UN Women: Programme Specialist, Regional Architecture Implementation

Application Deadline :14-Feb-13 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-4
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :364 Days


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 will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action. . It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

The Policy and Program Bureau provides support to UN Women, UN Country Teams (UNCT) and Program Countries to guide and support programming to effectively implement internationally agreed goals and national priorities on gender equality and women’s empowerment through:
  • Intellectual and strategic leadership in program policy formulation and design in thematic areas to accelerate gender equality, mainstreaming and women’s empowerment;
  • Development and implementation of knowledge management products and tools;
  • Conducting research, policy analysis and data collection;
  • Introducing innovation, best practices and cutting edge expertise to guide and support programming and to build technical capacity;
  • Providing technical guidance on strategic thematic areas and operational support in program advocacy and development, management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation;  and
  • Assessments of performance based on the accountability framework and standards for results.

UN Women is in the process of implementing its new Regional Architecture, following Executive Board approval of the new structure at the end of 2012. 2013 is a crucial period for the new architecture’s implementation, placing specific and urgent demands upon the Programme Division. This creates a need for temporary additional capacity to support the implementation process, and in particular to support the Director, Programme Division in managing and overseeing the change process that the new regional architecture entails.

The Programme Specialist reports to the Director, Programme Division who is responsible for providing direction and leadership to the Division which is responsible for the following key areas of work:

  • Provide programmatic and strategic guidance, support and oversight to, ensure quality control, of UN Women's  activities at the country and regional level, covering all aspects of the UNCT programming process.
  • Provide guidance and support to UN Women's coordination function at regional and country level
  • Manage the Multi-donor Trust Funds.
  • Provide rapid technical support including in humanitarian crisis to UN Women field offices.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

The Programme Specialist will provide timely analytical information and policy advice to the Director of Programmes focusing on the implementation of the Regional Architecture. S/he will have a proven ability to work and act under pressure and with discretion in a sensitive and challenging environment. S/he will have excellent communication and organization skills to provide support to the Director of Programmes in all aspects of her work.  Within the relevant delegated authority, the Specialist will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Provide assistance to the Director in the coordination of the implementation of the Regional Architecture with other parts of UN Women, liaising closely with in-house Divisions, sections and field offices as well as key partners and stakeholders.
  • Support the Director in management and oversight of the regional architecture process, including by the provision of sound policy inputs on issues and its impact on programs as appropriate.
  • Identify, research, analyze, prepare and/or organize information and briefing materials on implementation of the regional architecture.
  • Organize and provide meetings support or briefing events relating to regional architecture implementation.
  • Draft speeches and/or design presentation materials (including multi-media) relating to implementation of the regional architecture for delivery by the Director and other senior staff in key events, meetings and other external fora.
  • Participate with the Director in meetings on regional architecture implementation as required and ensure proper documentation of meetings and follow-up as appropriate.
  • Draft other materials relating to regional architecture implementation as required.
  • Prepare analysis of financial and human resources aspects of regional architecture implementation, working closely with the Division of Management and Administration.
  • Perform other official duties and special assignments which may be requested by the Director
Impact of Results:

The Key Results have an impact on the effective implementation of the Regional Architecture, and thereby the work of the Programme Division and UN Women as a whole. In particular, the key results will ensure the establishment of an effective and efficient corporate structure for implementation of country level annual work plans and achievement of results at field level.


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 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
Functional Competencies:
  • Substantive knowledge and experience related to current policies and practices in the fields of gender equality and humanitarian action including disaster risk reduction, disaster preparedness, disaster response management and early recovery.
  • Strong communications skills, with proven expertise in writing cogent and convincing policy and programme documents.
  • 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.
  • Ability to leverage information technology, executive information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal office performance.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in one of the following disciplines: social sciences, political science, international relations, business administration or management, public administration, or other related fields.
  • Minimum 7 years of progressively varied responsible experience with UN, international and/or corporate organizations.
Language Requirements:
  • Written and oral proficiency in English is required.
  • Knowledge of another UN working language is highly desirable .

  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed and signed (digital signatures not accepted) 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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