United Nations Careers – Programme Specialist, Women’s Economic Empowerment at UN WOMEN

Organization: UN WOMEN
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Deputy Representative
Post Level: NO-C

About US:
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. The United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) is the UN’s strategic programme framework that defines the UN’s support to national development results. UN Women in Uganda co-chairs the Human Rights and Gender Equality Outcome Results Group and chairs the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Advisory Group, which is the UNCT group responsible for the coordination of and policy advice on gender equality issues in the UNDAF. UN Women is also a principle partner in several outcome results groups in the UNDAF and as well as a partner to several UN joint programmes. UN Women is the Secretariat to the Gender Development Partners Group, a coordination mechanism that is comprised of the lead donors in Uganda. UN Women is the lead agency formulating the One UN Gender Programme which will assist the UN agencies to implement gender equality targets and goals in the new UNDAF.

Job Summary: The Programme Specialist, Women’s Economic Empowerment will mainly be responsible for the formulation, management and implementation of UN Women programmes under his/her portfolio. She/he provides technical expertise on gender equality and women’s empowerment with a holistic approach to address opportunities and challenges in women’s political participation and leadership in Uganda. The Programme Specialist analyses political, social and economic trends provides policy advisory services to partners in government, UN, development partners, CSOs and academia; she/he works closely with UN Women thematic advisors at regional office and at headquarters, ensuring successful implementation of the UN Women Uganda Strategic Framework 2016 -2020, under his/her portfolio. The Programme Specialist provides regular analysis of policies and practices to senior management and compiles lessons learned for formulation of strategic interventions, including support on resource mobilization.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
1. Offer advisory and programme development services to the Women’s Economic Empowerment Portfolio:
  • Draft country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to Women’s Economic Empowerment in Uganda;
  • Draft the design and formulation of programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
  • Translate the priorities of the Strategic Note in Women’s Economic Empowerment into programme interventions;
  • Actively participate in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to Women’s Economic Empowerment on behalf of UN Women, as necessary;
  • Identify areas for support and interventions within the Women’s Economic Empowerment Portfolio;
  • Provide programme advisory support to the Office Management, as necessary.
2. Manage the implementation and management of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Portfolio:
  • Finalize the annual workplan and budget and oversee implementation;
  • Finalize reports on activities, outputs and outcomes; as well as donor and UN Women reports;
  • Ensure adherence to standard UN Women procedures in planning and implementation of programmes/ project;
  • Ensure synergies within and with other programme/ project teams;
  • Oversee the technical implementation andconceptualization of the programme/project;
  • Manage the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on RBM tools and performance indicators.
3. Oversee technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners:
  • Build, strengthen and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Portfolio; respond to any potential problems;
  • Identify capacity building needs of stakeholders;
  • Provide partners with technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives.
  • The incumbent will also oversee the monitoring and reporting of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Portfolio:
  • Oversee the monitoring of implementation of activities and finances using the results based management tools;
  • Manage field missions and write reports on monitoring missions;
  • Write and submit quarterly reports and donor reports.
4. Manage people and financial resources of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Portfolio:
  • Responsible for overall programme budget;
  • Draft financial reports;
  • Mentor and supervise team;
  • Write terms of reference for new staff, consultants and contractors and oversee the recruitment process, as necessary.
  • Significantly contribute to inter-agency coordination:
  • Offer technical support on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees as needed;
  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the projects’ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts;
  • Actively participate in country level Comprehensive Country Assessment (CCA)/UNDAF processes and similar exercises related to the RC system;
  • Prepare inputs to CCA/ UNDAF and other documents;
  • Write analytical and regular progress reports on UN Women’s programme experiences in support of UN Women inter-agency coordination role.
5. Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:
  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Finalize relevant documentation on donors and potential opportunities for resource mobilization;
  • Keenly analyze and research information on donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost sharing;
  • Determine programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs and donors’ priorities and develop the relevant partnerships.
6. Oversee advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:
  • Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation;
  • Develop and expand knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on Women’s Economic Empowerment;
  • 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.
  • Perform any other job related duties assigned by supervisor and the Country Representative.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the UN Women Programme Specialist, Women’s Economic Empowerment career vacancy should hold a Master’s Degree in economics, business administration, international development, gender and development or related fields.
  • At least five years of relevant experience at the national or international level in programmes to advance women’s economic empowerment, with responsibility for the design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects;
  • Broad working knowledge of international, regional and national instruments, resolutions, policies and conventions that protect women’s human rights, including Convention for the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Beijing Platform for Action (BPFA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs);
  • The applicant must have strong links with national networks, actors and partners in government, civil society, traditional leaders, parliament, media, academia, private sector, including experience in strengthening capacities of national and local partners;
  • Proven skills in resource mobilization on women’s economic empowerment and familiarity with donor priorities in Uganda.
  • Language: Fluency in written and spoken English; Working knowledge in any of the official UN languages is an asset.

Personal Competencies:
Core Values:
  • Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
  • Respect for Diversity:
    • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
    • Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.
Core Competencies:
  • Ethics and Values: Demonstrate and promote ethics and integrity by creating organizational precedents.
  • Organizational Awareness: Build support for the organization and ensure political acumen.
  • Development and Innovation: Support staff competence development and contribute to an environment of creativity and innovation.
  • Work in teams: Build and promote effective teams. Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Communication and Information Sharing: Create and promote an environment for open and effective communication.
  • Self-management and Emotional Intelligence: Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others
  • Conflict Management: Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
  • Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Share knowledge across the organization and build a culture of knowledge sharing and learning
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Ensure fair and transparent decision making processes and manage risk.
Functional Competencies:
  • Ability to lead the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects;
  • Ability to establish and maintain broad strategic networks and partnerships;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Strong leadership skills;
  • Strong IT skills;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Strong conflict resolution and negotiation skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong knowledge of RBM;
  • Broad working knowledge of Women’s Economic Empowerment.

How to Apply: 
If interested in joining the UN WOMEN in the aforementioned capacity, please click on link below to visit website and create profile or express interest if you already have a profile on the UN system


Deadline: 8th March 2016

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