Programme Specialist - EVAW
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 in Afghanistan is currently focusing on four Programme areas including: Women Peace and Security, Women Economic Empowerment, Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW), and Governance and Women Participation.
To mitigate the impact of violence on women, their families, communities and society, survivors of violence need access to a range of critical services including health care, safe accommodation, legal aid, psycho-social support and income generating skills. With COVID-19 and the increase in VAWG, it is critical and urgent to ensure the availability of life saving services for women survivors of violence. Women Protection Centers are shelters for survivors of violence and their children that provide vital services including legal aid and healthcare, counselling and vocational training.
To ensure shelters are able to provide critical services, a multi-donor, multi-stakeholder Women Protection Center Trust Fund (WPC TF) will be established to promote sustainable, coordinated, strategic and efficient funding as well as to ensure quality service provision, in line with international standards. The WPC TF is a multi-lateral grant making mechanism supporting national efforts to prevent and end violence against women and girls in Afghanistan. This Trust Fund provides technical assistance and funding to advance the development of innovative models and strategic interventions in the area of ending violence against women and girls. This Fund will enhance the benefits received by survivors through standardisation of applications and services provided by WPCs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance from the Head of Secretariat, the Programme Specialist - EVAW is responsible for the provision of advisory and technical guidance on EVAW elements. She/he will engage with high-level government representatives, civil society and donors on programme related issues and initiatives, review programme and donor reports and provide guidance and vision on technical capacity development.
The Programme Specialist- EVAW is also responsible for ensuring synergies between UN Women’s EVAW portfolio and WPC trust Fund.
Provide advisory and programme development services to the WPC TF:
- Conceptualize the area of responsibility
- Identify areas for support and intervention within areas assigned
- Contribute to the establishment and implementation of policies and practices to ensure sound management and staff oversight to effectively meet programme obligations
- Provide programme advisory support to the Office Management within areas assigned
- Ensure overall quality control of the programme
Oversee programme coordination and lead policy development:
- Finalize the annual work plan and budget and oversee the implementation
- Ensure adherence to standard UN Women procedures in planning and implementation of the programme
- Ensure synergies within and with other programme teams
- Oversee technical implementation and conceptualization of the programme
- Finalize programme (progress) reports for submission
Engage with high-level government representatives, civil society and donors on programme related issues and initiatives:
- Guide, strengthen and maintain strategic partnerships and linkages with vision and design of the programme, including design and formulate programme initiatives within
- Represent UN Women at high-level programme meetings
- Implement office partnership and resource mobilization strategies
Review programme and donor reports:
- Finalize reports for submission
- Develop proposals, briefs, background documents and concept notes related to the programme
- Oversee programme quality control and identification of potential challenges
- Ensure monitoring and evaluation systems are properly spelt out in implementing documents and agreements
- Oversee the overall monitoring and evaluation of the programme
Lead high-level advocacy initiatives and knowledge management:
- Represent UN Women at high-level programme advocacy events
- Oversee the organization of high-level advocacy campaigns in programme
Provide guidance and vision on technical capacity development:
- Organize capacity development initiatives as required
- Act as a resource person for training and workshops
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
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- Knowledge of women’s organizations and governmental agencies working on women’s empowerment and gender equality;
- Familiarity with UN Women procedures, particularly regarding project management and more specifically in relation to the development of work plans, budgets, monitoring and reporting plans, purchasing plans and the identification of indicators is an advantage.
- Ability to effectively represent the organization in inter-agency programming initiatives related to ending violence against women;
- Ability to build strong relationships with, and focuses on results for clients and partners, responds positively to feedback;
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
- Ability to work in a global multi-cultural setting respecting gender equality and an ability to contribute to teamwork and provide conceptual leadership.
- Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines.
- Ability to use critical thinking, conceptualize ideas, and articulate relevant subject matter concisely.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced University degree or equivalent in Political Science, International Development Studies, Gender/Women’s Studies or any other relevant field.
- A first-level university degree in combination with 7 years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- 5 years of relevant experience in managing complex and multi-component interventions with various partners and multi-stakeholders.
- Knowledge and experience in working on addressing issues related to violence against women and girls;
- Experience in grants and project management is required;
- Experience with databases and data management a plus;
- Experience in the United Nations, a governmental, other multilateral or civil society organization in a developed or developing country is highly desirable.
- Fluency in English and Dari is required.