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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Ankara
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Managerial positions
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-05-15

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UN Women: Country Director

Ankara (Turkey)


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. Placing women's rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States' priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director of the Europe and Central Asia Regional Office [ECA RO] in Istanbul, and in close consultation with the Resident Coordinator [RC] in Ankara, the Head of Office will be responsible for the provision of coordination, programme and technical guidance on women’s rights and gender equality to the RC and the UN Country Team [UNCT] and manages and coordinates all aspects of UN Women programming in Turkey as required, including programme development, management of operational projects, as well as continued monitoring of implementation and reporting. She/he works in close collaboration with UN Women programme and project staff, UN staff and UN agencies, government officials, technical advisors and experts, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring the successful interventions of UN Women in the country.

Duties and Responsibilities

Manage the strategic country programme planning and development:

  • Develop and implement strategic direction of the CO;
  • Lead the design, planning, formulation, preparation and development of the Country Strategic Note;
  • Provide substantive advice to the Executive Director, Regional Director and Senior Management on the regional strategy, direction and planning of programmes and projects;
  • Manage and ensure the quality of results-based and rights-based programming; Finalize the annual work plan and budget;
  • Lead the monitoring of the results-based management approach to programme planning and design.
  • Prepare analytical, progress and other reports on UN Women´s programme experiences and results in Turkey for sharing with UN Women’s ECA Regional Office and UN Women HQ, the RC, the UNCT, donors and others, as requested.

Manage the Turkey Country Office:

  • Lead the office in the delivery of operational goals; Finalize the annual work plan and budget; and oversee the implementation, including providing direction, guidance and technical support;
  • Oversee and approve programme work plans and monitor the overall progress and compliance of the CO;
  • Manage the preparation of UN Women mandated country reports;
  • Manage the audit review process and timely response to audit reports;
  • Maintain and update country office security strategy, plan, and measures to ensure full compliance with UN security policies, procedures and requirements;
  • Manage the performance of staff under supervision; provide managerial direction, guidance and leadership to staff and provide performance feedback and coaching to staff under supervision;
  • Maintain and update CO security strategy, plan, and measures to ensure full compliance with UN security policies, procedures and requirements; represent UN Women in the local Security Management Team (SMT).

 Lead inter-agency coordination:

  • Working closely with the Head of UNRC Office, advise joint inter-agency UN planning processes and similar exercises ensuring that gender concerns are clearly reflected and mainstreamed in them, including guidance in forging strategic partnerships at the national and local level to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Advise UN system-wide inter-agency coordination on gender to contribute to strategic policy discussion on gender equality, and women’s empowerment issues within the UNCT;
  • Advise the UNCT, national and local partners on mainstreaming national gender equality priorities into legal frameworks and government-led programmes, in line with international standards;
  • Advise the UNCT on improved accountability tools and assets so as to ensure the UN’s commitments to gender equality and women’s empowerment are tracked and up-scaled as opportunities arise;
  • Provide technical guidance to gender mainstreaming capacity development initiatives for governmental and non-governmental partners of UN interventions;
  • As relevant, identify opportunities for South-South learning and exchange on gender equality and women’s empowerment which the UNCT can support.

 Represent UN Women and lead advocacy strategies:

  • Represent UN Women in intergovernmental forums, public information/relations events and key meetings, participate in policy dialogue; discuss policy initiatives, report on progress achieved and/or present policy papers/ideas as agreed;
  • Build relations and partnerships with high level and senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bi-lateral agencies and NGOs; and participate in regional, country and other critical meetings and events;
  • Lead and support advocacy for gender equality and women’s empowerment to ensure that UN support towards realization of the national plans and priorities are done in a gender responsive manner, and within agreed international frameworks that promote and protect gender equality.

Create and maintain strategic partnerships and manage resource mobilization strategies:

  • Lead the development of resource mobilization strategies and manage the implementation of resource mobilization strategies, plans, and efforts;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation and resource mobilization;
  • Finalize donor reports, and negotiate and/or approve cost-sharing agreements with donors; Establish reporting accountability framework to ensure that donors are duly informed on a timely basis.

Lead knowledge management, innovation and capacity building:

  • Manage the development and implementation on CO/MCO communication plans, based on UN Women’s communication strategy;
  • Approve the implementation of innovation and best practices in the CO/MCO;
  • Promote learning and development by providing opportunities for training and capacity guiding to enhance the competencies/productivity of staff members;
  • Lead the production of knowledge products.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality programme strategy;
  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget and workplans;
  • Partners and other stakeholder provide positive feedback on advisory and technical services;
  • Timely and quality of reports;
  • Quality monitoring and reporting;
  • Quality knowledge products;
  • Increased awareness of UN Women’s work in the Turkey;
  • Increase in resources mobilized;
  • UN Women is seen as a leader in gender equality and women’s empowerment in Turkey.


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:

  • Substantive experience and record of accomplishment in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Proven ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Good knowledge of UN Women and the UN system;
  • Demonstrated people management skills, especially in multi-cultural contexts;
  • Proven ability in managing and empowering teams to work effectively together in reaching results;
  • Demonstrated  analytical and technical skills in managing development projects/programmes;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, programme development and implementation, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong partnerships and mobilize resources;
  • Demonstrated political acumen and technical capacity in participating in national and international for a on the behalf of UN Women to advocate and to promote organizational priorities, initiatives and a better understanding of the organizational strategic agenda;
  • Ability to establish and maintain broad strategic networks and partnerships with UN agencies and other international partners to promote partnership and build alliances to advance organizational interests and competencies;
  • Ability to introduce new approaches and strategic innovations;
  • Familiarity with the region and women's rights organizations and networks in the region considered an asset.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Economics, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or field relevant to the requirements of this TOR.


  • At least 10 years of progressively responsible development experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in aid development cooperation, some of which is in gender and women’s issues programming, at the international level, preferably in developing countries within the UN system, Agencies, Funds or Programmes or UN Mission;
  • Experience related to the Europe and Central Asia region in general, and Turkey in particular, is an asset.
  • Field based experience working with multi-cultural teams;
  • Experience in leading a team;
  • Experience in programme and operations management, resource mobilization and partnership creation; and
  • Experiencing working on women’s rights and gender issues.


  • Written and oral proficiency in English is required.


  • 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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