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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-20

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UN Women: Coordinator, Progress of the World’s Women

New York City (United States of America)


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.

The Policy Division develops and implements the UN Women corporate programme of work on analysis, research and knowledge management that provides the evidence base for the advice and guidance UN Women provides to development practitioners, the intergovernmental process, the UN system, and to UN Women staff working at country and regional level on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Division identifies emerging issues and trends, including gaps and challenges, and develops and proposes new strategies for achieving the agreed goals through innovative approaches and lessons learned about what works in practice. It also designs and oversees the training and capacity development programs of UN Women, through the training facility in Santo Domingo.

The Research and Data Section in the Policy Division is responsible for leading UN Women’s research and data agenda. Among others, it produces research including UN Women flagship publications including Progress of the World’s Women, The Global Monitoring Report on Gender Equality and the SDGs, and The Survey of the Role of Women in Development.

Progress of the World’s Women (Progress) is one of UN Women’s flagship reports. Produced by UN Women’s new Research and Data section, the report aims to frame and explore key gender and women’s rights issues for a broad audience of policymakers, advocates and academics. Each report takes up a particular theme and the key elements of the report include a conceptual framework, policy and data analysis, and case studies. The next edition of Progress seeks to answer the following question: how can laws, policies and public action support households and families in ways that enable women’s rights to resources, bodily integrity and voice? It will do so by commissioning and bringing together high-quality research, innovative data analysis, and compelling case studies to show the plurality of household and family structures across the world; and providing evidence on how public action can ensure that families support women’s and girls’ empowerment. The next edition of the report will be published in 2019.

Under the supervision of the Progress Report Manager, the Coordinator is responsible for providing coordination and support for the development of Progress of the World’s Women; leading the coordination of the production of the report and its associated products; contributing to communications and outreach activities, including the report’s launches and its web and social media presence; and serving as the monitoring and evaluation focal point for the report.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide coordination, resource mobilization and donor relations support in the planning for the development of Progress of the World’s Women:

  • Draft and maintain the project timeline and production schedule, ensuring that planning mechanisms are established to meet the deliverables for the project;
  • Oversee the project’s budget and procurement plan, including relevant procurement and HR processes and contracts, working with the Programme Associate;
  • Act as the focal point on donor relations;
  • Draft and prepare grant proposals for submission, manage donor agreements;
  • Keep track of donor reporting deadlines; draft donor reports with the input of the Progress Manager, and submit the reports in line with reporting guidelines.

Lead the coordination of the production of the report and its associated products:

  • Participate in brainstorming meetings and in-house discussions on various aspects of the report’s planning and production, including on the theme and structure of the report;
  • Secure vendor contracts for editing, design, web development, printing, translation of the report; develop and manage contracts for consultants;
  • Support the commissioning of background papers by developing terms of reference, overseeing contracts and keeping track of deliverables and payments;
  • Coordinate the advisory group and organize advisory group meetings, including identifying members, drafting letters of invitation, communicating with the group and organizing meetings with the support of the Programme Associate on travel and logistics, and drafting the meeting reports;
  • Maintain the project’s editorial guidelines and serve as the copy editing focal point for the project to ensure that all material produced adheres to the project’s editorial style;
  • Ensure the finalization of all content, and coordinate the fact checking process for the project, as well as the references, and front and back matter;
  • Coordinate the design and layout of the report, and working closely with the design vendors, develop a unique visual identity of the report in line with UN women branding guidelines;
  • Work with statisticians and chapter authors to develop ideas for data visualizations and infographics;
  • Coordinate the web presence of the report, working with the relevant internal colleagues and external vendors;
  • Liaise with the printers to organize printing of the report and manage print schedules in line with the launch dates.

Contribute to communications and outreach activities, including the report’s launches and its web and social media presence:

  • Coordinate and provide inputs to the overall outreach and engagement strategy for the project;
  • Support logistical and administrative support in the organization the global launches and media outreach;
  • Act as the focal point for regional launches and coordinate outreach for additional events and initiatives outlined in the strategy
  • Initiate distribution of the reports to all stakeholders, starting with UN Women offices;
  • Provide assistance, as needed, in the preparation of materials for the launch of Progress and ongoing advocacy efforts, including country fact sheets and other presentation materials;
  • Post-launch, serve as the web content manager for the project website to ensure that information is up-to-date and material is added to the site as needed. 

Serve as the monitoring and evaluation focal point for the report:

  • Refine the existing monitoring strategy and develop a monitoring plan for the report;
  • With the Progress Report manager, identify indicators for measuring the reach, quality and effectiveness of the report based on the monitoring strategy;
  • Put in place tools and strategies for gathering information on the above indicators, such as reader surveys, etc.;
  • Monitor and track the report once launched, and develop a report on the results against the indicators on a yearly basis to be used in reporting and future evaluations.

Contribute to the broader work of the Research and Data section at UN Women. 

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and accurate operational support to the development of the Progress Report, in line with workplan, budget and scope;
  • Draft funding proposals and donor report. Reports and proposals are submitted in a timely manner;
  • High quality report design and layout;
  • Timely implementation of launch and dissemination of report;
  • Proper monitoring of report plan.


Core values:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for Diversity.

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:

  • Strong coordination skills including proven ability to manage complex production tasks and events, coordinate logistics, and ensure completion and dissemination of reports;
  • Strong writing and editing skills in English; French or Spanish in addition will be an asset;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Good understanding of and commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment and its policy implications;
  • Ample knowledge and use of computer office tools (Word, referencing software, databases, spreadsheets, web content production, filing);
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team and in a cooperative and productive fashion both with internal and external colleagues;
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills, and ability to work in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environments; ability to build and promote partnerships across the organization and beyond;
  • Ability to work under pressure on multiple projects whilst maintaining high-quality and timeliness.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Post-graduate degree in development studies, gender, international relations, media/communications, or a related discipline. Background in project management is required. 


  • Minimum of 2 years of professional experience combined at national and/or international levels in advocacy, project management and communications. Previous experience working on gender advocacy products and/or major institutional reports;
  • Proven experience in project management;
  • Experience working with graphic designers, website designers, visual media producers, and other vendors.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language, especially French or Spanish 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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