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Gender equality, centred in human rights, is both a development goal on its own and a critical factor for achieving sustainable development. It underlies one of the guiding principles of the 2030 Agenda for Development – the concept of 'leaving no one behind'.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. Gender Equality is one of the core objectives of UNDP and is implemented throughout the organization in a two-pronged approach: mainstreaming gender in all core practices; and dedicated interventions that empower women and promote gender equality. UNDP supports partners to eliminate gender inequalities through targeted, gender-focused programmes and by working to ensure that all development efforts consider the experiences, needs, and contributions of women.
By removing structural barriers to gender equality and promoting women’s participation in the decisions that affect their lives, success in eradicating poverty and inequality, building resilience to disasters, climate change and conflict, and driving sustainable development can be achieved. UNDP believes that the gender inequalities and discriminatory attitudes and practices that hold women back, must be confronted and eliminated, if we are to leave no one behind. In these efforts, UNDP works with governments and key UN partners, including UN Women, UNFPA and UNICEF, IOM, UNHCR, OHCHR, UN Pulse Lab Kampala, UNCDF, as well as with civil society organizations, foundations, academia and the private sector.
The Government of Uganda has over the last 20 made significant progress in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women in political, economic and social domains. Notable among these is the country’s gender responsive legal and regulatory framework, institutionalization of gender concerns in the national development planning and budgeting processes; the increase in women’s literacy rate from 45% in 1995 to 65%; increased the enrolment of girls at several levels of education and the percentage of female Members of Parliament (MPs); and progress in the acquisition of titled land by women.
Despite the strong normative framework on gender equality and progress in the political and decision-making arena, gaps remain in enforcement. Other conditions sustaining gender inequality in Uganda remain salient, including gender disparities in access to finance (income, credit), to entrepreneurship and control over productive resources like land is limited due to cultural tradition and customary laws.
UNDP is supporting national efforts to address gender inequality and in framing solutions to overcome the current barriers to women’s political and economic participation. The Government of Uganda/ UNDP Country Programme 2016 – 2020 recognizes gender equality and women’s empowerment as the cornerstone for sustainable and inclusive development. This includes (i) providing technical assistance to the Government for: gender responsive legislation; and policy formulation, implementation and service delivery; (ii) working with the private sector to develop innovative practices to expand economic opportunities for women and youth; and (iii) strengthening the advocacy capacity of civil society.
In addition to the above-mentioned, UNDP is developing a new Country Programme Document (CPD) which will span 2021-2025. The new CPD would need to integrate gender considerations in a robust and strategic manner.
It is within the above-mentioned context that UNDP is looking to recruit a Gender Advisor to support the Country Office’s diverse gender portfolio that includes gender programming in the development context, GBV Prevention and gender mainstreaming in the humanitarian development nexus.