Consultant - Development of Guidance Note on Managing Direct Funding to Strategic Notes

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Home Based
Application Deadline :12-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Expected Duration of Assignment :Max. 25 working days

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UN-Women’s work is guided by the Strategic Plan that outlines strategic direction, objectives and approaches to support efforts to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. The Strategic Plan supports implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and contributes to the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

UN-Women Programme at country, multi-country, and regional levels, is referred to as a Strategic Note (SN). The Strategic Note articulates UN-Women’s contribution to achieving national priorities, goals and results set out in the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), or equivalent, and UN-Women’s Strategic Plan (SP), with an indication of the resources needed to achieve such results. It includes information on the context, lessons learned, proposed programme including the corresponding Theory-of-Change, partnerships and coordination, sustainability strategy, programme management and operations, monitoring, knowledge management and evaluation, resource mobilization, communication and advocacy, as well as risks management.

Strategic Note has been used to mobilize non-core resources for its implementation, a modality that yields numerous benefits including management for long-term impact; catalytic effect that supports country programme’s growth through timely seed investments and leveraging of additional resources; synergies created through planning and implementation at the country programme level; flexibility in investment and prioritization that is critical in current fast-paced environment; efficiency gains achieved through lower management and implementation costs; capacity building and knowledge management as well as partnership building through creating strategic partnerships.

Programme Support Management Unit (PSMU) has initiated research of critical components in managing direct funding to SNs and it now seeks to recruit a consultant to engage with various work streams involved in the process (i.e. Political Analysis and Programme Development, Resource Mobilization, Partnerships, Finance, Budgets, Human Resources etc.) and build on lessons learned and best practices to develop a comprehensive guidance note in line with UN-Women’s Policy, Procedure and Guidance Framework (PPG) requirements and standards. UN-Women would in particular like to draw on lessons learned from the 10-year of successful implementation of the Strategic Partnership Framework (SPF), pioneering programme modality where resources are flexibly and strategically earmarked at the results level of the Strategic Plan for greater impact, and that was used as a model for later mobilizing and earmarking resources directly against Strategic Notes.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of work and expected output

Under the overall purview of the PSMU Chief, the consultant will:

  1. Undertake desk analysis of related internal evaluation and audit reports
  2. Research and document best practices of similar programming modalities (i.e. resource mobilization and implementation against the country programme document)  in other UN Agencies
  3. Research and document lessons learned and best practices in SP/SN direct funding programmes in UN-Women
  4. Research overarching programming policies in UN Women under which the guidance note will be hosted to ensure conformity
  5. Consult with work streams critical in the implementation of the direct SN funding
  6. Develop the guidance note on how to use Strategic Note for strategic mobilization and partnership building and how to manage implementation, monitoring and reporting under this modality
  7. Prepare submission to the PPG


  1. Guidance Note on Managing Direct Funding to Strategic Notes
  2. Submission to PPG prepared

Duration and duty station for the assignment

Maximum of 25 workdays with following detailed estimates:

  • 20 workdays – research and consultation with the PSMU and other work streams
  • 5 workdays – draft and submit the package to the PPG


In depth knowledge of development issues and United Nations functioning with UN-Women experience considered as an advantage

Strong knowledge of relevant UN system organizational policies and procedures

Good knowledge of partnership building and donor relations

Excellent writing and presentation skills in English

Positive attitude and problem-solving skills

Result-oriented and able to respect deadlines

Good organizational skills and ability to work and coordinate with numerous stakeholders

Ethics and Values:

  • Teamwork
  • Knowledge sharing
  • High integrity and ethics

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s in law, international relations, business, public administration or related field


15 years of legal experience in the UN system

Experience in the design and development of policies and procedures

Strong communications skills, both written and oral

Experience with working and coordinating with various organizational departments


Excellent speaking and written English

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