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.
In Liberia, UN Women leads the United Nations Country Team on gender equality and the empowerment of women with over seven years managing programming in Liberia. In line with the implementation of the UN One Programme in Liberia, UN Women aims to strengthen the implementation of its 2017 planned activities in line with its 2014 – 2018 revised Strategic Plan, supporting gender equality priorities in the Government’s Agenda for Transformation in the following impact areas: 1. Women’s leadership and political participation; 2. Women’s economic empowerment; 3. Women, peace and security; and 4. Gender responsive governance. The national reaction to EVD is within UN Women’s scope under humanitarian.
UN Women is mandated by the UN Security Council to support UN system-wide coordination on women, peace and security[, and to this end UN Women has been working with governments, UN partners and civil society throughout Liberia to support women’s participation and influence at all levels of decision-making to prevent and resolve conflicts. UN Women has worked closely, and continues to work, with a number of governments in the region to develop their national action plans on UN SCR 1325 and its subsequent resolutions. Complementing this is work with national actors to support women’s engagement in peace-making, peacekeeping, recovery and prevention of violent extremism (PVE) throughout the region
About the Project and Portfolio
For ordinary Liberians, it is often difficult to access, let alone achieve, justice; in addition to the fact that the institutions tasked with upholding, protecting and realizing the rights of the Liberian people are, on the whole, incapable of properly dispensing justice, many people seeking redress have nowhere to turn to. The majority of Liberians who come into contact with the law do not know the laws applicable to their case, do not understand legal processes and terminology, and do not have access to legal aid and assistance. In many cases, women encounter difficulties in understanding and navigating the criminal justice system, due to language barriers, illiteracy or insufficient knowledge of their rights, as well as cultural barriers within communities. Moreover, as suspects, offenders and prisoners, women face unique challenges in the criminal justice system, which is typically geared to deal with male offenders and mostly does not adequately address the different characteristics and needs of women.
Engaging women and supporting community policing initiatives aimed at effectively addressing women’s justice and security needs will be critical. UN Women intend to contribute to the protection of the rights of the accused and reduce the unacceptably high pre-trial detention levels, not only by supporting the recruitment, training and deployment of additional prosecutors, judges and public defenders, but also by supporting the establishment of a proper plea-bargaining system and advocacy for the adoption of a national legal aid policy that provides a conducive enabling environment.
Reporting to the Programme Specialist, the Project Officer exercises responsibility for implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under his/her project portfolio. She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ and Regional Office staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide substantive technical support to the implementation and management of women, peace and security projects:
- Lead the implementation of project activities;
- Lead the coordination of the call/request for proposals, including the organization of technical review committees, and capacity assessment of partners;
- Review, coordinate and monitor the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
- Train partners on Results Based Management and monitor implementation.
Provide technical assistance and capacity development to project partners:
- Coordinate and provide technical support in the implementation of programme activities;
- Maintain relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of women, peace and security projects;
- Identify opportunities for capacity building of partners and facilitate technical/ programming support and trainings to partners, as needed.
Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of women, peace and security projects:
- Monitor progress of implementation of activities and finances using results based management tools;
- Draft reports on monitoring missions, programme results s, outputs and outcomes;
- Provide substantive inputs to the preparation of narrative and financial of donor and UN Women reports.
Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies:
- Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies; analyze and maintain information and databases;
- Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles;
- Participate in donor meetings and public information events, as delegated.
Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:
- Develop background documents, briefs and presentations related toprojects women, peace and security;
- Support the coordination and organization of advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products;
Support the development of knowledge management methodologies, and products on women, peace and
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
- Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
- Strong knowledge of Results Based Management
- Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports in order to inform management and strategic decision-making
- Strong Knowledge of Governance and Participation
- Strong organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail
- Good conflict resolution skills
Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Human Rights, Gender/Women's Studies, Peace and Security, International \Development, or a related field is required
- 2 years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in programme design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects
- Technical working experience in gender, peace and security, rule of Law
- Experience in establishing relationships among international organization and national governments in the field of gender and human rights of women
- Experience working in the UN System is an asset
- Management experience is an asset
- Fluency in English is required
- Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset
Important applicant information
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- Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
- Location: monrovia
- Grade: SB-4, Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Junior level
- Operations and Administrations
- Project and Programme Management
- Closing Date: 2018-08-03