UN Women Regional Civil Society Advisory Group (RCSAG) for Eastern and Southern Africa

UN Women Regional Civil Society Advisory Group (RCSAG) for Eastern and Southern Africa. 

When is Application Deadline?

21st October 2022 

What is the Award?

Are you an institution focusing on gender equality, women’s rights, and women’s empowerment in the East and Southern Africa region? The UN Women Regional Office is looking for organizations and groups to drive dialogue & engagement on gender equality, to support consultations between UN Women and civil society  and help inform UN Women’s priorities and strategies in the region. 

What Type of Award is This?

Internship (Volunteer)

Who is Eligible?

The R-CSAG membership will be at an institution level and not at the individual level to ensure availability of members for meetings. Institutions will be required to assign a focal person and alternates whom they consider is fit for such a high-level advisory group. Such arrangement is expected to help avoid issue of quorum as it is highly likely that there will always be someone that can step-in in the event the main focal person can’t make it to the scheduled meeting.

The Regional-CSAG will consist of 12 members of diverse gender identities  representing institutions that are committed to the core values of the United Nations and to the mission of UN Women. The institutions should have a proven track record in their respective fields preferably with strong credentials as gender, development and or women’s rights advocates.

Members representing institutions will be drawn from non-governmental organizations, women’s rights organizations/ networks/coalitions/movements, community-based organizations, academia and others working on gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment in diverse sectors. Mostly, the members representing institutions will be drawn from institutions that work on these issues from a regional perspective. RCSAG members will be selected so that they meet the following criteria:

  • Organizations that are working on gender equality, women rights and women’s empowerment from a regional perspective including but not limited to (1) Women’s Economic Empowerment (2) Women in Leadership and Decision Making (3) Ending Violence against Women (4) Promoting women’s voices in humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction (5) Gender equality and women’s legal rights
  • Representatives from community -based organizations who are engaged in regional advocacy or networks promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women
  • Representatives from faith-based or traditional leaders’ organizations that work on gender equality and women’s rights at a regional level
  • Representatives from youth-led or youth-focused organizations that work on gender equality and women’s rights issues at a regional level
  • Representatives from organizations of persons with disabilities (ideally women-led) that work on gender equality, women’s rights and disability rights
  • Representatives of organizations working with or representing other groups facing intersecting forms of discrimination
  • Geographical balance between Eastern and Southern Africa; men and women (ensuring no more than 2/3 of one gender is represented).

What is the Benefit of Award?

  1. The nominated Institutions will nominate a qualified focal person to the Regional CSAG
  • At least 5 years of working experience in civil society, in gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment
  • Regional experience in advocating for and promoting gender equality, development and or human rights
  • Thematic expertise in women’s economic empowerment, leadership or violence against women or any thematic priority for UN Women in the region
  • Knowledge and understanding of gender issues in the region
  • Experience in engendering policy and legislation frameworks
  • Strong analytical capacity
  • No active engagement in politics to safeguard neutrality of the UN

Other considerations

  • The advisory group should have both women and men
  • The advisory group should include female youth (using the UN definition of persons aged between 15 and 24)
  • The advisory group should include person(s) with disabilities
  • Since it is not possible to have all constituencies represented in the advisory group, wherever necessary, opportunities will be there to invite specific persons or experts to the advisory group’s meeting
  • If there is a gap in expertise after assessing the nominations, the Regional Director can supplement the membership by nominating additional members to fill the gap
  • Nominees should be aware that they are representing civil society in this advisory group, not their respective organizations or interests

How to Apply:

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