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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: 2017-12-05

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Programme Specialist - Leadership and Governance

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)


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 ECO Strategic Notes (SN) and Annual Work Plan 2017 (AWP) focuses on supporting the development objectives of the Ethiopia Growth and Transformation Plan (2010/11-2014/15) in relation to Pillar 8 on equity and empowerment as well as being aligned with United Nations Development Assistance Framework (2016 – 2020). The strategic approach and attendant workplan includes UN Women ECO's core principles in leading and promoting coherence within UN system work and supporting regional initiatives given the presence of UN ECA and African Union in Ethiopia. The Country Programme Division under the leadership of the Deputy Country Representative manages the Programme support to Ethiopia including the Joint Programme on Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women working with the government of Ethiopia in 9 Regions and the 2 City Administration, partnerships with donors and UN agencies through the Donor Group on Gender Equality and different UN Theme Groups to enhance gender equality and empowerment of women in Ethiopia. In its work for 2017-2020, UN Women ECO is focusing on four main development result areas (DRF) namely: 1) Women supported to lead and participate in decision-making at all levels; 2) Women, especially the poorest and most excluded, are economically empowered and benefit from development; 3) Women and girls live a life free from violence; and 4) Governance and national planning fully reflect accountability for gender equality commitments and priorities. To enhance operational efficiency and organisational effectiveness (OEEF) the SN provides guidance and priorities for its coordination mandate both at regional and country-level by prioritising the following Clusters of the corporate OEEF: 1) To drive more effective and efficient United Nations system coordination and strategic partnerships on gender equality and women’s empowerment; 2) To institutionalize a strong culture of results-based management, reporting, knowledge management and evaluation; 3) To enhance organizational effectiveness, with focus on a robust capacity and efficiency at country and regional levels; and 4) To leverage and manage resources.
Anticipating the increased focus of the UN system on Peace and Security and Humanitarian efforts, UN Women ECO in 2017 furthermore started intensifying its engagement with the humanitarian community present in Ethiopia to ensure that the humanitarian relief delivered in the country is sensitive and responsive to the needs of women and girls in humanitarian situations.
One of the programme priorities of UN Women for Ethiopia is enhancing women’s leadership at all levels and their political participation under the theme women in leadership and governance. In this area, UN Women at the global level works to build capacity of women leaders and political candidates, sensitize the public on gender equality and the rights of women to have equal share in leadership positions and encourage constitutional reforms to ensure that women enjoy their political rights in equal footing with men. 
Similarly, UN Women Ethiopia Country Office has been engaged in building the transformative leadership capacity of women leaders in the civil service and widen their opportunities to climb the leadership ladder through facilitating scholarships for pursuing higher education. To achieve these goals, UN Women worked closely with other UN organizations and key government line ministries within the framework of the Joint Program on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (JP GEWE).  
Currently, UN Women Ethiopia Country Office has developed a comprehensive programme on “Increased participation and representation of women in leadership in Ethiopia: The road to equitable development’’ and is thus seeking to hire a Programme Specialist to lead the roll out and implementation of the programme.
Reporting to Deputy Country Representative, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under his/her portfolio.  She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.  

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Design and develop programme strategies in the area of Leadership and Governance: 
  • Design and formulate programme/ project proposals and initiatives; 
  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to the program area
2. Manage the implementation and management of the Leadership and Governance programme:
  • Finalize the annual workplan of the program and budget and manage its implementation;
  • Manage the technical implementation of the programme/project; ensure synergies with other teams;
  • Manage the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;
  • Organize Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.
3. Manage technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners:
  • Build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Leadership and Governance   programme; respond to any potential problems;
  • Identify capacity building needs of partners and lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives to partners. 
4. Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/project:
  • Manage the monitoring of programme/ project implementation and finances using results based management tools;
  • Oversee field missions and review reports on monitoring missions;
  • Write quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;
  • Contribute to office donor and UN Women reports. 
5. Manage the people and financial resources of the Leadership and Governance programme:
  • Manage the programme budget and draft financial reports;
  • Supervise Programme Analysts and Technical Specialists;
  • Mentor and coach staff and conduct performance assessments;
  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.
6. Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:
  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Finalize relevant documentation on donors and potential opportunities for resource mobilization;
  • Analyze and research information on donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost sharing.
7. Contribute to inter-agency coordination to achieve a coherent and aligned presence for Leadership and Governance in the country:
  • Provide technical support to the Representative and Deputy Representative on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees as needed;
  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the projects’ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts.
8. Manage advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:
  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to the Leadership and Governance; 
  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related Leadership and Governance area as necessary;
  • Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on Leadership and Governance.


Core Values:
  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.
Core Competencies:
  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example;
Functional Competencies:
  • 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;
  • Strong knowledge of Thematic Area ;
  • 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 Leadership and Governance;
  • 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.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset;
  • Experience in Resource Mobilization is an asset.


UNWOMEN is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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