Project Coordinator and Team Leader for Gender Responsive Governance (National Planning and Budgeting) (Open to Indian Nationals Only)

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Location : New Delhi, INDIA
Application Deadline :06-Feb-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-5
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :Six Months (Renewable subject to availability of funds)
Expected Duration of Assignment :Six Months (Renewable subject to availability of funds)

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 and the third gender as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

All human development and human rights issues involve gender dimensions. UN Women globally focuses on key priority areas that are fundamental to women’s equality, and that can unlock progress across the board. UN Women’s priority areas include increasing women’s leadership and participation in political spaces, ending violence against women, enhancing women’s economic empowerment, engaging in all aspects of women peace and security processes, making gender equality central to national planning and budgeting through Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) and advancing gender in intergovernmental processes.

UN Women’s work on GRB involves ensuring that national planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation processes incorporate a gender perspective. UN Women’s GRB programmes at the regional and country level have made significant contribution towards this by building political support, developing technical resources and capacities, generating good practices for improving women's access to services and increasing accountability for Gender Equality and Women’s empowerment (GEWE).  At the forefront of global, regional and local advocacy for application of GRB, UN Women has built partnerships with diverse government, inter-governmental and non-governmental partners to further efforts and demonstrate GRB’s relevance to sustainable development, aid effectiveness, public sector reform and financing for development.

In 2004-05, the report of the expert group of classification of government expenditure became instrumental in laying out the road map for GRB in India. This was followed by the adoption of “Budgeting for Gender Equity” as mission statement by the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Government of India (GoI). In 2005-06, the Ministry of Finance, GoI introduced Gender Budget Statement (GBS) which aimed to reflect the quantum of budgetary allocations for programmes/schemes that substantially benefit women. Another important mechanism institutionalised by the Ministry of Finance was setting up of Gender Budget Cells (GBCs) which serve as focal points for mainstreaming gender through GRB. The rigour has been replicated in at least 19 states, some of which have produced GBS and set up GBCs.

UN Women’s India Country Office (ICO), based in New Delhi, India, is currently implementing a project with the objective of identifying strategies and operational approaches to strengthen on-going efforts in the area of GRB. Insights generated from this project will enable key stakeholders at the national and regional level to accelerate their efforts to ensure that women’s priorities are adequately reflected in national budgeting processes, and to make concrete changes for adequate resource allocation towards women’s priorities.

Taking this forward proposes to provide the requisite technical assistance and operational support on GRB at the National level and to the four state governments of Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Manipur. The technical assistance will be for strengthening GRB initiatives over the next two years through establishing relevant gender responsive policy tools for the larger impact of having inclusive and gender sensitive programmes and schemes of the government at the national and State level. Leveraging on the institutional capacity, past work and established networks and partnerships, UN Women through this programme will create an enabling environment by building capacities of key stakeholders to address gender issues and be instrumental in making the planning and budgeting process in the Government gender responsive.

This project focuses on the following dimensions:

  • Create and strengthen institutional structures for GRB and institute methodological changes in Planning-Budgeting and Auditing (PBA) systems for enabling gender responsive actions
    • GRB mechanisms are refined and embedded within the government in the four states
  • Enhance capacities of government officials and other stakeholders to implement the gender responsive PBA measures
    • Knowledge products on GRB are developed, including evidence based sectoral studies and customized training modules
    • Gender budgeting capacities of government stakeholders are strengthened and training capacities institutionalized in the four states
    • E-governance tool developed and piloted

Within this context, UN Women seeks the services of a Project Coordinator and Team Leader -Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) to be based at UN Women, New Delhi.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance and direct supervision of Deputy Representative, UN Women India CO, the Project Coordinator and Team Leader (GRB) will be responsible for overall implementation, coordination, monitoring and reporting and will ensure that the project produces the results to the required standards of quality and within the given time and cost specifications.

The Project Coordinator and Team Leader will have the following tasks:

Lead and Coordinate the Country-level Implementation of the Programme:

  • Analyze national context and identify key opportunities and partners to advance the GRB at national and state level through consultations during the inception phase.
  • Ensure the translation of the programme priorities into successful national/local interventions that resonate with country-level priority to promote Gender Responsive Governance- National Planning and Budgeting(GRG/B)
  • Manage the implementation of the country-level programme based on the Results-based Management (RBM) principles and in accordance to the Donor and UN Women’s standard rules and regulations;
  • Finalize strategy documents, Study Reports, Training Modules, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to the programme;
  • Lead the country level consultations during the inception phase to establish a Baseline at the country level;
  • Coordinate country-and Sate level needs assessmenst and development of training materials and workshops to avoid duplication of efforts and ensure coherence in the overall approach within the programme and other partners at the country level;
  • Identify capacity building needs at national and sub-national levels including focused states and support partners and team of experts through technical assistance, mentoring, training, cross partner learning and sharing.
  • Undertake meetings with relevant national ministries and state government departments for enabling buy-in into the project.
  • Refine the project methodology and workplan in consultation with donor and Ministry of Women and Child Development and finalise inception report. Organise the project launch workshop.

Strategic Partnership Building and Capacity Development:

  • Develop and manage partnerships with National and State Governments, Nodal line Departments, Executing Agency(DWCD), Elected Representatives in Parliament and State Legislatures, relevant UN and multilateral agencies, feminist groups and non-partisan citizen collectives, national and regional political parties, the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG), and experts at the national level to ensure timely and efficient delivery of activities.
  • Build strategic partnerships with institutions and policy makers to identify possible areas of cooperation, especially contributions to gender-responsive budgeting practices at the national and state levels.
  • Lead advocacy and knowledge building at national level. Manage advocacy strategies and support relevant, high-impact advocacy activities and campaigns with key partners and their implementation.
  • Organise key meetings, national workshops and conferences, under the project at national level. Support organising of meetings, workshops and trainings at state level.
  • Provide inputs for the development of ToRs, methodologies, tools and knowledge products, related to the project. Work closely with lead gender budget expert, sectoral expert and training coordinators for finalising scoping study, sectoral researches and development of customised training module and toolkit.
  • Facilitate the development of an e-governance tool on GRG/B at the national level. Collect knowledge on current and emerging trends by gathering relevant information on programme, projects, strategies, approaches and ongoing experience for lessons learned, best practices and contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice, facilitating the knowledge exchange of to take up effective gender equitable practices

Lead monitoring and reporting of the programme:

  • Overall supervision of project activities lead the development of work plans, implementation of project activities and develop a mechanism to monitor implementation of planned activities and budgets.
  • Establish effective coordination with donor and the Ministry of Women and Child Development for defining project activities and smooth implementation of the project.
  • Ensure timely deliverable of all product outputs and knowledge products and lead meetings and workshops for the project team to clarify the project's objective, methodology and progress.
  • Managing staff and overseeing the day-to-day activities related to the management and implementation of the Project, including procurement, project monitoring and evaluation, financial management, progress and financial reporting, leading project team.
  • Identify implementation arrangements and needed resources to implement the project and ensure proper management of funds, including accounting, financial control and audit procedures acceptable to the UN Women as well as the procurement of goods, works and services in accordance with UN Women guidelines.
  • Ensure timely preparation and submission of all project related reports especially quarterly and annual narrative reports. Provide substantive inputs to the preparation of donor and UN Women reports, including quarterly and annual results reporting in RMS, narrative and financial reports;
  • Coordinate with other implementing partners and support preparation of financial reports to UN Women.
  • Monitor progress of implementation of activities and finances using results-based management tools in close collaboration with EA and other stakeholders.
  • Lead the drafting and consolidating of the reports on monitoring missions, programme results, outputs and outcomes at the country level.
  • Record and maintain documents on relevant Programme activities, issues, risks and risk mitigation plans.
  • Monitor budget implementation and make budget re-alignments/ revisions, as necessary.
  • Lead programmes/projects appraisal and evaluation according to results-based management requirements.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Programme is implemented on time, on budget, on scope.
  • Timely and accurate monitoring and reporting of programme.
  • Programme is well coordinated.
  • Timely communication on programme to stakeholders as per agreement and annual workplan.
  • Performance of Staff.
  • Relationship with partners, donors, and other stakeholders.
  • Additional resources are mobilized.


Core Values / Guiding Principles:


  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.


  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:

  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others.

Conflict Management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge.

Functional Competencies:

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree in Social Sciences/Economics/Social Work /Gender Studies/Public Administration/Policy or related fields.


  • Minimum 10 years of experience with 3-year international experience in Gender/GRB programme management, research and trainings.
  • 10 years’ experience of Project Management and Coordination is required.
  • Experience of working directly with national/ state governments is desirable.


  • Proficiency in English;
  • Good command over Hindi in reading and writing.

Application Information: Interested applicants should apply to this announcement through UNDP jobs site:

  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from
  • 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;
  • UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.


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.

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