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Specialized advisor on ethnic approach from an intersectional and anti-racist perspective


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8+ Year
Male, Female, Both
Bachelor Degree

Specialized advisor on ethnic approach from an intersectional and anti-racist perspective

Location :Bogota Colombia
Application Deadline :25-Sep-23 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :7d 16h 8m
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-4
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – UN Women, based on the vision of equality enshrined in the United Nations Charter, works to eliminate discrimination against women and girls; for the empowerment of women, and to achieve equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, in the realization of human rights, in humanitarian actions, in peace and security. By placing women’s rights at the center of its work, UN Women leads and coordinates the efforts of the United Nations System to ensure that commitments to gender equality and mainstreaming are translated into action around the world. At the same time,

UN Women in Colombia supports compliance with international commitments to protect women’s human rights, mainly the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), as well as resolutions of the Security Council regarding women, peace and security. In line with national priorities, UN Women works to achieve substantive equality between men and women in all aspects of life, focusing on strengthening the leadership and political and economic empowerment of women and their right to a life free of violence. . In this way, UN Women supports national and United Nations system efforts to make women beneficiaries and main actors in sustainable development, 

In line with international instruments in favor of the rights of women and indigenous peoples and the rights of women and Afro-descendant peoples derived from the Universal System for the Protection of Human Rights and the Inter-American System; with the recommendations issued by the CEDAW Committee to address and overcome discrimination and/or inequality experienced by women from ethnic communities; the principle of “leaving no one behind” agreed by Member States in the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and with the Colombian constitutional order that recognizes pluralism and the ethnic and cultural diversity of the nation as fundamental principles of the Social Rule of Law, UN Women Colombia, likewise, has as one of its priorities,

To do this, it requires a Specialized Advisor on an ethnic approach from an intersectional and anti-racist perspective, who contributes to ensuring that in the deployment of its triple mandate (regulatory, programmatic and coordination), the Entity not only recognizes, protects and promotes respect for ancestral knowledge, worldviews and the collective rights of ethnic peoples and communities, but, under the understanding of the multiple risk factors, inequality and discrimination that affect the violation of the human rights of indigenous women and black, afro-descendant, palenquera and raizal people, including the disproportionate effects of the armed conflict, ensure comprehensive responses for the protection of their rights and their empowerment, appropriate to their own perspectives and understandings,with a transformative approach and action without harm aimed at contributing to overcoming the continuum of violence and discrimination in which they spend their lives in contexts of peace and in contexts of war. 

Duties and Responsibilities
In accordance with the guidelines of UN Women Colombia, and under the supervision of the Deputy Representative or her delegate, the Specialized Advisor on ethnic approach from an intersectional and anti-racist perspective, performs the following functions: 

1. Support for the consolidation and implementation of the ethnic-racial strategy in the implementation of the triple mandate of UN Women:

to. Consolidate a strategy document that includes a biannual implementation route for each of the entity’s mandates, in development of its global and/or regional strategies and in connection with previous processes and documents of the Country Office.

b. Guide and advise the implementation of the strategy implementation route.

c. Design and implement territorial documentation and analysis methodologies on the situation of indigenous women and black, Afro-descendant, Palenquera and Raizal women, which identify barriers to the enjoyment of their human rights, and guide both advocacy actions and technical assistance and the design of programs and projects to improve them.

d. Design and implement, in coordination with the programmatic areas, work strategies that, recognizing the mechanisms derived from self-government and interethnic experiences, strengthen the organizational commitments and common agendas of indigenous women and black, Afro-descendant, and palenquera women. and roots. 

and. Support the UN Women Representation in preparing briefing notes, concepts, talking points, arguments, etc., to:

Yo. dialogue with state institutions, the international community and civil society on the ethnic approach from an intersectional and anti-racist perspective

ii. the positioning of said agenda within the framework of treaty mechanisms that carry out periodic reviews of the Colombian State

iii. the impact on the identification of national and territorial priorities 

2. Support for the implementation of the ethnic-racial Strategy within the transversal areas of UN Women (1. Communications, 2. Operations and 3. Monitoring, Follow-up and evaluation):

to. Design and implement a permanent training route for office staff, which includes:

Yo. Initial training exercises within the staff induction processes.

ii. Methodologies to apply with national and territorial partners

b. Advise and accompany the implementation of practical affirmative action tools for human resources and procurement processes

c. Advise and accompany the incorporation of the approach in the communications and knowledge management strategy of the country office.

d. Advise and accompany the incorporation of the ethnic-racial approach and the women, gender, family and generation approach, within the monitoring and evaluation strategy of UN Women, producing:

Yo. Specific guidelines for the formulation, monitoring and follow-up of ethnic projects.

ii. specific guidelines and guiding tools for the implementation of the strategy in current and new projects or initiatives of the office.

3. Support for the Mobilization of resources and alliances for the consolidation of the ethnic-racial strategy within UN Women:

to. Propose a route to mobilize resources and alliances for the implementation of the strategy, including:

Yo. joint, regional and global programming opportunities.

ii. Opportunities for strategic alliances.

iii. programmatic and operational mechanisms for the technical and financial strengthening of indigenous women’s organizations and black, Afro-descendant, Palenquera and Raizal women. 

iv. consultation and/or agreement mechanisms to ensure the participation of women in the design of the proposals.

b. Design and monitor the effective use of screening instruments to systematically incorporate the ethnic-racial approach in the formulation of proposals to donors and the development of alliances.

Corporate Values ​​and Principles:

• Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in defending and promoting UN Women values ​​in actions and decisions, in line with the United Nations Code of Conduct.

• Professionalism: Demonstrate professional capacity and expert knowledge of the substantive areas of work.

• Respect for diversity: Demonstrates an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff.

Corporate Competencies

• Awareness and sensitivity regarding gender issues

• Accountability

• Creative problem solving

• Efficient communication

• Inclusive collaboration

• Commitment and participation with interested parties

• Lead by example

Visit the following link for more information about the UN Women Competencies:


Required Skills and Experience
• Professional degree in law, social sciences, human sciences, political sciences, or related areas.

• Postgraduate degree in social sciences, human sciences, ethnic studies, gender, human rights, development, peacebuilding, or related areas.

• Two additional years of experience will be considered comparable to the postgraduate degree.

•Minimum experience of eight (8) years in ethnic issues applied to international cooperation, organizational and/or institutional strengthening, the implementation or formulation of projects with an ethnic and anti-racial, gender and intersectional focus, and in program management, and needs assessment.

Previous experience working in NGOs, civil society organizations and/or public entities will be positively valued.

Previous experience in the field of research and/or academia in the subject will be positively valued.

• Knowledge of an ethnic and racial perspective with a focus on gender and women’s rights, in democratic processes, ethnodevelopment, and/or peacebuilding and transition contexts.

• Knowledge of the institutional architecture of the state, as well as the legal and public policy framework for addressing ethnic issues.

• Knowledge of the mechanisms and instances of self-government both in indigenous peoples and in black, Afro-descendant, Palenquera and Raizal communities.

• Knowledge of the organizational expressions and agendas of indigenous, black, Afro-descendant, palenquera and raizal women.


Considering that UN Women is committed to affirmative actions in favor of inclusion and multiculturalism in its work team, for this process we invite black, Afro-descendant, Palenquera and Raizal women to participate.


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