Programme Officer, Accountability and Gender Mainstreaming
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 Government, 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’s 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 international GEWE normative frameworks (CEDAW, Beijing +20 Plan of Action, SDGs, UNSCR 1325) and Gender Responsive Budgeting is to institutionalize gender equality by ensuring that National and local plans and budgets are gender responsive through strengthening the capacity of the MGLSD and other selected MDAs and local governments to, plan, coordinate, monitor and track allocations for GEWE.
Under the overall guidance and leadership of the Country Representative, and under the direct supervision of the Ministry Gender, Labour and Social Development and the Deputy Country Representative UN Women, the Officer for Accountability and Gender Mainstreaming will be responsible for liaising with the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Ministry of Gender Labour and Social Development (MGLSD) Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development (MFPED) Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) and the National Planning Authority (NPA) for effective and efficient management and implementation of the UN Women’s GEWE Programme. She/he will provide technical and capacity building support on gender mainstreaming, women’s empowerment and gender responsive budgeting with a holistic approach to development challenges facing women and girls. The Programme Officer will facilitate the process of disseminating Gender Statistics for Evidence based Planning and Budgeting in sectors and Local Governments. In addition, the officer will analyse the GEWE related policy and legal frameworks to identify gaps for redress based on the political, social and economic trends and inform programming and actions. The Programme Officer will also provide coordination and programme design support to both the MGLSD and EOC for effective management, implementation and reporting on progress. While the officer will be based at the MoGLSD and sometimes the EOC, she/he will also from time to time be expected to make regular visits to districts under the Programme being implemented.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Contribute technically to the development of Programme strategies in GRB and Gender mainstreaming
- Provide substantive inputs to the design and formulation of programme/ project proposals and initiatives.
- Identify areas for support and intervention related to policy and legal implementation in the context of the National Gender Policy and the PFMA of 2015.
2. Provide substantive technical support to the implementation and management of the GRB and Gender Mainstreaming initiatives (Including International and regional normative GEWE frameworks and recommendations)
- Provide technical inputs to the annual workplan and budget for UN Women and MoGLSD.
- In close collaboration with the MoGLSD and the EOC provide coordination support to 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.
- Review, coordinate and monitor the submission of MGLSD financial and narrative reports.
3. Provide technical assistance and Capacity Development to Sectors and Local Governments.
- Support coordination and Provide technical support in the implementation of GEWE programme activities (National Gender Policy, CEDAW recommendations and Beijing Plan of Action).
- Support Local Governments to strengthen their capacity on GRB, mainstreaming and use of Gender disaggregated data for planning and budgeting.
- Identify technical capacity gaps in GRB and gender mainstreaming across MDAs and provide the required training.
4. Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of the programme
- In collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at UN Women, collect, compile and share periodic progress reports on programme performance.
- Ensure that project reports are regularly prepared and submitted on time.
- Provide substantive inputs to the preparations of reports and presentations to Government and GDPG.
5. Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies
- Provide substantive inputs in proposal writing for GEWE resource mobilization initiatives.
- Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes and speeches.
- Participate in meetings and events, as and when delegated.
6. Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts
- Support the MGLSD on media engagements for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
- Support the MGLSD and EOC to develop IEC materials for advocacy, knowledge management and communication Including development of briefs on gender and equity planning and budgeting and generally on gender equality and women’s empowerment programme.
- Develop background documents, briefs and presentations related to GEWE and GRB.
- Support into coordination and organization of advocacy activities and events. (IWD, CSW, Rural Women’s Day and 16 days of Activism against GBV).
- Support the MGLSD on Policy Reviews and formulation
Key Performance Indicators;
- Timely and quality substantive inputs into annual work plans and budgets, programme strategies and activities;
- Adherence to Government and UN Women standards and business practices
- Timely monitoring and tracking of programme results and finances;
- Maintenance of effective information flow timely response to communication from partners and stakeholders
- Response to timely reporting and documentation of good practices
- Quality of knowledge and advocacy products.
- Respect for Diversity
- Skills in gender mainstreaming for GEWE and GRB
- 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 and information, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations.
- Gender analytical skills
- Excellent writing, facilitation and presentation skills
- Good knowledge of Government Policies and Development Frameworks
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
- Master’s degree or equivalent in Gender and Development, Economics, Social Sciences, Human Rights, Gender/Women's Studies, International development, or a related field is required.
- A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage.
- A minimum of 4 years of progressively responsible advanced work experience in development programme/project implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building;
- Experience in Gender Responsive, planning and budgeting and domestication of international Gender equality frameworks 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;