UN Women: Programme and Reporting Specialist

Application Deadline :29-Mar-13 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :TA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :5 months

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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, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

The Fund for Gender Equality provides direct multi-year grants of up to USD $3 million to women’s organizations and governmental agencies to advance women’s political and economic empowerment. Applications are reviewed by independent experts in the field. Grants are ratified by a Steering Committee composed of government, civil society and UN representatives.

Founded in 2009 with a contribution of US$65 Million from Spain, followed by contributions from Norway, Mexico, the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland the Fund’s total income is $75.6 million dollars.
In its initial grantmaking cycle (Cycle 1) the Fund invested USD $43 million in support of 55 grantee partners in 40 countries. Out of the USD 43 million granted, USD 26 million funded political empowerment programmes. From Mexico to Nigeria over 1,700 women are been introduced into electoral politics. From Bosnia-Hezegovina to the Pacific Islands, grantees are working with over 13.6 million women to strengthen their leadership skills and have catalized 24 legislative and policy changes that benefit women and girls in 12 countries. 
USD 17 million funded economic empowerment programmes to increase women’s access to and control over resources and assets – including land, water, technology, and viable employment. From Rwanda to Morocco, thousands of rural and indigenous women are implementing engendered sustainable development initiatives. From Egypt to Zimbabwe, grantees are helping over 4 million women getting financial skills, securing decent jobs, and gaining social protections for themselves and their families.
In 2011, in response to the on-going transformations in the Arab States, the Fund launched the first phase of its second grantmaking cycle (Cycle 2) for Arab States only, and awarded USD 4.85 million in grants for strategies ranging from advancing women’s political participation in Egypt, Libya and Yemen to fostering sustainable development in Algeria and the Occupied Palestinian territories.
The second phase of the call was launched in March 2012 for Africa, Central and South America, Asia and Eastern Europe. Additional US $12.5 million were awarded to 39 programmes from these four regions. New grantees were announced in 30 November 2012. Implementation has started in 2013.

The Fund for Gender Equality is managed by UN Women and is guided by a Steering Committee composed of donors, UN and other multilateral agencies and civil society organizations' representatives. A Technical Committee, composed of experts in women's economic and political empowerment from every region of the world, reviews proposals and makes recommendations for funding to the Steering Committee.

The knowledge management, communication, monitoring and evaluation aspects of the Fund are central to its operations.

The Programme Programme and Reporting Specialist The Programme and Reporting Specialist will mainly focus on:

  • Lead the results-based reporting of the Fund’s grantmaking programme at global levels and in alignment with UN Women’s Strategic Planning goals and indicators
  • Provide general Programmatic and Reporting support to the Fund’s management including to the Fund’s Communication and Resource Mobilization plans
  • Provide support to the overall management of FGE

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

  • Monitoring & Evaluation Services
  • Reporting and Knowledge Management Services
  • Programmatic and Strategic Partnership Services

Monitoring and Evaluation Services

  • Provide ongoing technical accompaniment for Fund for Gender Equality (FGE) grantees in Eastern Europe and Eastern and Central Asia (EE/ECA) region.
  • Review 1 narrative progress reports and 2 financial reports for the 3 ongoing programmes (Bosnia and Herzegovina and two in Kyrgyz Republic) and provide technical feedback to grantees.
  • Support the final evaluation process for the programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as the management process of the overall FGE formative evaluation.
Reporting and Knowledge Management Services
  • Prepare substantive reports and written contributions for various purposes, including inputs for speeches, fundraising efforts and ad-hoc reporting requests.
  • Capture and disseminate programme results and relevant developments, as well as extract critical lessons learned and good practices from monitoring and evaluation, to be strategically utilized in FGE communication and/or resource mobilization efforts.
  • Work with relevant programme staff in UN Women’s policy and programmes divisions to contribute to continued learning between FGE programmes and other UN Women initiatives on political and economic empowerment of women.
Programmatic and Strategic Partnership Services:
  • Support FGE resource mobilization efforts, liaising with UN Women resource mobilization team, and reaching out to potential donors from government, private sector, and foundations, as needed.
  • Actively participate in the organization of 4 regional grantees convening; working on the events’ planning and logistics as needed.
  • Support the management of grantee programme implementation; including by developing templates and guidance in consultation with the Fund’s Monitoring and Reporting Specialists;
  • Participate in and/or represent the Fund in internal and external Committees, inter agency Task Forces, and other functions. 

Impact of Results:

  • Increased frequency and quality of technical assistance and monitoring support to UN Women FGE grantees in EE/ECA region.
  • Increased quality of overall FGE reporting.
  • Improved quality and use of FGE evaluations.
  • Increased number and quality of knowledge products produced and disseminated.
  • Improved quality of coordination in UN Women Organization as a whole.


Core values and Guiding principles:

  • Integrity:Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.
  • Professionalism: Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work.
  • Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity: Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

Ethics and Values:
  • Demonstrate and safeguard ethics and integrity
Organizational Awareness:
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
Development and Innovation:
  • Take charge of self-development and take initiative
Work in teams:
  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
Communicating and Information Sharing:
  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication
Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:
  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behavior towards others
Conflict Management:
  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.
Continuous Learning and Knowledge Sharing:
  • Encourage learning and sharing of knowledge
Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:
  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making

Functional Comptetencies:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English;
  • Good interpersonal and diplomacy skills
  • Ability to use critical thinking, conceptualize ideas, and articulate relevant subject matter in a clear and concise way;
  • Ability to manage for results: translate strategy into achievable plans, with established priorities, monitor them, making periodic adjustments as required
  • Ability to effectively represent UN Women in, and contribute to United Nations inter-agency programming monitoring and reporting initiatives
  • Outstanding networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills
  • Capacity to work with diverse partners including governments, civil society and women's groups
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines
  • Good interpersonal and diplomacy skills
  • Ability to use critical thinking, conceptualizes ideas, and articulate relevant subject matter in a clear and concise way
  • Ability to communicate effectively with and relate to people of different cultures, demonstrating an ability to see issues from other perspectives

Required Skills and Experience

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Political Science, International Development Studies, Gender/Women's Studies, Economics or Sociology.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant national/international working experience in gender equality and women's empowerment issues and monitoring and reporting
  • Proven track-record in the successful design and implementation of comprehensive monitoring systems
  • Excellent writing skills. Experience in communications and fundraising.
  • Experience working in the field of monitoring: developing plans, tracking results, reporting to different constituencies. Monitoring experience in the UN Women context highly desirable
  • Experience in Result Based Management. Knowledge management and communications experience - supporting collection and dissemination of lessons learned/best practice
  • Experience in the United Nations, a governmental, other multilateral or civil society organization in a developed or developing country highly desirable
  • Strong knowledge of planning and monitoring and related development policy and programming issues, including knowledge of RBM, familiarity with log frames and understanding of baseline data collection and monitoring methodologies
  • Experience in monitoring and reporting on programmes related to women's economic and/or political empowerment is desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English

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

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.

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