Programme Officer, Women Peace and Security
The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (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. UN Women provides support to Member States’ efforts and priorities in meeting their gender equality goals and for building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
UN Women operationalizes this through Flagship Programming Initiatives (FPIs) developed to achieve transformative results for gender equality and women empowerment. The FPIs respond to the expanded agenda for Beijing+20 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The main objective of UN Women’s support to Government under Peace and Security is to facilitate Women’s contribution to sustainable peace and see to it that Women contribute to and benefit from prevention of conflict and disaster.
The UN Security Council Resolution 1325, unanimously adopted in October 2000, stressed the importance of equal participation and full involvement of women in all efforts of maintaining and promoting peace and security. The Government of Uganda has been implementing the National Action Plan on UNSCR 1325 since 2008. The first 3 – year NAP ended in 2010 and the second NAP 2011 -2015 expired in December 2015. The NAP provides a framework for the implementation of UNSCR 1325, it outlines the roles and responsibilities of government, civil society and development partners, and provides indicators for measuring progress via the UNSCR 1325 Civil Society Taskforce. The Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MoGLSD) as the National Gender Machinery led the development and implementation of the past NAPs and is also leading the development of the 3rd NAP 1325, with technical and financial support from UN Women Uganda CO.
Under the overall guidance and leadership of the Country Representative, and under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist, Women Peace and Security (WPS), the Programme officer will be responsible for liaising with the MoGLSD for effective and efficient management and implementation of the UN Women WPS Programme. She/he provides technical competence on gender equality and women’s empowerment with a holistic approach to development challenges facing women in the area of Peace and Security. The Programme Officer analyses political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management, implementation and evaluation of program activities within his/her portfolio and coordinates activities with partners in local government, UN and CSOs. Through the Programme Specialist, the Programme Officer provides analysis for formulation of strategies and briefings to senior management while being based at the MoGLSD with regular visits to the UN Women Country office and travel to districts where the Women Peace and Security Programme is being implemented.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Contribute technically to the development of programme strategies in the area of Women Peace and Security;
- Provide substantive inputs to the design and formulation of programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
- Identify areas for support and intervention related to the Women Peace and Security.
2. Provide substantive technical support to the implementation and management of the WPS programme
- Provide technical inputs to the annual workplan and budget;
- In close collaboration with the MoGLSD, coordinate the implementation of programme activities;
- Ensure quality and timely implementation of the Programme, documentation of good practices, success stories as well as high quality and timely reporting for results.
- Coordination 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.
3. Provide technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners
- Coordinate and provide technical support in the implementation of WPS programme activities; Develop technical knowledge products
- Maintain relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the WPS programme;
- Identify opportunities for capacity building of partners and facilitate technical/ programming support and trainings to partners, as needed.
4. Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project
- In collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and the Programme Specialist WPS, – collect, compile, analyse and share periodic data/ information on programme performance to inform continued programme efficiency and effectiveness
- Provide analytic and strategic inputs to the Country Strategy and Annual Work plans to ensure the GE/WPS specific issues are effectively addressed.
- Collect and compile program activity information, evaluating progress toward achievement of annual work plans and related program outcomes.
- Ensure that aggregate reports are regularly prepared and submitted on time.
- 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 donor and UN Women reports.
5. Provide substantive technical inputs to the management of people and finances of the WPS programme
- Monitor budget implementation and make budget re-alignments/ revisions, as necessary;
- Provide substantive inputs to financial reports;
6. 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.
7. Provide technical support to inter-agency coordination on WPS to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in the country
- Provide substantive technical support to the WPS Programme Specialist, Representative and Deputy Representative on inter-agency coordination related activities by drafting background reports and briefs.
8. Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts
- Develop background documents, briefs and presentations related to WPS
- Coordinate and organize advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products;
- Coordinate the development of knowledge management methodologies, and products on WPS;
Key Performance Indicators;
- Timely and quality substantive inputs programme strategies and activities;
- Timely and quality substantive inputs to workplans and budgets;
- Adherence to UN Women standards and rules;
- Timely monitoring and tracking of programme results and finances;
- Relationship with partners and stakeholders;
- Timely organization of events;
- Quality of knowledge and advocacy products.
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
- Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
- Good knowledge of Results Based Management
- Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations
- Good analytical skills
- Good knowledge of Women Peace and Security
- Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
- Master’s degree or equivalent in Peace and Security, social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required
- A first-level university degree in combination with six additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage.
- At least 4 years of progressively advanced level work experience in development programme/project implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building;
- Experience in the area of Peace and Security is an asset;
- Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset.
- Fluency in English is required
- Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;