Programme Specialist, Women, Peace and Security
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.
Building on over fifteen years of experience in the area of women, peace and security, including conflict prevention and resolution, peacebuilding, security sector reform and access to justice, UN Women’s Asia Pacific Regional Office has been working to ensure a gender sensitive approach to understanding and preventing violent extremism across the region.
Under the supervision of the Regional Policy Adviser – Governance, Peace and Security, the Programme Specialist will support the development and implementation of UN Women programming on women, peace and security in the Philippines, with a particular focus on preventing violent extremism. This will entail the implementation of UN Women’s regional program on preventing violent extremism, as well as mobilizing resources and engaging with donors and other stakeholders including Member States, national or regional organizations and civil society
Duties and Responsibilities
Design and develop programme strategies in the area of Women, Peace and Security:
- Design and formulate programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
- Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to Women, Peace, and Security;
- Facilitate and undertake periodic analyses of the country situation pertaining to trends in women, peace and security and especially violent extremism;
- Organize periodic consultations with key stakeholders, women leaders, human rights experts and UN partners to gather inputs on programme design, as necessary.
Manage the implementation and management of the Women, Peace, and Security programmes:
- Finalize the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation;
- Manage the technical implementation of the programme/project and ensure synergies with other programmes;
- Manage the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
- Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators.
Manage technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners:
- Build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the women peace and security programme;
- Identify capacity building needs of partners and lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives to partners.
Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/project:
- Manage the monitoring of programme/ project implementation and finances using results based management tools;
- Undertake monitoring missions;
- Write quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;
- Contribute to office donor and UN Women reports.
Manage the people and financial resources of the programme:
- Manage the programme budget and finalize financial reports;
- Manage Technical Specialists;
- Mentor and coach staff and do performance assessments, as necessary;
- Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.
Supervise National Programme Officer, Programme Associate and Programme Assistant on Women Peace and Security
Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:
- Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies to promote Women, Peace, and Security;
- Finalize relevant documentation on donors and develop potential opportunities for resource mobilization;
- Analyze and research information on donors and prepare briefs on possible areas of cooperation.
Manage advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:
- Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to Women, Peace, and Security, as delegated;
- Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation to help raise awareness and stimulate action on women, peace and security and gender responsive initiatives to prevent violent extremism;
- Organize expert meetings, panels and other interactive events, both led by UN Women and jointly with intergovernmental or other national partners, on women, peace and security with a particular focus on preventing violent extremism;
- Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on Women, Peace, and Security
Key Performance Indicators
- Timely and quality programme design and inputs to Strategic Note;
- Timely and quality programme delivery in line with budget and workplans;
- Timely and quality monitoring and evaluation of programmes;
- Relations with partners and stakeholders;
- Quality reports and timely submission;
- Regular communication with other agencies and partners;
Quality of advocacy and communication initiatives.
- Respect for Diversity;
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- Creative Problem Solving;
- Effective Communication;
- Inclusive Collaboration;
- Stakeholder Engagement;
- Leading by Example.
- Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
- Strong knowledge of Results Based Management;
- Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
- Excellent knowledge in Women, Peace, and Security;
- Strong analytical skills;
Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required
At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
Technical experience in in Women, Peace, and Security;
Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset.
Fluency in English is required
Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset