The Civil society members of the Funding Board of the United Nations Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) are seeking two international or regional civil society organizations to join its Board for the following three-year term 2024-2026.
WPHF is a global pooled funding mechanism which aims to re-energize action and stimulate a significant increase in financing for women’s participation, leadership, and empowerment in peace and security processes and humanitarian response. WPHF’s funding is exclusively directed at civil society organizations. Civil society members of the WPHF Funding Board have a unique opportunity to contribute with their experiences and insights to the work of a UN entity, support and improve the financing of women at the forefront of conflict and crisis, and participate in expert and high-level dialogues on the work of WPHF.
In line with the WPHF Strategic Plan 2023-2025, WPHF’s overarching goal is to achieve inclusive and sustainable peace. The accomplishment of this goal will require that women are empowered to participate in, contribute to, and benefit from conflict prevention, crisis response, peacebuilding, and recovery. Results in these areas constitute the outcomes of WPHF’s theory of change.
- The specific outcomes for the 2023-2025 period are:
- Enabling environment for the implementation of WPS commitments: enhanced role of civil society organizations in advocating for and ensuring accountability on WPS commitments.
- Conflict prevention: increased meaningful participation and decision-making of women in conflict prevention processes and response.
- Humanitarian and crisis response: enhanced participation and leadership of women in humanitarian planning and response.
- Conflict resolution: increased representation and leadership of women in formal and informal peace processes and/or the implementation of peace agreements.
- Protection of women and girls: enhanced safety, security and mental health of women and girls and their human rights respected.
- Peacebuilding and recovery: improved socio-economic recovery and political participation of women and girls in peacebuilding contexts.
Responsibilities of Civil Society Members of the WPHF Board
- WPHF is governed by the Funding Board at the global level, which is comprised of four UN entities, four donor Member States, and four civil society organizations, all of which have equal responsibility and authority in decision-making and guidance.
- The primary responsibility of a civil society member on the WPHF Global Board is to contribute to decision-making on priority countries, general policies and direction of the Fund, as well as to support its promotion and fundraising efforts. This is achieved through:
- Participation in expert level and principal level meetings of the WPHF Global Funding Board (The principal level meetings are held once a year and the expert level meetings are held quarterly – on the average);
- Contribution to decision-making on list of WPHF eligible countries and on Fund’s investments across all funding windows
- Presentation of the views of her/his network/organization regarding funding for civil society organizations engaged in WPS and humanitarian work during meetings.
- Dissemination of information regarding calls for proposals by the WPHF;
- Generation of support for WPHF from donors, Member States and other stakeholders for them to contribute to the Fund;
- Contribution to the visibility of WPHF through presentation in meetings, conferences, and other events as well as social media; and
- Consultation with other CSOs to improve the work of the WPHF.
- The term would begin on 1 January 2024 and finish on 31 December 2026.
- Self-nominations from organizations working on humanitarian response and nexus programming and/or Women, Peace and Security at the regional or international level (particularly southern-led) are especially encouraged. This includes LGBTIQ+ organizations, which are currently underrepresented.
For more information, visit Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF).