United Nations Gender & HIV/AIDS Specialist Careers - UN WOMEN

Organization: UN WOMEN
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: UN Women Representative
The 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. Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, the UN Women leads and coordinates the United Nations system-wide efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action. It provides strong and coherent leadership and technical advice in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Job Summary: The Gender & HIV/AIDS Specialist will support the UN WOMEN Uganda office by ensuring effective and efficient management and implementation of Gender and HIV/AIDS programming in Uganda. The incumbent provides technical expertise on gender equality and women’s empowerment with a holistic approach to address opportunities and challenges in responding to HIV/AIDS issues in Uganda. The Gender and HIV/AIDS 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 specialists at country and advisors in the regional office and at headquarters, ensuring successful implementation of the UN Women Uganda Strategic Framework 2016 -2020, under his/her portfolio. The Gender & HIV/AIDS Specialist ensures quality and timely implementation of the programme, documentation of good practices, success stories as well as high quality and timely reporting for results.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Technical Leadership and Effective Management:
  • Carry out environmental policy scanning on a continuous basis for gender and HIV/AIDS and regularly update and advise senior management team;
  • Works closely with thematic leads, provide technical leadership in mainstreaming gender and HIV/AIDS into UN Women result areas;
  • Offer technical leadership for the smooth planning, implementation monitoring and reporting of JUPSA, under the coordination of the Head of the Karamoja Sub-Office;
  • Provide technical support in the smooth implementation of the UBRAF project and other HIV/AIDS programming interventions;
  • Work in close collaboration with selected implementing partners, monitor programme delivery and take timely corrective action as necessary, in line with UN Women policies and procedures;
  • Offer technical guidance and capacity building to key government agencies at national and subnational levels to analyze, formulate, monitor, evaluate and execute gender-responsive HIV plans and budgets;
  • Maintain budget awareness and ensure funds are utilised in line with agreed plan and budgets;
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the HIV/AIDS project activities, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions;
  • Active oarticipation in audit of projects, follows up on audit recommendations and all exceptions are timely reported;
  • Maintain awareness of contractual obligations with donors and ensure full compliance of reporting requirements, in collaboration with the Monitoring, Evaluation & Reporting Specialist and Operations Team;
  • Maintain donor awareness and provide support to senior management in mobilizing resources for the gender and HIV/AIDS programme.
Partnerships and Coordination:
  • Represent UN Women in monthly HIV/AIDS forums including the JUPSA, ADP, UAC - Gender Technical working group and other related forums and ensure gender gaps in HIV/AIDS programming and funding needs are integrated in the discussions and decisions;
  • Support Government and CSO partners to integrate, monitor and report on gender indicators in national HIV/AIDS monitoring and reporting framework in line with the NSP 2016-2020;
  • Work closely and provide technical support to UN Women Karamoja Sub-Office in the targeted JUPSA districts to identify, plan, implement and report strategies for addressing gender gaps in HIV/AIDS response in their districts;
  • Write analytical and progress reports on UN Women’s programme experiences and results in support of UN Women inter-agency coordination role including UN Women’s contributions to UNDAF reporting processes.
Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:
  • Work in close collaboration with the Monitoring, Evaluation & Reporting Specialist, collect, compile, analyse and share periodic data/ information on programme performance, including development of M&E Framework to inform continued programme efficiency and effectiveness;
  • Provide analytic and strategic inputs to the Country Strategy and Annual Work plans to ensure the gender and HIV/AIDS issues at national level and target districts are effectively addressed;
  • In collaboration with the Head of Karamoja Sub-Office and the Monitoring Evaluation and Reporting Specialist, collect and compile program activity information, evaluating progress toward achievement of annual work plans and related program outcomes in the JUPSA;
  • Ensure effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets (BSC) and monitoring achievement of results, in close collaboration with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Specialist;
  • Ensure that donor reports are prepared in high quality standards and submitted on time, in close collaboration with the Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Specialist and the Head of the Karamoja Sub-Office;
  • Identify and synthesize best practices and lessons learnt on advocacy support;
  • Proactively contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
  • Offer technical support in the development of relevant advocacy and policy documents on Gender & HIV/AIDS in close partnership with Communications and Advocacy Specialist;
  • Increase visibility of UN Women’s Gender & HIV/AIDS work in Uganda;
  • Perform any other duties and tasks related to this job description, as assigned by senior management.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Gender & HIV/AIDS Specialist job opportunity should hold a Master’s degree or its equivalence in development studies, gender studies, human rights, social sciences or related fields.
  • At least five years of relevant experience at the national or international level in Gender and HIV/AIDS programming, with responsibility for the design, planning, implementation and monitoring of Gender & HIV/AIDS programmes;
  • Prior exposure and experience in providing advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of Gender & HIV/AIDS programmes is essential;
  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position;
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks;
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning;
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
  • Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments;
  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UN Women’s goals to a variety of audiences;
  • Identifies and takes advantage of opportunities for advocating for UN Women’s mandate;
  • Proven analytical and advocacy skills on Gender & HIV/AIDS issues in Uganda;
  • Strong 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);
  • Strong links with national networks, actors and partners in government, civil society, including experience in strengthening capacities of national and local partners;
  • Demonstrated skills in resource mobilization on Gender & HIV/AIDS programming and familiarity with donor priorities in Uganda;
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills and gender analytical skills;
  • Previous experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, and experience in handling of web based management systems.
  • Language: Fluency in written and spoken English and basic working knowledge in any of the UN working languages in Uganda.

Core Values / Guiding Principles:
Integrity: Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work;
  • Cultural sensitivity and valuing 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 safeguard ethics and integrity.
  • Organizational Awareness: Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
  • Development and Innovation: Take charge of self-development and take initiative.
  • Work in 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.
  • Communicating and Information Sharing: Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for 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: Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.
  • Building Strategic Partnerships:
    • Maintaining a network of contacts;
    • Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues;
    • Analyses and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders, including identifying of areas for strengthening of capacities.
  • Innovation and Marketing New Approaches:
    • Enhancing processes or products;
    • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
    • Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches.
  • Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
    • Basic research and analysis;
    • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things;
    • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches.
  • Client Orientation:
    • Establishing effective client relationships;
    • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion;
    • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;
    • Anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly;
    • Focuses of results for client and responds positively to feedback.
Functional Competencies:
  • Ability to formulate, implement, monitor programmes and projects on Gender & HIV/AIDS;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets, manage contributions and investments, manage transactions, conduct financial analysis, reporting and cost-recovery;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Lead teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills;
  • Strong analytic skills and an ability to apply them to Gender & HIV/AIDS issues;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UN Women’s mandate.

How to Apply:  
All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11), download here. Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment, please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document. Please click on the link below to upload your application documents.

Deadline: 29th July, 2016

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