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Programme Manager, Women’s Economic Empowerment - For Lebanese Nationals ONLY

Lebanon (Lebanon)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Lebanon (Lebanon)
  • Grade: SB-5 (SC10/SC11), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Economics
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-07-04

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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 has been working in Lebanon since 2015 to address the economic and social needs of refugees and host communities in close cooperation with the Government of Lebanon. UN Women Lebanon works on issues of women’s political participation, peace and security, economic empowerment and changing social norms around gender and masculinities.

Specific to economic empowerment, UN Women (UNW) is implementing a portfolio of projects that seek to economically empower women in Lebanon, Lebanese, refugees, and migrant worker, through a holistic approach that aims to increase their financial access and employability, while addressing issues of violence against women and supporting women’s leadership. Under the direct supervision of the Country Programme Manager, UN Women is recruiting a Programme Manager on Women’s Economic Empowerment. The Programme Manager will be responsible for leading programme implementation to achieve programme results, creating new partnerships to build the portfolio, managing a team and serving as UN Women’s lead technical specialist on women’s economic empowerment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical support to the design of projects, partnerships and initiatives on women’s economic empowerment

  • Identify strategic entry points for UN Women on work to support women’s economic empowerment in Lebanon, at the micro, meso and macro level
  • Build partnerships across the UN, the government, the private sector and I/NGOs for joint initiatives;
  • Develop concept notes and programme documents as requested.

Manage UN Women’s Programmes on women’s economic empowerment

  • Oversee the day to day implementation of UN Women’s portfolio on women’s economic empowerment; ensure alignment of project budgets with logical framework matrices and work plans;
  • Review programme annual work plans to assure compliance with UN Women programme goals and results-based indicators;
  • Manage the monitoring of mutually agreed results frameworks and performance indicators;
  • Manage programme quality control and identification of potential challenges;
  • Analyze and align programme activities with operations team in close liaison with Operations Managers;
  • Recommend and establish programme monitoring standards, criteria, and other indicators for measuring and assessing progress/results;
  • Coordinate the process of gathering information and preparing progress reports on programme implementation; prepare technical reports.

Oversee and guide people and budget management for the projects

  • Lead a team, perform staff performance reviews, ensure capacity development of UN Women colleagues by suggesting development opportunities;
  • Monitor and analyze financial situation on the portfolios and projects to ensure adherence to delivery rates and utilization of resources to meet agreed upon targets and results;
  • Ensure effective information flow, communication and coordination across the office, between programmes, projects and operations, and with other UN Women offices and units.

Expand strategic partnerships and support fundraising efforts

  • Support the development of strategic partnerships and alliances with other UN organizations, multilateral organizations, regional organizations, academic and technical organizations; contribute to the negotiations in establishing such partnerships, drafting of agreements and monitoring their implementation;
  • Ensure close co-operation with other UN Women teams; develop alliances and working partnerships (thematic, advocacy, joint Programmes, regional resource facilities, etc.);
  • Identify and develop resource mobilization opportunities in support of the programme, maintains close relations with donors and ensure timely reporting and engagement.

Support knowledge management across UN Women Lebanon and with UN Women’s regional office on WEE

  • Manage the process of identifying and synthesizing of best practices and lessons learned that are directly linked to the implementation of the programme and contribute to their global dissemination.
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on programme management as needed

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality inputs to programme design;
  • Timely and quality inputs to workplans and budgets;
  • Adherence to UN Women standards and rules;
  • Timely monitoring and tracking of programme results and finances;
  • Timely organization of events;
  • Number of knowledge products developed.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • 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: 

Functional Competencies

  • Programme formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation skills
  • Knowledge of Results-Based Management
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings
  • Good analytical skills
  • Good knowledge of economic empowerment issues and women’s rights/needs at the macro, meso and micro level.


Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/ women’s studies, international development, business or a related field is required
  • A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
  • A project/programme management certification (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) would be an added advantage


  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or /and international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development project;
  • Experience in establishing inter-relationships among international organization and national government
  • Experience in the field of gender and human rights of women is an asset
  • Experience in administrative systems and UN system norm is an asset
  • Experience in-country and/or region is an asset
  • Experience in leading a team is an asset

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Arabic is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.


Interested Individual Consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • A cover letter with a brief presentation of your consultancy explaining your suitability for the work and link to portfolio of work;
  • UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from;
  •  Personal CV; and Financial proposal; Proposed inclusive daily rate.

The above-mentioned documents should be merged in a standalone file including all them, since the online application submission does only permit to upload one file per application. Incomplete submission can be a ground for disqualification.


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.

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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