Coordination and logistic support of the regional project “Eradicating violence against women in politics in Latin America and the Caribbean”.

Application closing date: 5 June 2019


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: ). 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: -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: 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: /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.


The report of the Special Rapporteur of the United Nations identifies four priority actions to eradicate violence against women in politics: 1) Professionals and academics must adapt and formalize their measure of / and commitment to violence towards women in politics, for example, developing indicators that reflect the universal nature of the VCMP. 2) Develop the capacity of professionals and policymakers to analyze politically violence against women for reasons of gender, as well as political violence with a gender perspective, translate the data according to the needs of the policies (including in “local” languages) and relate the eradication of this type of violence with democratic integrity. 3) The states, Institutions and companies must assume the following responsibilities: states have a responsibility to address VCMP as a violation of human rights; Parliaments must ensure that their institutions allow the participation and work of women parliamentarians; Media companies and courts should not protect the VCMP as “freedom of expression”. 4) Collect and share good practices, for example, in legal reforms, parliamentary responses and national and international investigations. Media companies and courts should not protect the VCMP as “freedom of expression”. 4) Collect and share good practices, for example, in legal reforms, parliamentary responses and national and international investigations. Media companies and courts should not protect the VCMP as “freedom of expression”. 4) Collect and share good practices, for example, in legal reforms, parliamentary responses and national and international investigations.

The UN Special Rapporteur also identifies a list of specific recommendations for States, political parties, other bodies involved in electoral processes, independent oversight mechanisms at the global and regional level on violence against women and rights of women. women and the United Nations System and other international organizations.

The Monitoring Mechanism of the Belem do Para Convention (MESECVI), in accordance with its mandate to monitor the implementation of the Convention of Belem do Pará, made important efforts in recent years to address violence against women in politics. The MESECVI has recognized the progress of states in the prevention and punishment of violence against women in the private sphere, however, it has also repeatedly emphasized that “these actions do not cover all manifestations of violence against women, especially those produced in the public sphere “, and has affirmed the need to advance legislation that sanctions violence against women that is perpetrated in the public sphere. Linked to this reality,

In October 2015, the Sixth Conference of the States Parties to the Convention of Belém do Pará adopted the Declaration on Violence and Political Harassment against Women, the first comprehensive regional agreement addressing this issue, in which the signatory countries declared, among others, the need to promote the adoption of norms for the eradication of political violence and harassment against women. Based on this commitment from the Member States, MESECVI has developed an Inter-American Model Law to Prevent, Punish and Eradicate Violence against Women in Political Life that was adopted in October 2016, as well as a Model Protocol for Political Parties and Organizations. to prevent, sanction and eradicate violence against women in political life that will be presented throughout 2019.

It is based on and in accordance with: a) the recommendations of the United Nations Special Rapporteur to independent global and regional monitoring mechanisms on violence against women and women’s rights to strengthen coordination with other existing mechanisms for adequately address violence against women in politics, as well as strengthen their oversight functions to correct the deficiencies of states in the elimination of violence against women in politics; b) The recommendation of the Special Rapporteur to the UN agencies to support and complement the efforts of the member states to prevent and eradicate violence against women in politics, in particular through the development of standards for data collection and support for surveillance initiatives throughout the electoral cycle, in cooperation with independent mechanisms of violence against women and their rights; that UN Women decides to support the efforts of CIM / MESECVI in dealing with violence against women in politics, to unite synergies and carry out joint actions to disseminate both the Model Protocol for political parties and the Model Inter-American Law to prevent, punish and punish eradicate the VCMP.

Duties and Responsibilities


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

  • Develop a work plan that includes a schedule of goals and deliveries according to what was discussed with the Regional Adviser on Governance and Political Participation of the regional office of UN Women, with whom the contractor will work in constant coordination.
  • In the selected countries, support in the organization, logistics and promotion of:
  1. Informative sessions and specific campaigns, as well as training, for affiliates and supporters of political parties and / or organizations, to socialize the Model Protocol of the CIM / MESECVI for Political Parties and Organizations to Prevent, Punish and Eradicate Violence against Women in the Political life.
  2. Legislative debates, as well as workshops aimed at parliamentarians to socialize the existing normative tools that address violence against women in politics, in particular the Model Inter-American Law to Prevent, Punish and Eradicate Violence against Women in Political Life.
  3. Workshops with civil society on how to carry out strategic litigation.

To carry out this activity, it is necessary to carry out the following specific actions:

  • Prepare a conceptual note for each workshop, taking into account the socio-political context of each country in which the session will take place, as well as a proposal for an agenda, in coordination with the UN Women regional office for
  • LAC, the UN office Women in the country and the technical secretary of CIM / MESECVI.
  • Identify the stakeholders of the workshops in coordination with the regional office of UN Women and the technical secretariat of CIM / MESECVI, prepare and send a letter of invitation;
  • Prepare a digital card to promote the event and disseminate it through the networks of UN Women in the country and at the regional level and of CIM / MESECVI.
  • Organization / logistics of the event: purchase tickets, reserve accommodation, identify and reserve space where to hold the workshop, catering reservation, etc.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Training in Social Sciences, Communication, Management and Administration, or related disciplines at the postgraduate level.
  • Minimum three years of experiences in gender issues;
  • Experience in event organization and development of digital content;
  • Proficiency in Spanish and English with oral and written fluency.

Logistics Coordinator – Roster for Emergency Responses

Country: Global

Department: Humanitarian Response

Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene—providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self-reliance.

International Medical Corps has established an International Emergency Roster to ensure that emergency positions are filled in a timely manner with professionally qualified, gender balanced, geographically diverse, linguistically able, and a highly motivated corps of professionals. The team includes coordinators, logisticians, doctors and water and sanitation experts. It also includes specialists who focus on protection, prevention of sexual violence and aid for rape survivors and mental health.

Selected Emergency Response Team (ERT) members are always on standby to deploy to a crisis within 72 hours, whether they are launching into new areas or lending support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers, staff and available specialists who have been interviewed and have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on regular basis as new responders are identified and members update their areas of expertise and other relevant information. Through this expression of interest, applicants are encouraged to submit their profiles so that their information is readily available in the International Medical Corps applicant tracking system.

Job Purpose

The Logistics Coordinator is part of the ERU SMT and represents the logistics team internally and externally. Sets Logistics coordination mechanisms and is accountable for all department outputs, provides technical support and planning support to future initiatives to increase the in-country logistics capacity, ensures the admin function outside Logistics is covered. This requires a highly motivated and detail solution-oriented individual who will be able to resolve operational critical challenges as they arise.

The Logistics Coordinator contributes to ensuring that International Medical Corps commitment to improving quality and accountability in humanitarian work is upheld, through reference to the Sphere Charter, IMC Minimum Standards and the NGO Code of Conduct.

**NOTE** Candidates applying to this position are indicating that they are interested in being considered for the International Medical Corps standby roster for emergency response. Roster members will only be contacted when there is an emergency response need for which the responder is qualified for. This position will not be compensated unless responders are deployed to an emergency response.

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

Support the implementation of logistics procedures and policies through the following specifics:

  • Assist in building the capacity of the logistics staff on IMC policies and procedures.
  • Create a quick and easy visual reference for logistics policies and procedures.
  • Improve accountability through the implementation of weekly and monthly stock and asset checking and reporting.
  • Provide logistics support to Program Manager as required.
  • Monitor and evaluate the overall logistics performance in support of the programs.
  • Support field logistics staff remotely with timely communication and coordination.
  • Coordinate the disposal of assets in accordance with IMC and donor guidelines.
  • Ensure that a centralized program asset register is maintained and in particular that all program assets are logged, issued with unique IMC asset numbers and ID cards, and are tracked throughout the Program country.
  • Ensure that all working communication systems (CODAN, VHF, thuraya, internet) are maintained including the timely request for repairs.
  • Ensure that national transportation of freight by land and air is in line with program budgets and needs and that the most cost effective and reliable means of transport is used for the timely delivery of supplies to projects.
  • Ensure that an efficient and effective stock management and administration system is implemented.
  • Monitor projects stock levels and advise on appropriate stocking and replenishment to meet project demands.
  • Build the capacity of logistics staff to be able to provide input during proposal development with emphasis on support costs and logistics for implementation.
  • Lead, manage and motivate a team, ensuring that they have clear objectives and receive meaningful feedback on their performance.
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.


Degree in Logistics, Supply Chain Management or related field.


  • International experience in supply chain management in an emergency environment including procurement, transport and distribution, warehouse and stock management or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience in vehicle and fleet management
  • Experience in the set up and use of HF & VHF radio systems, satellite phones and development of communications procedures
  • Experience in Distributions of NFI’s and food
  • Experience of building and developing the capacity of logistics staff through the use of training, performance management frameworks and development plans
  • Experience with construction and site project management
  • Experience with auto mechanics or electrical installations.


  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills
  • Excellent IT skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • French and or Arabic language skills required depending on the regional position
  • Commitment to and understanding of IMC’s aims, values and principles

Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.

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