Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women will work 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 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.

Despite some encouraging data and statistics on women's participation in politics, women still lack access to political leadership opportunities and resources at local, national and regional levels. The UN Women Global Initiative on Women’s Leadership and Political Participation includes in its key results areas, the access to knowledge on women’s political participation. Within this framework, UN Women supports the International Knowledge Network of Women in Politics (iKNOW Politics) jointly with UNDP, NDI, UN Women, International IDEA and IPU. The five partners agreed, in 2007, to jointly establish IKNOW Politics, a platform designed to increase the participation and effectiveness of women in political life by utilizing a technology enabled forum to share best practices on women's political participation and leadership.

iKNOW Politics will bring together women involved in politics around the world by utilizing a technology enabled forum to provide access to resources, expertise, dialogue, and knowledge creation on women's political participation, in order to gain access to valuable resources and advisory services, share interests and experiences, participate in training and development, network and collaborate on issues of interest. Network members will have access to a cadre of experts and practitioners that can advise candidates and elected officials on how to develop and implement successful campaign and lobbying strategies with the goal of getting more women involved in politics. The network will also facilitate direct contact between women leaders to share relevant experiences, challenges and successes with one another. Additionally, the network provides an opportunity to the users to stay abreast of global events and news related to women's political participation globally and regionally. UN Women will host the iKnowPolitics Secretariat to ensure continuity and growth for the platform in 2015 and beyond.

Under the supervision of the UN Women Policy Advisor on Political Participation, the Network Facilitator will be responsible for knowledge management, programme coordination and advocacy, to bring together women involved in politics around the world.

Duties and Responsibilities

Functions /Key Results Expected:

  • Knowledge Management and organizational learning;
  • Programme Coordination;
  • Advocacy.

Programme coordination:

  • Assume responsibility for the management of the iKNOW Politics website, in line with the decisions of the iKNOW Steering Committee members;
  • Develop and implement an annual work plan, undertake project monitoring and evaluation, and monitor and maintain Network performance indicators and assist with reporting on practice performance and Network utilization;
  • Provide substantive, technical and administrative support for the timely and effective implementation of project, such as managing project/programme resources and liaising with the relevant;
  • Build strong relationships with key staff of five partner organizations at global regional and national level in order to have good understanding of partner’s nature, mandates, perspectives, and activities women’s  political participation;
  • Identify complementary areas of work, potential opportunities for enhancing linking collaboration and synergies among the five partners, including their communications sections;
  • Manage language facilitators or other consultants who may be hired to work on iKNOW Politics and ensure regular reporting to iKNOW members and supervisor;
  • Assist in preparing periodic progress reports to be submitted to partner organizations and donors, including preparing the monthly digest.

Knowledge management and organizational learning:

  • Maintain and grow the iKNOW Politics community, promoting community collaboration around project priorities, building relations with relevant institutions and individuals, and assisting in setting the agenda of the project;
  • Conduct research for knowledge and information needed to prompt dialogue or enhance the depth of Network products and services;
  • Facilitate the access, creation, sharing, and application of specialized knowledge in the field of women and political participation by network members;
  • Manage the process of collecting and disseminating lessons learned on women's political participation from the discussions generated in the iKNOW Politics portal, and contribute to the knowledge management efforts of all partner organizations;
  • Manage the membership of the network; encourage communication, capture knowledge and turn it into new knowledge resources;
  • Work with any language facilitators  to cross-link expert contributions between regions and across languages;
  • Collaborate with the Communication Team to enhance, update, and assist in the development of the website and ensure cross-posting;
  • Address impediments to sharing information and the flow of knowledge, facilitate demand and supply of knowledge; develop a system for knowledge seeking and provision enshrined in accountability frameworks;
  • Develop new online tools, surveys and other pilot projects.


  • Represent iKNOW Politics in interagency, international and national conferences and internal meetings as needed;
  • Maintain a watching brief on events and knowledge development in the arenas of women in politics and leadership. To this end, produce occasional updates or notes, attend relevant workshops, or organize gatherings (workshops etc) to advance learning in this field, or to promote better programming;
  • Liaise with relevant networks, organizations and partner offices in developing knowledge products and in organizing learning platforms to promote iKNOW Politics;
  • Support the Programme Manager in forging and implementing strategic partnerships to increase outreach of the iKNOW Politics network. 


Core values and 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:

  • 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 teams.

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 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:

  • Interest and commitment to the advancement of women in politics;
  • Substantive knowledge of issues on gender equality and women's empowerment;
  • In-depth substantive knowledge of KM and development policy issues;
  • Fluent in Microsoft word, excel, e-mail, web-based applications and databases;
  • Promotes KM and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Outstanding networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills;
  • Capacity to work with diverse partners including governments, donors and civil society.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Political Science, International Relations, International Development, Law, Gender Equality or other related field.


  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience in the field of communication and electronic knowledge network management;
  • Substantive experience in women’s leadership and participation is an advantage;
  • Experience in working in a multicultural and web-based environment.


  • Fluency in English;
  • Knowledge of additional UN language is an asset.


  • 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, please scan all your documents into one single file to upload. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
  • Previous applicants will be reconsidered and do not have to resubmit new application.


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.