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UN Women: Programme Specialist on Gender-based Violence, Women, Peace and Security

Kyiv (Ukraine)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Kyiv (Ukraine)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Security and Safety
    • Gender-based violence
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Peace and Development
    • Drugs, Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism and Human Trafficking
  • Closing Date: 2018-02-14

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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.

In Ukraine UN Women works with the government, parliament and civil society in advancing gender equality through implementation of the national and international commitments on gender equality and women’s human rights. UN Women Ukraine implements interventions towards the realization of following strategic goals: elimination of violence against women and girls; implementation of women, peace and security agenda and gender responsive governance. UN Women works closely with the UN Country Team in integration of women’s rights and gender equality in all spheres of UN work.

The project “Building democratic, peaceful and gender equal society in Ukraine” aims to ensure that women and girls, especially the most vulnerable to the effects of the conflict, will participate and equally benefit from recovery, peace and community security planning in eastern Ukraine. The project has two outcomes – 1) Women and girls affected by conflict in three eastern regions equally participate in and benefit from recovery, peace and security processes and 2) Law enforcement and women’s community groups in the three pilot oblasts jointly develop and implement gender-based violence prevention and response strategies as a part of local community security. The project covers two thematic areas – elimination of violence against women and women, peace and security.

Reporting to the UN Women Gender Advisor/Head of Office, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under the elimination of violence against women and women, peace and security portfolio.  S/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team in Ukraine, UN Women HQ staff, government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio with a particular focus on the conflict-affected areas.    

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide programme development advisory services and develop programmes in the areas of elimination of gender-based violence (EVAW), and women peace and security:

  • Oversee and manage the design and formulation of programme proposals and initiatives; identify programmatic areas for support and interventions within the thematic areas;
  • Develop country strategy documents, programme/ project proposals, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to the thematic areas;
  • 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 of the programme:

  • Develop the annual workplans and budgets and manage their implementation;
  • Provide programme advisory support to the Office Management within the EVAW and women, peace and security portfolio;
  • Manage the technical implementation of the programme/ project; provide technical advice; ensure synergies with other teams;
  • Review the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports as required;
  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;
  • Lead Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings.

Oversee technical assistance and capacity development on EVAW and women, peace and security to partners:

  • Provide technical advice to partners;
  • Build, manage, and expand relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the EVAW and women, peace and security programme portfolio; respond to any potential problems;
  • Serve as an expert resource to partners on EVAW and women, peace and security;
  • Implement and oversee capacity building opportunities and initiatives;
  • Provide partners with advanced technical assistance, training and capacity development initiatives.

Manage the implementation of programme activities through monitoring and reporting:

  • Manage the process of monitoring the programme/ project implementation of activities and finances using results based management tools;
  • Write high-quality UN Women and donor reports in compliance with the results-based management standards and requirements.

Manage the people and financial resources of the programme:

  • Manage the programme budget and finalize financial reports;
  • Manage Programme staff; mentor and coach staff and do performance assessments;
  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:

  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Draft relevant documentation on donors and pursue potential opportunities for resource mobilization;
  • Analyze and research information on donors, finalize substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost-sharing.

Manage inter-agency coordination to achieve a coherent and aligned presence for the EVAW and women, peace and security areas in Ukraine:

  • Provide substantive technical support to the Head of Office on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees;
  • 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;
  • Take part in country level UNDAF -related processes and inter-agency mechanisms related to the UN system at the country level;
  • Prepare substantive inputs to UNDAF and other UNCT documents, as necessary.

Lead advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:

  • Represent UN Women at the meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to EVAW and women, peace and security
  • Manage advocacy strategies and their implementation
  • Lead the development of knowledge management strategies and methodologies and products on EVAW and women, peace and security.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality programme strategies and contributions to Strategic Note;
  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget, workplans and the Strategic Note;
  • Strong and clear leadership/ supervision of team;
  • Partners and other stakeholder provide positive feedback on advisory and technical services;
  • Timely and quality of reports;
  • Quality of advocacy, communication and knowledge management initiatives;
  • Resources mobilized;
  • Strong relationships with donors, partners and other stakeholders.


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.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them for development results;
  • Excellent knowledge of Results Based Management;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports in order to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Excellent knowledge in gender-responsive governance and women, peace and security areas;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail;
  • Ability to lead formulation of strategies and their implementation;
  • Strong networking skills;
  • Ability to negotiate and interact with donors, identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field.


  • Minimum 7 years of relevant work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Strong technical experience in elimination of violence against women and of the women, peace and security agenda;
  • Experience in leading/ managing teams;
  • Experience in establishing relationships among international organization and national governments in the field of gender and human rights of women;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of Ukrainian and/or Russian language is an asset.


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.

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