UN Women: Global Coordinator, Making Migration Safe

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Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline :08-Dec-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-4
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :Until 31 December 2023

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.


The duration of the assignment is until 31 December 2023.  Whereas an external candidate will be offered a temporary appointment; subject to release agreements, staff members in UN Women may be administered as a temporary assignment and staff members in the UN Common system may be administered under a loan arrangement.

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.

The Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Division develops and implements the UN Women program of work on normative, analysis, research, operational and knowledge management that supports the advice and guidance UN Women provides to the intergovernmental process, the UN system, and to UN Women country and regional offices. The Division is organized in thematic sections, which undertake policy research; analyze data on country, regional or global trends; and propose evidence-based options for global policy, norms and standards and for UN Women global programme strategies, policy advocacy, and flagship programmes. In support of UN Women’s normative and coordination mandates, the Division also undertakes substantive preparations for the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and drafts reports on behalf of the Secretary-General on multiple topics. With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Women is supporting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) towards achieving gender equality and women's economic empowerment by 2030 to benefit all women in the world, leaving no woman behind. UN Women works in partnership with governments, multilateral organizations, the UN System, civil society organizations and the private sector.

Economic empowerment is one of the priority areas of UN Women. UN Women works with governments and partners to promote women’s economic empowerment and increase their access to economic opportunities and outcomes, especially for those who are most excluded, including women migrant workers. In 2018, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was adopted by UN Member States. And as the blueprint for the governance and coordination of international migration, it is critical that gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are central in its implementation. UN Women works to help ensure that migrant women’s human and labour rights are effectively promoted and protected at all stages of migration, and that the Global Compact for Migration is human rights-based and gender-responsive. 

Since 2019, UN Women has been implementing the Germany-funded Making Migration Safe for Women programme in Niger and at the global level with the goal of ensuring that the development and implementation of national migration policies and laws in Niger are gender-responsive, and that international norms and standards for protecting and promoting migrant women’s rights are strengthened. The programme has also aimed to improve the use and collection of sex-disaggregated data and provide robust evidence and research on migrant women to inform national policy making. Starting in January 2023, UN Women will start the implementation of the second phase of the ‘Making Migration Safe for Women’ programme, at the global level and in Ethiopia. The Global Coordinator will be hosted by the UN Women CO in Ethiopia.

Under the supervision of the Policy Advisor, Sustainable Development, Economic Empowerment  HQ, the Global Coordinator will be responsible for the management and implementation of the Making Migration Safe for Women global programme and will contribute to UN Women’s normative, coordination, and programming mandate in the area of gender equality and migration.

Duties and Responsibilities

1.   Manage the overall implementation and management of the Making Migration Safe programme

  • Finalize the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation;
  • Manage the technical implementation of the programme; provide technical advice; ensure synergies with other teams;
  • Review the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports as required;
  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;
  • Lead Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings.

2.    Oversee technical assistance and capacity development to programme partners

  • Provide technical advice to partners; oversee the provision of technical guidance by the team
  • Build, manage, and expand relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Making Migration Safe programme; respond to any potential problems;
  • Serve as an expert resource to partners on UN Women’s work gender and migration
  • Implement and oversee capacity building opportunities and initiatives;
  • Provide partners with advanced technical assistance, training and capacity development initiatives.

3.     Manage the monitoring and reporting of the Making Migration Safe programme

  • Manage the process of monitoring the programme implementation of activities and finances using results-based management tools;
  • Finalize quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;
  • Write office donor and UN Women reports.

4.    Manage the people and financial resources of the Making Migration Safe programme

  • Manage the programme budget and finalize financial reports;
  • Manage the Ethiopia National Coordinator and the Policy Specialist, Gender and Migration; mentor and coach staff and conduct performance assessments;
  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.

5.    Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies

  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Finalize relevant documentation on donors and develop potential opportunities for resource mobilization;
  • Analyze and research information on donors, finalize substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost sharing.

6.    Lead advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts

  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to migration, including as a member of the UN Network on Migration  
  • Manage advocacy strategies and their implementation;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
  • Lead the development of knowledge management strategies and methodologies and products on gender and migration

Key Performance Indicators

  • Timely and quality programme strategies and contributions to Strategic Note
  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget, workplans and the Strategic Note
  • Strong and clear leadership/ supervision of team
  • Partners and other stakeholder provide positive feedback on advisory and technical services
  • Quality reports and timely submission
  • Quality of advocacy, communication and knowledge management initiatives
  • Resources mobilized
  • Strong relationships with donors, partners and other stakeholders


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

  • Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them
  • Excellent knowledge of Results Based Management
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making
  • Excellent knowledge on gender and migration
  • Ability to lead formulation of strategies and their implementation
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in resource mobilization, with proven ability to negotiate and interact with donors, identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising
  • Strong networking and partnership building skills with demonstrated effectiveness in establishing and fostering good relations with representatives of government, UN entities, donors, academia and civil society
  • Proven ability to contribute to policy research and preparing policy reports and briefs, employing qualitative and quantitative evidence and data
  • Ability to organize and complete multiple tasks by establishing priorities
  • Ability to handle a large volume of diverse tasks under time constraints
  • Familiarity with intergovernmental and normative processes, i.e., CSW, Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women, 2030 Agenda, Global Compact for Migration etc.
  • Excellent drafting skills and ability to produce high quality written work within short timeframes

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, migration studies, development studies, gender/women’s studies or a related technical 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.


  • At least 7 years of relevant work experience, with track record in managing global programmes, mobilizing resources, and conducting policy research and analysis in the area of gender equality, women’s economic empowerment, and migration
  • Experience managing programmes related to labour migration is required
  • Experience in contributing to normative and intergovernmental processes related to gender equality and women’s empowerment, such as CSW, CEDAW, human rights treaty bodies
  • Experience in organizing stakeholder consultations, expert group meetings, workshops and side events
  • Experience in leading/managing a team is required
  • Experience working in the UN system highly desirable

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required
  • Knowledge of another 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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