UN Women - Country Programme Manager

Location : Kathmandu, NEPAL
Application Deadline :14-Sep-11 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-5
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :1 Year (renewable)


Nepal is in a transition phase after a decade long internal conflict. The ten-year conflict has led to the displacement and erosion of human rights of millions of historically excluded and discriminated women. The signature of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) in November 2006 gave the hope to halt the conflict. After being postponed twice, Nepal held elections for the Constituent Assembly (CA) in April 2008, and the country was declared Federal Democratic Republic.
UN Women is United Nation's Development Fund for Women and has the objective of providing financial and technical assistance to innovative programs and strategies that promote women's human rights, political participation and economic security. Within the UN system, UN Women promotes gender equality and links women's issues and concerns to national, regional and global agendas by fostering collaboration and providing technical expertise on gender mainstreaming and women's empowerment strategies.
UN Women Nepal is working together with UN organizations work together as a UN Country Team (UNCT) under the leadership of the Regional Programme Director and UN Resident Coordinator and with a view to having common programmes, budgets and administrative systems for achieving development effectiveness. 
Specific programme areas of UN Women's involvement in Nepal include: supporting government institutions in strengthening the national structures and mechanisms for gender mainstreaming in all relevant government programmes; projects, policies, actions and budgets; supporting efforts for the elimination of violence against women and combating HIV/AIDS; ensuring safe migration of women; preventing trafficking; CEDAW learning and sharing both at national and regional levels; promoting the economic security for women; supporting excluded women's network; and taking the Beijing biennial review process forward. These interventions arise from UN Women's larger vision of making gender equality and women's empowerment (especially for excluded women) an integral part of the fundamental changes that Nepalese society is facing currently. Towards this, UN Women will scale up its work on promoting and deepening its partnership with a wide range of stakeholders including the government, the civil society, women's organisations, UN agencies and donors.
Given the present context in the country, UN Women proposes to scale up its work on promoting and ensuring gender equality and women's rights with particular focus on excluded women and deepen its partnership   with a range of stakeholders in Nepal including the government, the civil society, women's organisations, UN agencies and donors. UN Women will expand its programme initiatives in Nepal through developing its Country Programme Strategy and scaling up some of the initial initiatives that have been implemented to date.

UN Women is committed to strengthening its support to Nepal through the recruitment of an International Country Programme Director be based in Nepal, to manage UN Women development assistance in Nepal as well as to contribute its technical expertise and resources to the effort of the RC and the UNCT to offer holistic support to assist the country to move forward on its commitments on women's empowerment and gender equality. 

Duties and Responsibilities

The Country Programme Manager for Nepal is responsible for ensuring effective execution of UN Women's mandate and responsibility with respect to the advancement of women in Nepal. S/he is the first line of contact between UN Women and its partners and clients, and will represent UN Women in key events and meetings.
The Country Programme Manager will work under the supervision of UN Women South Asia Regional Programme Director and in collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) system.
The Country Programme Manager's responsibilities will have the following main domains:
Strategic Policy Coordination and Partnerships
  • The Country Programme Manager will monitor trends and issues affecting women in Nepal for a strategic response to opportunities and challenges, particularly in UN Women's core focus areas in Nepal in line with UN Women Strategic Plan 2008-2011 including the Nepal Office Strategy 2011-2014.
  • As the representative of UN Women in the field, in close consultation with the UN Women team in the Nepal Office, the incumbent will proactively interact with all stakeholders to effectively represent UN Women and to champion gender equality and women's human rights in Nepal. 
  • The incumbent will participate in the UN Heads of Agencies meetings as well as donor consultation processes to ensure strategic partnerships. The Country Programme Manager will also actively seek opportunities to strengthen collaboration with sister UN organizations.
  • The Country Programme Manager will provide leadership and quality oversight of efforts to support capacity strengthening of government institutions, to implement national development strategies and focus on mainstreaming gender and developing implementation capacity in Ministries for gender responsive programs. S/he will work on developing strong partnerships with wide ranging constituencies, including NGOs, donors and the UN system.  
  • Ensure UN Women's strategic and technical support to government counterparts, the civil society and UN agencies in Nepal through direct involvement as well as procurement of required services as might be needed.
  • Identify strategic programme opportunities; broaden the scope of work; and develop further programmes that include UN joint programming on specific gender equality and women's empowerment issues.
  • S/he will identify strategic programme opportunities which include better implementation of CEDAW, programmes on safe migration, anti-trafficking, gender and HIV/AIDS, gender responsive budgeting, economical security and other emerging issues such as gender and trade.
Donor Relations and Resource Mobilization
  • In order to strengthen donor confidence in UN Women and raise resources, the incumbent will lead UN Women's efforts to ensure ongoing and substantive communications with current and potential donors to gender equality initiatives.
  • The incumbent is responsible for ensuring an open line of communication with donor representatives based in Nepal, as well as ensuring that high quality reports for those contributing to UN Women's programmes are prepared and disseminated in a timely fashion.
  • The incumbent will identify and build partnerships and mobilize resources for programme implementation including new programme development to respond to the evolving situation and critical areas of concern.
  • Lead negotiations on cost-sharing agreements with donors.
Programme Management
  • The incumbent will provide close guidance and direction to ensure a strategic focus, results orientation and effectiveness and efficiency in all aspects of UN Women's programmes and operations in keeping with organizational policies for development effectiveness.
  • S/he will lead ongoing programme activities in Nepal which include migration, eliminating violence against women, HIV/AIDS, peace-building and reconstruction, Institutional Capacity building for the national machineries and engendering the national planning, programming and programme implementation processes.
  • S/he will monitor programme implementation ensuring results orientation and drawing from lessons learned.
  • S/he will promote a positive and accurate image of UN Women and its work in the country through effective communication and media strategies.
  • Special attention will be needed to ensure that the evaluation framework and plans for distinct programme elements are implemented and support ongoing learning and mid-course corrections within UN Women and with partners responding to opportunities and challenges.
  • S/he will lead knowledge management and ensure documentation and dissemination of lessons learned in promoting gender equality.
Financial and Human Resources Management
The Country Programme Manager is accountable for integrity, transparency, and equity in the management of UN resources including:
  • Manage office operations including financial and human resources management as well as organization of logistical support including procurement of office space and equipment, as is necessary and in compliance with UN Women's policies, rules and regulations on financial and human resources.
  • HR Management through UN recruitment process, performance and career management of professional and support staff; learning management, establishing Learning Plans and ensuring staff supervised meet their development needs while meeting the needs of UN. Include harmonization of the existing UN Women's staff position in accordance with UNDP rules and regulations.
  • S/he will need to ensure effective management of programme resources using appropriate financial information systems to closely monitor programming of resources and to closely track project budgets and expenditures.
  • The incumbent will provide clear direction and monitor performance of the teams working on UN Women initiatives based on specific benchmarks.
  • S/he will lead a process of increased team building and internal communication so that synergy is maximized between programme areas. S/he will manage human resources in the office ensuring optimal performance and incorporating the principles of a transparent, learning organization. S/he will also help in developing short term as well as long term perspectives on staffing issues including succession planning where relevant, increased possibilities of transition to national staffing and staff capacity development. 
  • S/he will ensure oversight of financial resource management and administrative processes in line with UNDP/UN Women policies.
  • Matrix Management by ensuring products and results, handovers and consultations are prepared; effective and efficient management of partnerships with government and NGO partners.
  • Providing strategic and data inputs into UN Women programme activities, and the eventual gender component of the UN programme, including budget preparation exercises and management of sub-allotment to the gender programme and UN Women.
  • Content Management by ensuring (1) prescriptive content on gender equality is continuously updated and available through the UN web site; (2) Good Practices are continuously identified, documented and made available to clients and peers through the web site; and (3) appropriate and up-to-date information and learning tools are available.
  • Reporting to the Regional Programme Director of South Asia, at least once a month.
Ensuring safety and security of staff and operations
  • In co-operation with UNDSS and the UN Security Officer scan the environment on a regular basis for assessing external and internal risks to staff and implementation of programmes.
  • S/he will provide written reports to SARO on a regular basis on the security situation and consult on responses and preparedness to any emerging situation.
  • Establish and lead a good management system for staff security and safety to promote inter-unit co-operation and UN Women's effectiveness on the ground.
  • Ensure that all staff are aware of safety and security procedures and policies and that these are monitored for compliance with UNDSS rules and regulations on safety and security.
Carry out ongoing advocacy to maximise UN support towards the realisation of national plans and priorities including programmatic support to the national efforts to further gender equality and in particular to the SAARC gender info base, GRB and aid effectiveness, Migration, CEDAW implementation, honouring Beijing and MDG commitments, organising events, facilitating the full engagement of NGOs with a view to supporting strategic collective action between NGOs as well as improved cooperation between NGOs and the government; facilitate linkages with UN Women regional programmes in South Asia.
Support the Resident Coordinator's office to enhance gender mainstreaming, internal UN coordination as well as country-coordination on gender, in the UN initiative:
  • Work closely with the Gender Adviser to the RC/UNCT to promote and sustain inter-agency cooperation and harmonization of gender-related activities in the UN initiative.
  • This includes (a) ensuring that gender perspectives are well mainstreamed and resourced under the UNDAF; that agencies that are part of the UNDAF , harmonise activities and results on gender; that the results framework for the UNDAF has gender perspectives at it's core; (b) that gender equality and women's empowerment perspectives are mainstreamed into and well resourced under the joint programmes of different UN Theme Groups; that there are synergies on gender equality interventions under the UNDAF and Theme Groups; (c) lead knowledge management on gender issues for UN organisations participating in the Joint UN Programme, ensuring documentation and dissemination of lessons learnt for UN coordination; draw on UN/UN Women good practices and experiences on gender equality, including from the One UN pilots (d)   support RC in monitoring and reporting on UN work focused on gender; ensure that UN policies and any new guidance on gender equality work are widely disseminated and supported at country level; (e) Support the RC in identifying and negotiating agreements with donors/funding mechanisms and (f) be a member and actively participate in the UNCT/SMT and clusters.


  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards.
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN Women (Part of UN Women).
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
  • Substantive knowledge and understanding specifically on gender equality issues as well as more broadly, human rights and development cooperation, with an emphasis on the provision of coordinated support and management of strategic programmes to advance gender equality.
  • Substantive knowledge and experience with the development of fund mobilization and management for the UN's work in support of gender equality.
  • Demonstrates the ability to identify research priorities to contribute to the formulation of policies, procedures and guidelines, implementation strategies, monitoring, evaluation and reporting.
  • Has knowledge of UN Women and the UN system.
  • Has proven ability to advocate and provide policy advice.
  • Has a successful track record in developing strong partnerships with donors and mobilizing significant resources for development assistance programmes.
  • Has ability to lead strategic planning, change processes, results-based management and reporting.
  • Has ability to lead formulation, oversight of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes.
  • Knowledge Management: Demonstrates ability to use knowledge management strategies to promote effective decision-making, and a coherent approach to policy making, and intra/inter-organizational collaboration, applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of UN Women.
  • Leadership and Management Skills: Has strong management skills with a proven record of building and managing teams and creating an enabling work environment, including the ability to effectively lead, develop, mentor, coach and evaluate staff ; Manages projects effectively - consistently ensures timeliness and quality of project implementation, monitoring and timely reporting.
  • Managing Relationships: Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and results for the client and responds positively to feedback; Cultivates productive relationships with donors, partners and other key institutions and individuals; Displays a high level of respect, diplomacy and tact when dealing with government officials, donors and other stakeholders; Excellent interpersonal skills, able to establish and maintain effective partnerships and working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment.
  • Managing Complexity: Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities; Outstanding coordination skills, with ability to manage multiple activities concurrently, works under pressure, and to tight deadlines. 
  • Communication Skills: Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills, including ability to convey complex concepts to different stakeholders in a clear and concise style. Good listener and responsive to the views of others. Speaks confidently and exercises diplomacy in dealing with governments, UN system and national partners; demonstrates determination and tact in negotiations.
  • Displays cultural sensitivity and adaptability - communicates effectively with and relates to people of different cultures, demonstrating an ability to see issues from other perspectives.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced University degree in Development studies, International Affairs, Human Rights, Economic and Political Development, gender equality or a related discipline.
  • Strong familiarity with current theories and issues in gender, development studies and human rights is an important prerequisite for the position.


  • 10 years of relevant professional experience   with a strong focus on women's empowerment and gender equality at national, regional and international levels, of which a minimum of 5 years experience is in the field with an international organization.
  • Knowledge of and experience in working in the region with similar context is desirable.
  • Strong familiarity with UN inter-agency cooperation and the UN reform.
  • Experience of working in conflict/post conflict required.
Language Requirements
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • Knowledge of Nepali language is an asset.  

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.
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