UN Women: Inter-Agency Coordination Specialist

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Application Deadline :05-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-4
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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.


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. 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.  It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

The UN Coordination Division leads the efforts to develop and oversee the implementation of the strategy for UN Women’s role to “lead, coordinate and promote the accountability of the United Nations system in its work on gender equality and the empowerment of women” at the global, regional and country level.

The Inter-Agency Coordination Specialist reports to the Coordination Adviser who is responsible for implementing UN Women’s Coordination Strategy as it pertains to the United Nations system’s operational activities for development. She/he works to enhance the coherence of the United Nations system’s work on gender equality and the empowerment of women, including supporting the use and development of accountability frameworks.

The Inter-Agency Coordination Specialist supports the UN Women’s inter-agency coordination mandate in order to strengthen understanding and support for work on gender equality and women’s empowerment in the inter-agency and inter-governmental bodies, covers other inter-governmental processes that are relevant to efforts to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment and provides advice to the Senior Management Team and UN Women colleagues in field-based programme offices about the policy and programmatic issues being discussed in the inter-agency and inter-governmental arena.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide analysis and advisory support on UN coherence/interagency coordination on gender equality and the empowerment of women:

  • Provide ongoing and up-to-date analysis on interagency deliberations on the development, coordination and implementation of policies for gender equality and development issues and their implications on UN Women’s engagement and participation in the strategic repositioning of the UN Development System.
  • Provide technical guidance to the policy and programmatic issues being discussed in the inter-agency and inter-governmental area, including UN Women’s engagement in the work of key inter-agency mechanisms, including the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) and related working groups/task forces.
  • Work closely with UN DCO on issues related to supporting the functioning of the Regional Coordination system and the UN Country Teams, including on the UNCT SWAP at the regional and country level.
  • Oversee and manage coordination support to the functioning of country level inter-agency coordination mechanisms on gender, in collaboration with UN Women Regional Offices.
  • act as UN Women focal point for the roll out and review of gender markers in the UN systems at country level.
  • Coordinate and provide technical support to the Help Desk Support service for the implementation of the UNCT-SWAP Scorecard and the UNCT Gender Equality Marker (UNCT GEM).
  • Support the team lead to ensure that the number of UNCTs implementing the UNCT SWAP Scorecard increases significantly every year, with the ultimate objective of achieving universal UNCT coverage.

Provide technical support to knowledge management for the implementation of the UN Women UN system coordination mandate:

  • Provide technical support to the work of regional planning and coordination specialists, in collaboration with the Political Analysis and Programme Development Unit in the Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Division;
  • Respond to requests of support from the field regarding the implementation of UN Women’s UN coordination mandate (f.ex. UNCT-SWAP, UNCT GEM and GTGs).
  • Guide and support the internal Community of Practice on inter agency coordination on gender equality and the empowerment of women.
  • Lead annual analysis on UN coordination for gender equality and the empowerment of women drawing from the corporate Results Management System.
  • Develop and support relevant training and other capacity development activities.

Provide technical support to reporting:

  • Coordinate, prepare and monitor UN Women’s implementation of and reporting on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) focusing on indicators related to UNCT-SWAP and UNCT GEM.
  • Act as UNSCD focal point for the preparation of the Annual Report on the implementation of UN Women’s Strategic Plan (EDAR) and prepare its annex on the QCPR.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the global annual analysis and reporting on the implementation of the UNCT-SWAP Scorecard.
  • Contribute to the preparation of the Secretary-General’s report to the ECOSOC on gender mainstreaming in the UN system in its sections focused on UNCTs.
  • Coordinate within UN Women for, and provide inputs to the gender equality questionnaire incorporated in the Information Management System managed by UN DCO, liaising with UN DCO for data analysis at year start.

Perform any other duties as requested by supervisor and/or Director of the Division.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Regular interaction and establishment of joint activities with regional planning and coordination specialists;
  • Quality of inputs provided in the annual analysis on UN coordination for gender equality and the empowerment of women drawing from the corporate Results Management System;
  • Timely and quality delivery of training and expert advice;
  • Timely and quality delivery of reporting obligations;
  • Timely and quality delivery and coordination of the Help Desk Support service for the implementation including expanding coverage to an increasing number of UNCTs each year, of the UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard and UNCT GEM;
  • Timely and quality roll out, support and review of gender markers in the UN systems at country level.


Core Values:

  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism;
  • Respect for Diversity.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Values and Competencies Framework: http://chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/viewer.html?pdfurl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.unwomen.org%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2FHeadquarters%2FAttachments%2FSections%2FAbout%2520Us%2FEmployment%2FUN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf&clen=550174&chunk=true

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong knowledge of Inter-agency processes related to gender equality and the work of the UN on gender equality issues;
  • Excellent knowledge of the UNDS Reform content;
  • Excellent drafting, editing and oral presentation skills;
  • Excellent Planning and organizing skills, supervisory skills and technological awareness;
  • Strong interpersonal skills demonstrated by the ability to gain the assistance and cooperation of others in a team endeavor; ability to build trust through operating with transparency and creating and open, positive and enabling environment;
  • Sound judgment and decision-making skills;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Strong diplomatic and negotiation skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in international relations, development studies, gender studies, social sciences, or other related fields.
  • 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 minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in providing analysis and policy guidance on issues related to development cooperation, gender equality, human rights, international relations, public administration or related area;
  • Experience in inter-governmental process and dealing with Member States and writing reports at the system wide normative level is required;
  • Field experience is an asset;
  • Experience with UN Common System required.


  • Written and Verbal Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of the other 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.


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.

Diversity and inclusion:

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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