UN Women: 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 Asia Pacific Regional Office has been working to ensure a gender sensitive and gender responsive approach to understanding and preventing violent extremism at the regional level. UN Women’s approach to preventing radicalization and violent extremism is firmly based on the empowerment of women to build resilient, cohesive and peaceful communities – with particular attention to those that are most marginalized and in particularly vulnerable situations.
Taking into consideration the growing threat of violent extremism in Asia and the Pacific, including the increasing trend of domestic violence incidents, UN Women with the support of the government of Japan is seeking to expand its efforts in the area of prevention of radicalization and violent extremism through empowered women’s influence in building resilient communities, with regional components and particular country focus in Indonesia and Bangladesh.
The Programme Specialist, Women, Peace and Security, under the supervision of the Regional Policy Advisor, Governance, Peace and Security, facilitates (a) the setting up of the programmatic and operational elements necessary for the successful implementation of the upcoming programme in the area of preventing violent extremism at the regional and country levels, as relevant, in coordination with UN Women field-based presences; (b) supports the day-to-day functioning of the programme, providing technical support when necessary; (c) contributes to the creation and dissemination of knowledge products through capturing good practices in support of UN Women advocacy.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide programme development advisory services and develop programmes in the area of Women, Peace and Security:
- Oversee and manage the design and formulation of programme proposals and initiatives; Identify programmatic areas for support and interventions;
- Finalize country strategy documents, programme/ project proposals, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to Women, Peace, and Security;
- Facilitate and undertake periodic analyses of regional and country situations pertaining to trends of women, peace and security and especially violent extremism incidents, radicalization levels, terrorism policies and the extent to which these are gender sensitive and gender responsive;
- 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 programme:
- Finalize the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation;
- Provide programme advisory support to the Office Management within the 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 to project/programme partners:
- Provide technical advice to partners on promoting women’s leadership and empowerment, gender-responsive prevention of violence extremism, and overall activities linked to women, peace and security;
- Build, manage, and expand relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Women, Peace, and Security programme; respond to any potential problems;
- Serve as an expert resource to partners on 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;
- Finalize quarterly reports and donor reports;
- Finalize quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;
- Write Office donor and UN Women reports.
Manage the people and financial resources of the programme:
- Manage the programme budget and finalize financial reports;
- Manage Programme Analyst and Technical Specialists; mentor and coach staff and do performance assessments, as necessary;
- Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.
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, finalize substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost sharing.
Lead advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:
- Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to Women, Peace, and Security;
- Manage advocacy strategies and their implementation to help raise awareness and stimulate action on women, peace and security and gender responsive initiatives to prevent radicalization and violent extremism, including through the development of supportive networks and the elaboration of printed promotional materials, press releases, social media, success stories documentation, among others;
- Organize expert preparatory 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 through women’s empowerment;
- Lead the development of knowledge management strategies and methodologies and products on 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.
- Respect for Diversity;
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
- 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: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf.
- 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 Women, Peace, and Security;
- 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 is required.
- At least 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 Women, Peace, and Security;
- 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 at the country-level is an asset;
- Experience working in the UN System is an asset.
- Fluency in English is required;
- Knowledge of the other UN official working 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 http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment 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.