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. 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.


Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Country Representative in Ethiopia and reporting to the Global Programme Coordinator  of the Making Migration Safe programme, the National Coordinator will be responsible for planning, implementing, and managing the Making Migration Safe programme in Ethiopia. The National Coordinator works in close collaboration with the UN Women Regional Office and HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society organizations ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

1.  Overall management and implementation of the Making Migration Safe programme in Ethiopia:

  • Develop and finalize the annual workplan and budget for the Making Migration Safe programme in Ethiopia;
  • Undertake the technical implementation of the programme; ensure synergies with the global and country teams;
  • Manage the selection of implementing partners;
  • Manage the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports for Ethiopia;
  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;
  • Establish and rrganize Programme Steering Committee, programme review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.


2.  Provide technical assistance and capacity development to programme partners:

  • Provide technical advice and guidance to programme partners in Ethiopia;
  • Under the guidance of the Global Programme Coordinator, build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Making Migration Safe programme in Ethiopia and respond to any potential problems;
  • Identify capacity building needs of partners and lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives to partners.

3.  Ensure monitoring and reporting of the Making Migration Safe programme:

  • Manage the monitoring of programme implementation and finances in Ethiopia using results-based management tools;
  • Oversee and carry out field missions and review reports on monitoring missions;
  • Write quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;
  • Contribute to donor and UN Women reports in Ethiopia.


4.  Oversee the human and financial resources of the Making Migration Safe programme in Ethiopia:

  • Manage the programme budget and draft financial reports for Ethiopia;
  • Supervise any personnel hired as part of the Making Migration Safe programme in Ethiopia, and mentor and coach any staff and conduct performance assessments, as required;
  • Support the Global Coordinator in recruitment processes for the Making Migration Safe programme, as required.


5.  Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:

  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Design and develop project strategies in the area of gender and migration;
  • 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 on migration to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in Ethiopia and the region:

  • Provide technical support to the Country Representative on inter-agency coordination related activities on migration 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 Making Migration Safe capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts.


7.  Conduct advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:

  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to gender and migration;
  • Draft contributions to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to gender and migration;
  • Represent UN Women in national and regional meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to migration, as required;
  • Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation in Ethiopia;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on migration, in coordination with the Policy Specialist on gender and migration at HQ.

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


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 in gender and migration
  • Ability to lead formulation of strategies and their implementation
  • Strong networking skills

Ability to negotiate and interact with donors, identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising

Required Skills and Experience

Education and certification:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in migration, 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 programme/programme management certification would be an added advantage.


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes;
  • Technical experience in the field of migration, gender and women’s empowerment is required;
  • Experience working in Ethiopia on migration is required;
  • 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.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English is required
  • Knowledge of another UN official working language is an asset


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) a completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from
  • Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment and candidates are required to include in the P-11 form links for their previously published reports and articles completed within the last two years. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


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