Mapping of Natural Resource Management and Conflict in Asia-Pacific

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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.  Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Based on UN legislative mandates and the UNW Strategic Plan, the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific is tasked with providing strategic programme development, policy / technical advisory services and quality assurance support to Multi Country Offices and Country Offices. It undertakes or coordinates regional research and data analysis; advises on norms, policies and strategies for achieving the internationally and regionally agreed goals related to gender equality and women’s empowerment issues. It acts as a knowledge hub at the regional level, collecting evidence on progress and emerging issues and sharing knowledge on innovative approaches and lessons learned in implementation.

In 2000, the Security Council adopted the ground-breaking resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security — the first to link women’s experiences of conflict to the international peace and security agenda. It focused on the disproportionate impact of conflict on women, and called for their engagement in conflict resolution and peacebuilding. The Security Council has passed seven additional resolutions on women, peace and security since the adoption of resolution 1325, and has established the framework for women’s engagement in peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

In Asia and the Pacific, access to, and control of, natural resources is increasingly contributing to conflict and social unrest, with profound impacts on women. Across the region, women experience a lack of access to minerals, water and land, which inhibits their rights to peace, sustainable development, and security of livelihoods for themselves, their families and communities. In addition, extractive industries and natural resource management practices such as logging, often fail to engage women in the development of policies and practices, or ensure they are recipients of any financial benefits. These impacts of natural resource conflicts, the barriers to access that women experience, and the exclusion of women from natural resource management limits opportunities for peacebuilding and conflict prevention.

The Women, Peace and Security framework recognizes that women are often excluded from peace negotiations and underrepresented in decision-making processes. Recognizing that conflicts related to natural resource management often similarly exclude women from influencing decisions as to how natural resources should be distributed and how peace can be negotiated, UN Women will conduct a gender analysis mapping of the intersections between conflict and natural resource management in Asia and the Pacific.

UN Women seeks a consultant to produce a comprehensive mapping and to identify potential entry points and opportunities for programming to advance women’s role in conflict prevention and resolution in the context of natural resource management including extractive industries.


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision and guidance of the Regional Advisor on Governance, Peace and Security, the consultant will undertake the following tasks:

  • Submit for approval a draft methodology and research approach, outlining the proposed scope of the mapping, including the geographical scope; the actors/industries to be mapped; and the potential impacts on women that will be assessed.
  • Conduct a comprehensive gender analysis mapping on the intersections between conflict and natural resource management in Asia and the Pacific as approved by UN Women;
  • Submit a draft report presenting the findings of the mapping, including an analysis of potential strategic entry points for programming to advance women’s role in natural resource conflict prevention and resolution for UN Women review;
  • Submission of final report, incorporating UN Women comments.


Essential knowledge and experience:

  • Excellent grasp of substantive gender equality, conflict, and natural resource management issues and frameworks. ?
  • Demonstrable experience in providing technical gender analysis expertise to natural resource management issues.  
  • Experience on supporting gender equality programme development. Specific experience working on programmes related to natural resources and conflict is an asset.
  • Experience working on natural resources and conflict in the Asia-Pacific region is a distinct advantage.  
  • Excellent writing skills. Experience in writing analytic papers on issues such as gender equality and natural resources, peacebuilding, or conflict prevention, to a publishable quality is an asset.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the United Nations’ values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the UN and UN Women;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of a team to meet tight deadlines and produce high quality work. 


Required qualification

  • Master’s degree in natural resource management, conflict, gender issues, economics, public policy, law, international relations or other related field.
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience with a demonstrable ability to undertake research and analytical reviews, support programming, and provide technical expertise in the areas of gender, conflict and natural resource management.
  • Excellent command of English. Other UN languages an asset.