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 (PPID) sets the programmatic standards, assures the quality of programme design, and provides guidance to country level programme work of UN Women, as well as supporting the coordination role of UN Women at regional and country level. The division has global policy expertise, manages Global Trust Funds, and Global Programmes, and provides technical capacity to countries on request, including a humanitarian response capacity.
The UN Women Strategic Plan (2022-2025) is based on key findings from an extensive consultative process and draws from the analysis of lessons learned and recommendations from evaluations, audits, and other assessments, including those from the 25-year review and appraisal of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Given the interconnected nature of global challenges, UN Women will focus on integrated approaches with seven systemic outcomes to address the root causes of inequality and affect broader systems change, across its four thematic focus areas: 1) governance and participation in public life; 2) women’s economic empowerment; 3) ending violence against women and girls; and 4) women, peace and security, humanitarian action, and disaster risk reduction.
The Research and Data Section (R&D) produces policy relevant research and analysis, gender data and statistics to inform programme development and implementation, policy-making, and advocacy and accountability for UN Women to become a strong, knowledge-based organization in line with UN Women’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025. R&D leads research and data analysis on policy-relevant gender equality issues, including the publication of UN Women’s flagship reports Progress of the World’s Women, World Survey on the Role of Women in Development, State of Gender Data, Gender Indices, and series publications (Discussion Papers and Policy Briefs) in UN Women’s priority areas. R&D leads monitoring of the SDGs from a gender perspective and produces the annual Gender Snapshot Report and the Spotlight on the SDGs series. By implementing its signature intervention on Gender Statistics and Data “Making Every Women and Girl Count II”, R&D leads normative and technical work to improve the quality, availability and use of gender statistics at the national, regional and global level.
Duties and Responsibilities
Functions / Key Results Expected
Summary of key functions:
- Support the Deputy Chief to plan and project manage the development of Progress of the World’s Women, including resource mobilization and donor relations
- Lead the production of the Progress report and its associated products, including oversight of editorial processes for the project and leading on procurement processes and other operations. Contribute to the production of other R&D knowledge products.
- Contribute to communications and outreach activities for R&D products, including the Progress report launches and its web and social media presence.
- Coordinate the production of UN Women’s series publications, namely the UN Women’s Discussion Paper series, the UN Women Policy Brief series and SDG Spotlight Papers.
1. Support the Deputy Chief to plan the development of Progress of the World’s Women, including resource mobilization and donor relations:
- Draft and maintain the project timeline and production schedule, ensuring that planning mechanisms are established to meet the deliverables for the project.
- Organize expert and advisory group meetings.
- Working with the Programme Associate, oversee the project’s budget and procurement plan, including relevant procurement and HR processes and contracts.
- Support the Deputy Chief to draft and submit grant proposals, manage donor agreements and relations.
- Contribute to background research for the reports, as time allows.
2. Lead the production of Progress and its associated products including oversight of editorial processes for the project and leading on procurement processes and other operations:
- Be responsible for securing vendor contracts for editing, design, web development, printing, translation of the report; develop and manage contracts for consultants.
- Support the commissioning of background research and data analysis by developing terms of reference, overseeing contracts and keeping track of deliverables and payments.
- Maintain the project’s editorial guidelines and serve as the copy-editing focal point.
- Ensure the finalization of all content, coordinate the fact checking process for the project, references, and front and back matter.
- Work with design vendors to develop a visual identity of the report and coordinate the design and layout of the report.
- Coordinate the web presence of the report, working with the relevant internal colleagues and external vendors.
- Liaise with the printers to organize printing of the report and manage print schedules in line with the launch dates.
- Support production of other R&D knowledge products, as time allows.
3. Contribute to communications and outreach activities for R&D products, including Progress launches and its web and social media presence.
- Contribute to the overall outreach and engagement strategy for Progress.
- Be an active member of the Research and Data section’s communications working group and support outreach for other R&D knowledge products, including through Progress News e-newsletter.
- Organize the global launches and media outreach. Serve as the focal point for regional launches and coordinate outreach for additional events and initiatives.
- Work with the communications team to prepare and update web pages, web articles and social media content to promote the report.
- Initiate distribution of Progress to all stakeholders, starting with UN Women offices
- Support the preparation of materials for the launch of Progress and ongoing advocacy efforts, including country fact sheets and other presentation materials.
4. Coordinate the production of UN Women’s peer-reviewed series publications, namely the UN Women’s Discussion Paper series, the UN Women Policy Brief series and Spotlight Papers:
- Lead on the peer review process, reaching out to identified reviewers and liaising with them.
- Liaise with authors and vendors/consultants on production to ensure high quality products.
- Work with the authors and the R&D team to ensure the products are disseminated.
Key performance indicators
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- 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
- Excellent coordination skills including proven ability to manage complex production tasks and events, coordinate logistics, and ensure completion and dissemination of reports.
- Proven experience in project management.
- Experience working with graphic designers, website designers, visual media producers, and other vendors.
- Excellent writing and editing skills in English; French or Spanish in addition will be an asset.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Good understanding of and commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment and its policy implications.
- Ample knowledge and use of computer office tools (Word, referencing software, databases, spreadsheets, web content production, filing). Advanced Excel skills are an asset.
- Demonstrated ability to work in a team and in a cooperative and productive way both with internal and external colleagues.
- Excellent interpersonal and networking skills, and ability to work in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environments; ability to build and promote partnerships across the organization and beyond.
- Ability to work under pressure on multiple projects whilst maintaining high quality and timeliness.
Required Skills and Experience
Education: Post-graduate degree in development studies, gender, international relations, media/communications, or a related discipline. Background in project management is required.
Experience: Minimum of two years of professional experience combined at national and/or international levels in advocacy, project management and communications. Previous experience working on gender advocacy products and/or major institutional reports.
Language Requirements: Written and oral proficiency in English is required; Knowledge of another UN language is highly desirable but not a requirement.
All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment 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.