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UN Women: Governance and National Planning Specialist

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UN WOMEN - United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Operations and Administrations
    • International Relations
    • Public Policy and Administration
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: 2021-07-26

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NOTE: The duration of the assignment is until 31 December 2021. Whereas an external candidate will be offered a temporary appointment, subject to release agreements, staff members in UN Women may be administered as a temporary assignment and staff members in the UN Common system may be administered under a loan arrangement.

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’s Global Strategic Plan (SP) 2018-2021 focuses on five thematic priorities that aim to ensure that: (1) a comprehensive and dynamic set of global norms, policies and standards on gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls is strengthened; (2) Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems; (3) Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy; (4) All women and girls live a life free from violence; (5) Women and girls contribute to building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from crisis prevention and humanitarian action.

The Leadership and Governance (L&G) Section contributes to the following SP outputs: (4) more women of all ages fully participate, lead and engaged in political processes and institutions (5) more national and local plans and budgets are gender responsive including HIV and (7) more justice institutions are accessible and deliver for women and girls. The Section aims to ensure that the principle of Leaving No one Behind (LNOB) is fully integrated in its work and focusses on women that are particularly marginalized, including indigenous women, women living with HIV and AIDS.

The Section brings together technical experts to undertake issues-based research; analyze data on country, regional and global trends; build an evidence base on policy commitments and their implementation, including through knowledge and exchange platforms/communities of practice. It provides advice and guidance to support UN-Women’s contribution to coordination, programming and strengthening the normative basis for the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The Section’s Governance and National Planning (GNP) Unit leads UN-Women’s work on gender responsive planning and budgeting. UN-Women’s GNP portfolio focuses on advancing global norms and standards on gender responsive planning and budgeting, strengthening capacities of national partners, improving multi-stakeholder coordination and developing and monitoring international and national policy standards. This work is done through partnerships with governments, UN agencies, International Financial Institutions, civil society and academia.

Under the guidance and supervision of the Policy Advisor, Governance and National Planning, the Policy Specialist contributes to the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of UN-Women’s GNP portfolio. The Policy Specialist is responsible for providing technical advice and doing data analysis, supporting inter-agency coordination and the sharing of expertise, as well as contributing to knowledge management and learning in gender responsive GNP.

Duties and Responsibilities

Technical advice and data analysis:

  • Provide on-demand technical advice on gender responsive budgeting to UN Women offices.
  • Support the collection and analysis of data on SDG indicator 5.c.1.
  • Liaise with relevant stakeholders for data collection and validation, as required.

Inter-agency/intergovernmental coordination and support:

  • Support the financing for development follow up process.
  • Support inter-agency initiatives on financing gender equality.
  • Provide technical support for the development and monitoring of global normative and intergovernmental standards on gender responsive GNP.
  • Provide substantive advice on gender mainstreaming in inter-agency processes, including the HLPF and UNGA.
  • Participate in and/or represent the team as needed in internal and external meetings related to global reporting and corporate processes on GNP.
  • Support the development of a a new outcome area in the 2022-2025 Strategic Plan on financing for gender equality, including the setting of indicators, baselines, targets and data collection methodology.

Lead knowledge management and learning in gender responsive GNP:

  • Lead identification and synthesis of promising practices and lessons learned on gender responsive planning and budgeting, in collaboration with UN-Women country and regional offices, and implement strategies for broad dissemination and exchange;
  • Oversee implementation of UN-Women’s Knowledge Management Strategy in relation to gender responsive GNP;
  • Oversee the regular updating of the GNP Sharepoint page and gender financing external web portal to ensure it includes current knowledge and research;
  • Share learning from programming and policy developments in gender responsive GNP, including through corporate websites, newsletters, blogs, articles and other avenues; and
  • Ensure timely contributions to corporate documents, briefs and other strategic papers/ materials for development and presentation of policy and programmatic positions and donor proposals.

Key Performance Indicators: 

  • Relevant research, analysis and writing on governance and national planning, particularly gender responsive planning and budgeting;
  • Quality technical support to UN-Women country, multi-country and regional offices on governance and national planning;
  • Quality monitoring, tracking and reporting of UN-Women programming and results, strengthening corporate results reporting on governance and national planning;
  • Quality and timely inputs to briefings, knowledge products, publications and other documents which contribute to positioning UN-Women as a knowledge leader and repository on governance and national planning;
  • Quality representation, coordination and input to intergovernmental/interagency fora.


Core Values:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for Diversity.

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 Values and Competencies Framework:?

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to provide policy advice and technical leadership;
  • Ability to work effectively and harmoniously with people from varied cultures and professional backgrounds;
  • Ability to produce high quality programme documents and knowledge products demonstrating analytical ability.
  • Ability to manage for results, translate strategy into achievable plans, with established priorities, and monitor them, making periodic adjustments as necessary;
  • Excellent knowledge and programmatic experience in gender responsive planning and budgeting and financing for gender equality;
  • Ability to establish, build and sustain effective relationships with partners;
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Political Science, Gender/Women’s Studies or related field. 
  • A first-level university degree in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • A minimum of 7 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in gender programming, policy research, gender analysis at international level, including at least 4 years focused on financing for gender equality and/or gender responsive planning and budgeting;
  • At least 7 years of experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluating development programmes and projects, including on gender equality;
  • Sound knowledge of international standards on human rights, women’s rights and related instruments;
  • Experience with UN Inter-agency and Intergovernmental processes including those related to women’s empowerment, gender mainstreaming and financing for development;
  • Proven advocacy, analytical and writing skills.


  • 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? Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


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.

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