The 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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Country Representative, the Programme Analyst is responsible for management of the Gender Support Project (GSP). She/he provides technical competence on gender and governance issues with a holistic approach to development. The Programme Analyst analyzes political, social and economic trends and leads formulation, management and evaluation of project activities within his/her portfolio and provides policy advisory services. Through the Country Representative, the Programme Analyst provides analysis for formulation of strategies and briefings to senior management.  The Programme Analyst represents UN Women in his/her area of expertise as requested by the Country Representative.

The Programme Analyst works in close collaboration with the UN Women programme and operations teams, programme staff in other UN agencies, Sub-Regional Office staff and Government officials, technical advisers and experts, multi-lateral and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful delivery of the GSP.

Duties and Responsibilities

Ensures implementation of  programme strategies focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Thorough analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country as they relate to governance and women’s human rights and preparation of substantive inputs to CCA, UNDAF, Annual Work Plan, and other documents.
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions within the governance and women’s political participation area of focus.
Ensures effective management of the GSP within the governance and women’s political participation thematic area, focusing on quality control from formulation to implementation and monitoring of the programme achieving the following results:
  • Undertake systematic gender analysis of policy and programme documents including country office’s reports in institutionalizing gender mainstreaming for development effectiveness.
  • Promote innovative initiatives on affirmative action in conformity with CEDAW and BPFA.
  • Develop knowledge products to strengthen UN Women’s capacity to provide technical backstopping on gender issues including: conceptual clarity on gender mainstreaming, and inputs to independent research on emerging gender issues.
  • Develop performance indicators and guidelines for effective compliance on the UN Women M,E&R framework.
  • Track and monitor progress on gender mainstreaming across all core practice areas and service lines throughout the organization based on the UN Women Strategic Plan 2011 – 2013 within the Development and Management Results Frameworks.
  • Lead development and implementation of training and capacity building support to national counterparts r (including hands on training as needed).
  • Work closely with national counterparts, including local and international NGOs to ensure gender mainstreaming and parity.
  • Effective application of RBM tools, establishment of management targets (BSC) and monitoring achievement of results.
  • Design and formulation of programs/projects within the area of responsibility, translating UN Women’s priorities into local interventions. Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies. Work closely with the M&E officer to introduce performance indicators/ success criteria, cost recovery, targets and milestones.
  • Initiation of a project, presentation of the projects to LPAC, entering project into Atlas, finalization of contribution agreements; determination of required revisions; coordination of the mandatory and budget re-phasing exercises, closure of projects through review. Participates in recruitment and procurement processes for projects.
  • Financial and substantive monitoring and evaluation of the projects, identification of operational and financial problems, development of solutions.
  • Participation in audit of projects.
  • Follow up on audit recommendations. All exceptions are timely reported.
  • Aggregate reports are regularly prepared on activities, outputs and outcomes. Preparation of donor reports.
Ensures creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization strategy   focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the specific thematic areas based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs and donors’ priorities.
  • Analysis and research of information on donors, preparation of substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization.
Ensures provision of top quality policy advisory services to the Government and  facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals.
  • Support development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Organization of trainings to partners on programme related issues.


Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda: Preparing information for advocacy
  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UN Women’s mandate.
Results-Based Programme Development and Management: Contributes into results through primary research and analysis
  • Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work.
  • Researches linkages across project activities to identify critical points of integration.
  • Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation.
  • Analyzes country situation to identify opportunities for project development.
  • Participates in the formulation of project proposals and ensures substantive rigor in the design and application of proven successful approaches and drafts proposals accordingly.
Building Strategic Partnerships:  Maintaining a network of contacts
  • Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up-to-date on partnership related issues.
  • Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders.
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches: Enhancing processes or products
  • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things.
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches.
Resource Mobilization (Field Duty Stations):  Providing inputs to resource mobilization strategies
  • Analyzes information/databases on potential and actual donors.
  • Develops a database of project profiles.  Identifies opportunities for project proposals for presentation to donors.
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing: Basic research and analysis
  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things.
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches.
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise: Fundamental knowledge of own discipline
  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position.
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks.
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning.
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.
  • Demonstrates in-depth understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments.
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UN Women’s Goals: Preparing information for global advocacy
  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UN Women’s goals for a variety of audiences.
  • Identifies and takes advantage of opportunities for advocating for UN Women’s mandate.
Client Orientation: Establishing effective client relationships
  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion.
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines.
  • Anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly.
Core Competencies:
  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity. 
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
  • Self-development, initiative-taking.
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work.
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively.
  • Creating synergies through self-control.
  • Managing conflict.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
  • Informed and transparent decision making.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Law, Economics, Political Sciences, Public Administration, Social Sciences, especially in gender studies or related field.
  • 5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in gender sensitive programming and implementation as well as providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.
  • Demonstrate analytical and advocacy skills on gender issues especially with regard to policy advocacy in line with CEDAW and BFPA.
  • Strong links with international, regional and national networks on gender equality and women’s rights.
  • Experience in capacity building, gender mainstreaming and gender auditing required
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in written and spoken English and basic working knowledge in both Shona and Ndebele.
  • UNDP Zimbabwe reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP Zimbabwe at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and education requirements.
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