UN Women: Programme Manager, Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS

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Application Deadline :29-Jul-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :364 days

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.


NOTE: The duration of the assignment is for 364 days. Whereas an external candidate will be offered a temporary appointment, subject to release agreements, staff members in UN Women may be administered as a temporary assignment and staff members in the UN Common system may be administered under a loan arrangement.

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 Policy, Programme and Inter-Governmental Division develops and implements the UN Women programme of work on analysis, research and knowledge management that provides the evidence base for the advice and guidance UN Women provides to the intergovernmental process, the UN system, and to UN Women staff working at country and regional level on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment. It identifies emerging issues and trends and develops and proposes new strategies for achieving the agreed goals through innovative approaches and lessons learned about what works in practice.

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Policy Advisor on Gender Equality, Health and HIV/AIDS, the Policy Specialist will be responsible for contributing to the effective development and implementation of UN Women’s efforts to address the gender equality dimensions of HIV and AIDS to achieve gender equality and the vision of ending AIDS by 2030. More specifically, the Policy Specialist will be supporting day-to-day implementation of the UN Women’s programme focusing on leadership of adolescent girls and young women in the HIV response, acting as an important channel between country and regional offices, and global policy-related work. The Policy Specialist will also be providing technical support on evidence-informed policy, programme development, and the design of tools, guidance and knowledge products; supporting UN coordination and partnerships; managing knowledge and supporting donor reporting. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Lead project management and coordination for the UN Women programme on leadership of adolescent girls and young women in the HIV response:

  • Lead  project’s activities at the global level and ensure effective coordination with UN Women Country and Regional offices to ensure smooth implementation on the ground.
  • Develop and monitor annual workplan and budget.
  • Oversee the substantive and programmatic work of implementing partners.
  • Compile and draft regular donor reports and updates ensuring strong tracking of results, capturing global, regional and country level progress and achievements, and documenting good practices and lessons learned.
  • Maintain strong communication with country focal points, donor representatives and implementing partners to ensure coordination and complementarity of efforts.
  • Assess implementation bottlenecks and gaps in addressing gender dimension of the HIV epidemic and provide policy recommendations to address these challenges.
  • Identify emerging issues, cutting edge knowledge and approaches on the gender dimensions of HIV and AIDS, with particular focus on the leadership of adolescent girls and young women.
  • Organize (online) conferences, dialogues, expert meetings, panels and other interactive events on relevant issues for project implementation and policy support to the UN Women Country and Regional offices.

Provide technical support to advocacy and partnership building:

  • Identify relevant actors/forums, and liaise with key international, national, regional, and local civil society and governmental stakeholders to promote the leadership of adolescent girls and young women, particularly those living with HIV, in the HIV response.
  • Develop and solidify partnerships with key stakeholders, including UN entities, academic institutions, governments, donors and civil society organizations.
  • Strengthen relationships to promote joint action and resource mobilization, as well as making visible policy driven programming and achievements in addressing the gender equality dimensions of HIV and AIDS.
  • Contribute substantively to the development of strategic approaches to policy dialogue, resource mobilization, partnerships, advocacy and outreach.
  • Provide policy inputs to intergovernmental processes and other international forums.
  • Develop communications products, including for social media, for dissemination of programme results, including conducting of interviews and drafting of case studies.

Provide technical inputs to the development and dissemination of knowledge products:

  • Oversee the implementation of UN Women’s Knowledge Strategy in relation to gender dimensions of HIV/AIDS.
  • Provide substantive guidance and technical inputs to ensure the high quality of knowledge products and capacity development tools to meet UN Women needs and standards of quality.
  • Provide feedback to UN Women offices on case studies and other related knowledge products and publications, as requested and needed.
  • Collate good practices and lessons learned and feed into the Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS Community of Practice.
  • Promote the use of knowledge management mechanisms to share learning from programming and policy efforts related to gender equality and HIV/AIDS including through corporate websites, newsletters, and other avenues, in collaboration with Communications teams.
  • Oversee the maintenance of the UN Women Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS web portal and the sharepoint space.
  • Ensure timely contributions to corporate policy documents, briefs and other strategic papers/ materials for the use in the development and presentation of policy and programmatic positions and donor proposals.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality implementation, monitoring and reporting on UN Women’s programme on adolescent girls and young women;
  • Quality technical assistance to UN Women Country and Regional offices on gender equality dimensions of HIV/AIDS;
  • Number of strong partnerships which lead to results;
  • Quality inputs to briefings, knowledge products, publications, reports, and other documents.


Core Values:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for Diversity.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Values and Competencies Framework: https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf?la=en&vs=637

Functional Competencies:

  • Good planning, goal-setting and prioritization to manage for results;
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Strong inter-personal skills, communicating effectively with staff at all level of the organization;
  • Ability to establish, build and sustain effective relationships with partners;
  • Work in a highly pressured environment;
  • Excellent knowledge of gender issues and HIV/AIDS.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master degree (or equivalent) in development related disciplines, gender issues, economics, public policy, sociology, public health, law or other social science fields; a first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • At least 5 years of progressive experience in international development, including a minimum of 3 years focused specifically on HIV, preferably with work experience on gender dimensions of HIV, including on adolescent girls and young women; experience with international organizations and/or the United Nations system is preferred;
  • Experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluating development programmes and projects, including on gender equality and HIV/AIDS, with preference of geographical focus in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with donors, including reporting and evaluation efforts, preferably with key donors in the HIV context (i.e. Global Fund, PEPFAR);
  • Experience with documenting and developing knowledge products, communications materials, as well as, engaging in advocacy efforts on HIV/AIDS.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.


All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558. 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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