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INFO: IUCN Gender Expert Network on Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development



Gender Expert Network on Environment, Climate Change and

Sustainable Development


The IUCN Global Gender Office is the institutional anchor of IUCN´s work
on gender equality and women's empowerment. The Office is based in
Washington D.C. and operates at global, regional and national levels,
providing technical support to institutions as diverse as multilateral
development banks, United Nations agencies, the secretariats of
international conventions, international development agencies, ministries
of national governments, and women's and environmental organizations.

Over the past two decades, the Office has carried out extensive work
addressing gender issues within the environmental and energy sectors.
Activities to date include:

Publication of more than 70 gender tools specific to sectors in the
environmental and sustainable development arena.
Development of major institutional gender frameworks of United Nations
Environment Programme (UNEP), Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD),
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and United
Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR)
Support to more than 15 national governments and regional bodies to develop
landmark gender-responsive climate change and REDD+ national strategies.
Support to Central American governments and local organizations to enhance
their capacity to address gender considerations in the energy sector in
Central America.

Launch of the first global measurement system on gender and environment—the
Environment and Gender Index (EGI).
Spearheading of the Global Gender and Climate Alliance (GGCA) and the
Network of Women Ministers and Leaders for the Environment.

Gender Expert Network

In recent years, requests to the Office for technical support at the
national level have multiplied, necessitating an additional layer of
expertise and expanded human resources. At the same time, IUCN's global
partners are investing in the Office's expansion to new countries.

Responding to these new opportunities, the Office is establishing a gender
expert network on environment, climate change, and sustainable
development. The network will be made up of gender experts already active
in key developing countries—individuals who are motivated to exchange
strategies, information, and build momentum across countries and regions.
The gender expert network will anchor the Office's work in key countries,
connecting international commitments on gender in the environmental and
sustainable development arena to national level policies and programmes.
In some cases and as necessary, gender experts may be offered the
opportunity to provide professional support to IUCN's activities—including
technical inputs; advocacy; research; training; strategic networking and


Members of the Gender Expert Network will be exposed to the following

Information and strategy exchange with the Office, and with peers in other
countries and regions.
Participation in the Office's national and regional activities as noted
Trainings on emerging topics and trends when they are scheduled in key
countries or regions.
In some cases there may be opportunities for a professional consultancy as

National and Regional Level Activities

Members of the Gender Expert Network may be invited to participate in the
Office's national and regional activities, which include but are not
limited to:

Developing new initiatives on gender, environment, climate change, and
sustainable development.
Supporting IUCN country offices or regional offices on integrating gender
in their work.
Promoting the participation of women and women's organizations in key
Providing trainings.
Conducting research, collecting case studies and best practices, and
analyzing lessons learned.
Preparing manuals and other capacity development materials.
Supporting governments and other stakeholders to develop public policies,
including national strategies for mainstreaming gender in climate change and
Collaborating with governments and other stakeholders to identify actions
for implementation out of the national strategies.

Thematic areas

IUCN will seek a balance of expertise in the following thematic areas:

Gender mainstreaming methodologies
Gender and natural resource management, including biodiversity and
protected areas
Gender and climate change: adaptation, mitigation, REDD+, and climate
Gender and energy, with emphasis on access to energy and renewable energies.
Gender, water, and drylands.
Gender and disaster risk reduction.


Members of the Gender Expert Network will have the following characteristics:

Graduate degree in a relevant discipline, such as gender, sustainable
development, environment, climate change, and/or the social sciences.
7+ years in the field of gender and environment, including demonstrated
knowledge of challenges and solutions.
Experience working with networks in the areas of gender and environment,
sustainable development, and climate change.
Working knowledge of the international policy environment, and national
policy environments in the specified developing country.
Experience conducting research and analysis in the area of gender and
Solid command of written and oral communications in English. Depending on
the region, fluency in other languages such as Spanish, French, Arabic, or
other languages.

Expression of Interest

Both women and men are encouraged to submit an expression of interest.
Interested individuals should submit a CV and a cover email noting the
country(ies) of specialty and describing why you are interested in
participating in the network.
The email is and the deadline is August 15, 2013.

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