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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Sarajevo
  • Grade: SC-9/SB-4, Local Service Contract - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-02-28

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Field Coordinator

Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)


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.

Violence against women and girls and domestic violence are widespread social problems in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), constituting serious violations of fundamental human rights. This type of violence is still seen and tolerated as “socially acceptable behaviour” and is justified by the prevailing socially accepted gender norms on the role and status of women in the family and in society. Results of the first countrywide Survey on Prevalence and Characteristics of Violence against Women (2013) indicated that almost half of women older than fifteen have been subjected to one or more forms of violence at least once in their lifetime. This research confirmed that women in BiH are exposed to a high risk of experiencing violence, primarily through their immediate, intimate relationships with partners and family, and secondarily in their broader community.  Women who suffer multiple forms of discrimination such as women with disabilities, Roma women and rural women are at greater risk of experiencing such violence.

“Standards and Engagement for Ending Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, is a three-year project that will be implemented by the UN Women Country Office in BiH to strengthen the institutional and social response mechanisms to violence against women and domestic violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This will be realised by improving the availability, accessibility and quality of services to survivors of violence against women and domestic violence, as well by promoting favourable social attitudes and behaviours towards ending violence against women and domestic violence among men, women and young people. It will enhance availability, access and quality of services utilizing a multisectoral approach to address violence against women and domestic violence in BiH. This will be realised by supporting state based and non-governmental institutional service provision in line with the requirements of the Istanbul Convention, as well as by deploying direct support to capacity development of relevant service providers in selected communities. Furthermore it will engage men, women and young people to foster favourable social attitudes and behaviours towards ending violence against women and domestic violence, as well as reduce the stigmatization of survivors, by enhancing public awareness and knowledge building on violence against women and domestic violence and available services.

Under the direct supervision of the EVAW Project Manager and overall supervision of the Programme Specialist, the Field Coordinator will be responsible for implementing and monitoring the activities in the selected communities of the “Standards and Engagement for Ending Violence against Women and Domestic Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina” project, funded by SIDA. The Field Coordinator will work in close collaboration with the EVAW team and the operations team to ensure consistent service delivery.

Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinate the implementation of the EVAW field activities

  • Support the development and coordination of the activities aimed at improving the availability, accessibility and quality of services to survivors of violence against women and domestic violence;
  • Actively participate in planning meetings, support the development of work plans and propose interventions based on need assessments;
  • Undertake regular field trips to support the work of key partners, both institutions and civil society organizations;
  • Establish effective working relations with the selected implementing partners and stakeholders;
  • Participate in all aspects of the project implementation, communication and information exchange with the EVAW team and implementing partners (government and CSOs);
  • Ensure timely and efficient implementation of the project’s activities in the field and ensure that the project results are aligned with Project document.

Monitor the field work and provide technical support in the selected communities

  • Design and implement monitoring plans, data collection and verification tools;
  • Undertake regular monitoring missions to ensure timely delivery and quality of results;
  • Ensure proper identification of and follow up with the national experts/consultants and institutions/civil society groups who will be involved in the implementation of certain activities;
  • Identify and link to related ongoing activities within other institutions and encourage collaboration and synergies;
  • Promote and advocate for the project in the media as agreed with the Project Manager, in relevant national seminars, meetings of work groups and panels, and project periodic evaluation and review meetings;
  • Contribute to prepare deliverables and provide technical support and inputs as needed for the project.

Reporting to UN Women

  • Develop quarterly monitoring reports on the state of the project implementation in the communities where the project will be implemented;
  • Contribute to ensure project documentation/communication is properly done and tracking system is in place for effective project closure;
  • Ensure adherence to the UN Women operating rules and procedures;
  • Perform appropriate operations in ATLAS.


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 substantive knowledge on gender based violence and the situation in Republika Sprska and Federation BiH.
  • Ability to extract, interpret, analyze data and resolve operational problems;
  • Ability to perform work of confidential nature and handle a large volume of work;
  • Ability to support a team and team building skills;
  • Strong IT skills and ability to apply it consistently in work tasks;
  • Good knowledge of administrative rules and regulations, organizational policies and procedures related to the position and ability to apply it consistently in work tasks;
  • Focus on results and positive response to feedback;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches;
  • Reports to internal and external partners in a timely and appropriate fashion;
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet partners and donors needs and deadlines;
  • Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external partners;
  • Responds to partners needs promptly.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University degree in gender, development, public policy, social studies or closely related field. Master’s degree in those areas would be considered an asset.


  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in similar positions is required;
  • Demonstrated programme / project experience will be highly valued as well as the previous work and research on topics related to gender equality, human rights, law and provision of services for the survivors of gender based violence;
  • Experience working with women rights issues is necessary as well as having a good understanding of gender based violence and feminism;
  • Previous experience working with international organizations will be considered an asset;
  • Experience with the international standards related to the Project Cycle Management and Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects is required. Shortlisted candidates will be tested in this area.

Language Requirements: 

  • Excellent English and B/S/C language skills, both written and oral.


Important applicant information

All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.

Note: UNWOMEN reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNWOMEN at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

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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