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Programme Manager, ONLY KYRGYZSTAN

un women country office in bishkek

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: un women country office in bishkek
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2019-10-26

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As part of a global joint initiative involving seven countries, launched by the Executive Heads of UN Women, FAO, IFAD, and WFP in October 2012, the project “Acceleration of Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment” focuses on rural women’s economic empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic. The Programme uses a Multi Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) modality to ensure transparency, accountability and efficiency.

This partnership between UN Women, FAO, IFAD and WFP is to generate synergies that capitalize on each agency’s mandate, comparative advantage and institutional strength to generate more lasting and wider scale results.

Project Objectives: promoting rural women’s economic empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic corresponds with the Global Programme goal to secure rural women’s livelihoods and rights in the context of sustainable development and the SDG agenda. The agencies aim to provide a harmonized, political, and institutional framework for complex programme interventions aiming at overcoming deep-rooted inequalities in rural areas. The current programme is premised on the experience of a successful partnership between UN Women, FAO and WFP from previous joint projects.

JP RWEE will promote rural women’s economic empowerment in the Kyrgyz Republic through securing rural women’s livelihoods and rights in the context of sustainable development and the post-MDGs agenda. Programme is designed around the following three outcome areas: (i) increased income opportunities and food security for rural women; (ii) enhanced leadership and participation of rural women in decision-making processes at the local and national levels; and (iii) a more gender responsive policy environment in the country. The agencies will ensure a harmonized, political, and institutional framework for complex programme interventions aiming at overcoming deep-rooted inequalities in rural areas.

Since 2014, in Kyrgyzstan the Joint Programme has directly benefitted over 3,000 rural women across 73 villages in five provinces, and has indirectly improved livelihoods of additional 8,400 rural residents in Kyrgyzstan. An external evaluation is concluding in May 2018 to review progress, learn lessons from the strategies and approaches employed in the JP and inform the design of the JP activities in the next phase consolidating results and guiding on an exit strategy in communities previously involved in the programme.

The programme has been supported by the Governments of Sweden and Norway.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of work:

The Programme Manager will be working under the direct supervision of the Representative of UN WOMEN as Lead Agency for this programme. The Representative will act also on behalf of UN FAO, WFP and IFAD when directing the incumbent. The position is physically based in the UN Women Kyrgyz Republic Country Office. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical leadership of the programme and substantive advice to all stakeholders based on the findings and recommendations of the external evaluation
  • Ensure that funds are mobilized by soliciting donor interest and preparing proposals for funding in coordination with participating agencies
  • Prepare and compile an integrated operational and financial Annual Work Plan (AWP) in coordination with all involved stakeholders adopting a results-based management approach
  • Ensure synergies and complementarities between the different activities and outputs to ensure achieving the envisaged outcomes of the joint programme
  • Preparation of quarterly and annual joint programme progress reports, funds, requisition, financial reports, and any other reports as requested by the participating agencies
  • Coordinate and follow up with the UN Agencies and donor involved in the joint programme to follow up on progress, proactive identification of joint programme issues and risks and reporting on any foreseen problems that could affect joint programme overall progress or delivery
  • Serve as the Secretariat for the Programme National Steering Committee (NSC), including managing the preparation for the NSC meetings and follow up on the NSC meeting decisions
  • Convene quarterly Joint Coordination meetings and circulate minutes of the meetings to all members
  • Organize joint programme events to ensure integration among the various programme components, including the design and performance of pulse surveys, awareness raising, advocacy and networking activities amongst various constituents
  • Ensure the integrity of the joint programme and information sharing among the main stakeholders of the programme; facilitation of monitoring and evaluation missions
  • Document success stories and lessons learnt and share them with the NSC
  • Provide such information as may be requested by national authorities and the UNRC and the UNRCO
  • Perform other duties as requested


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the United Nations and the four participating agencies
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality, and age sensitivity and adaptability.

    Functional Competencies:

    Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Shares knowledge and experience
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
  • Ability to analyse complex situations from a position of impartiality
  • Ability to concisely and to the point document information and findings, targeting a specific audience.
  •  Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to perform a variety of specialized tasks related to Results Management, including support to design, planning and implementation of the projects, managing data, reporting
  • Ability to provide input to business processes re-engineering, implementation of new system including new IT based systems
  • Good knowledge of Results Management Guide and Toolkit.
  • Leadership and Self-Management:

  • Focuses on result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure, uses skills of diplomacy
  • Ability to prioritize and manage competing priorities, grasping the situation quickly
  • Ability to conduct advocacy on sensitive issues, not avoiding but processing conflict.

Required Skills and Experience

Professional Skills and Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Development Studies, Gender, Political Science, Social Sciences or another field relevant to the nature of the programme
  • At least two years of documented experience in project and/or programme management and implementation of development projects preferably in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Good knowledge of gender and women issues in Kyrgyzstan, key players both at the institutional as well as grassroots levels
  • Understanding of development challenges in Kyrgyzstan as well as substantive technical knowledge related to the nature of the programme
  • Demonstrated skills in results-based programme planning and management
  • Self-starter and proactive
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Strong software application skills including MS Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Fluency in English and Russian language; working level knowledge of Kyrgyz
  • Previous work experience with UN Agencies, government agencies and international development partners – highly desirable.

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.

All online applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P11) which can be downloaded from Alternatively, a UN or UNDP P11 can be filled. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment which must be the P11.

Applications without the completed P-11 form are incomplete and will NOT be considered for further assessment!!!

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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