Programme Specialist (Open to Zimbabwe Nationals Only)

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Harare, ZIMBABWE
Application Deadline :26-Nov-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-5
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :One year
Expected Duration of Assignment :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.

UN Women programming in Zimbabwe aims to create an enabling environment for gender equality and women’s empowerment by supporting the Government of Zimbabwe to fulfil its obligations in the national Constitution, and by building the capacity of women to claim their rights.

Under the overall guidance and direction of the supervisor, the Programme Specialist in Governance and Women’s Participation provides programme management support the effective management of the UN Women work in the areas of Women’s Political Participation and Decision Making, Gender and Elections, Women and Security Sector participation, gender mainstreaming in curriculum, capacity support for the Gender Commission, alignment of laws to the Constitution, strengthening civil society accountability for implementation for gender equality provisions in the Constitution and inter-governmental processes at regional, sub-regional and international levels. S/he supports the delivery of UN Women results by ensuring appropriate application of systems and procedures and by analyzing results achieved during implementation.  S/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations teams, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation of the JPGE.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provision of top quality advisory and programme development services:

  • Thorough analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country related to governance and women’s participation in leadership and decision making prepare substantive inputs to the UN Women country office programme planning , implementation, monitoring and reporting;
  • Constant monitoring and analysis of the programme environment, timely readjustment of programme interventions;
  • Design and implement UN Women work and engagement with independent commissions and in particular the Gender Commission, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission and security sector academic institutions;
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions within the thematic/sectorial areas assigned;
  • Implement UN Women programmes on increased participation of women leadership in both elected and appointed institutions and bodies;
  • Design and formulation of programme initiatives within governance, gender and security sector curriculum, women’s participation and Decision Making institutional strengthening of the Gender Commission gender and elections, translating UN Women’s priorities into national interventions;
  • Provide programme advisory support to the Office Management within the thematic area/portfolio assigned;
  • Provide support towards international processes at regional, sub regional and international levels including state party reporting;
  • Ensure synergies, cooperation and linkages with other selected UN Women Programmes;
  • Ensure integration and coordination of the programme with the other results areas of UN Women’s work in Zimbabwe.

Management of the Governance and Women’s Participation Portfolio and supervision of staff and consultants

  • Under the guidance and oversight of the supervisor, exercise overall responsibility for planning, implementation, management, and coordination aspects of the programmes/projects under his/her responsibility;
  • Ensure effective application of RBM tools and monitoring achievement of results;
  • Manage the portfolio of on-going programmes/projects through technical monitoring and administrative and financial supervision ensuring the proper application of a monitoring system to track progress on program results and indicators;
  • Lead programmes/projects appraisal and evaluation according to results-based management requirements;
  • Coordinate and supervise the activities of programme staff, project staff, experts and consultants working as part of the technical assistance team;
  • Responsible for the timely preparation and quality control of all substantive technical reports, briefs and required documents;
  • Ensure timely production and submission of all partial and/or progress reports by all members of the project team, contractors and project partners;
  • Conduct field visits to supervise, coordinate and monitor field level activities of portfolio;
  • Ensure project work plans are accurately reflected in ATLAS, in close collaboration with Finance Officer;
  • Liaise with relevant UN Women Thematic Section in the Regional Center in Nairobi and Headquarters, notably those in policy and program divisions for effectively technical support, project management and quality assurance, to ensure adequate provision of services, flow of information and the project’s compliance with its obligations.

Inter-agency coordination support:

  • Provide substantive support to the Deputy Representative, and the Gender Theme Group Coordinator on inter-agency coordination related activities on governance and women;s leadership;
  • Take part in country level Comprehensive Country Assessment (CCA)/UNDAF processes and similar exercises related to the Resident Coordinator system ensuring that gender concerns relating to governance, gender and security, elections and women’s participation are clearly reflected and mainstreamed in process;
  • Prepare substantive inputs to CCA/ UNDAF and other documents thoroughly analyzing and researching the political, social and economic situation in the region;
  • Prepare analytical and regular progress reports on UN Women’s program experiences in support of UN women inter-agency coordination role;
  • Work closely with UN Agencies participating in the JPGE and in particular UNDP.

Strategic partnerships building and resource mobilization support:

  • Implement the Office partnerships and resources mobilization strategies to achieve programme outcomes within the areas assigned;
  • Create and coordinate partnerships with the relevant UN Agencies, government institutions, constitutional independent commission, security academic institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society etc;
  • Determine programmatic areas of cooperation, 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 cost-sharing;
  • Follow up on resource on mobilization activities for fund raising for new projects in coordination with the UN Women Representative.

Advocacy support and facilitation of knowledge building and management:

  • Support the establishment of advocacy networks at national level and linkages to international networks related to the sectorial/thematic areas assigned;
  • Proactively and substantively support and implement relevant, high-impact advocacy activities and campaigns with key partners.
  • Identify and synthesis best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals in governance, gender mainstreaming in security, women participation and decision making;
  • Proactively contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
  • Providing substantial contributions to communication and media briefs on the implementation of this sector work.


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 Competencies

  • Ability to lead formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes and projects;
  • Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • Ability to formulate and manage budgets, manage contributions and investments, manage transactions, conduct financial analysis, reporting and cost-recovery;
  • Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change;
  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.


Required Skills and Experience


  •  Advanced university degree in International Development, Gender and Human Rights related disciplines, Economics, Business Administration, Public Administration, Political Sciences, Social Sciences or related field.


  • Minimum 5 years relevant experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and establishing inter-relationships among international organization and national governments, preferably in the field of gender and human rights of women;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems.


  • Fluency in English is required and the working language of the duty station.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

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