Project Specialist/Civil Society Partnership



Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Kyiv, UKRAINE
Application Deadline :08-Feb-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-4
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Mar-2022
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 months with possibility of extension

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.


Background

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.

In Ukraine UN Women works with the government, parliament and civil society to advance gender equality through the implementation of the national and international commitments on gender equality and women’s human rights. The work of UN Women Ukraine is guided by the following strategic goals: elimination of violence against women and girls; implementation of the women, peace and security agenda; and gender responsive governance. UN Women collaborates closely with the UN Country Team to integrate women’s rights and gender equality in all spheres of the UN’s work in Ukraine.

The project “Transformative approaches to achieving gender equality in Ukraine” aims at employing transformative approaches to the advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment, which we understand as breaking out with ‘business-as-usual’; instead of focusing on barriers women face and empowering women through working with women, gender transformative approaches engage variety of agents of change. Transformative approaches aim at removing the root causes, structural barriers, and restrictive social norms, that underpin the persistence of gender inequalities in various areas of life. In our case transformative approach means engaging with the key institutions at the same time, that have significant impact on either reproduction of restrictive gender stereotypes or can help to break down these social norms and pave the way to greater gender equality and women’s empowerment: the government, women’s organizations, and the private sector.

Reporting directly to the Project Manager, the Project Specialist on CSO Partnership contributes to the effective implementation of the Project by providing substantive inputs related to project design, formulation, implementation and evaluation for the Civil Society Partnership portfolio of the Project. She/he works in close collaboration with the project team, UN Women programme and operations teams, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under Civil Society Partnership portfolio.

Impact of results:

The key results of this post directly impact on the ability of UN Women to effectively implement the UN Women programme portfolio in the country. This impact should lead to enhancing the visibility and image of UN Women as an effective leader on gender equality and women’s human rights and empowerment in the country.


Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

  • Design, Implementation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (Civil Society Partnership Portfolio of the Project)
  • Contribution to Inter-Agency coordination and partnerships building (Civil Society Partnership Portfolio)
  • Advocacy support and facilitation of knowledge development and management (Civil Society Partnership Portfolio)
  • Provide inputs to UN Women Operations team to ensure timely implementation of the activities in compliance with the UN Women policies and procedures (Civil Society Partnership Portfolio of the Project)

?1. Design, Implementation, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (Civil Society Partnership Portfolio of the Project)

  • Ensure substantive contribution to the analysis and research of the situation and new policy developments on the civil society and gender equality and women’s rights advancement in the country and prepare substantive inputs to the UN Women country office programme and the project planning;
  • Design and formulate of programme initiatives translating UN Women’s priorities into the Project interventions on the Civil Society Partnership;
  • Ensure provision of timely inputs to the preparation and update annual and detailed implementation work plans and other related documents for timely commencement and implementation of the Civil Society Partnership portfolio activities;
  • Ensure timely and effective implementation of the Civil Society Partnership portfolio of the Project and delivery of results in accordance with the Project Document, work plans and other project documents;
  • Provide inputs to the reports on the Civil Society Partnership portfolio results, including progress and annual reports, as well as ad-hoc technical reports;
  • Contribute to Civil Society Partnership portfolio monitoring and evaluation;
  • Ensure proper management of the budget component allocated for the Civil Society Partnership portfolio implementation.
  • Arrange and monitor field level activities of the Civil Society Partnership portfolio.

2. Contribution to Inter-Agency coordination and partnerships building (Civil Society Partnership Portfolio)

  • Provide substantive support on inter-agency coordination related activities within the Civil Society Partnership portfolio;
  • Provide expert support in preparation of analytical and regular progress reports on UN Women´s program experiences in support of UN Women inter-agency coordination role within the Civil Society Partnership portfolio;
  • Support UN Women in strategic partnership building with the diverse women’s groups and civil society organizations;
  • Develop the professional platform for networking and partnership building with the diverse women’s groups and CSOs;
  • Provide technical advisory support in engagement with relevant national, regional and local authorities, CSOs, development partners, private business and media to support the development and implementation of the activities within the Civil Society Partnership portfolio;
  • Maintain close liaison with national, regional and local partners, ensuring optimum participation of all relevant stakeholders of the Civil Society Partnership portfolio implementation;
  • Ensure coordination with relevant stakeholders for effective implementation of the Civil Society Partnership portfolio;
  • Facilitate collection, analysis and interpretation of data in the field of the Civil Society Partnership portfolio implementation. Prepare regular updates on all critical issues related to the Civil Society Partnership portfolio implementation.

3. Advocacy support and facilitation of knowledge development and management

  • Manage the establishment of advocacy networks at national level and linkages to international networks;
  • Proactively and substantively support and implement relevant, high-impact advocacy activities and campaigns with key partners;
  • Ensure awareness about current and emerging trends by analyzing programme, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices, and shares with management for use in knowledge sharing and planning future strategies;
  • Prepare articles and social media materials on the project activities as well as the thematic materials;
  • Proactively contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.

4. Provide inputs to UN Women Operations team to ensure timely implementation of the activities in compliance with the UN Women policies and procedures (Civil Society Partnership Portfolio of the Project)

  • Draft ToRs for experts and companies’ involvement and Concept Notes for events and relevant activities;
  • Observe UN Women procurement procedures for selection of suppliers, submit required supporting documents to Operations team for timely processing of contracts and payments;
  • Participate in various selection processes for companies and individuals within the scope of exercise.

MEASURABLE OUTPUTS OF THE WORK ASSIGNMENT:

  • Full and appropriate implementation of the Project activities within the Civil Society Partnership portfolio
  • Results, experiences and lessons learned during implementation of the Project are shared with the project management
  • Programme initiatives are designed and formulated for translating UN Women’s priorities into the Project interventions within the Civil Society Partnership portfolio
  • Reporting and quality monitoring activities completed

PERFORMANCE INDICATORS FOR EVALUATION OF RESULTS:

  • Annual work plan for the Civil Society Partnership portfolio is fully and timely implemented
  • Funds delivery for the Civil Society Partnership portfolio reached 100%
  • Timely monitoring and tracking of programme results
  • Adherence to UN Women standards, procedures and rules
  • Timely organization of events/meetings
  • Number of knowledge products developed
  • Partnership is established with key stakeholders


Competencies

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

  • Demonstrated development/programming skills particularly those that are pertinent to UN Women strategic priorities on gender issues and women’s human rights;
  • Ability to lead implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes;
  • Ability to develop strategies, plans, methodologies and tools for effective development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the gender equality policy and legal framework;
  • Good knowledge of Results Based Management principles and approaches;
  • Ability to establish and maintain broad strategic networks and partnerships with UN agencies and other partners to promote partnership and build alliances to advance organizational interests and competencies;
  • Demonstrated strong coordination, facilitation and communication skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in Human Rights, Law, Gender Studies, Business or Public Administration, International relations, Management, Social or Political Sciences, or related field.

Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years (with Masters’ degree (or equivalent)) of experience of work at the national and/or international level in human rights, gender equality or women empowerment or related field.
  • Experience at human rights, gender equality and women's empowerment project/initiatives development and implementation, preferably in the international environment.
  • Experience in developing partnership with human rights, women’s CSOs representing diverse women’s groups at international, regional, national and local levels in implementing gender equality initiatives.
  • Strong knowledge in women’s CSOs networks representing diverse women’s groups at international, regional, national and local levels, as well as international and national good practices on civil society engagement and women’s meaningful participation.
  • Experience of working with relevant stakeholders from the governmental and non- governmental institutions involved into human rights and gender equality issues at the national and sub- national levels is an advantage;
  • Experience in advocacy for gender equality and women's empowerment is an asset.
  • Proven experience in the development of analytical paper/research/tools and providing capacity building activities on human rights and gender equality is an advantage.
  • Deep knowledge in human rights and gender equality international and national frameworks, focusing on civil society engagement and women’s meaningful participation

Computer skills:

  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Office, Outlook, etc.).

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency (oral and written) in English and Ukrainian

UN Women Personal History Form (P11) must be completed and attached as part of the online application - https://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-p11-personal-history-form.doc?la=en&vs=558

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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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