Re-advertisement: Programme Officer, Rule of Law
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.
Under the direct supervision of the Regional Director, ESARO, the Programme Officer, Rule of Law exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under his/her portfolio. She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women RO staff, government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under his/her portfolio.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide advisory and programme development services to the Rule of Law Portfolio:
- Draft country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to Rule of Law in Somalia;
- Draft the design and formulation of programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
- Translate the priorities of the Strategic Note in Rule of Law into programme interventions;
- Participate in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to Rule of Law on behalf of UN Women, as necessary;
- Identify areas for support and interventions within the Rule of Law Portfolio;
- Provide programme advisory support to the Office Management, as necessary.
Oversee the implementation and management of the Rule of Law Portfolio:
- Finalize the annual workplan and budget and oversee implementation;
- Finalize reports on activities, outputs and outcomes; as well as donor and UN Women reports;
- Ensure adherence to standard UN Women procedures in planning and implementation of programmes/ project;
- Ensure synergies within and with other programme/ project teams;
- Oversee the technical implementation and conceptualization of the programme/project;
- Manage the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
- Provide guidance to staff and partners on RBM tools and performance indicators.
Oversee technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners:
- Build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Rule of Law Portfolio; respond to any potential problems;
- Identify capacity building needs of stakeholders;
- Provide partners with technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives.
Oversee monitoring and reporting of the Rule of Law Portfolio:
- Oversee the monitoring of implementation of activities and finances using the results-based management tools;
- Oversee field missions and write reports on monitoring missions;
- Write quarterly reports and donor reports.
Manage people and financial resources of the programme:
- Responsible for overall programme budget;
- Draft financial reports;
- Supervise team;
- Write terms of reference for new staff, consultants and contractors and oversee the recruitment process, as necessary.
Contribute to inter-agency coordination:
- Provide technical support on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees as needed;
- 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;
- Participate in country level Comprehensive Country Assessment (CCA)/UNDAF processes and similar exercises related to the RC system;
- Prepare inputs to CCA/ UNDAF and other documents;
- Write analytical and regular progress reports on UN Women’s programme experiences in support of UN Women inter-agency coordination role.
Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:
- Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
- Finalize relevant documentation on donors and potential opportunities for resource mobilization;
- Analyze and research information on donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost sharing;
- Determine programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs and donors’ priorities and develop the relevant partnerships.
Lead advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:
- Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation;
- Develop and expand knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on Rule of Law;
- Manage the process of identifying and synthesizing of best practices and lessons learned that are directly linked to the implementation of the programme and contribute to their global dissemination.
The post has an impact on the overall effectiveness and success of UN Women interventions and activities in the Political Participation portfolio, which in turn impacts the overall effectiveness of the UN Women programme in Somalia. By helping ensure effective design, planning, implementation, and M&E of assigned sectorial/thematic areas, and building networks and helping mobilize resources for these areas, the incumbent enhances the organization’s capacity and credibility in implementation of highly effective programmes with strong impact.
Core Values / Guiding Principles:
- Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
- Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work;
- Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
- Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity;
- Organizational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment;
- Development and Innovation: Take charge of self-development and take initiative;
- Work in teams: Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
- Communicating and Information Sharing: Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication;
- Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others;
- Conflict Management: Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution;
- Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge;
- Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.
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
- Ability to lead the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects;
- Ability to establish and maintain broad strategic networks and partnerships;
- Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
- Ability to formulate and manage budgets;
- Strong interpersonal skills;
- Strong leadership skills;
- Strong IT skills;
- Strong analytical skills;
- Strong conflict resolution and negotiation skills;
- Very strong oral and written communication skills;
- Strong knowledge of RBM;
- Knowledge of Political Participation and Leadership.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s Degree in Gender Studies, Law, Political Science, Development Studies or closely related fields.
- At least 5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in programmes to advance women’s political participation, leadership and decision making, with responsibility for the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects;
- Demonstrated ability to deliver high quality products;
- Experience working in the field of gender and human rights an advantage;
- Experience working on women political leadership and participation an advantage;
- Prior experience in the UN System and the Region will be an asset.
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Somali is required;
- Working knowledge in any of the official UN languages is an asset.