UN Women is the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, dedicated to advancing gender equality and women’s human rights globally. Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations and focus on mobilizing efforts towards the effective implementation of UN resolution 1325 (2000), 2122 (2013) and related resolutions which commit the international community to ensure women’s participation and leadership in all aspects of conflict resolution and peace building related activities. 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.
UN Women established its presence in Yemen in 2014 working in close collaboration with the UN system providing Specialist and programme support to strengthen the UN response to addressing national priorities for gender equality and women’s empowerment, in line with UN Women’s strategic vision. UN Women in Yemen has entered into a partnership with UN entities in the country to support women’s engagement in Yemen’s current transition focusing on supporting women’s effective engagement in Yemen’s transition, and to support women and children in need to receive basic assistance.
Reporting to Country Programme Manager, the Programme Specialist is responsible for coordinating the peace and security, and humanitarian portfolio which includes coordinating relationships with national partners and stakeholders, and the monitoring and reporting, and the finances and personnel of the portfolio.
Duties and Responsibilities
1.Coordinate the peace and security, and humanitarian action Programme/Portfolios
- Coordinate the overall Programme/Portfolio work plan development and implementation according to Strategic Note/ programme document;
- Liaise with national counterparts, donors, UN Women and partners to ensure the Programme results are achieved and resources are managed;
- Prepare and present work-plans, periodic narrative progress reports and expenditures status reports to the Programme Board and UN Women;
- Establish systems for project planning, implementation and monitoring, in collaboration with partners;
- Record and maintain documents on relevant Programme activities, issues, and risks.
2.Guide coordination with national partners and other stakeholders
- Coordinate relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the peace and security, and humanitarian action Programme/Portfolio, raise potential problems and provide solutions;
- Provide guidance to partners on establishment of performance indicators, and monitoring achievement of results;
- Identify capacity building needs and support partners through technical assistance, mentoring, training, cross-partner learning, and capacity development initiatives.
3.Coordinate the monitoring and reporting on the peace and security, and humanitarian action Programme/Portfolios
- Gather and compile all information necessary for monitoring and reporting on programmes and projects from the planning to the evaluation stages;
- Monitor the implementation of activities and the expenditure of funds by partners; conduct regular monitoring visits;
- Write annual and quarterly reports; review and coordinate the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
- Provide inputs from peace and security, and humanitarian action programme activities and results programme presence reporting.
4.Manage financial resources and supervise staff
- Supervise and manage a team of professional and administrative staff, review performance and mentor/ coach staff;
- Coordinate development and preparation of financial resources of the Programme including budgeting and budget revisions, and expenditure tracking and reporting;
- Oversee and monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds to participating partners.
5.Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies
- Provide technical support to the development of partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
- Identify potential programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs and donors’ priorities and develop the relevant partnerships.
6.Advocate and facilitate knowledge building and management and communication
- Ensure documentation of the programme implementation process and products produced are in accordance with UN Women guidelines;
- Contribute to the exchange of information and knowledge products internally and externally of the programme;
- Organize major advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products.
Key Performance Indicators:
- Timely and quality implementation of Programme/Portfolio activities against set workplans, timelines and budgets, in line with the Strategic Note;
- Quality and timely reporting;
- Strong relations with partners and stakeholders;
- Regular and timely monitoring of activities;
- Timely and quality implementation of advocacy events in line with work plan;
- Enhanced best practices and lessons learned documented and circulated.
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf
- Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
- Strong budget and finance skills
- Strong knowledge of Results Based Management
- Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports in order to inform management and strategic decision-making
- Strong analytical skills
- Good knowledge of UN programme management systems
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
- Master’s degree or equivalent in public administration, law, human rights, gender equality, management, social sciences or other related areas is required.
- At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in managing complex and multi-component programme interventions with national partners, preferably related to peace and security, and humanitarian action;
- Experience in coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development programmes and projects;
- Previous experience working in the UN system is an asset.
- Fluency in English and Arabic is required;
- Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.