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. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative approaches aimed at fostering women's empowerment and gender equality at global, national, regional and sub-national levels.

Placing women’s rights at the centre of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. UN Women provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors. Through a set of tested approaches, UN Women proposes to build synergies over the humanitarian-development continuum by strengthening women’s agency, leadership, and participation to rebuild the lives of women and girls in crisis and conflict, and disaster contexts. This will contribute to Goal 4 of UN Women’s Strategic Plan: peace and security, humanitarian action and disaster risk reduction are shaped by women leadership and participation.

The peace and security and humanitarian context in Mozambique is becoming increasingly complex and protracted, with significant long-term impacts. War, violent conflict, terrorism and violent extremism have differential and devastating consequences for women and girls. Intersectional vulnerabilities can further determine how people are affected, among others, women with disabilities, women head of households, adolescent girls, and older women. Pre-existing gender-based discrimination and inequalities exacerbate the impact of the crisis on women and girls and reduce their likelihood to receiving the humanitarian services they need to survive and recover. Gender inequality tends to worsen in the insecure and violent contexts. In the face of this, women have the capacity and are leading movements for peace and to rebuild communities. In fact, there is strong evidence suggesting that women’s participation in peace processes contributes to longer, more resilient peace after conflict. Yet, despite this, women remain largely invisible to, and excluded from, peace processes and negotiations. With the support from the Government of the Kingdom of Norway, UN Women and partners are working to strengthen the capacity of women and girls affected by conflict (internally displaced, residents in host communities, and female ex-combatants as well as the wives, widows and dependents of ex-combatants) to contribute to and to have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and to benefit equally from the prevention of conflicts and disasters in Mozambique. More especially the project will seek to: (1) Empower women and gender equality advocates to have greater influence in decision-making in political, peace and security processes, contribute to crisis response, and create resilience; (2) Build the capacity of the Government of Mozambique to implement Women, Peace and Security (WPS) commitments and ensure monitoring and accountability frameworks are emplaced at national, regional and provincial levels; (3) Foster greater coordination of the implementation of WPS commitments; and (4) Facilitate the access to sustainable livelihoods and socioeconomic opportunities to women affected by conflict.

Under the overall guidance and direction of the UN Women Mozambique Representative and direct supervision of the Head of Programmes/Programme Specialist, the Programme Officer will work closely with the programme and operations team, Local Government, UN Agencies, and civil society organizations to ensure the technical direction and implementation of the project is maintained and key outputs are achieved in a cost effective and timely manner. The Programme Officer will lead the national coordination and guarantee the achievement of all expected results of the project entitled “Promoting the participation and leadership of women in peace, security and recovery processes in Mozambique.”

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Effective development and implementation of programme strategies and management of assigned projects/programmes;
  • Programme management in accordance with UN Women’s Programme and Operation Manual;
  • Strategic partnerships with the government, donor, and civil society organizations in the areas of assignment;
  • Technical advisory services to the CO and partners, knowledge development and management.
  • Advocacy and Resource mobilization
  • Inter-agency Coordination
  • Any other businesses as required by the office
  • Effective development and implementation of programme strategies and management of assigned portfolio

More Specifically:

  1. Provide strategic support for planning, budgeting implementation and monitoring of Women, Peace, and Security Programmes, and manage financial resources in accordance with UN Women rules and regulations:
  • Contribute to the development and formulation of the programme portfolio on WPS, translating UN Women priorities into local interventions/initiatives;
  • Prepare detailed annual and quarterly work-plans and ensure timely implementation of the programme activities in accordance with the work plan;
  • Ensure implementation of programmes/project under the assigned portfolio;
  • Contributes to develop research, monitoring, and evaluation (MER) plans and facilitate in effective application of RBM tools, and regular monitoring and tracking of programme results;
  • Identifies programme risks and update the status of these risks developing contingency plans as necessary;
  • Organize and lead monitoring of portfolio related activities and ensure implementation of resulting follow up actions;
  • Prepare and submit progress reports to donors in a timely manner and in line with UN Women Corporate Guidelines;
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions within the assigned areas;
  • Provide advice to the CO within the thematic area/portfolio assigned; and Provision of technical inputs, review and analysis of reports and other relevant materials on Women, Peace, and Security to UN Women HQ and/or Regional Office, Governments institutions and donors.
  • 2.  Programme management in accordance with UN Women’s Programme and Operation Manual.
  • Ensure effective, timely and quality implementation of all activities under the assigned portfolio in line with the CO strategic and Annual Work Plan;
  • Manage financial, administrative, and human resources in accordance with UN Women’s corporate procedures;
  • Perform substantive and financial monitoring of assigned projects, identifying issues, proposing, and implementing agreed upon mitigating strategies; and
  • Lead evaluation of projects under the assigned portfolio.


  • 3. Strategic partnerships with the government, donor, and civil society organizations:
  • Contribute to the development of partnerships and close collaborations with Government institutions, (Women´s) Civil Society Organizations, donors and other stakeholders working on relevant aspects of the programmes, to ensure strategic partnerships and strengthened coordination;
  • Facilitate and coordinate strategic advocacy efforts to maximise support of the UN System, the government and civil society organisations on advancing women´s rights in line with UNSC Res 1325 and other normative commitments/frameworks on WPS;
  • Coordinate with the respective partners for programme linkages, leverage, and synergy;
  • Supports strategic partnerships and resource mobilization efforts by researching relevant documentation, and participating in donor meetings and public information events;
  • Ensure effective information flow, communication, and coordination with and between UN Women office and implementing partners and stakeholders of the assigned projects; and
  • Participate in and contribute to UNSDCF processes on issues related to the area of responsibility.

   4.    Technical advisory services to the CO and partners and facilitation of knowledge building and management:

  • Identify CO and partners technical needs provides or facilitates access to the necessary technical advice;
  • Systematic documentation and drafting of knowledge inputs (contribute to knowledge products of CO) on project activities, strategies, results, lessons;
  • Identify sources of information related to policy-driven issues, and synthesize best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme policy goals to guide programme improvements and future strategic development planning;
  • Participate in and provide sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice
  • Support partners and stakeholders in capacity development activities to enhance knowledge and skills in results-based management, results-based reporting and budgeting, and systematic quality assurance; and
  • Provide support and advisory services to Government institutions and (Women´s) Civil Society Organisations for the implementation of the National Action Plan on WPS and monitor the implementation process.

     5. Communications, Advocacy and Resource mobilization

  • Proactively and substantively support and implement relevant, high-impact advocacy activities with key partners;
  • Leads development and implementation of advocacy approaches at national level on issues related to international commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment related to the assigned thematic areas;
  • Identify and follow-up opportunities for resource mobilization for UN Women´s work on Women, Peace, and Security; and
  • Design programme proposals within the area of responsibility for resource mobilization and contributes to CO overall related efforts
  • Inter-Agency Coordination Support:
  • Provide support to the CO on inter-agency coordination related activities;
  • Prepare substantive inputs to UNSDCF related processes in the areas of responsibility;
  • Prepare analytical and regular progress reports on UN Women’s’ program experiences in support of UN women inter-agency coordination role; and
  • Participate actively and contribute UN Women´s perspectives at relevant results and working groups, conferences, workshops, and meetings which advance the WPS and Humanitarian Action agenda.

   6.    Key Performance Indicators

  • Annual work plan and proposed approach to implementation of the project;
  • Timely and quality implementation of the 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 
  • Timely and quality implementation of advocacy events in line with work plan
  • Enhanced best practices and lessons learned documented and circulated
  • Final project report
  • Delivery of training and capacity building activities
  • Donor relations.



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 analytical skills on gender and economic policy and women’s economic empowerment;
  • Strong communications skills in English;
  • Strong drafting skills and ability to produce a variety of knowledge products for different audiences and purposes;
  • Experience using and applying socioeconomic recovery strategies;
  • Ability to produce impactful communications materials and knowledge products; 
  • Strong commitment to knowledge-sharing within a multicultural environment;
  • Ability to design and deliver training and other capacity building strategies in the area of gender, women, peace and security and humanitarian action to a variety of audiences.

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Peace and Security Studies, Political Science, Gender Studies, International Development, International Relations, Development Economics, International Humanitarian Law, or any other relevant field;
  • A project/programme management certification (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) would be an added advantage.


  • Minimum 5 years of relevant experience at the national and/or international level managing development programmes and projects
  • Minimum of 2 years of relevant experience working on development issues, preferably related to gender equality, violence against women, peace and security or women economic empowerment
  • Experience of working with Multiple partners – Government, Civil society organizations, donors, UN Agencies
  • Knowledge of national policy, legal and institutional frameworks related to gender equality and women’s empowerment
  • Knowledge and solid experience with results-based management
  • Good knowledge of the UN system is an asset

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Portuguese is required;
  • Knowledge of local languages spoken is an asset.



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