UN Women: Policy and Programme Analyst - EVAW

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Application Deadline :18-Jan-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :1d 2h 34m
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-2
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :7 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 Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Division provides global programming and policy support to allow UN Women offices at Headquarters and in all field locations to deliver effective and efficient initiatives to support the implementation of UN Women’s Strategic Plan and internationally agreed goals on gender equality and women’s empowerment, including the Beijing Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Division provides intellectual and strategic leadership on normative support and the delivery of integrated policy advice, including through policy analysis and gender mainstreaming. The Division leverages innovation, knowledge management, and cutting-edge technical expertise to support UN Women programmes and to build the capacity of partners to deliver results on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The work of UN Women’s Ending Violence against Women (EVAW) Section is focused on a comprehensive approach to ending violence against women that addresses legislation and policies, prevention, services for survivors, research and data, and creating safe public spaces in different settings. The section also oversees the successful implementation of different global programmes where UN Women is a partner, including the Spotlight Initiative.

The Spotlight Initiative has been designed by the UN and EU as a global financing mechanism in support of the implementation of the SDGs mainly Goal 5 and Goal 16. The Initiative contributes to accelerating the realignment of the United Nations development system with the 2030 Agenda and enable critical system-wide capacities that can lead to more impactful and synergic support by the UN country team in line with the UN System-Wide Strategic document. The Spotlight Initiative provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate that a significant investment in gender equality, backed by expertise, a comprehensive theory of change and strong partnerships, can make a transformative difference in the lives of women and girls, as well as contribute to the achievement of all the SDGs.

UN Women, UNDP and UNFPA, as core agencies, along civil society, provide technical support in the design and implementation of activities, under the leadership of the Executive Office of the Secretary General. UN Women as the technical and normative lead on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the UN System, houses the Technical Unit of the Spotlight Secretariat. At country and regional level, UN Women is implementing key components of the programmes, and in most Spotlight countries, UN Women has been designated as the Technical Coherence Lead agency to guide the UN system in the implementation of strong, coherent programmes that will make a difference in women’s and girls’ lives and will deliver results on ending violence. In this context, UN Women’s Ending Violence Against Women (EVAW) Section in New York provides daily support to country and regional offices to accelerate implementation, deliver results, document lessons learned and build the evidence of what works and what doesn’t in different contexts addressing violence against women and girls.

Reporting to the Policy and Programme Advisor of the Ending Violence Against Women Section, the policy and programme analyst - EVAW will provide technical, monitoring and coordination support to country and regional offices working on monitoring, reporting, knowledge management, technical and programmatic support for the successful implementation of UN Women’s work under the Spotlight Initiative. The Policy and Programme Analyst - EVAW will also provide support to UN Women’s portfolio on trafficking and UNW participation in the Interagency Working Group Against Trafficking (ICAT).

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide Programmatic and Policy coordination and technical support on the global EVAW Spotlight initiative as required by Country Offices (COs) and Regional Offices (ROs);

  • Provide technical, programmatic and operational input and support to regional and country programmes;
  • Provide coordination support to the COs and ROs working on Spotlight programmes as needed to ensure bottlenecks are addressed in a timely manner;
  • Manage vetted roster of experts to support COs in the implementation of their programmes; responding to request for consultants from the roster and carrying out internal awareness raising on the Roster.
  • Draft and maintain the project timeline and implementation schedule for deliverables supported from HQ, ensure that planning mechanisms are established to meet the deliverables for the programme; communicate and follow-up with all parties involved.
  • Ensure relevant guidance is provided to COs on EU specific requirements, in close collaboration with internal and external focal points;

Provide technical support to the monitoring functions at Global level for UN Women’s component of the Spotlight Initiative:

  • Monthly updating and improvement of content of global dashboards in consultation with country and regional offices as relevant, including quarterly activity monitoring through UNW Results management System (RMS).
  • Carry out regular check-in calls with allocated Country Offices and Regional Offices; keeping abreast of latest trends and developments in the assigned countries.
  • Collaborate with relevant sections (IST, programme, finance, SPU, etc) to continue the automation of reporting mechanisms as UN Women transitions to a new ERP system, such as the use of the UNW Project Gateway for narrative reporting and utilization of internal systems to capture information on results;
  • Ensure adequate monitoring of expenditures and contributions, and ensure integration into risk management strategies for UN Women, in close collaboration with finance and programme teams; Monitor and update tracking sheets for revenue as required from UN Women’s work;
  • Provide technical inputs related to reporting, monitoring and evaluation with regard to programme development as needed;


Support strengthening linkages between the Spotlight Initiative and the Action Coalition on GBV

  • Provide support in ensuring strengthened linkages between the Spotlight Initiative and the Action Coalition on Gender Based Violence.
  • Support preparations for joint advocacy and mobilization as part of commitments to the AC on GBV with the Spotlight Initaitive.
  • Support inter-agency processes at HQ level, including inter-agency work with other RUNOs involved in the Spotlight initiative
  • Support UN Women coordination, engagement and joint work with the Spotlight Secretariat at HQ level

Support preparation and input to briefing notes and regular updates for senior management and UNW representation at director level meetings.

Contribute to knowledge building and capacity development:

  • Support the finalization and roll-out of the Spotlight Activity Visualization Platform (categorization, analysis and technical mapping of activities within the different pillars under the Spotlight Initiative),  including internal and external coordination with relevant stakeholder on the technical development aspects of the platform, the training and roll-out of the platform with country offices globally and the development of strategies to support strengthened technical coherence and capacity development;
  • Support the roll-out of UN Women Knowledge Management and Learning plan for the Spotlight Initiative; Identify opportunities for engaging country and regional stakeholders for knowledge sharing, and advocacy strengthening; Liaise with partners and UN Women Spotlight teams in developing knowledge products and in organizing learning initiatives to promote the internal and external sharing of knowledge based on the UN Women Knowledge Management and Learning plan for the Spotlight Initiative;
  • Provide coordination support development and roll-out virtual and/or in person trainings, workshops or other capacity development initiatives based on the UN Women Knowledge Management and Learning plan for the Spotlight Initiative; and provide technical input to the continuous assessment of capacity building needs to deliver UN Women’s work across different countries and regions;
  • Support the implementation of continuous learning modalities strengthening linkages between different knowledge platforms and modes of engaging in exchange and knowledge building including through the UNW Spotlight Community of Practice.
  • Support the coordination with the Spotlight Secretariat and the UN Trusts Funds on development of knowledge products, tools and learning initiatives, including for the establishment of online platforms related to the Spotlight Initiative and ensuring linkages with the UNW Virtual Knowledge Center.
  • Update and maintain the Spotlight Central Hub, to ensure it is a relevant tool and user friendly for all UN Women Spotlight countries and beyond;

Support UN Women’s portfolio on Trafficking, including UNWs participation in the Interagency Working Group Against Trafficking (ICAT)

  • Provide technical and coordination support for UN Women’s work on Trafficking;
  • Support activities related to facilitating mainstreaming of gender in the Inter-Agency Coordination Group Against Trafficking (ICAT)’s activities related to the implementation of the Global Plan of Action on Trafficking in Persons;

Key Performance Indicators: 

  • Timely and quality technical support to the Spotlight initiative UN Women COs and partners in line with work plan;
  • Strengthened collaboration with other agencies and relevant departments for enhanced programming;
  • Quality and timely development and review of systems for tracking/monitoring of results and delivery;
  • Quality knowledge products and timely sharing of best practices to improve/ enhance UN Women’s work;
  • Improved capacity of field colleagues to utilize tools developed for better monitoring and reporting of results.


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

  • Strong knowledge of gender equality and women’s rights issues, and in particular on Ending Violence Against Women
  • Good knowledge of programme formulation and implementation and Results Based Management;
  • Good understanding of the project/programme cycle;
  • Ability to apply knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of UN Women; 
  • Strong knowledge of monitoring and evaluation, data collection and analysis, and reporting;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Knowledge of UN programme management systems.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment and in a team
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to establish priorities and work independently
  • Able to work virtually, using communication technologies

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Political or Social Science, Economics, International Development Studies, Gender/Women's Studies 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 2 years of progressively responsible experience in policy and programme implementation in the area of violence against women;
  • Experience in development implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building is a strong asset;
  • Experience in the United Nations systems in an asset;
  • Experience in roster management and establishment a strong asset;
  • Field experience is a strong asset.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English;
  • Knowledge of Spanish and/or French is a strong asset;
  • Knowledge of another UN official working 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/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-P11-Personal-History-Form.doc 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.

GS fixed-term appointment (FTA) and temporary appointment (TA) positions located in New York are open to candidates who are either US Permanent Residents, US Citizens or holders of a valid G4 visa at the time of their application and whose G4 visa has been acquired on account of their employment in the UN Systems based in New York.


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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