Project Coordinator, Women’s Leadership

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Location : Homebased with travel to HQ in New York, USA
Application Deadline :26-Sep-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year full time
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 year full time

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.

From the local to the global level, women’s leadership is restricted. Women are under-represented in leading positions, whether in elected offices, the civil service, the private sector, or academia. This occurs despite their proven abilities as leaders and agents of change, and their right to participate equally in public life and beyond. Women face several obstacles to participating in decision-making and governance. Women are less likely than men to have the education, contacts and resources needed to become effective leaders. In line with SDG 5 target 5.5 of ensuring women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic, and public life, UN-Women prioritizes women’s leadership in its Strategic Plan 2022-2025. In addition, UN-Women has spearheaded several initiatives to promote women’s leadership in recent years. For example, in the context of the flagship programme on women leadership and Generation Equality, UN-Women has, since 2019, launched 1) Leaders for Generation Equality, now re-launching as the UN Women Leaders Network: a global intergenerational network of 75+ women leaders from different sectors who advocate for gender-equal participation in leadership and decision-making positions and aims to change the traditional picture of a leader; 2) a Call to Action to parliamentarians to increase the number of women in politics; and 3) a Generation Equality Action Coalition dedicated to Feminist Movements and Leadership. 

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Advisor, GEF, the Project Manager will manage and coordinate the UN Women Leaders Network and support the positioning of UN-Women on women’s leadership, focusing on the following 3 main deliverables: a) building on the above-mentioned initiatives, coordinate the establishment and manage the day-to-day work on the first permanent UN Women Leaders Network chaired by the Executive Director; b) manage and coordinate the mobilization of 100 intergenerational women leaders from different sectors to join the UN Women Leaders Network; and c) coordinate regular convenings of the Network, and coordinate partnerships and donor relations with other networks and organizations to advance women’s leadership. 


Duties and Responsibilities

1.Project management and coordination of UN Women Leaders Network

  • Coordinate the development of the UN Women Leaders Network;
  • Lead the drafting of a finalized multi-year project document for the network;
  • Coordinate the embedding of the UN Women Leaders Network into UN Women’s broader work and alignment with the UN Women Strategic Plan;
  • Coordinate outreach to and engagement of existing networks of women leaders and other organizations focusing on women’s leadership;

2.Strategic communications coordination for UN Women Leaders Network and UN Women’s broader work on women’s leadership

  • Producing communication strategy for the UN Women Leaders Network, in cooperation with internal and external partners as required;
  • Drafting communications content related to the UN Women Leaders Network and UN Women’s broader work on women’s leadership, including writing press releases, web stories, speeches, talking points, articles, social media assets, and more; 

3.Organization and coordination of global outreach and engagement events under the umbrella of the UN Women Leaders Network

  • Plan and execute engagement events for the UN Women Leaders Network and for UN Women’s broader outreach on women’s leadership in the context of Generation Equality;
  • Coordinate regular convenings of the UN Women Leaders Network, gathering all the women leaders of the network;
  • Organize partner meetings about the UN Women Leaders Network;

4.Coordination of strategic partnerships and donor relations

  • Coordinate relationships with partners such as women leaders, UN Member States, NGOs, foundations, and other relevant stakeholders on women’s leadership;

5.Knowledge Management

  • Development of knowledge products on women’s leadership such as policy documents, presentations, reports, research documents, briefing notes, and other documents;


  • The UN Women Leaders Network project document is finalized.
  • The UN Women Leaders Network is composed of an active and mobilized group of 100 women leaders.
  • Regular convenings and engagement events for Generation Equality and UN Women have been organized.  
  • Outreach and communications for the UN Women Leaders Network.  
  • Strong relationships with various partners and stakeholders, with a focus on existing networks of women leaders; 
  • Timely and quality communication materials;
  • Timely and quality knowledge products; 



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

Required Skills and Experience

Required Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience working with women’s leadership, project coordination and/or network-building;
  • Proven interest in gender equality, women’s empowerment, and leadership
  • Demonstrated experience with project management;
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills to coordinate partnerships and donor relations;
  • Possesses substantive knowledge and command of the areas of social media and communications;
  • Ability to take on various and multifaceted tasks with a flexible approach;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills;
  • Knowledge of the UN system is an asset.



  • Advanced university degree in political affairs, international relations, social sciences, communications or journalism or 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.


  • Fluency in oral and written English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an asset; 

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