UN Women Representative

Application Deadline :23-Dec-12 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-5
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :One Year


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 center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

In order to respond to the demands of national partners UN Women established its presence in 2008 in Sarajevo. The office currently provides technical assistance in the following key areas of UN Women’s Strategic Plan (SP) 2011-2013: ending violence against women, supporting the implementation of the women, peace and security agenda, especially through the implementation of UN SCR 1325, and gender responsive and budgeting and planning.

The UN Women Country Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina reports to the Regional Programme Director of the Central and Southeastern Europe Sub-regional Office, based in Bratislava. The UN Women Country Representative is responsible for translating UN Women's SP, in line with regional and national priorities, into development initiatives and results by developing, implementing and managing programmes and projects; and developing effective partnerships with Government counterparts, UN system agencies and organizations, CSOs, and with bilateral and non-traditional donors in order to promote inter-agency partnerships, support for UN reform, and mobilization of visibility and resources to advance gender equality and women's empowerment.

UN Women is currently in the process of strengthening its field capacities at country and regional levels leading to a new regional architecture. Depending on the outcome of this exercise, the portfolio of the UN Women Country Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina may include additional countries in the Southeastern Europe and may also lead to a change in the reporting line for this position from the Regional Programme Director for the Central and Southeastern Europe Sub-regional Office, located in Bratislava, Slovakia, to the Regional Director of the new Regional Office, upon the Regional Director’s recruitment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:
  • Strategic Country Programme Development and Planning
  • Country Programme Management and Oversight
  • UN Inter-Agency Coordination
  • Representation and Advocacy
  • Strategic Partnerships and Resource Mobilization
  • Knowledge Management
Description of Key Functions:

Strategic Programme Development and Planning
  • Assess national social development trends and identify emerging issues of relevance to the mandate of UN Women to identify opportunities for development planning to advance UN Women goals and objectives in the country.
  • In close consultation/collaboration with national development stakeholders and partners, identify strategic programme opportunities, approaches and modalities to strengthen UN Women country presence and relevance.
  • Lead the formulation, planning and preparation of the Country SP based on UN Women's SP and regional and national priorities, in collaboration/consultation with government, civil society, UN partners and stakeholders and Regional Programme Director [may change to Director, Regional Center] and Director, Programme Division HQ.
  • Manage and ensure the completion of high quality, results-based and rights-based country programmes and projects. Oversee the appraisal and approval of UN Women programmes in line with corporate guidelines and consistency with corporate policies and strategies
Country Programme Management and Oversight:
  • Establish the Country Office (CO) annual work plans in collaboration and discussion with the team and set objectives, performance measurements, standards and expected results. Ensure regular programme monitoring and evaluate progress for timely action and intervention to achieve results.
  • Set performance plans and evaluation standards. Regularly conduct performance assessments, provide feedback and guidance to ensure optimum performance and accountability according to UN Women standards of integrity, ethics and accountability framework.
  • Oversee, monitor and ensure quality control in the implementation of high quality, results-based and rights-based country programmes and projects in line with corporate policies, guidelines and strategies .
  • Establish CO security strategy, plan and measures that are in full compliance with UN security policies, procedures and requirements, to ensure the protection and well-being of staff and their dependents as well as to minimize risks in programme planning and operations.
  • Lead and manage the country budget preparation and submission processes to ensure budget proposals are correctly presented and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Monitor the utilization of allocated funds to ensure transparency and compliance with UN Women financial policies and accountability framework. Decide on the optimum and appropriate allocation and management of CO resources.
  • Lead and manage the preparation of UN Women mandated country reports and submit timely reports ensuring relevance, quality and appropriateness of content and presentation.
  • Contribute to regular assessments of the regional and country strategic plans and implementation plans and identify lessons learned and areas of emphasis to underpin consistently improved programming and future Strategic Plan development.
  • Plan and manage monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects. Evaluate results and take appropriate action.
UN Inter-Agency Coordination:
  • Participate actively as a member of the UN Country Team (UNCT) to ensure that gender equality and women's empowerment issues are fully integrated into UN programming processes.
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the UNCT in supporting enhanced response to national partners in advancing gender equality and women's empowerment and UN Reform.
  • Support the coordination and promotion of accountability within the UN Resident Coordinator System to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment and UN Reform.
  • Advise the UNCT on the implementation of key policy commitments to gender and women's rights.
  • Partner with UN system and agencies to enhance collaboration, resource mobilization and joint ideas to influence agenda and priority setting.
  • Actively seek out the participation of UN Women in the UN system thematic and other working groups to establish effective networks and to keep abreast of ongoing debates and thinking on development, facilitate joint programming and promote UN Women competencies to advance gender equality and women's human rights
Representation and Advocacy:
  • Represent UN Women in intergovernmental forums and other key meetings and events, as designated/appropriate to speak on policy issues, participate in policy dialogue, discuss policy initiatives, report on progress achieved and/or present policy papers/ideas to influence setting of agenda and promote UN Women competencies and mandate.
  • Represent UN Women in the UNCT to contribute to the mainstreaming of UN Women’s policies in joint programming and initiatives, under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator.
  • Participate in regional, country and other critical meetings and events to evaluate the impact and efficacy of UN Women’s policies and programmes and provide input to strategic discussions and technical advice on policies and programmes.
  • Advocate on behalf of UN Women to help raise awareness and stimulate action to advance gender equality and women's rights.
  • Carry out ongoing advocacy to ensure that UN support towards realization of the national plans and priorities is done in a gender responsive manner, and within agreed international frameworks that promote and protect gender equality .
Strategic Partnerships and  Resource Mobilization:
  • Maintain active relationships and partnerships with the Government, NGOs, UN system and agency partners, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, regional commissions, institutes, academia, media, and the private sector on women's issues to enhance collaboration, resource mobilization and share ideas and to influence agenda and priority setting.
  • Conceptualize, design and implement country resource mobilization strategies.
  • Plan and oversee the implementation of public information and fund raising events
Knowledge Management:
  • Introduce innovation and best practices to enhance programme and operational performance.
  • Collaborate with UN Women units and other internal and external development partners to identify and share best programme and management practices.
  • Lead and manage the process of developing, capturing, institutionalizing and disseminating lessons learned to build the capacity of clients and stakeholders and contribute to UN Women’s knowledge management efforts.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of global, regional and national knowledge networks and practices.
  • Produce knowledge products to meet UN Women’s needs and standards of quality.
Impact of Results:

The successful performance of the UN Women Country Representative of her/his key functions directly results in effective and strategic development, implementation and management of high quality country programmes and projects and the achievement of quality results, which in turn directly impacts the credibility and image of UN Women as an effective and efficient partner and as the leading knowledge-based technical and advocacy organization for gender equality and the empowerment of women


Core Values and 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.
  • Professionalism:  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 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 fort  the organization and ensure political acumen.
  • Development and Innovation:  Support staff development, and contribute to an environment of creativity and innovation.
  • Work in Teams:  Build and promote effective teams.  Demonstrate ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of di9fferent 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 ensure consistent behavior towards others.
  • Conflict Management:  Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards mutually acceptable solutions.
  • 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 conceptualize and convey strategic vision drawn from a spectrum of development experience.
  • Proven ability to manage resources of UN Women (human, financial, and programme) effectively with leadership qualifies.
  • Strong negotiation, advocacy, and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven expertise in writing cogent and convincing documents.
  • Strong communications and public-speaking skills.
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Good planning, goal-setting, and prioritization skills.
  • Effectiveness in establishing and fostering good relations with government counterparts, UN agencies, donors, and NGO partners.
  • Effectiveness in strengthening accountability and results-based management in support of organizational priorities, policy, and decision-making processes.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master's degree or equivalent in development related disciplines, economics or public policy or other social science fields
  • A minimum of 10 years of extensive development experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in aid development cooperation at the international level, some in gender and women’s issues programming, preferably in developing countries within the UN system, Agencies, Funds or Programmes or UN Missions 


  • Written and oral proficiency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of an additional UN official language will be an asset.

Application Instructions:


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from  http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment
  • 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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