Programme Manager Think Tank - National and International

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Location : Cairo, EGYPT
Application Deadline :10-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Duration of Initial Contract :3 Months

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’s Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) has recently adopted its new Strategic Note (2022-25). Our vision is to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls and the full enjoyment of their human rights in the Arab States, propelling economic prosperity and sustainable development for all. Our goal is to accelerate achievements for the largest possible numbers of women and girls in the region, including the most vulnerable, in the next 4 years. To accomplish this, we work with our partners and offices across 17 countries in the region to implement targeted programmes that support women’s economic empowerment, women’s leadership and participation, women, peace and security, and humanitarian issues, as well as ending violence against women.

UN Women ROAS has partnered with the OIC’s Women Development Organization (WDO) since its inception, and since early 2020 supported the WDO with technical expertise in organizational development as well as specific substantive inputs to define the strategic direction of the nascent organization. To ensure sustainable funding from within the OIC Member States, a Multi-Partner Trust Fund architecture has been developed in close collaboration with UNDP and UNODC, with the following four priority areas: ‘Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment & Financial Inclusion’; ‘Elimination of all Forms of Violence & Harmful Practices Against Women and Girls'; ‘Women’s Leadership in Promoting Peaceful and Inclusive Societies’; ‘the Role of Women in Fighting and Preventing Corruption, this will also include emerging issues such as e.g. Climate Change’. In addition, UN Women funded a Finance Consultant within the WDO that led the development of establishing financial mechanisms and workflows, as well as the preparation of WDO’s first annual budget.

UN Women ROAS is currently engaging with the WDO, sister agencies, and OIC System, in the conceptualization of WDO’s first flagship report titled ‘The Status of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in the OIC Member States: Women and Climate Change’. A multi-agency steering committee has been established and UN Women will contribute a chapter on mobility and economic empowerment focusing on migrant women. In addition, it is envisioned to organize a side-event during COP27 (taking place in Egypt) to launch the report.

To foster strategic dialogue and engagement, with a view to addressing the root causes of gender inequalities, and advancing gender equality and women’s development, the WDO is establishing a Think Tank to serve as a Center of Excellence (CoE) for the Organization that has a leading-edge knowledge and competency in the area of gender equality and the empowerment of women for the OIC Member States. It will be comprised of highly-skilled individuals and experts, who disseminate knowledge and share the best practices among the OIC Member States. The Think Tank will provide a forum to enable mutually beneficial consultations between WDO and high-level technical experts, and draw upon their expertise, experience, as well as networks, to further advance WDO’s strategic visioning, planning, programming, resource mobilization, and partnerships. With the establishment of the WDO Think Tank, the WDO will directly contribute to the central pillars of the organization’s mandate, in providing a state-of-the-art evidence base through research and knowledge management and ensuring OIC Member States' policy decisions are evidence-informed.

The first ever WDO flagship report as described above, and the regional- as well as country specific- attention given to the emerging priority of Climate Change offers a great opportunity for initial conceptualization of the envisioned WDO Think Tank and first products to be published under its auspices. This would allow timely awareness raising to support the consolidation of partnerships, and establishment of networks, pertaining to substantive cross-fertilization as well as resource mobilization.

In addition, based on previous needs assessment, the WDO will establish a Digital Legal Library to serve as an information hub on national laws, legislations, and regulations frameworks pertaining to the status of women and girls in the OIC Member States. The Digital Legal Library providing up to date information and will serve as a one-stop shop to support the creation of greater legal awareness and empowerment of all relevant stakeholders working in this field, and/or being affected by the respective laws and regulations. The Digital Legal Library has been presented as a potential first deliverable of the WDO Think Tank and, as the launch of the flagship report, offers the opportunity to create awareness around WDO’s Think Tank, and an opportunity for networking and consolidation of partnerships, including resource mobilization.

The Programme Manager will be working under the direct supervision of the UN Women Head of the Regional Executive Office Arab States and with day-to-day guidance provided by the WDO Director for Program, Policy, and Intergovernmental Support.

Duties and Responsibilities

Support the Establishment / Development of a Think Tank on Gender Equality for the OICs WDO

  • Map existing research and knowledge management products and services by OIC and its subsidiary bodies, including but not limited to the Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Center for the Islamic Countries (SESRIC), the Research Center for Islamic History, Art and Culture (IRCICA), the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) the Islamic University of Technology (IUT);
  • Assist in the recruitment of thematic experts as per the above priority areas and ensure cross-regional representation of hiring key personnel to the Think Tank;
  • Define Workplan of the Think Tank, including direct collaboration with the UN system, as well as all other relevant stakeholders to ensure cross-fertilization and demand-orientation of Think Tank’s products and offerings;
  • Assess key networking opportunities to establish the Think Tank in the academic sphere and political sphere with established actors, also with the aim of further leveraging existing research and publications;
  • Design a long-term resource mobilization approach, including the consideration of costed consultancy services.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely establishment of WDO Think Tank, including work plan and staffing concepts;
  • Resource Mobilization and Engagement plan to define key opportunities to generate funding, awareness, and uptake of the Think Tank’s offerings.


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.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:

Functional Competencies

  • Excellent knowledge of Gender Equality throughout the region of OIC membership;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Experience in establishing/managing intergovernmental and or inter-country collaborative platforms .

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • At least a Master’s Degree in relevant studies;
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in programme management on intergovernmental and or inter-country collaborative platforms;
  • Experience in Communication and Knowledge Management;
  • Expertise in partnership building and resource mobilization.  

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Arabic is required;
  • Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

Evaluation Criteria:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology: Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for the financial evaluation.

Criteria Weight Technical: 70% (70 points)

  • Advanced University Degree (Master's or equivalent) (10 points);
  • Experience in programme management on intergovernmental and or inter-country collaborative platforms. (35 points);
  • Specific experience in Communication and Knowledge Management (15 points);
  • Specific experience in Resource Mobilization (10 points).

Financial: Lowest Financial Proposal: 30% (30 points)

The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula:

  • Contract will be awarded to the technically qualified consultant who obtains the highest combined score (financial and technical);
  • The points for the Financial Proposal will be allocated as per the following formula: (Lowest Bid Offered*)/ (Bid of the Consultant) x 30;
  • 'Lowest Bid Offered' refers to the lowest price offered by Offerors scoring at least 49 points in the technical evaluation.


Interested Individual Consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  • A cover letter with a brief presentation of your consultancy explaining your suitability for the work and a link to the portfolio of work;
  • UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from;
  • Personal CV; and Financial proposal; Proposed inclusive daily rate.

The above-mentioned documents should be merged in a standalone file including all of them since the online application submission does only permit uploading one file per application. Incomplete submission can be a ground for disqualification.


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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