Deputy Representative, South Africa Multi Country Office
Pretoria (South Africa)
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, peace and security.
Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, and in line with the ongoing UN Reform, UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations system efforts in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Eswatini to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Multi Country office priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.
Reporting to the South Africa Multi Country Representative, the Deputy Representative is responsible for the day-to-day management of the South Africa Multi Country Office. The incumbent is responsible for substantially contributing to the design, implementation, management and oversight of the Multi Country programmes and to the operations supporting its implementation to ensure effective and efficient delivery of results as planned in the UN Women Strategic Plan and the Multi Country Office annual work plans.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Manage the programme and operations teams
- Manage the day-to-day work of the programme and operations teams, including finalizing programme and operations teams’ annual workplan;
- Oversee/lead the process of programme conceptualization, planning, implementing and monitoring; and the management of material and financial resources;
- Lead the process of preparing programme implementation progress reports and identifying areas for UN Women Multi Country Representative’s action and/or decision;
- Manage the performance of staff under supervision; provide managerial direction, guidance and leadership to staff and provide performance feedback and coaching to staff under supervision, ensure performance assessment are implemented on time and ensure staff members are fully aware of UN Women workplace relations policies;
- Technically support the development of the Office security strategy and plan as required.
2. Provide advisory and specialized technical support on the strategic direction of the office
- Advise and guide the Multi Country Representative on strategic areas;
- Provide specialized technical and strategic support and guidance in managing all aspects of the programme design and related activities and for ensuring compliance and accountability in programme monitoring, reporting and evaluation;
- Develop policy documents, briefs and other strategic papers/materials for use in the development and presentation of innovative and coherent policy and programmatic positions;
- Serve as a senior member of the management team.
3. Represent UN Women in UN system coordination, with a focus on programming and operations
- As delegated by the UN Women Multi Country Representative, represent UN Women in the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) and/or the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) to collaborate with the Resident Coordinator and UN system on interagency coherence, collaboration, cooperation, resource mobilization, advocacy, common services, and operations;
- Participate in UN system thematic and other working groups to advance UN Women’s mandate;
- Provide guidance and support to the Regional Director in interacting with the UNCT on gender equality and women’s empowerment;
- Lead the gender mainstreaming in UNSDCFs in collaboration with other agencies.
4. Provide technical support in creation of strategic partnerships and resource mobilization strategies
- Provide substantive research and inputs in the formulation and implementation of the Multi Country Office resource mobilization strategy;
- Establish and maintain relationships with government, partners, stakeholders and donors to achieve active collaboration, cooperation and alliances on programme development and implementation and resource mobilization;
- Lead in the management of the partnership with SADC secretariat and other regional bodies;
- Provide substantive support in private sector engagement.
5. Represent UN Women and support advocacy strategies
- Represent and advocate for UN Women in organizational, regional, global, public information/ relations events and key meetings and meet with high level and senior officials to promote UN Women’s mandate, as delegated;
- Provide input to advocacy and public communication strategies.
6. Facilitate knowledge management, innovation and capacity building
- Manage the process of collecting and sharing lessons learned on gender equality and women’s empowerment to build knowledge and capacity of partners and stakeholders;
- Oversee the design and implementation of capacity building training activities to enhance skills and knowledge.
Key Performance Indicators
- Timely and quality provision of strategic support and advise to the Multi Country Representative
- Timely and quality delivery of the programme and operations teams
- Regular interaction and establishment of joint activities and programmes with other agencies and partners
- Quality of inputs provided in formulation and implementation of the Multi Country Office resource mobilization strategy
- Quality and number of knowledge management and advocacy initiatives undertaken
- Quality mentoring, training, coaching which affects performance of Staff
- UN Women is seen as a reliable and trustworthy partner, providing substantial inputs to progress UN women’s mandate
- 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.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637\
- Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
- Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them
- Ability to provide policy advice and support to partners
- Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making
- Excellent analytical skills
- Excellent knowledge of Results Based Management
- Strong knowledge of the UN system
- Strong knowledge of local context
- Strong negotiation skills
Required Skills and Experience
Education and Certification
- Master’s degree or equivalent in international development, public administration, public policy or other relevant social science fields is required.
- A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage.
- At least 7 years of progressively responsible professional experience that combines intellectual, strategic and managerial leadership in development programmes with a strong focus in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment at the international level, preferably in developing countries within the UN system, Agencies, Funds or Programmes;
- Field based experience working with multi-cultural teams;
- Experience in leading a team.
- Fluency in English is required;
- Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.
- All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment.
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.