Programme Analyst, Women Peace and Security (WPS)

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Location : Iraq Country Office
Application Deadline :08-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-2
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Duration of Initial Contract :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.


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.

UN Women Iraq Yemen cluster Office (IYCO) is a cluster covering both countries, Iraq and Yemen. Main office is based in Baghdad with field presences in Sanaa, Erbil, Aden, and Amman. IYCO programming focuses on four main strategic goals including women's political participation, humanitarian action, economic empowerment, and Women, Peace and Security (WPS).

In Iraq, the humanitarian crisis continues unabated as widespread violence and massive waves of displacement have put millions of people in need of assistance. Despite the government’s and international community’s efforts to consolidate support for an end to the crisis and reach vulnerable populations with assistance, the humanitarian needs are staggering. This situation has impacted women in Iraq disproportionally and has led to denying them access to fundamental rights. Of the thousands displaced in recent months, women and girls have been hit hardest, particularly those who have recently become female-headed households and the hundreds who have been victims of SGBV, including abduction, rape, and torture in the hands of the Islamic State. Displaced women and girls have little access to basic subsistence resources in addition to desperately needed protection services, psychosocial support, and sources of income.

Women play multiple roles in driving security and peace, and conversely in driving violence – and are affected in a range of ways by the crises they find. The ‘Women, Peace and Security agenda,’ founded by UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325) in 2000 and followed by seven additional resolutions for ensuring that the needs and priorities of women and girls impacted by conflict are addressed and that peace is brokered in an inclusive and sustainable manner.

In 2014, Iraq was the first country in the MENA region to develop a National Action Plan (NAP) on UNSCR 1325. However, the first INAP on 1325 faced a set of challenges, such as the political, economic, and insecurity conditions prevailing in Iraq and the absence of specific budget allocation, along with a clear M&E framework and coordination mechanisms in place. Taking these challenges and gaps into consideration, UN Women supported the development of the 2nd Iraqi National Action Plan (INAP II) for the implementation of UNSCR 1325. The INAP II, which is scheduled to run from 2021-2024, is structured across three strategic pillars: Participation, Protection and Prevention, and 

integrates key lessons learned from INAP I, building on the challenges and opportunities identified and outlining the mechanisms necessary for implementation.

Through this project, UN Women seeks to support the implementation capacity of INAP II (2021-2024) in Iraq to ensure that the needs and priorities of women and girls affected by conflict are met and addressed. The project will support the implementation of INAP II by governmental and non-governmental actors ensuring full collaboration and participation of civil society to enhance women’s protection and participation in conflict prevention and resolution, and post-conflict state-building. 

Reporting to the Programme Specialist, the Programme Analyst contributes to the effective management of UN Women programmes in the Iraq and Yemen CO by providing substantive inputs to programme design, formulation, implementation, and evaluation.  The Programme Analyst guides and facilitates the delivery of UN Women programmes by monitoring results achieved during implementation and ensuring appropriate application of systems and procedures and developing enhancements if necessary.  The Programme Analyst works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ personnel, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors, and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.

Duties and Responsibilities

Contribute technically to the development of programme strategies in the area of WPS

  • Provide substantive inputs to the design and formulation of programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
  • Identify areas for support and intervention related to the programme.

Provide substantive technical support to the implementation and management of the WPS programme

  • Provide technical inputs to the annual workplan and budget;
  • Lead the implementation of programme activities;
  • Lead the coordination of the call/request for proposals, including the organization of technical review committees, and capacity assessment of partners;
  • Review, coordinate and monitor the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Train partners on Results-Based Management and monitor implementation.

Provide technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners

  • Coordinate and provide technical support in the implementation of programme activities; Develop technical knowledge products;
  • Maintain relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the WPS programme;
  • Identify opportunities for capacity building of partners and facilitate technical/ programming support and training to partners, as needed.

Provide technical inputs to the monitoring and reporting of the programme/ project

  • Monitor progress of implementation of activities and finances using results-based management tools;
  • Draft reports on monitoring missions, programme results s, outputs, and outcomes;
  • Provide substantive inputs to the preparation of donor and UN Women reports.

Provide substantive technical inputs to the management of people and finances of the WPS programme

  • Monitor budget implementation and make budget re-alignments/ revisions, as necessary;
  • Provide substantive inputs to financial reports;
  • Supervise Programme Associates and Assistant.

Provide substantive inputs to building partnerships and resource mobilization strategies

  • Provide substantive inputs to resource mobilization strategies; analyze and maintain information and databases;
  • Prepare relevant documentation such as project summaries, conference papers, briefing notes, speeches, and donor profiles;
  • Participate in donor meetings and public information events, as delegated.

Provide technical support to inter-agency coordination on WPS to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in the country

  • Provide substantive technical support to the Representative and Deputy Representative on inter-agency coordination-related activities by drafting background reports and briefs.

Provide substantive inputs to advocacy, knowledge building, and communication efforts

  • Develop background documents, briefs, and presentations related to WPS;
  • Coordinate and organize advocacy campaigns, events, training, workshops, and knowledge products;
  • Coordinate the development of knowledge management methodologies, and products on WPS.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely and quality inputs to programme development;
  • Timely and quality implementation of Programme/Portfolio/ activities against set work plans, timelines, and budgets, in line with the Strategic Note;
  • Timely and quality technical assistance;
  • Quality and timely inputs to reporting;
  • Strong relations with partners and stakeholders;
  • 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.

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Functional Competencies:

  • Good programme formulation, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation skills;
  • Good knowledge of Results-Based Management;
  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions, and present findings and recommendations;
  • Good analytical skills;
  • Good knowledge of WPS;
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities, and threats to fundraising.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent 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.


  • 2 years of progressively responsible work experience in development;
  • programme/project implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting, and capacity building is recommended;
  • Experience in women peace and security is an asset;
  • Experience in project management is an asset;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
  • Experience in conflict and/or post-conflict countries is an asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Arabic is required.


All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from P11 form. 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.


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