UN Women: Programme Coordinator, Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund

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Location : Geneva, SWITZERLAND
Application Deadline :19-Nov-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year

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 Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) is a partnership between the United Nations, Member States, and the civil society, which supports women led and women’s rights organizations working to build peace and provide humanitarian response throughout the world. Since the end of 2016, the WPHF has supported over 400 civil society organizations and is present in 26 countries.

UN Women hosts the Secretariat of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund. The WPHF Secretariat provides support to the Funding Board, mobilizes resources from Governments, companies, foundations and individuals, designs funding windows and mechanisms, provides day to day support to Country Offices implementing WPHF programmes, ensures timely and quality monitoring and reporting. The Secretariat’s mandate is also to strengthen stakeholders’ knowledge of and engagement with women, peace and security issues through proper internal and external communications, advocacy and outreach. Finally, the Secretariat provides knowledge management services for the WPHF, and manages Community of Practice (CoP) for WPHF partners and grantees.

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the WPHF Secretariat, the Programme Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the WPHF regular funding cycle portfolio as well as its COVID-19 Emergency Response Window.  This includes coordinating relationships with national and international partners and stakeholders, and the monitoring and reporting, knowledge production and management of the portfolio. The Programme Coordinator will also be responsible for ensuring programmatic and operational coherence across WPHF’s funding mechanisms, including Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting oversight.

Duties and Responsibilities

Coordinate and provide technical oversight and quality control of WPHF funding windows

  • Provide strategic advice to the head of the secretariat on funding design
  • Provide quality support to the WPHF programme team
  • Oversee monitoring, evaluation and reporting across all funding mechanisms, ensure coherence and coordination as well as accountability.
  • Establish and update guidelines for grant-making planning, implementation and monitoring;
  • Manage the WPHF risk management strategy and its implementation;

Coordinate the Regular WPHF Regular Funding Cycle and COVID-19 Emergency Response Window Portfolios

  • Coordinate the overall Programme/Portfolio development and implementation according to WPHF’s priorities;
  • Liaise with Country offices on the establishment of national committees and the launch of WPHF calls for proposals in countries
  • Lead the technical review of proposals received under the portfolio
  • Gather inputs and coordinate the preparation of work-plans, periodic narrative progress reports and reports to the WPHF Board;

Guide coordination with Country Offices and other stakeholders

  • Coordinate relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the portfolio, raise potential problems and suggest solutions;
  • Identify support needs through technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives, as needed.

Coordinate the monitoring and reporting on the WPHF Regular Funding Cycle and COVID-19 Emergency Response Window Portfolios and ensure coherence across all WPHF Funding mechanisms

  • Gather and compile all information necessary for monitoring and reporting on programmes and projects from the planning to the evaluation stages;
  • Monitor the implementation of activities; conduct regular monitoring visits, as required;
  • Draft country or thematic briefs, background documents, briefs and presentations related to the WPHF or to women, peace and security and humanitarian issues;
  • Draft other annual and quarterly reports/updates as needed and provide inputs to Country reports;

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies

  • Provide inputs to the development of partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Provide substantive inputs to WPHF’s #1000WomenLeaders Campaign;
  • 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.

Advocate and facilitate knowledge building and management and communication

  • Document the programme implementation process and products, lessons learned, best practices, etc.;
  • Contribute to the exchange of information (WPHF peer exchange programme) and provide inputs to the development of knowledge products internally and externally of the programme;


Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely and quality implementation of portfolio activities against set workplans, timelines, and budgets, in line with the Strategic Note
  • 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

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

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public administration, law, 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/programme management certification (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) would be an added advantage.


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level working on women, peace and security issue and/or managing complex and multi-component programme interventions with national partners, preferably related to thematic area;
  • Experience in coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development programmes and projects is an asset.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English and is required;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is required;
  • Knowledge of a third official UN 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.


At UN Women, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. UN Women recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, ability, national origin, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided?on the basis of?qualifications, competence, integrity and organizational need. 


If you need any reasonable accommodation to support your participation in the recruitment and selection process, please include this information in your application.


UN Women has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UN Women, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to UN Women’s policies and procedures and the standards of conduct expected of UN Women personnel and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. (Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.)



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