National Consultant: Programme Specialist - Gender Statistics



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Location : Nairobi, KENYA
Application Deadline :18-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Sep-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :4 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :4 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.


Background

Background

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (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.

To support member states in implementing the 2030 Agenda, UN Women’s Flagship Programme Initiative Making Every Woman and Girl Count (Women Count) aims to effect a radical shift in the production, availability, accessibility and use of quality data and statistics on key aspects of gender equality and women’s empowerment. Women Count delivered significant results in scaling up work on gender statistics availability, accessibility, and use during Phase I of its implementation. Phase II of Women Count (2022-2025) which coincides with gender data being elevated as one of seven systemic outcomes in UN Women’s 2022-2025 Strategic Plan, is the key UN Women programmatic tool to support Member States to strengthen the mainstreaming of gender perspectives in statistics and to monitor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In Kenya, Women Count is an initiative meant to strengthen the capacity of the Government and Non-State Actors to produce and use gender data and statistics to inform and monitor the implementation of Kenya’s gender-related commitments in the 2030 Agenda.

The Programme Specialist - Gender Statistics will report to the Team Leader - Democratic Governance and work under his/her overall guidance and direction. The Programme Specialist - Gender Statistics will work closely with the UN Women Regional Gender Statistics specialist and the HQ Women Count programme team. The Programme Specialist - Gender and Statistics will contribute to ensuring the effective planning, implementation, management and reporting of the Women Count Programme in Kenya. She/he will also provide technical assistance and capacity development to partners as well as lead resource mobilization, knowledge management and communication efforts.

She/he will work in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, the UN Women regional office, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society to ensure successful UN Women programme implementation under this portfolio.


Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities 

Under the supervision of the Team Leader - Democratic Governance, the Programme Specialist consultant will have the following responsibilities and tasks:

1. Manage the implementation and management of the Women Count project

  • Design and formulate programme/project documents including proposals, Partner Agreements, Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) among others;
  • Develop the annual work plan and budget and manage their implementation;
  • Manage the technical implementation of the project ensuring synergies with other teams;
  • Oversee and review the budget and proposed activities as needed ensuring consistency with the objectives of the global programme and in compliance with agreed timelines;
  • Develop procurement plans and oversee procurement processes in accordance with corporate rules and regulations;
  • Organize Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.

2. Manage technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners

  • Draft inputs to country strategic documents, briefs, policy dialogues and other documents related to Gender Statistics;
  • Identify capacity development needs of partners and provide technical assistance, advisory support, and capacity development to partners on Gender Statistics, including strategic direction, training and positioning of gender statistics in national policies, plans and strategies;
  • Build and manage relationships with national partners and other key stakeholders, including UN agencies and any other organizations working on gender data/statistics, to support implementation and expansion of the Gender Statistics programme;
  • Facilitate coordination mechanisms of the project by providing technical assistance;

3. Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/project

  • Manage the monitoring and reporting of programme/ project implementation and finances using results-based management tools;
  • Provide guidance to the project team and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;
  • Oversee field missions and review reports on monitoring missions;
  • Oversee the regular collection and quality reporting of data and information about the impact of the project, timely prepare and submit high-quality quarterly updates and contribute to the Women Count donor annual report and other UN Women reports as needed.

4. Manage the people and financial resources of the Gender Statistics programme

  • Manage the programme budget and resources, and draft financial reports;
  • Forecast needs related to financial, Human Resources, logistics and administration activities, in consultation with the Manager;
  • Supervise Programme Analysts and Technical Specialists; Mentor and coach personnel and conduct performance assessments;
  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.

5. Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies

  • Develop and manage the partnerships needed to implement Women Count in Kenya, including with governments, donors, international agencies, civil society and philanthropic organizations and the private sector;
  • Strengthen UN Women’s partnerships with key regional and national stakeholders, including KNBS, UN agencies, civil society organizations and other data collecting organizations in the country in order to present a wide range of relevant data on gender equality and women’s rights to contribute to the regional and thematic monitoring of SDGs, other publications and other associated communications materials;
  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Finalize relevant documentation on donors and potential opportunities for resource mobilization;
  • Analyze and research information on donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost-sharing.

6. Contribute to inter-agency coordination to achieve a coherent and aligned presence for Gender Statistics in Kenya

  • Provide technical inputs to technical inter-agency discussions related to SDGs indicators and monitoring in the region;
  • Provide technical support to the Representative and Deputy Representative on inter-agency coordination-related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees as needed;
  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the projects’ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts;
  • Participate and/or represent UN Women in meetings, policy dialogues, national and inter-agency policy and statistical forums.

7. Manage advocacy, knowledge management and communication efforts

  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to Gender Statistics;
  • Identify and implement advocacy and resource mobilization opportunities in line with the Women Count global programme Outreach and Advocacy Plan and the Resource Mobilization strategy;
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on Gender Statistics in line with the Women Count global programme Data and Knowledge Management plan;
  • Codify best practices and lessons learned to guide project improvement and strategic planning.

Milestone/Tasks/deliverables

Timeframe

Manage the implementation and management of the Women Count project

  1. Design and formulate programme/project documents including proposals, Partner Agreements, and Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) for Phase 2 funding for Women Count during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022;
  2. Develop the 2023 annual work plan and budget for Women Count Programme during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022;
  3. Manage the technical implementation of the project ensuring synergies with other teams and ensuring consistency with the objectives of the global programme and in compliance with agreed timelines during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022
  4. Oversee Women Count Programme 2022 Annual Workplan procurement processes and develop 2023 procurement plans in accordance with corporate rules and regulations during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022;

September - December 2022

Manage technical assistance and capacity development to project/programme partners

  • Draft inputs to country Strategic Note UN Women KCO, briefs, policy dialogues and other documents related to Gender Statistics;
  • Provide technical assistance, advisory support, and capacity development to partners on Gender Statistics, including strategic direction, training and positioning of gender statistics in national policies, plans and strategies during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022;
  • Build and manage relationships with national partners and other key stakeholders, including UN agencies and any other organizations working on gender data/statistics, to support the implementation and expansion of the Gender Statistics programme during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022;
  • Facilitate coordination mechanisms with KNBS, SDfG, and UON on the project Steering Committees, (IAGSTC, Care Work Technical Working Group, Further Analysis of Time Use Survey Steering Committee), respectively on project implementation, review and/or monitoring meetings, as required during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022.

September - December 2022

Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme/project

  • Manage the monitoring and quality reporting of data and information about the progress of the project, submit high-quality quarter 3 and 4 RMS reporting, 2022 UN Women KCO Annual reporting and finances using results-based management tools; and contribute to 2022 Women Count Programme donor annual report and other UN Women reports as required during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022.
  • Provide guidance to the Women Count Programme team and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022;
  • Oversee Women Count Programme field missions and review reports on monitoring missions during Quarters 3 and 4 of 2022;

September - December 2022

Manage the people and financial resources of the Gender Statistics programme

  • Forecast needs related to financial, Human Resources, logistics and administration activities, in consultation with the Operations Manager during quarter 3 and 4 of 2022;
  • Supervise Programme Analysts and Technical Specialists; Mentor and coach personnel and conduct performance assessments during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022;
  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022.

September - December 2022

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies

  • Strengthen UN Women’s partnerships with key regional and national stakeholders, including KNBS, UN agencies, civil society organizations and other data collecting organizations in the country in order to present a wide range of relevant data on gender equality and women’s empowerment to contribute to the regional and thematic monitoring of SDGs, other publications and other associated communications materials during quarter 3 and 4 of 2022;
  • Participate and /or represent UN Women in national, regional, and international inter-agency statistical forums during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022;
  • Finalize relevant documentation on donors and potential opportunities for resource mobilization during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022;
  • Analyze and research information on donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost-sharing during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022.

September - December 2022

Contribute to inter-agency coordination to achieve a coherent and aligned presence for Gender Statistics in Kenya

  • Provide technical inputs to technical inter-agency discussions related to SDGs indicators and monitoring in the region during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022;
  • Provide technical support to the Representative and Deputy Representative on inter-agency coordination-related activities by attending meetings, and events, and participating in groups and committees as required during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022;

September - December 2022

Manage advocacy, knowledge management and communication efforts

  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to the Women Count Programme during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022;
  • Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022;
  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to Gender Statistics as necessary during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022;
  • Codify best practices and lessons learned to guide project improvement and strategic planning during quarters 3 and 4 of 2022.

September - December 2022

Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with Women Count budget and work plans, and in line with all UN Women operational rules and regulations, including security
  • Timely and quality monitoring and reporting of activities;
  • Quality of reporting, including best practices and lessons learned documented and circulated;
  • Quality of advocacy, communication and knowledge management initiatives;
  • Adherence to UN Women rules, regulations, policies and procedures in all operations;
  • Strong relationships with various partners and stakeholders as relevant to role;
  • Relations with partners and stakeholders;
  • Effective initiative and participation in further resource mobilization of the gender statistics project.
  • Regular communication with other agencies and partners;


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.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: https://www.unwomen.org/sites/default/files/Headquarters/Attachments/Sections/About%20Us/Employment/UN-Women-values-and-competencies-framework-en.pdf

Functional Competencies:

  • Good understanding of and commitment to gender equality and women's empowerment and its policy implications;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Strong knowledge of gender statistics and familiarity with the SDGs;
  • Strong analytical and writing skills;
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team and in a cooperative and productive fashion both with internal and external colleagues;
  • Ability to work under pressure on multiple projects whilst maintaining high-quality and timeliness;


Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field 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 would be an added advantage.

Experience:

  • At least 8 years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
  • Experience in programme design, coordination, management and implementation of a gender statistics programme is an asset;
  • Technical experience in Gender Statistics is an added advantage;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
  • Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset.
  • Experience working in gender equality and women’s rights at the international level is an asset;

Languages:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset;
  • Knowledge of any of the Kenyan local languages is an asset.

Application:

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 .

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