The United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU) in the Republic of Kazakhstan are now accepting applications from eligible qualified candidates to participate in the Regional Civil Society Advisory Group (RCG-RG), an advisory council for the new Ray of Light regional initiative to respond to VAWG (Violence Against Women and Girls) for Central Asia and Afghanistan, scheduled to kick off in the third quarter of 2020.
Mobilising the UN Country Teams (UNCTs) in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, as well as in partnership with Afghanistan, the SI seeks to fill a vital vacuum in the region, while bolstering the work of the SI Country Programmes. Currently there is a certain lack of consensus and common platform in Central Asia around SGBV prevention, response, and behaviour change to support the on-going national and community efforts in this regard. The SI Regional Programme for Central Asia will ensure that all models, tools, and transformational approaches adopted at the regional level reinforce and support the implementation of the international norms and standards guiding work on SGBV, including the CEDAW, the CRC and the Council of Europe (CoE)’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence – also known as the Istanbul Convention. In addition, the models will reflect the importance of gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) methodologies – including costing – to ensure prevention and response to SGBV is robust.
The GSC-GO is a group of 15 prominent regional experts on the elimination of VAW and harmful practices, as well as on women’s rights in a broader sense. The RCU-RG will also nominate its members to serve on the Ray of Light Regional Multilateral Steering Committee as non-voting representatives.
In addition to advising the regional multi-stakeholder committee of the initiative, the RCU-GO will have a close working relationship with the Ray Sveta program team in the Republic of Kazakhstan to ensure its systematic participation in providing technical advice and informing planning to address VAWC, including for the most marginalized groups facing multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination are key to responding to the call of the 2030 Agenda “.
Duration of the Mandate
- Members of the RCU-RG will serve in their personal capacity. The initial appointment will be for two years and may be renewed for a maximum of three years.
- A selection committee, composed of UN representatives and regional civil society representatives, will review the long list of candidates and select 12-15 candidates as permanent members of the Ray of Light RCG-GO in Central Asia and Afghanistan. The selection committee will make decisions by consensus.
Requirements for Applicants
All interested parties must provide the application package with the heading “Beam of Light Initiative – Application Form in the RCU-GO for Central Asia and Afghanistan “:
- Completed application form,
- CV, no more than 3 pages, including your professional training and work experience, including in the women’s / feminist movement
- Motivation letter, no more than 1 page, outlining the reasons for the application and the contribution you would like to make to the RCU-GO
- Please familiarize yourself with the attached annex 2 (terms of reference for the RCU-GO) and annex 3 (code of honor RCU-GO) , which will need to be signed by each selected member of the RCG-GO.
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