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 is implementing the programme ‘Transformative approaches to recognize, reduce, and redistribute unpaid care work in women’s economic empowerment programming’ (‘3R Programme’) in Rwanda, Senegal and South Africa. The overarching goal of the programme is to remove the structural barriers to women’s full and equal participation in the economy by recognizing, reducing, and redistributing unpaid care work. The 3R Programme builds on UN Women’s expertise at the global, regional and country level as well as UN Women’s existing strong partnerships with women’s cooperatives and other women’s rights organizations, traditional leaders, communities, men and boys, and the private and public sectors to address unequal power relations, systemic discrimination and harmful norms and practices that underpin inequities in care work. In particular, the 3R programme will complement existing UN Women programmes on climate-resilient agriculture and rural women’s economic empowerment in the three countries, by developing a care component which aims to recognize, reduce and redistribute women’s unpaid care and domestic workloads and overall time poverty. Senegal is the only country of the programme which includes an ‘innovation solutions for unpaid care’ component, which aims to develop digital risk transfers mechanisms adapted to the needs of female farmers to address unpaid care related risks. The Project Coordination is responsible for the implementation of this component.  

Reporting to the Regional Advisor WEE, the Project Coordinator exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions under their portfolio.  The Project Coordinator works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio

Duties and Responsibilities

Implement the innovation component of the 3R project in Senegal  

  • Gather inputs and coordinate the preparation of work-plans, periodic narrative progress reports and expenditures status reports to the Programme Steering and Advisory Committees and UN Women;
  • Establish systems for project planning, implementation and monitoring, in collaboration with partners;
  • Record and maintain documents on relevant activities, issues, and risks.
  • Coordinate relationships with national partners to support implementation of the project;
  • Identify capacity building needs and support partners through technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives, as needed.

Monitoring and reporting on the innovation component of the 3R project  

  • Gather and compile all information necessary for monitoring and reporting on the project;
  • Monitor the implementation of activities and the expenditure of funds; conduct regular monitoring visits, as required;
  • Draft and provide inputs to annual and quarterly reports; coordinate the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Provide inputs in the area of innovation for Women’s Economic Empowerment activities and results to county, regional and global reporting.
  • Coordinate development and preparation of financial reports of the project including budgeting and budget revisions, and expenditure tracking and reporting;
  • Monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds to implementing partners;

Advocate and facilitate knowledge building and management and communication

  • Document the project implementation process and products;
  • Contribute to the exchange of information and provide inputs to the development of knowledge products internally and externally of the project;
  • Coordinate the organization of major advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops, briefings and knowledge products.

Advise on gender and innovation

  • Provide advice to the Senegal Country Office and the Regional Office for West and Central Africa on issues related to innovation solutions for unpaid care, and innovation for women’s economic empowerment

Key performance indicators

  • Timely and quality implementation of project 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 project 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 project management systems

Required Skills and Experience

Education and Certiications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in innovation, science and technology, gender equality, 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.


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in managing complex and multi-component programme interventions with national partners, in the area of Innovation for Women’s Economic Empowerment;
  • Experience working in West and Central Africa on Innovation for Women’s Economic Empowerment is an asset
  • Experience in coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development programmes and projects is an asset.


  • Fluency in English and French is required;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset;

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.

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