The UN Women (UNW), 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.

UN Women plays an innovative and catalytic role in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) since its inception in 2011 and previously as UNIFEM. UN Women oPt  focuses its activities on one overarching goal, namely to support the implementation at the national level of existing international commitments to advance gender equality in line with the national priorities. In support of this goal, and thoroughly taking into consideration the specificities of the oPt context, UN Women concentrates its efforts and interventions toward the realisation of following strategic goals: Engendering governance, peace and security; Supporting women's economic security and rights; and Promoting women’s rights and protection against violence.

The occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) office received official Delegation of Authority from HQ in February 2013, upon which new internal control framework and systems and were put in place to ensure smooth and efficient implementation of programmes and operations.

The office now intends to strengthen quality assurance, monitoring and oversight in programme and office operations with enhanced risk managements, and wishes to bring on board an experienced risk assessment specialist/ consultant to lead this important exercise.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the oPt Special Representative and in close cooperation with both the Programme Coordinator and Operations Manager, the consultants will be performing the following tasks:

  • Initiate a self-assessment exercise for the UNW Palestine office, covering programmatic and operational areas.
  • Based on the results of the assessment exercise, the consultant will design, lead and implement a risk assessment exercise for the UNW Palestine office following the recent delegation of authority;
  • Identify significant programmatic and operational risks (incl., environmental, financial, operational, organizational, political, regulatory, strategic and reputational) that have the greatest exposure to inefficiencies, ineffectiveness, fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement;
  • Identify and prioritize the possible risks (including its implications) and provide recommendations for addressing and acting on these risks;
  • Advise on internal controls and checks (both programmatic and operational) for acting on the identified risks to enhance office’s accountability and efficiency;
  • Advise on monitoring actions to be implemented to ensure systematic mitigation of risks;
  • Based on the above, develop a risk management system that embeds effective risk management into the office’s culture;
  • Assess changes in risk management before and after DoA;
  • Assess programmatic and operational compliance to UN Women rules and regulations and donor requirements.
  • Assess UN Women’s Internal Audit preparedness on both operational and programmatic levels;
  • Record and report on the findings; submit end of assignment report summarizing the above tasks;
  • Perform other duties as required.

Key deliverables

  • Risk management system for the Palestine Office;
  • End of assignment report.


Core Values/Guiding Principles:


  • 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:

  • Demonstrating / Safeguarding Ethics and Integrity.

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.

Developing and Empowering People / Coaching and Mentoring:

  • Initiative-taking; coaching and mentoring ability.

Working in Teams:

  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work.

Communicating Information and Ideas:

  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively;
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.

Self-management and Emotional intelligence:

  • Creating synergies through self-control.

Conflict Management / Negotiating and Resolving Disagreements:

  • Managing conflict;

Knowledge Sharing / Continuous Learning:

  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of other.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Advanced degree in management, public administration, social sciences or related fields.  
  • At least 8 years working experience in the area of development and/ or risk management;
  • Strong experience in strategy and risk assessment at senior management level;
  • Proven track record in leading and conducting risk assessment exercises;
  • Experience working within the UN system is required; previous experience working with UN Women is an asset.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency (both oral and written) 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

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.