The Rio Declaration of 1992 read: “Women have a vital role in environmental management and development. Their full participation is therefore essential to achieve sustainable development.” This declaration led to the formation of the nine Major Groups, of which the Women’s Major Group (WMG) is one. As civil society organizations, these groups often work together to ensure civil society has a voice at the table in the UN sustainable development conversations.
As a group, the WMG has the mandate to facilitate women’s human rights and gender equality perspectives into UN policy processes on sustainable development. This means that the WMG has a responsibility to facilitate women’s active civil society participation, information sharing and input into the policy space provided by the United Nations. This can look like participation, speaking, submission of proposals, access to documents, development of sessions, and more.
Since 2015, the Women’s Environment and Development Organization (WEDO) has provided coordination support to the Organizing Partners of the Women’s Major Group. The WMG Coordinator serves to support the full membership of the WMG to influence key international and regional processes related to sustainable development and Agenda2030, with a goal to ensure that global sustainable development policies are founded on core principles of gender equality and justice, women’s human rights and environmental sustainability.
Administration & Logistical Coordination (40%)
- Coordination of travel and meeting logistics (both prior to and on-site) related to Agenda2030 meetings, both in New York and internationally: book flights and hotels, manage meeting spaces, communicate details with partners, etc.;
- Coordination of travel granting process: disseminate application, monitor applicants, facilitate selection committees;
- Maintain budget and work with WEDO Director to ensure timely reporting back on financial status to WMG OPs;
- Schedule WMG OP monthly check ins;
- Coordinate WMG shared calendar, including outlining working availability as well as key calendar of events and deadlines (both processes and internal reporting);
- Provide bi-weekly updates to OPs on availability, priorities and areas where support is needed;
- Prepare WMG Guidance Spreadsheet in advance of annual HLPF meeting.
Communications and Outreach (20%)
- Maintain the WMG mailing list and its moderation;
- Contribution to the online presence of the WMG and communications strategy: draft, edit, post updates and news articles on the WMG site; contribute to Twitter and Facebook;
- Directly liaise with any consultants hired to support communications activities;
- Help coordinate global WMG OP outreach events such as, webinars, side events, etc.
Advocacy and Strategy (20%)
- Support to Women’s Major Group Organizing Partners in preparation for Agenda2030 meetings: monitor progress of the Agenda2030 and its multiple inputs; track upcoming meetings and opportunities; review and disseminate relevant policy and other documents; identify relevant existing publications and positions of the WMG; draft inputs to papers and meetings;
- Participation in meetings with members of the WMG to communicate advocacy priorities to UN and government representatives, as well as civil society counterparts, taking relevant note, briefs and minutes of meetings to update the OPs.
- Meeting attendance and reporting back as necessary on related topics. (Consultant will receive UN pass in order to attend any relevant meetings/events);
- General reading and knowledge building on the WMG niche and interlinkages to support all responsibilities in the position;
- Make presentations when required in areas related to WMG advocacy work;
- Potentially attend other global processes to make links to the work of WMG.
Regional Support (20%)
- Provide guidance, where necessary, to regional OPs, particularly in first year of term, including but not limited to: organizing meetings for capacity building, connecting to support platforms (webinar, surveys, mailing lists) that can be set up and maintained to support OPs, initial availability for calls / attending meetings where need is identified.
- Demonstrated commitment to the Women’s Major Group’s core principles and deep alignment with its feminist values;
- A degree in a relevant discipline (Gender, Environment, Human Rights, Law, Economics, International Development, related quantitative disciplines, OR other relevant work experience);
- 3+ years of experience working within human rights, environmental and social justice nonprofit or philanthropic sectors; proven track record in executing the responsibilities of this position, including budget management and evaluation;
- Experience of/ participation in intergovernmental processes around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the HLPF would be a major advantage but knowledge of these processes is essential;
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills in English are key; knowledge of French, Spanish and/or any other UN language is an advantage;
- Familiarity with current issues related to gender equality and sustainable development, in different local, national and global contexts;
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented environment while also carrying out responsibilities with considerable independence;
- Effective time management skills;
- Willingness to travel internationally;
- Critically thinking, positive and fun individual.
Desired qualifications (will strengthen candidacy)
- Website design and/or management skills (e.g., WordPress or other Content Management System, writing copy, updating content);
- Social media savvy with a fierce intersectional feminist tone;
- Eye for design / Competence with Canva and/or Adobe Creative Suite;
- Experience in utilizing social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) for advocacy goals;
- Public speaking experience;
- Knowledge of the UN system and love of acronyms;
- International work and/or travel experience.
WEDO is an equal opportunity employer and encourages, promotes and supports diversity in all aspects of its work. Depending on location of employee, (i.e. remote international or U.S. national), WEDO provides a flexible benefits program at minimal cost to the employee. We offer a rewarding, friendly, supportive, and collaborative work environment, excellent health insurance coverage, paid time off, and employer pension contributions when eligibility criteria are met.
Qualified candidates should submit their application, including Resume and Cover Letter, no later than March 24, 2020. We appreciate all who are interested, but only successful candidates will be contacted. Please, no telephone enquiries. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.