed-term basis without expectation either of any contract renewal or conversion. The contract may however be extended or converted to an open-ended one at the end of the term, subject to organisational needs and individual performance.

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Specialists in Law

 

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Please note this opportunity will only officially open for applications on 06 June 2019


The European Commission is looking for specialists in Law and Finance.

The European Commission is currently looking for specialists (AD 7) in the following fields:

  1. Competition law
  2. Financial law
  3. Economic and Monetary Union law.

In these three fields of law, the tasks comprise conducting market investigations, carrying out legal and economic analyses and assisting or representing the legal service of the European Commission in litigation before the Courts of the European Union (field 1). Duties include drafting and negotiating legislation, controlling the conformity of national laws with EU law (field 2), as well as participating in preparing the convergence report for euro area entry processes and the EU accessions negotiations with regard to Economic and Monetary Union (field 3).

To apply, you need a university degree of at least 3 years followed by 6–9 years of professional experience in the field (depending on your education). You require a diploma in law to apply for the fields of financial law and economic and monetary union law. Additionally, you must be an EU citizen and have a thorough knowledge of one of the 24 EU languages and a satisfactory knowledge of either English, French, German or Italian.

For detailed information on required qualifications and work experience, selection procedure and how to apply, please visit specialists-law-finance.eu-careers.eu. You can find out more about EPSO’s equal opportunities policy on our dedicated page.

The application period opens on 6 June and the deadline is 9 July 2019 at 12.00 (midday), Brussels time.

As an employer, the Institutions and Agencies of the EU offer a community of experts with a wide range of opportunities to broaden your learning, enhance your skills, and develop your career. Respect for cultural diversity and promotion of equal opportunities are founding principles of the EU. The multicultural, international and diverse teams that make up the Institutions work together to benefit the lives of EU citizens and beyond.

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