UN Women: Strategic Planning Advisor

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Application Deadline :29-Nov-13 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-5
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 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.

The Strategic Planning Advisor will work under the overall guidance and supervision of the Executive Director and in close collaboration with senior managers and staff of the organization to ensure policy, normative and operational management and planning work is aligned with UN Women’s mission and objectives and fully contributes to the realization of the UN Women strategic plan objectives including their funding.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor wider global and regional developments relevant to the effective and efficient functioning of UN Women policy, normative and operational activities including assessing their resource base and scope for innovative partnerships;
  • Contribute actively to strategic analysis and planning to formulate and implement strategic initiatives, monitoring and evaluating progress made toward the strategic plan’s goals achievement;
  • Advise on special initiatives, course corrections and/or adjustments required to stay on track including in the funding base of UN Women.
  • Prepare analytical/briefing papers and review reports;
  • Monitor implementation of the UN Women  strategic plan and corresponding operating workplans;
  • Pro-actively plan, organize and manage the Executive Director’s action plan on all aspects of monitoring the progress of the implementation of the strategic plan’s goals  and related initiatives;
  • Draft documents, plans and briefing reports for the Executive Director as they related to the implementation of the organization’s strategic plan;
  • Assist in the day-to-day management of the UN Women Executive Office;
  • Manage, guide, develop and train staff under her/his supervision. Provide staff members with clear objectives, goals, direction, guidance and appropriate tools to enable them to meet their responsibilities effectively and efficiently;
  • Perform any other official duties and special assignments which may be requested by the Executive Director and/or the Chief of Staff.


Core Values and Guiding Principles: 

  • Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct;
Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity:
  • Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff; Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity. 
Core Competencies:
  • Ethics and Values: Promoting Ethics and Integrity / Creating Organizational Precedents;
  • Organizational Awareness: Building support and political acumen;
  • Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring: Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation;
  • Working in Teams: Building and promoting effective teams;
  • Communicating Information and Ideas: Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication.
  • Self-management and Emotional intelligence: Creating an emotionally intelligent organization;
  • Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements: Leveraging conflict in the interests of the organization & setting standards;
  • Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning:  Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning;
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:  Fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking.
Functional Competencies:
  • Strategic vision and strong analytical capabilities;
  • Sound  political judgment and highly developed inter-personal skills;
  • Experience with Change Management;
  • Good knowledge of the UN system;
  • Good  knowledge of  inter-governmental processes;
  • Experience in areas related to policy work, national capacity development.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in economics, law, business administration, business management,  public administration, or other related social sciences. 
  • Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in planning and management, and experience of working in international environments, is required.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in oral and demonstrated superior writing skills in English is required.
  • Proficiency in another UN working language is desirable.
  • 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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