UN Women: Country Representative

Location : Freetown, SIERRA LEONE
Application Deadline :12-Oct-12 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-5
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :One Year


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 centre of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations (UN) 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.

The scope of work of the UN Women Representative requires experience and in-depth understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment issues, as well as management and programming expertise, to translate UN Women's strategic plans into effective development initiatives and results.  It also requires developing mutually reinforcing partnerships with relevant Government counterparts, UN organizations, CSOs, and with bilateral and non-traditional donors in order to promote inter-agency partnerships, support for UN reform, and mobilization of visibility and resources to advance gender equality and women's empowerment.

UN Women in Sierra Leone works in partnership with Government, other UN agencies, international Non-governmental Organizations and Civil Society organization to advance gender equality and women’s rights.  UN Women Programme is aligned to the Sierra Leone Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper II (2008-2012) also known as the Agenda for Change and to the UN Joint Vision for Sierra Leone (2009-2012).

The UN Women programme works to increase women’s voices, leadership and participation through strategic support to the Sierra Leone Female Parliamentary Caucus and the Council of Female Councilors. Support is being provided for the law reform processes through including the drafting important bills on gender equality and women’s rights. UN Women is implementing a joint programme with UNCDF on Gender Equitable Local Development (GELD) in the pilot district of Kenema. The objective of this programme is to identify strategies and mechanisms for improving women’s access to resources and services at the local level, through gender-sensitive planning, programming and budgeting.

In coming period, UN Women programme in Sierra Leone will focus on following result areas which are interrelated:

  • Women’s increased leadership and participation in the decisions that affect their lives.
  • Prevent violence against women and girls and expand access to victims/survivors services.
  • Increased economic empowerment of women, especially of those who are most excluded and mainstreaming into national planning and budgeting.
It is in this context that UN Women is seeking to recruit UN Women Representative who is responsible for ensuring effective execution of UN Women's mandate in the country. She/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.

Duties and Responsibilities

Key Functions:
  • Strategic Country Programme Development and Advocacy
  • Country Programme Management and Oversight
  • Representation and Partnership Building
  • Knowledge Management and Capacity Building

Under the supervision of the Regional Programme Director, the UN Women Representative has the following key functions: 

Strategic Pogramme Development and Advocacy  

  • Proactively assess trends and identify emerging issues at the national level of relevance to the mandate of UN Women.
  • Lead the formulation and development of the UN Women Country Programme Strategy based on the UN Women`s Strategic Plan in support of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Identify strategic program opportunities, and approaches and modalities to strengthen UN Women country presence.
  • Support, monitor and assure quality control in the formulation of high quality, results-based, rights-based and relevant country programmes and projects and oversee the appraisal and approval of UN Women programmes in line with corporate guidelines and consistency with corporate policies and strategies.
  • Participate actively as a member of the UN Country Team to ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment issues are well integrated into UN programming processes such as CCA/UNDAF, Country Programmes, etc.
  • Assist the UN Resident Coordinator System to secure expertise that will ensure commitment, quality control and resources for gender equality outcomes, and actively participate in country level UN programming processes ensuring that the UN Women is strategically placed within UN planning processes, joint programmes and other inter-agency initiatives.
  • Advocate on behalf of UN Women and its mandate to help raise awareness and stimulate action to advance gender equality and women's rights and form strategic partnerships with government, UN agencies, NGOs, academia, media and the private sector.
  • Carry out ongoing advocacy to ensure that UN support towards realization of the national plans and priorities are done in a gender responsive manner, and within agreed regional and international frameworks that promote and protect gender equality.

Country Programme Management and Oversight:

  • Lead the management, implementation and evaluation of the country strategic plan based on UN Women’s Strategic Plan, and in line with regional and national priorities and in consultation with government, civil society and UN partners and stakeholders.
  • Manage ongoing program activities on gender equality and women’s empowerment and ensure delivery of agreed results.
  • Ensure UN Women’s strategic and technical support to government counterparts, non state actors and UN agencies through direct involvement and provision of advisory services as needed.
  • Oversee, monitor and assure quality control in the implementation of high quality, results-based, rights-based and relevant country programmes and projects in line with corporate guidelines and consistency with corporate policies and strategies.
  • Ensure that the Country Office has the human and financial resources and capacities needed to respond to requests for assistance and to deliver on its commitments to support and advance gender equality and to participate effectively as a member of the UN Country Team.
  • Manage staff and office in an empowering and effective manner.
  • Manage the Country Office resources and administration to ensure proper utilization of allocated funds and accountability.
  • Use corporate monitoring and oversight tools to identify areas which need improvement.
  • Contribute to regular assessments of the regional, sub-regional and country strategic plans and implementation plans and identify lessons learned and areas of emphasis to underpin consistently improved programming and future development of the strategic plan .

Representation and Partnership Building:

  • Represent the UN Women in UN System-wide inter-agency tasks forces to contribute to strategic and policy discussion on gender equality, and women empowerment issues.
  • Represent UN Women at inter-agency, intergovernmental, international, regional and national conferences and meetings and advocate UN Women’s policy and initiatives in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.
  • Forge strategic partnerships at the country level to promote gender equality and women's advancement through joint projects and inter-agency efforts.
  • Maintain active relationship and partnerships with National Government Counterparts, UN System, and agency partners, inter-government and non-governmental organizations, institutes and academia on women’s issue to enhance collaboration, resource mobilization and share and influence agenda and priority setting.
  • Forge strategic partnerships with Government, UN agencies, NGOs, academia, media and private sector to stimulate action to advance gender equality and women's rights.

Knowledge Management and Reporting

  • Manage the process of collecting and disseminating lessons learned on gender equality and women's empowerment strategies and contribute to UN Women’s knowledge management efforts.
  • Lead and manage the preparation of UN Women country reports as required, ensuring relevancy, quality and appropriateness of content and presentation.
  • Work with relevant UN Women units to identify and disseminate best programme and management practices.
  • Lead the development and expansion of knowledge management strategies and methodologies at the country level.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of global, regional and national knowledge networks and practices.
  • Produce knowledge products to meet UN Women needs and standards of quality.
Impact of Results:
  • The UN Women Representative impacts on success of the efforts to formulate and implement the UN Women Programme Strategy at the country level to promote and advance gender equality and women’s empowerment issues.


Core Values and Guiding Principles: 

  • Integrity: Demonstrating consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct. 
  • Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity: Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity. 
Core Competencies:
  • Ethics and Values: Promoting Ethics and Integrity / Creating Organizational Precedents
  • Organizational Awareness: Building support and political acumen.
  • Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring: Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation.
  • Working in Teams:  Building and promoting effective team.
  • Communicating Information and Ideas:  Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication
  • Self-management and Emotional intelligence:  Creating an emotionally intelligent organization
  • Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements:  Leveraging conflict in the interests of the organization & setting appropriate standards.
  • Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning:  Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.
  • Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making: Fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking
Functional Competencies:
  • Substantive experience and record of accomplishment in the area of gender equality and women's empowerment issues.
    Demonstrated People Management Skills
  • Familiarity  with women's rights organizations and networks in the region and globally.
  • Good knowledge of UN Women and the UN System
  • Proven ability to advocate and provide policy advice
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, programme development and implementation, results-based management and reporting.
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong partnerships and mobilize resources.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in social sciences, economics, gender issues, or other development-related fields.
  • Minimum of 10 years of progressively responsible experience on gender programming issues, and preferably 5 years field experience on gender equality and women’s rights issues with an international organization.
  • Strong familiarity with UN inter-agency cooperation would be an asset.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in written and spoken English.
  • Knowledge of another UN 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.

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

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