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 in Tanzania is implementing its Strategic Note (2017-2021), under which one of the priority areas is women’s leadership and political participation. The Women’s Leadership and Political Participation Project, (WLPP) (Wanawake Wanaweza) Phase II (2017-2021) builds on Phase I (2014 – 2017), promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women as per UN Women’s global mandate and supports the Government of Tanzania as a Member State to the United Nations to implement international standards, providing suitable technical and financial assistance. The second phase of the project aims at achieving the overarching goal/impact “Women lead and participate in decision-making at all levels”. The project is also in line with the UNDAP II Outcome “Women and girls increasingly participate in political and public life and are elected to leadership positions”; the UN Women Global Flagship Programme Initiative on Women’s Political Empowerment and Leadership; the National Gender Policy, the SDGs (in particular, Global Goal 5 dedicated to ‘achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls’), CEDAW and other international and regional commitments, such as the African Union Agenda 2063. The project is being supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, Government of Sweden and Irish Aid.
The project operates on three main areas where change needs to happen to effect progress in relation to increasing women’s leadership and political empowerment: (i) the policy and institution level (policies, laws, standards, norms and practices) to ensure these promote and regulate the increase in women’s leadership at all levels; (ii) the individual level, to strengthen capacities of women to conduct competitive, well-resourced and innovative campaigns. Thirdly, at the community level, where norms, attitudes and practices often undermine women’s rights and gender equality, efforts will work towards reverting these to promote women as accepted, legitimate political leaders. The WLPP project phase 2 will therefore, adopt a multi-sectoral and comprehensive approach, building on the lessons learned and good practices from the first phase of the project implementation while being informed by the findings and recommendations of the end-of-project evaluation of Wanawake Wanaweza Phase I. Interventions at all three levels are designed to reinforce and support each other by maintaining horizontal linkages and enhancing the creation of synergies among the different programmatic components.
Reporting to the Head of Leadership, Political Participation and Governance, the Programme Analyst contributes to the effective management of the Women’s Leadership, Political Participation and Governance by providing substantive inputs to programme design, formulation, implementation, reporting and evaluation. She/he works in close collaboration with the WLPP programme team, donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under WLPP portfolio.
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