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  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Khartoum
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Security and Safety
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Peace and Development
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-05

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UN Women: Programme Specialist, Women Peace, Security and Humanitarian Action

Khartoum (Sudan)


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 United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur, UNAMID, has performed traditional peacekeeping functions in Sudan’s Darfur region since 2007. The results are tangible: security has improved, armed conflict between the Government of Sudan regular forces and armed movements has subsided, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) are leaving camps in increasing numbers and the authority of the State and its institutions is gradually established in urban centers. The option of replacing the traditional peacekeeping mission with a range of activities to sustain peace, as articulated and agreed in the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) in 2011, has now become a reality. To enable this transition, entails a policy shift in the mandate as well as the operational presence of the United Nations as well as the African Union in Darfur. The recent Strategic Review of UNAMID, requested a significant downsizing and restructuring during 2017-18 with the view to have full mission closure by 2020. As UNAMID gradually exits a number of states, it will be imperative that the United Nations is equipped to support sustained peace and prevent the emerging of a vacuum by the mission closure.

Conflict in parts of Sudan has disproportionately affected women, trapping them in negative vulnerability, violence, disempowerment, disrupted livelihoods and reduced resilience. Yet most peace accords and national peace building mechanisms and processes remain gender blind and women’s participation marginalized. Although conflict levels have fallen in Darfur the security situation there and in other conflict parts of Sudan remains volatile owing to small arms proliferation, the influx of refugees from South Sudan and other neighbouring countries and conflicts related to natural resource management (land, water, livestock routes). Sudan hosts approximately 2.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), with the number of returnees likely to increase as conflicts ease in Darfur.  It hosts some 500,000 South Sudanese refugees, most of them women, children and youths. Out of the 4.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, roughly half are female. In addition to being most affected, women and adolescent girls are also the main caregivers and among the first responders, holding their families and communities together.

The recent UNAMID strategic review identified four substantive areas as key to preventing a relapse into conflict, namely: (i) rule of law, including police; (ii) resilience and livelihoods/durable solutions for internally displaced and host communities; (iii) immediate service-delivery to IDPs; and (iv) human rights. In anticipation of the transition period, UN Women Sudan led a gender needs assessment, which clarified vulnerabilities of women and girls including: higher risks of sexual and gender-based violence, limited mobility due to physical insecurity, lack of resources affecting livelihood and Women Economic Empowerment, childcare responsibilities, continuous pressure of social norms and practices affecting their health and wellbeing. It is therefore essential that UN Women Sudan positions itself to ensure effective Gender integration in the institutional process of the transition as well as in the identified four substantive areas. In this regard, UN Women is recruiting a WPS and humanitarian action Programme Specialist.

Reporting to the Country Representative, the Programme Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions across the humanitarian-development- peace continuum.  She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women RO/HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors, UN partners, and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide programme development advisory services and develop programmes in the area of Women Peace, Security and Humanitarian Action:

  • 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;
  • 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, Security and Humanitarian action programme:

  • Finalize the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation;
  • 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;
  • Build, manage, and expand relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Women Peace, Security and Humanitarian action programme; respond to any potential problems;
  • Serve as an expert resource to partners on mainstreaming gender into emergency response and peacebuilding;
  • Implement and oversee capacity building opportunities and initiatives;
  • Provide partners with advanced technical assistance, training and capacity development initiatives.

Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project:

  • Manage the process of monitoring the programme/ project’s resources and finances using results based management tools;
  • Finalize quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;
  • Write donor and UN Women reports.

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:

  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • 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.

Manage inter-agency coordination to achieve a coherent and aligned presence for Women Peace, Security and Humanitarian Action:

  • Provide substantive technical support to the Representative and Deputy Representative on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees;
  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the projects’ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts;
  • Take part in country level Common Country Assessment (CCA)/ United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) processes and similar exercises related to the RC system;
  • Prepare substantive inputs to CCA/ UNDAF and other documents, as necessary.

Lead advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:

  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to Women Peace, Security and Humanitarian Action;
  • Manage advocacy strategies and their implementation;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
  • Lead the development of knowledge management strategies and methodologies and products on Women, Peace and Security and Humanitarian Action.

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, as well as in line with operational rules and regulations, including security;
  • Strong and clear leadership/ supervision of team, including through performance plans and reviews;
  • Partners and other stakeholder provide positive feedback on advisory and technical services;
  • Quality reports and timely submission;
  • Quality of advocacy, communication and knowledge management initiatives;
  • Resources mobilized;
  • Strong relationships with donors, partners and other stakeholders.


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:

  • Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them;
  • Excellent knowledge of Results Based Management;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Excellent knowledge in Women Peace, Security and mainstreaming gender into humanitarian action;
  • 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. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Minimum 7 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Technical experience in Women Peace, Security and gender-responsive humanitarian action;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
  • Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset. 


  • Fluency in spoken and written English is required;
  • Knowledge of Arabic language is highly desired.


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from? 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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