The duration of the assignment is for 364 days. 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 Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) is a multi-partner trust fund which supports women led and women’s rights organizations working to build peace and provide humanitarian response throughout the world. Since the end of 2016, the WPHF has been supporting over 1046 civil society organizations and is present in 43 countries or group of countries.
UN Women hosts the Secretariat of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund. The WPHF Secretariat provides support to the Funding Board, mobilize resources from Governments, companies, foundations and individual, provides day to day support to Country Offices implementing WPHF programmes, ensures timely and quality monitoring and reporting. In 2022, the WPHF Funding Board established a new window for the protection and advocacy of Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs), as well as a the WHRDs Window Unit to be hosted by the WPHF Secretariat. The WHRDs window provides two types of support: (i) safety net grants to cover for protection and livelihood expenses of WHRDs at risks from crisis and conflict settings (implemented together with INGOs partners) ; and (ii) direct logistical support for their participation in events and decision-making processes (implemented directly by the WHRDs window unit). It has supported over 300 WHRDs and more than 700 dependents through both protection and advocacy support.
Under the direct supervision of the Head of the Secretariat of the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund – Peace and Security and resilience team - the Project Coordinator of the WPHF WHRDs window will coordinate the activities of this newly established window, manage its funding streams, lead on partnerships, coordination and reporting.
Under the supervision of the Head of the WPHF Secretariat, the Project Coordinator is responsible for managing the development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the WHRDs window, including its partnerships with INGOs and other UN Agencies. The Project Coordinator will oversee and guide the WHRDs window unit consultants and staff and budget of the window, build partnerships and provide support in developing resource mobilization strategies, and manage knowledge building efforts.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Manage and oversee the WPHF’s WHRDs unit and implementation of the Funding Window
- Coordinate the overall Window’s work plan development and implementation according to approved Project document of the WHRDs Unit
- Ensure coordination with relevant stakeholders in the direct logistical support review process, including with UN Women and WPHF Operations colleagues
- Lead on coordination and management of partnerships with INGOs partners of the Safety Net, including onboarding of new INGO partnerships for the Safety Net
- Support the implementation of key recommendations of the WHRDs window workshop and consultation and organize bi-annual workshop and consultations with key stakeholders engaged in the WHRDs window
- Oversee and provide advice to the Unit team on the evaluation of requests received under both the safety net and direct logistical support for advocacy
- Manage and coordinate risk assessments with relevant partners
- Review the preparation of all relevant documentation to be submitted to the Advocacy committee and WPHF Funding Board for funding approval
- Participate in the post-advocacy support meetings with WHRDs
- Update and monitor the window risk matrix
- Ensure all relevant documents are filed in the Fund’s shared drive
2. Manage the monitoring and reporting of the WHRDs window
- Manage the monitoring of mutually agreed results frameworks and performance indicators;
- Conduct meetings and review quarterly reporting of INGOs partners
- Review and provide feedback to INGOs 2023 annual report in close collaboration with the WPHF M&E consultant
- Consolidate the window unit 2023 annual report in close collaboration with the WPHF M&E consultant
- Provide updates to the WPHF Funding Board (quarterly meeting) on progress of the window
- Document challenges and best practices of support through the window
- Facilitate process for audits and monitor implementation of audit recommendations;
3. Oversee and guide people and budget management for the WHRDs window
- Manage the overall budget of the unit and INGO partners
- Prepare cost extensions and no cost extensions accordingly
- Approve invoices in Quantum as relevant
- Leads a team of three people, a P1 staff, two consultants, and perform staff performance reviews and capacity development of staff members.
4. Build partnerships and provide support in developing resource mobilization strategies
- Manage and strengthen partnerships with OHCHR and NGO Working Group on WPS
- Provide strategic advice to strengthen the window, raise awareness and visibility, including by finding entry points for the window and building connections with the Security Council and Human Rights Council
- Contribute to the exchange of information and knowledge products internally and externally of the programme;
- Provide support on resource mobilization for the WHRDs window to the WPHF Head of Secretariat as requested, including identification of opportunities for resource mobilization and possible areas of cooperation
- Strengthen partnerships with civil society, UN agencies and foundations working on Human Rights
5. Manage knowledge building efforts
- Manage the process of identifying and synthesizing of best practices and lessons learned that are directly linked to the implementation of the programme and contribute to their global dissemination.
- Provide inputs to WPHF L-Hub capacity building sessions linked to the window
- Ensure documentation of the Window implementation process and identify good practices and lessons learned;
6. The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organisation.
- 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
- Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
- Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them
- Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making
- Strong analytical skills
- Strong knowledge of Results Based Management
- Good knowledge of UN programme management systems
Required Skills and Experience
Education and Certification:
- Master’s degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Political Science, Development, Public Administration, Gender 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 5 years of progressively responsible experience in programme management, including programme design, programme coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building;
- Experience in working in women peace and security or gender and human rights area is required;
- Experience in setting priorities, budgets, work plans, participating in programme development and programme writing;
- Experience in leading teams effectively is an asset.
- Fluency in English is required.
- Working Knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic is highly desirable.
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.
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