Project Officer - Spotlight Initiative (EVAW)

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Location : Manica Province, Mozambique, MOZAMBIQUE
Application Deadline :13-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-4
Languages Required :
English   Portuguese
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :12 Months
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 Months

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.


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 Spotlight Programme is a joint initiative of the United Nations system and the European Union in partnership with the Government and civil society of Mozambique to contribute to the elimination of gender-based and sexual violence, harmful practices and obstacles to access to sexual and reproductive health rights. It will focus on consolidating gains by developing a more effective response to violence against women and girls and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health rights, through innovative approaches that strengthen an enabling legal and policy framework, effective and coordinated institutions, community mobilization and empowerment, increased and equitable access to holistic and integrated care services, access to and use of quality statistical data and strengthened and dynamic women's rights organizations.

Within the UN Women Mozambique Country Office  under the supervision of the Programme Officer and overall guidance of the Program Specialist, the incumbent analyzes overall trends in development and in policy making, together with constraints, opportunities, potential and challenges with a stronger emphasis in creating the conditions to prevent SGBV and early marriage at the individual, relationship, community/organizational and societal level, and strengthen demand for services with a survivor centric approach. The incumbent will be based in the field Manica province and will be responsible for the day-to-day functioning of the field-based presences in, as required.  The Project Officer will coordinate the implementation of the SLI Programme activities in the province. In the province of Manica, the project officer will act as focal point of the Spotlight Initiative on the Elimination of SGBV.

Reporting to Programme Officer the project officer is contribute to the achievement of project results which includes coordinating relationships with provincial and district partners and stakeholders, monitoring and reporting, and the finances and personnel of the project. As a focal point of the SLI Programme in the Province of Manica, the project officer will report to the SLI Programme Officer based in Maputo.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Oversee and provide technical support on project implementation of the Spotlight Initiative (EVAW)
  • Oversee implementation of the project’s activities in accordance with the annual work plan and towards achieving the project outputs and outcomes.
  • Ensure regular follow up with national experts/consultants and civil society groups/think tanks involved in the implementation of project activities, including revision of their deliverables and results;
  • Maintain regular communication and extend technical support to economic empowerment initiatives conducted by girls and young women.
  • Provide guidance and support to UN Women implementing partners/responsible parties, carrying specific activities within the project.
  • Serve as UN Women focal person in the province;
  • Give inputs to quarterly progress reports and contribute to the drafting of Annual and final project report.
  • 2. Provide Monitoring and Knowledge Management support
  • Conduct systematic monitoring and reporting of UN Women’s project implementation and Spotlight Initiative (SLI) programmer implementation at the provincial level.
  • Provide inputs to and consolidate quarterly progress and financial reports.
  • Maintain close communication with project beneficiaries, consultants, IPs and institutional contractors.
  • Synthesize and document project activities, success stories and lessons learned.
  • Coordinate and participate in the mid-term review and evaluation in collaboration with participating UN agencies and local partners.
  • 3. Coordination and Partnership
  • Coordinate with all project parties and partners involved in project implementation at the Provincial level.
  • Organize and participate in SLI programme activities including preparation of background documents and minutes taking. 
  • Organize key advocacy/awareness raising events in coordination with relevant colleagues at the provincial level in coordination with Un Women Programme Officer and SLI Programme Coordinator as applicable.
  • Maintain close relationship with key stakeholders (state and non-state) and ensure adequate information flow on SLI related activities by the UN;
  • Lead planning and implementation of joint advocacy activities for greater visibility of programme achievements at the provincial and district level according to the guidelines of EU and UN.
  • 4.Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely and quality implementation of project and programme against set workplans, timelines, and budgets, in line with the Strategic Note and SLI programme;
  • Quality and timely reporting.
  • Strong relations with partners and stakeholders.
  • Regular and timely monitoring of activities. 
  • Enhanced best practices and lessons learned documented and circulated.



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

Functional Competencies

  • Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills.
  • Good budget and finance skills
  • Good knowledge of Results Based Management
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions, and present findings and recommendations.
  • Good analytical skills
  • Knowledge of UN programme management systems


Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in development, human rights, gender equality, management, social sciences, or other related areas is required.
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

A project/programmed management certification would be an added advantage.


  • At least 2 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or provincial level in managing complex and multi-component programme interventions with national/provincial and district partners, preferably related to thematic area.
  • Experience in coordinating, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating development programmes.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in Portuguese and English is required.
  • Knowledge of local languages spoken in Gaza, Manica and Nampula is an asset.
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.


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