United Nations UNWOMEN Jobs – Programme Specialist

Job Title:        Programme Specialist
Organization: United
Nations UN WOMEN
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Deputy
Representative
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.
Job Summary: The
Programme Specialist is responsible for effective and efficient management and
implementation of the UN Women programme in the Acholi sub-region, including
the smooth running and management of the Gulu Field Office. She/he provides
technical competence on gender equality and women’s empowerment with a holistic
approach to development challenges facing women in Northern Uganda. The
Programme Specialist analyzes political, social and economic trends and leads
formulation, management, implementation and evaluation of program activities
within his/her portfolio and provides policy advisory services to partners in
local government, UN and CSOs. Through the Deputy Country Representative, the
Programme Specialist provides analysis for formulation of strategies and
briefings to senior management.
The UNDAF is the
main coordinating mechanism for gender mainstreaming within the UN system in
Uganda. UN Women is co-lead of the Human Rights and Gender Equality Result
Group under the UNDAF. The Program Specialist will lead and provide support to
the UN Area Coordination mechanism in Gulu to enhance system wide coherence and
provide strategic advice on gender equality, women’s rights and empowerment
issues in Acholi region to the UN Women Representative as the Co-Chair of the
UNDAF Gender and Human Rights Group. In addition to the management and delivery
of UN Women programs and support to the UNAC on gender, the Program Specialist
will have overall responsibility for the smooth running and management of the
UN Women Field Office in Gulu.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Technical
Leadership
  • Provide technical leadership in the formulation, design,
    implementation, monitoring and reporting of UN Women Programs in Acholi
    Sub-Region in northern Uganda.
  • Provide technical advice and leadership to implementing partners and
    to apply lessons learnt and recommendations from project evaluation
  • Ensure quality and timely implementation of the programme,
    documentation of good practices, success stories as well as high quality
    and timely reporting for results
  • In close collaboration with partners, monitor programme delivery and
    take timely corrective action as necessary, in line with UN Women policies
    and procedures
  • Maintain budget awareness and ensure funds are utilised in line with
    agreed plan and budgets. Entering projects into Atlas, finalization of
    contribution agreements; determination of required revisions; coordination
    of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, closure of projects
    through review.
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects,
    identification of operational and financial problems, development of
    solutions.
  • Participation 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
  • Conduct environmental policy scanning on a continuous basis for
    Northern Uganda and regularly update and advise the head office
    accordingly
Partnerships and
Coordination:
  • In close collaboration with the UN Area Coordination structure in
    Northern Uganda, provide technical leadership in overall coordination of
    the GE/WE/ GBV Convergence Group, ensuring full implementation, monitoring
    and reporting of the Northern Uganda gender work plan.
  • Maintain active interaction with the GE/WE/GBV Convergence Group in
    Kampala, ensuring critical information is shared by and between the two
    levels and follow up actions are implemented
  • Represent UN Women on issues of violence against women and girls,
    women’s economic empowerment, women’s leadership and political
    participation during district level planning processes, donor missions,
    budgeting processes, town hall meetings and other such forums.
  • Provide technical support to the development of relevant advocacy
    and policy documents to address women, peace and security, violence
    against women and broader gender issues in northern Uganda
  • In close collaboration with partners, identify capacity gaps in
    GE/WE/GBV and design plans for addressing them
Planning,
Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:
  • Work in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation
    Specialist,  – collect, compile,
    analyse and share periodic data/ information on programme performance to
    inform continued programme efficiency and effectiveness
  • Provide analytic and strategic inputs to the Country Strategy and
    Annual Work plans to ensure the GE/WE specific issues to Acholi sub-region
    are effectively addressed.
  • Collect and compile program activity information, evaluating
    progress toward achievement of annual work plans and related program
    outcomes.
  • Ensure effective application of RBM tools, establishment of
    management targets (BSC) and monitoring achievement of results, in close
    collaboration with the M&E Specialist.
  • Ensure that aggregate reports are regularly prepared and submitted
    on time.
Administrative and
Miscellaneous Duties:
  • Ensure the organizational assets in the office are maintained and
    used in line with the UN Women policy on asset management
  • Ensure all travel undertaken complies with all requirements for
    travel and is approved in line with the travel plan
  • Assist in writing program proposals.
  • Other duties as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal applicant for the United Nations UN WOMEN Programme
    Specialist job placement should hold a Master’s Degree or equivalent in
    Law, Economics, Political Sciences, Public Administration, Social
    Sciences, especially in gender studies or related field.
  • Seven years of relevant experience at the national or international
    level in gender equality and women’s empowerment programming and
    implementation as well as providing management advisory services, hands-on
    experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
  • Demonstrate analytical and advocacy skills on gender equality,
    women’s rights and empowerment of women issues especially with regard to
    policy advocacy in line with CEDAW and BFPA.
  • Familiarity and experience with UN inter-agency coordination
    processes and or results based management for advancing gender equality
    and women’s rights would be an asset.
  • Strong links with national networks on gender equality and women’s
    rights in Uganda.
  • Experience in capacity building, gender mainstreaming and gender
    auditing required
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages,
    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
Competencies
Advocacy/Advancing
A Policy-Oriented Agenda: Preparing information for advocacy
  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of
    audiences for advocating UN Women’s mandate.
Results-Based
Programme Development and Management:
  • Contributes to results through primary research and analysis
  • Assesses project performance to identify success factors and
    incorporates best practices into project work.
  • Researches linkages across project activities to identify critical
    points of integration.
  • Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation.
  • Analyzes situation to identify opportunities for Acholisub region
    for project development and implementation.
  • Participates in the formulation of project proposals and ensures substantive
    rigor in the design and application of proven successful approaches and
    drafts proposals accordingly.
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.
  • Analyzes 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.
Resource
Mobilization:
  • Provides inputs to resource mobilization strategies
  • Analyzes information/databases on potential and actual donors.
  • Develops a database of project profiles.
  • Identifies opportunities for project proposals for presentation to
    donors, in close consultation with senior management.
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.
Job Knowledge/Technical
Expertise: Fundamental knowledge of own discipline
  • 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.
  • Global Leadership and Advocacy for UN Women’s Goals: Preparing
    information for global advocacy
  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UN
    Women’s goals for a variety of audiences.
  • Identifies and takes advantage of opportunities for advocating for
    UN Women’s mandate.
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.
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.
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who so desire to join the United Nations UN
WOMEN in the aforementioned capacity should endeavor to Apply Online by
Clicking on the link below. Please further review job requirements and if
competent Click Apply Now.
Deadline: 10th September 2019
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