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Programme Coordination Officer

Dhaka (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Dhaka (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: National UN Volunteer - Locally recruited Volunteer
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2018-02-21

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The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.In most cultures volunteerism is deeply embedded in long- established, ancient traditions of sharing and support within the communities. In this context, UN Volunteers take part in various forms of volunteerism and play a role in development and peace together with co-workers, host agencies and local communities.In all assignments, UN Volunteers promote volunteerism through their action and conduct.
Engaging in volunteer activity can effectively and positively enrich their understanding of local and social realities, as well as create a bridge between themselves and the people in their host community. This will make the time they spend as UN Volunteers even more rewarding and productive.
Organizational Context & Project Description:
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.
Financing new and existing commitments on gender equality is central to implementing and achieving sustainable development in any country. Several successive, international agreements and policies, including the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action, the International Conferences on Financing for Development (AAAA) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined the framework for adequate financing for an inclusive/gender responsive growth in the countries. Most recently, in the Agreed Conclusions of CSW61, member States have committed to institutionalize a gender- responsive approach to public financial management, including gender-responsive budgeting and tracking across all sectors of public expenditure to address gaps in financing gender equality targets.
Gender Responsive Budgeting aims for the equitable distribution of national resources to promote and fulfil rights for all women and men. UN Women has been working closely with government ministries to strengthen Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) in Bangladesh. Recently, UN Women and the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs signed a 3 years joint project to strengthen Gender Responsive Budgeting and Planning in the context of 7th Five Year Plan and Sustainable Development Goals.
The project will strengthen existing mechanism and processes to ensure adequate financing for gender equality related national and global commitments. The project will
  • address capacity gaps in gender responsive budgeting by incorporating GRB training for frontline government officials and CSO’s;
  • develop a GRB monitoring and evaluation mechanism for effective coordination and implementation;
  • develop a model of sex-disaggregated database for government ministries and departments. The project is aligned with National Women Development Policy -2011 and its action plan.
Sustainable Development Goals: 
  • Gender Equality
UNV Focus Area:
  • Securing access to basic social services

Duties and Responsibilities

Task Description:
Under the direct supervision of Programme Analyst, UN Volunteer will be responsible for the following tasks:
  • Provide coordination and other logistics support to the GRB project implementation;
  • Provide effective communication and information support and liaise with stakeholders to facilitate knowledge building and sharing on GRB;
  • Provide support to the National Project Director in maintaining regular communication with relevant ministries and civil society organizations;
  • Ensure logistics and content support to organize Project Steering Committee (PSC) and Project Implementation Committee meetings regularly;
  • Support monitoring of budget implementation and project activity expenditures in close coordination with UN Women and Ministry of Women and Children Affairs;
  • Provide inputs to project documentation process, coordinate dissemination of knowledge projects to wider audience;
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerismby reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNVactivities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day)- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms ofvolunteerism in the host country- Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they areundertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities- Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNVpublications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.- Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers- Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, orencourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV OnlineVolunteering service whenever technically possible.
Results/Expected Outputs:
  • Support provided for the effective implementation of the GRB project;
  • Support provided for timely and accurate administrative support and scheduling of meetings;
  • Support provided for the capacity building of project stakeholders as required;
  • Support provided to visualize the evidence and results through advocacy and dialogue;
  • Support provided for timely and accurate communication and information to other stakeholders within and outside UN Women;
  • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counter-parts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);
  • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment;
  • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development dur-ing the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.


  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Commitment and Motivation 
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning 
  • Communication
  • Integrity
  • Judgement and Decision-making 
  • Planning and Organizing 
  • Professionalism
  • Respect for Diversity 
  • Working in Teams

Required Skills and Experience

Required Degree Level:
  • Bachelor degree or equivalent
Education - Additional Comments:
  • Bachelor degree in Social Science, preferably in Communications and Gender and Human Rights related disciplines
Required Experience:
  • 36 Months
Experience Remark:
  • Minimum of 3-4 years of relevant experience working on development communications, preferably in the UN system
Language Skills:
  • English (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent
Area of Expertise:
  • Resource mobilization, partnership and donor coordination
  • Mandatory Gender equality and the advancement of women Mandatory

Living Conditions:

Dhaka is the centre of political, cultural and economic life in Bangladesh. Although its urban infrastructure is the most developed in the country, Dhaka suffers from urban problems such as pollution, lack of public transport and overpopulation. In recent decades, Dhaka has seen modernization of services, communications and public works. The city is attracting large foreign investments and greater volumes of commerce and trade. It is also experiencing an increasing influx of people from across the nation; this has reportedly made Dhaka one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

Historically, Bangladesh has been a safe country for internationals, but a series of security incidents since autumn 2015 have led to increased security measures for UN international staff and volunteers. While Dhaka is not categorized as a hardship station and a cessation of incidents is expected to lead to relaxation of security measures, the volunteer should be prepared for limitations in freedom of movement on foot, by public transport, and to certain locations.
Conditions of Service:
  • The contract lasts for the period indicated above with possibility of extensions subject to availability of funding, operational necessity and satisfactory performance. However, there is no expectation of renewal of the assignment;
  • Travel to duty station (if applicable) and a Settling-In-Grant will be provided in the event the duty station is not within commuting distance from the place of recruitment. The applicable Volunteer Living Allowance is provided monthly to cover housing, utilities and normal cost of living expenses. Life, health and permanent disability insurance are included (health insurance for up to 3 dependents), as well as final repatriation (if applicable) and resettlement allowance for satisfactory service;
  • Furthermore, in non-family duty stations that belong to hardship categories D or E, as classified by the ICSC, a Well-Being Differential (WBD) on a monthly basis will be provided.


United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme which welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture.

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