Programme and Finance Associate (Re-advertisement)
Ramallah (Palestinian Territory)
Programme Finance Associate
Type of Contract: Service Contract
Post Level: SB3/3
Languages Required: English and Arabic
Deadline for Application: 17October 2019
Duration of Initial Contract: 12 Months with possibility of extension.
UN Women plays an innovative and catalytic role in the State of Palestine since its inception in 1997 as UNIFEM. UN Women focuses its activities on one overarching goal, namely to empower Palestinian women and girls and to allow them to enjoy their human rights. In support of this goal and thoroughly taking into consideration the specificities of the context in Palestine, UN Women concentrates its efforts and interventions toward the realization of three strategic goals: Engendering humanitarian action and increasing the effective leadership and participation of women in peace and security; supporting women's income security, decent work and economic autonomy; and promoting a life free of violence for women and girls in Palestine. For this, UN Women in collaboration with its partners aim to contribute to a legislative and policy framework that prevent violence and empower those affected by violence to recover; address structural barriers preventing women from economic participation and provide women entrepreneurs with the needed skills, financial resources and partnership to access a more equal share of the market; and ensure that policy makers have the capacity to effectively implement, monitor and track women’s peace and security commitments and place women’s rights at the centre of humanitarian action in Palestine.
UN Women contributes to empowering women in the economy and closing gender gaps at work, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (leaving no one behind) particularly goals 5 (Gender Equality) and 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth), the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discriminations Against Women (CEDAW), United Nations Security Resolution (UNSCR) 1325, the new Palestinian National Policy Agenda 2017-2022, the Cross Sectoral National Gender Strategy 2017-2022, specifically the Fourth Strategic Objective “Enhancing participation of women in the Economic Sector”, and the Palestine UNDAF priorities, specifically the Strategic Priority 3 “Supporting sustainable and inclusive economic development”.
Sawasya II: Promoting the Rule of Law in Palestine
Sawasya II represents the primary programmatic vehicle of the United Nations for advancing the rule of law, integrity, gender justice and human rights in Palestine for the period 2018-2023. It brings together and join efforts of three main UN entities that are mandated and invested in these areas, including UNDP, UN Women and UNICEF, in an integrated programme framework (three years, with provision for a further two optional years. Sawasya II seeks to elevate the state building enterprise for a progressively functioning and increasingly inclusive rule of law system that respects, protects and fulfils human rights and gender equality and promote peace and security.
Acknowledging that the ability to access to justice is a human right itself and is key to the realization to all other human rights, Sawasya II will address gender justice gaps and discrimination against women which are deeply entrenched in the justice and security systems in Palestine. The overarching objective of Sawasya II has UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 16 and 5 at its core: focused on the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provision of access to justice for all, and the realization of effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels (SDG 16), and on achieving gender equality and empowerment for women and girls (SDG 5).
More specifically, SAWASYA II contributes to the realization of the following four outcomes:
OUTCOME 1: Rule of law institutions are strengthened and reunified by legal, regulatory and policy frameworks in line with international standards
OUTCOME 2: Service provision by rule of law institutions is effective, accountable and inclusive
OUTCOME 3: All Palestinians, especially children and vulnerable groups, have access to justice, security and protection without discrimination
OUTCOME 4: Women's access to justice and security are improved through gender-responsive service delivery and empowerment of women
UN Women is seeking to recruit a Programme Finance Associate under SAWASYA II joint programme. Under the overall supervision of UN Women Special Representative and direct supervision of the SAWASYA II programme specialist, the Programme Finance Associate will work in close coordination with SAWASYA II team. The Programme Finance t Associate will provide effective support to the management of the Programme, to financial resources management, to the programme as well as to knowledge building and knowledge sharing.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Programme Finance Associate will undertake the followings tasks related to the implementation of the UN Women component of the Rule of Law joint programme:
1. Provides effective support to management of the programme, focusing on the achievement of the following actions:
- Support the efficient and timely implementation of the programme’s activities.
- Assist in the development of programme’s workplans and provide support for monitoring of progress.
- Establish and maintain the programme’s follow-up system for actions and deadlines;
- Support to coordination efforts with programme’s partners and ensuring flow of information with women’s organizations, government organizations, and local NGO’s; arranging for meetings with stakeholders and draft minutes of meetings as requested.
- Support in drafting progress reports, inception reports, donor reports, briefings, success stories and press releases, as requested.
- Draft formal correspondence, in both Arabic and English, as needed.
- Translation of documents (Arabic/English) when requested.
- Support organizing e workshops, activities and events related to the programme interventions, as needed.
- Provide support to the Programme’s Monitoring and Evaluation Actions through organizing meetings/workshops with relevant stakeholders.
- Support the collection and analysis of data related to the programme’s related baselines and targets;
- Review and collection of information on recent reports on Palestinian women and other related issues released from different UN agencies and partners.
- Support the collection, analysis and presentation of information for identification of areas for support, policy and programme’s formulation/implementation;
- Support in providing inputs for enhancing linkages between the programme interventions and UN Women’s Strategic Note and Annual Work Plans;
- Support in providing inputs and information for evidence-based advocacy;
2. Supports to Financial Resources Management
- Support the Programme Specialist in the financial management of programme interventions.
- Perform regular spot check visits to partners to verify financial documents;
- Support the Project Manager in preparation of budget and delivery plans for the Joint Programme, and keeping track of spending. Liaise with UN Women reporting focal point and HQ financial reporting Unit on donor financial reporting requirements.
- Follow up with government and non- government partners on submission of quarterly financial reports (Face forms); visit the partners regularly (jointly with programme Analysts) to verify reported expenditures against submitted financial documents.
- Ensure timely and quality liquidation of advanced funds.
- Support in the creation of project budgets in Atlas, preparation of budget revisions, revision of project award and project status, operational and financial closure of ATLAS projects;
- Support in the preparation of donor reporting and required documents for financial audits for UN Women and partners;
3. Supports knowledge building and knowledge sharing, focusing on achievement of the following actions:
- Participation in workshops and trainings as requested by the Project Manager;
- Contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
- Supporting in the preparation and implementation of dissemination plans of knowledge products;
- Keeping up to date with the latest advancement in the field of information and knowledge sharing.
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- 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: https://www.offidocs.com/edit-pdfeditor.php?fileurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.unwomen.org%2F-%2Fmedia%2Fheadquarters%2Fattachments%2Fsections%2Fabout%2520us%2Femployment%2Fun-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf&filename=1336337
- Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
- Good budget and finance skills
- Good knowledge of Results Based Management
- Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings and recommendations
- Good analytical skills
- Knowledge of UN programme management systems
Required Skills and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in business administration finance/accounting, social sciences or other relevant fields.
- Minimum of 4 years of experience working in business, finance/ accounting, project support, planning and coordination;
- Previous technical expertise in the area of women’s access to justice, ending Violence against Women or gender fields is a strong asset.
- Previous experience in the UN system or international organizations is considered an asset;
- Previous coordination experience in Civil Society and Government Institutions is an asset
- Fluency in English and Arabic is required;