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. Support for gender mainstreaming within the UN System through its coordination mandate remains integral to the work of UN Women as mandated in its founding resolution (GA 64/289, para.58).

Through the General Assembly Resolutions 75/233 on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) and 72/279 on UN repositioning, the United Nations Development System (UNDS) is presented with a mandate to respond to the ambition of the 2030 Agenda. The QCPR places strong emphasis on the fundamental importance of promoting gender equality and empowerment of all women and girls, noting the multiplier effect for achieving sustained and inclusive economic growth, poverty eradication and sustainable development. It calls upon all entities of the UNDS to continue to promote women’s empowerment and gender equality by enhancing and accelerating gender mainstreaming,  and calls on UN entities to draw on gender expertise, including in UN Women, to assist with gender mainstreaming in the preparation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework. In addition, the UN Women Strategic Plan 2022-25 in its development results framework includes an explicit Outcome 7 which frames the coordination work of UN Women on which it is also expected to report to the Executive Board. UN Women is committed to support the UN entities to reach gender parity, based on its mandate to lead, promote and coordinate efforts to advance the full realization of women’s rights and opportunities.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Regional Director, with matrix reporting to the Director, UN Coordination Division, PPID, the Regional Coordination Specialist is responsible for supporting UN Women country presences on the ground in their coordination roles within the United Nations Country Teams, in the identification of technical expertise for the implementation of corporate-level accountability tools; with an emphasis on the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) processes, the new Gender Theme Groups (GTG) Standards and Procedures, the System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity, Intergovernmental processes such as CSW, CEDAW, Beijing platform for Action and SDGs as well as other relevant Regional level normative processes. The Regional Coordination Specialist is also expected to work closely with the Resident Coordinators Offices and other UN agencies to support create enabling environments in order to achieve and maintain gender parity within UNCTs. The Regional Coordination Specialist will lead on capacity building related to gender mainstreaming and UN coordination in their region, including providing input and technical advice to other UN Entities’ gender mainstreaming in the development and implementation of programmes and policies. The Regional Coordination Specialist will seek regional opportunities for partnerships on coordination including joint financing initiatives for GEWE.

The Regional Coordination Specialist works in close collaboration with the Gender Equality Coordinator to the UN Resident Coordinator (where applicable), UN System Coordination Division, PAPDU/PPID, the Office of the Focal Point for Women in the UN System (on gender parity matters) and, on Inter-Governmental/GEF issues, the Regional Coordination Specialist collaborates with the Inter-Governmental Division and manages and implements activities to enhance UN system wide coherence on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical support to the Regional Director as well as Country Offices on inter-agency coordination

  • Provide technical support and guidance to the Regional Director, including through participation in regional groups and interagency coordination efforts and related technical bodies as well as the Regional Coordination Mechanism.
  • Provide analysis and advice to COs and MCO on engaging United Nations Country Teams (UNCT) and Resident Coordinators (RCs) on gender responsive development assistance.
  • Provide substantive support and representation at conferences, high-level meetings, joint programme development, joint advocacy, financing opportunities, and research.
  • Provide technical support and ensure guidance to RCOs and UNCTs related to system-wide processes and requirement related to GEWE in countries where UN Women has no presence.
  • Provide technical support to UN Women Country Representatives and offices, as requested, on inter-agency coordination - helping Country Offices to identity thematic strategic entry points, including inter-agency pooled funds, and partners to significantly advance GEWE through targeted coordination and technical assistance.
  • Provide substantive support to UN Women Country Representatives and offices, as requested and in close collaboration with relevant Regional Policy Advisors, to scale up their provision of technical assistance and sectoral specific gender analysis on gender equality and women's empowerment across the UNCT, enabling UN Women to act as the UNCT 'Think Tank' on gender equality. 
  • Where humanitarian clusters exist, support UN Women Country Offices, as requested and in close collaboration with the Regional Humanitarian Policy Advisor, to ensure that they are actively engaged in leading the promotion of gender in humanitarian action - providing quality and operational technical assistance, trainings, and gender analysis, as needed in the country context.
  • Provide support to UN Women Country Representatives and offices, as requested, to monitor the work of GTGs to ensure that these are effective in bringing partners together around strategic actions on GEWE.

Provide technical advisory support on gender equality and women’s empowerment (GEWE) as a guiding principle during the development and implementation of the Cooperation Framework

  • Provide advice and inputs on the UNSDCF Roadmap to ensure that the UNSDCF development process will ensure strong integration of GEWE, in line with the UNCT-SWAP requirements, and facilitate active engagement of women’s CSOs and women’s machineries.
  • Provide substantive support in the development of a rigorous gender analysis in the Common Country Analysis (CCA) to explain immediate, underlying and root causes of gender inequalities and gender-based discrimination, and differentiated impacts.
  • As Peer Support Group Member (PSG), and in close collaboration with DCO, review and provide technical guidance and inputs to each step of the UNSDCF to ensure the integration of gender equality considerations on the strategic prioritization, results matrix, joint programmes, and monitoring and evaluation.
  • Provide technical advice to RCs/UNCTs for national GEWE policy and legal framework development and monitoring, especially in countries where UN Women has no presence.

Provide overall coordination and quality assurance for the UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard exercise

Support UNCTs and GTG capacities building by rolling out learning and training materials in collaboration with UNSCD on the UNCT SWAP and UNCT GEM.

Provide coordination support to GEWE intergovernmental and normative work of UNCTs and national partners

  • Support initiatives related to the Commission on the Status of Women, including contributions to relevant global/regional reports and background documents.
  • Provide technical support on gender-related SDG consultations.
  • Facilitate regular review of the progress on implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action.
  • Provide coordination support for other regional and global GEWE processes.
  • Foster collaboration and support joint action and coordination of the new Regional Collaborative Platform bringing regional expertise, capacity, and data to provide analytical, policy, and operational support to countries.
  • Support Regional Economic Commissions (RECs) and Agencies Fund and Programs (AFPs) to deliver bolder GEWE solutions, with lasting, large-scale impact.
  • Participate in the Regional Collaborative Platform and Issue-based Coalitions and support Member States and stakeholders through these platforms to renew and refresh their relationships within the UN.

Provide coordination support to RCs and UNCTs on advancing gender parity, in cooperation with the Office of the Focal Point for Women in the UN System

  • Monitor the implementation of the UN System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity and UN Women’s implementation plan in the UNCTs in the region and report the progress and identified gaps to Office of the Focal Points for Women in the UN System. 
  • Provide coordination support, in cooperation with the Office of the Focal Points for Women in the UN System, to RCs/UNCTs on advancing gender parity where UN Women has no presence.
  • Promote communication products such as the UN System-wide Dashboard on Gender Parity, the UN System-wide Knowledge Hub on addressing Sexual Harassment.
  • Contribute to developing and implementing capacity-building sessions to Gender Focal Points in the region.

Provide technical support and guidance to the development of partnerships and resource mobilization as it relates to coordination efforts, in collaboration with the Regional Partnership and Resource Mobilization Specialist.

  • Provide technical support and guidance to MCO and COs on managing activities and other promotional events to engage bilateral and multilateral institutions/donors, private sector and civil society to expand and/or sustain interest and resources for UN Women programmes and joint UN system programmes;
  • As part of strategic planning, provide support and advice to MCO and COs in forging and implementing strategic partnerships to increase UN Women’s positioning in the country;
  • Liaise with key stakeholders from Government, academia, civil society, the private sector and key international actors to build and strengthen strategic alliances and partnerships on women’s rights and gender equality initiatives.

Facilitate knowledge building and sharing

  • As part of UN Women strategic planning exercise, and in close collaboration with the Strategic Planning Specialist, support and oversee the reporting on outcome 7 and produce regional analysis including global trends and identifying challenges.
  • Lead the development and dissemination of good practices and lessons learned on coordination and gender mainstreaming at the UNCT and regional levels; ensure they are incorporated into programme development.
  • Provide capacity development support to regional and country-level colleagues on coordination mandate and gender mainstreaming.
  • Develop capacity development initiatives on gender-related issues and priorities as needed.

Lead and manage personnel under their supervision 

  • Manage the performance of personnel under their supervision by providing managerial direction, guidance and leadership as well as performance feedback and coaching.
  • Ensure performance assessments are completed on time and identify learning and development opportunities to support personnel’s engagement.
  • Ensure all personnel under their supervision are fully aware of UN Women’s workplace relations policies. 

The incumbent performs other duties within their functional profile as deemed necessary for the efficient functioning of the Office and the Organization.


Supervisory/Managerial Responsibilities:

The incumbent leads a team of 2 staff members (Coordination Analyst and programme Associate)


Core Values:

Respect for Diversity

Core Competencies:

Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
Creative Problem Solving
Effective Communication
Inclusive Collaboration
Stakeholder Engagement
Leading by Example

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Excellent knowledge of gender equality and women’s empowerment issues
Excellent knowledge of UN system and understanding of inter-agency coordination processes
Excellent knowledge on UNDS reform content and its implementation at the country level
Ability to promote and monitor inclusion of gender-specific objectives, indicators, targets and activities in the UN Entities’ programmes

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in international development, public administration, public policy, or other relevant social science 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.*


  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience working with inter-agency coordination is required.
  • Experience in supporting or developing UNCT-SWAP Gender Equality Scorecard and its action plan or other system wide processes on Gender equality such as UN System-wide Strategy on Gender Parity, CEDAW UNCT report, GTG and UNCT GEM is required.
  • Experience in delivering capacity building activities is required.
  • Experience working in gender equality and women’s rights at the international level is desirable.
  • Experience working in in the West and/or Central Africa region within the UN system, Agencies, Funds or Programs is desirable.
  • Experience leading and coaching staff in international settings is required.
  • Experience in the use of computers, office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.), spreadsheet and database packages is required.
  • Experience in the use of a modern web-based ERP System, preferably Oracle Cloud, is desirable.


  • Fluency in French and English is required.
  • Knowledge of another official UN language is desirable (Arabic, Chinese, Russian or Spanish).


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