Programme Management Specialist



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Location : Kigali, RWANDA
Application Deadline :07-Jul-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :6d 10h 45m
Type of Contract :FTA Local
Post Level :NO-C
Languages Required :
English  
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.


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.

UN Women Rwanda's Strategic Note 2019-2023 cut across UN Women's Global Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and that of 2022-2025 and is closely aligned with the new national development framework including Vision 2050 and the National Strategy for Transformation (NST1 2017-2024), the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (2018-2024), the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa’s Agenda 2063. The UN Women Country program embraces the core principle of Leave No One Behind (LNOB) outlined in the Agenda 2030 and also reflects the latest recommendations of the CEDAW committee for Rwanda (CEDAW/C/RWA/Q/7-9) especially those related to social norms and attitudes change; on the need to increase women’s participation in leadership positions especially at the local level and in the private sector, and further enhance Gender Equality and women’s empowerment accountability frameworks. Also, key is the need to employ rights-based and sustainable prevention and response interventions to address GBV.

The programme focuses on two main priority/impact areas from UN Women Global Strategic Plan (2018-2021) including Priority area 1: Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems and Priority area 2: Women have equal economic opportunities and economic autonomy.

Under the supervision of the Country Representative, the Programme Specialist is responsible for managing the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of programmes for the Country Office, including providing technical support to the implementation of the Country Office programme, managing the monitoring and reporting for the Country Office, overseeing and guiding people and budget management for the programme team, building partnerships and providing support in developing resource mobilization strategies, and managing knowledge building efforts.


Duties and Responsibilities

Manage the programmatic development for the Country Office, based on the Strategic Note

  • Provide overall programme advisory support to the Office Management;
  • Guide the development of the CO programme, and provide technical support to the design and formulation of programme/ project initiatives;
  • Review and provide feedback to project/ programme strategies and documents, workplans, case studies and related knowledge products and publications, as needed;
  • Provide technical advice on the development of systems, processes and mechanisms to support programme planning, implementation, monitoring and progress reporting;
  • Review and evaluate proposals and oversee the preparation of donor proposals and reports;
  • Draft policy documents, briefs and other strategic papers/ materials for the use in the development and presentation of policy and programmatic positions.

Provide technical support to the implementation of the Country Office programme

  • Review programme annual work plans to assure compliance with UN Women programme goals and results-based indicators;
  • Analyze and ensure alignment of project budgets with logical framework matrices and work plans;
  • Draft reports on activities, outputs and outcomes; and compile information in preparations of country office donor and UN Women reports;
  • Analyze and ensure alignment of project budgets with logical framework matrices and work plans;
  • Manage programme quality control and identification of potential challenges;
  • Align programme activities with operations team in close liaison with Operations Manager;
  • Build and manage relationships with national partners, as necessary.

Manage the monitoring and reporting for the Country Office

  • Recommend and establish programme monitoring standards, criteria, and other indicators for measuring and assessing progress/results;
  • Manage the monitoring of mutually agreed results frameworks and performance indicators;
  • Coordinate the process of gathering information and preparing progress reports on programme implementation; prepare technical reports;
  • Prepare programme team for audits and monitor implementation of audit recommendations;
  • Provide training on results-based management to office staff, as necessary.

Oversee and guide people and budget management for the programme team

  • Lead a team, perform staff performance reviews, ensure capacity development of staff members by suggesting development opportunities;
  • Monitor and analyze financial situation on the portfolios and programmes to ensure adherence to delivery rates and utilization of resources to meet agreed upon targets and results;
  • Ensure effective information flow, communication and coordination across the office, between programmes, projects and operations, and with other UN Women offices and units.

Build partnerships and provide support in developing resource mobilization strategies

  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Analyze and research information on donors, finalize substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for resource mobilization and cost sharing;
  • Determine programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs and donors’ priorities and develop the relevant partnerships.

Manage knowledge building efforts

  • Manage the process of identifying and synthesizing of best practices and lessons learned that are directly linked to the implementation of the programme and contribute to their global dissemination.

Perform other tasks as requested by the supervisor

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Programme team workplans and budgets are developed and implemented in line with Strategic Note and Country Office work plans
  • Programme team adhere to UN Women’s Rules, Regulations, policies and procedures, using a results based management approach
  • Programmes are implemented according to workplan and budget, using the appropriate systems and platforms
  • Regular monitoring of programmes, issues/deviations are raised in a timely manner
  • Timely and quality reporting and regular dissemination and sharing of information, including best practices/ lessons learned
  • In collaboration with the Operations Manager, ensure Country Office’s compliance with UN Women Systems such as PGAMS, RMS and QUANTUM.


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:

  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management
  • Good knowledge of UN programme management systems


Required Skills and Experience

Education and Certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Political Science, Development, Public Administration, Gender 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.

Experience:

  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in programme management, including programme design, programme coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building;
  • Experience in setting priorities, budgets, work plans, participating in programme development and programme writing;
  • Experience in the fields of ending violence against women/ human rights of women/ women Economic empowerment/ women leadership & participation/peace and security
  • Experience in leading teams effectively is an asset.
  • Experience in coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset.

Language Requirements:

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

Note:

Please attach a completed P11 to your application. Kindly note that applications without a completed and signed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.

UN Women Personal History form (P-11) can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/en/about-us/employment .

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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