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National Programme Officer (Gender, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction)

Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Conflict prevention
    • Environment
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Security policy
    • Climate Change
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-28

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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.

Reporting to UN Women Cambodia Office, OIC, the National Programme Officer-NPO (Gender, CC and DRR) assists the Regional Office in taking responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions in Cambodia. S/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team at Country Office, Regional Office, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.  

Globally, UN Women focuses on six priorities: (1) Women’s increased leadership and participation in the decisions that affect their lives; (2) Increased economic empowerment of women, especially of those who are most excluded; (3) Prevention of violence against women and girls and the expansion of access to victim/survivor services; (4) Gender equality and women’s leadership in peace, security and humanitarian responses; (5) The promotion of institutional accountability to gender equality through gender-responsive national planning and budgeting processes; and (6) A comprehensive set of global norms, policies and standards on gender equality and women’s empowerment that is dynamic, that responds to new and emerging issues, challenges and opportunities, and that provides a firm basis for action by governments and other stakeholders at all levels.

UN Women’s specific priorities in Cambodia include increasing and supporting women’s participation in public decision making processes, with a focus on the inclusion of young and marginalized women; enhancing economic opportunities and decent work, with particular attention to migrant and domestic workers; strengthening mechanisms and accountability for the protection of women’s human rights, including through the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW); and preventing and responding to violence against women and girls.

Cambodia is one of the most at risk countries to climate change in the world, ranking at number nine of the top 15 at risk countries in the world*. Social economic factors often determine vulnerability with women and girls being disproportionally affected by climate change impacts due to gender inequality. This inequality is also reflected in how women and girls experience climate change. Women often experience higher mortality from disasters than men, but they also face secondary impacts such as human trafficking and heightened risk of sexual and gender based violence when displaced or have lost the care of their partners and parents. Their high dependence on agriculture, compounded by the high sensitivity of the sector to climate change, particularly make Cambodian women highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Furthermore, women, due to their gender roles, are responsible for food security and food production. The impacts of climate change on agriculture, water resources, health and other sectors, therefore, puts an enormous burden on women. Furthermore, women’s lack of access and control over resources such as land, information, finances, also means that they face higher constraints in adapting to climate change. Closing the gender gap through climate informed investments that remove these barriers represents a huge opportunity for women’s empowerment, economic development and societal resilience.

Building on UN Women Cambodia Country Office’s (CCO’s) experience on providing technical support on women’s economic empowerment, gender mainstreaming, generation of gender statistics as well as gender responsive budgeting, there is demand for expanding knowledge and skills on gender and climate change. The new regional programme on gender climate change and DRR, which will take place in Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia, will focus on policy level advocacy and support, generation of rigorous evidence on the gendered dimensions of climate change and the development and use of gender disaggregated data to ensure that decision on climate change investments benefit women and men equally. The role of the National Programme Officer (Gender, CC and DRR) will be to coordinate this programme in Cambodia.


Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Oversee and guide country Gender and CC and DRR programme management;
  • Provide technical support and capacity development to project/programme partners;
  • Provide technical inputs to monitoring and reporting of programme/project activities;
  • Provide substantive technical inputs to people and financial management;
  • Provide substantive inputs to inter-agency and country coordination;
  • Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Provide substantive inputs to knowledge building and sharing and communications and advocacy.

1. Oversee and guide country Gender and CC and DRR programme management:

  • Coordinate and facilitate the development, implementation, and monitoring of the Gender, CC and DRR related results areas of the CCO annual workplan, including budget and results framework;
  • Coordinate delivery of the day-to-day programme activities to ensure prompt and adequate delivery of results and maximise synergy with other results areas under the CCO Annual Workplan-AWP;
  • Monitor effective use of resources and compliance with UN Women rules, policies, and procedures as well as donor/fund requirements;
  • Facilitate the preparation of audits and to the implementation of its recommendations.

2. Provide technical support and capacity development to project/programme partners:

  • Facilitate and maintain relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the country programme;
  • Coordinate capacity building opportunities and initiatives of key institutions and mechanisms;
  • Provide partners and the local government with assistance, training, and capacity development initiatives as needed.

 3. Provide technical inputs to monitoring and reporting of programme/project activities:

  • Provide technical inputs to the establishment an effective gender responsive monitoring system for the delivery of programme results;
  • Create space for learning and reflection of programme partners;
  • Draft quarterly and annual progress reports and donor reports and organize progress reviews, as necessary;
  • Attend field missions and draft reports on monitoring missions.

4. Provide substantive technical inputs to people and financial management:

  • Monitor budget implementation and make budget re-alignments/ revisions, as necessary;
  • Provide substantive inputs to financial reports;
  • Provide substantive inputs to terms of reference for new staff, consultants and contractors, as necessary.

5. Provide substantive inputs to inter-agency and country coordination:

  • Provide substantive inputs to the country level Comprehensive Country Assessment (CCA)/United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) processes and similar exercises related to the Resident Coordinator system;
  • Provide substantive inputs to progress reports on UN Women’s programme experiences in support of UN Women inter-agency coordination role including relevant technical support to United Nations Theme Group of Gender-UNTGG;  
  • Inform the Regional Office of joint programming opportunities and participate in the development of UN joint programmes, as necessary.

6. Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies:

  • Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies, analyzing and maintaining information and databases on donors and developing database of project profiles for presentation to donors;
  • Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, speeches, donor profiles, and participating in donor meetings and public information events.

7. Provide substantive inputs to knowledge building and sharing and communications and advocacy:

  • Provide substantive inputs to knowledge management strategies and activities;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned that are directly linked to the implementation of the programme and disseminate information;
  • Provide the CCO, Regional Office-RO or HQ with storylines for publication and advocacy campaigns.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely coordination and monitoring of programme strategies and activities
  • Timely and quality substantive inputs to workplans and budgets
  • Timely monitoring and tracking of finances
  • Regular interaction with partners and other stakeholders
  • Partners and other stakeholders provide positive feedback on the implementation of the programmes
  • Number of monitoring visits scheduled
  • Timely organization of events


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

Functional Competencies

  • 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;
  • Commitment to advancing gender equality and women's empowerment;
  • Good knowledge of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction in the Cambodian context;
  • Ability to work with limited supervision;
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/ women’s studies, international development, climate change, environmental management or a related field is required.


  • At least two years of progressively responsible experience at the national and/or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Experience in establishing inter-relationships among international organization and national governments, including working, coordinating with, and providing technical advice to government counterparts;
  • Experience in the field of climate change, natural resource management, or disaster risk reduction, with a focus on rural women is an asset;
  • Experience in the in the field of gender and human rights of women;
  • Experience in administrative systems and UN system norms is an asset;
  • Experience in working independently with minimal supervision.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Khmer (written and spoken) is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.


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