UN Women: Programme Manager - Strategic Monitoring and Reporting

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Location : Nairobi, KENYA
Application Deadline :30-Dec-15 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-4
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year


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.

The Somali Compact (2014-2016) sets the framework for Somalia’s pathway towards recovery, within five overall peace and state building goals (PSGs). Funding arrangements are organized as Multi-Partner Trust Funds (MPTF) which goes towards funding overall programs. The UN has established an Integrated Strategic Framework (ISF) (2014-2016) to guide the strategic management of UN’s political, development, human rights and security engagements in Somalia in responding to the Somali Compact. The ISF is meant to lead to ensuring maximization of limited resources and a more coherent and focused engagement with Somali authorities and international partners on shared strategic objectives. 

UN Women started building its country program in 2013 with the 2014-2016 Strategic Note, which is currently being revised to fit with the Somali New Deal, the ISF, UN Women global flagships introduced in 2015, and the Sustainable Development Goals. With core funding from the Government of Sweden and project funding from the Government of Norway and the Peace Building Fund, UN Women during the past 18 months established sub-offices in Mogadishu, Garowe and Hargeisa, has grown from two to 13 staff, and has started implementing programs addressing gender equality and the women, peace and security agenda. UN Women has committed institutional budget to the Somalia Country Programme from 2016, and UN Women Somalia has mobilized joint program funds from the MPTS. 

In the effort to further deepen and strengthen UN Women engagement in Somalia across its thematic focus areas, and in particular to enable UN Women to play a strategic role in the overall monitoring of results on gender equality, and women, peace and security at ISF level, UN Women will recruit a Programme Manager for Strategic Monitoring and Reporting. The scope of work for the Programme Manager includes overall programme management for delivering results at an overall strategic level in relation to monitoring for results on gender equality and women, peace and security at ISF and risk management level, in order to help translate UN Women's global flagships into effective development initiatives and results across the UN agencies in Somalia.

The Programme Management position requires experience and understanding in how to translate learning and analysis into overall strategic frameworks for monitoring at ISF level. It also requires the ability to forge 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.

The Programme Manager reports to the UN Women Country Programme Manager who provides the strategic leadership, guidance and oversight of programs and operations, formulation and execution of UN Women strategic programs and plans of actions in line with UN Women and UN development efforts in the country. Under the overall guidance of the UN Women Country Program Manager, the Programme Manager will provide technical and advisory support to all UN Women operations in Somalia including advise on relevance and quality of proposed partner agreements and advise on work planning, provide in depth technical advisory support through analysis and translate findings into support of the design and implementation of monitoring of gender equality and women empowerment at the UNCT level, through high level advisory support to help ensure appropriate gender indicator across UN agencies, help provide input to the Peace and Statebuilding Goal (PSG) Working Groups criteria setting and follow up on gender indicators for all initiatives under the Somali New Deal Compact, monitoring the implementation of the ISF and the MPTFs. The Programme Manager will also provide high quality technical input and advice to the Gender Team Group and to other UN agencies in addressing gender equality and women, peace and security empowerment across the UN agencies. S/He will work closely with gender advisors at other UN agencies.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Advisory Technical Support on UN Coordination, Joint Programming and Reform;
  • Programme Planning, Results Based Reporting, Monitoring and Evaluation;
  • Knowledge Management and Communications;
  • Support to UN Women Representative on Advocacy, Representation, Partnerships and Resource Mobilization.

Advisory Technical Support on UN Coordination, Joint Programming and Reform:

  • Contribute to UN Women’s technical and thematic contributions for gender mainstreaming in UN Joint planning, program design and strategic partnership building in accordance to the UN Coordination systems in the country;
  • Advise on a portfolio of on-going and future joint programs within UN Women’s global flagship initiatives through strategic advice on results based management including results based indicators, mechanisms for monitoring and reporting, administrative and financial supervision, evaluation and reporting;
  • Lead in the design of tools and implementation of capacity building training activities to enhance skills and knowledge on gender mainstreaming, in particular for the management of results, in UN Joint Programming and Coordination processes at country level;
  • Participate in relevant PSG working groups to ensure active participation and promotion of UN Women’s vision and mission within the ISF and other UN inter-agency frameworks, in close partnership with other UNCT gender advisors/specialists;
  • Provide technical advisory support to the Gender Team Group (GTG) under the guidance of the UN Women Country Program Manager, who chairs the GTG;
  • Monitor and report on the allocation and use of UN resources allocated to gender equality by the UN system and propose changes to maximize use of resources;
  • Participate in global practice network on coordination, sharing and learning best practices to keep abreast of and/or to contribute to on-going debates and strategic thinking and to exchange experience and/or seek support on coordination issues affecting UNW and UN system programs and operations.

Programme Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Results Based Reporting:

  • Ensure individual project interventions are developed within the Strategic Note, reflecting UN Women flagship approach, and contributing to theAnnual Work Plan;
  • Ensure overall program and individual project work plans and budgets are developed and implementation modalities agreed upon;
  • Substantively monitor program/project implementation. Assess implementation and financial management, analyze progress in achievement of objectives and results, propose direction and solutions, distill lessons learned and best practices;
  • Ensure that program/project reviews are undertaken timely and all reporting requirements are met.

Knowledge Management and Communications:

  • Collect and share good practices and lessons learned on coordination and gender mainstreaming in UN system programming and development at country level to contribute to development of knowledge products and tools in UN Women;
  • Lead the Country Office’s efforts in developing and implementing a communications strategy in line with the UN Women corporate guidelines on communications;
  • Coordinate information and communication activities to ensure coherence with Corporate UN Women and UNCT information and communication goals and objectives, including supporting the GTG’s work to develop a communications strategy.

Support to UN Women Representative on Advocacy, Representation, Partnerships, and Resource Mobilization:

  • Build and maintain effective partnerships with various stakeholders at regional, national and local levels, for delivery of the women’s rights agenda in the country;
  • Represent UN Women in joint program design and formulation with other UN agencies, in close consultation with the UN Women Country Program Manager;
  • Identify and follow-up opportunities for resource mobilization for UN Women’s work in the country in consultation with the UN Women Country Program Manager;
  • Support the UN Women Country Program Manager in managing activities and other promotional events to engage bilateral and multilateral institutions/donors, private sector and civil society to expand and/or sustain interest and resources for UN Women programs and joint UN system programs;
  • Act as OIC in the absence of the UN Women Country Program Manager;
  • Perform any other duties as may be requested by the UN Women Country Program Manager.

Impact of Results

The successful management of UN Women programs and UN Joint Coordination activities will facilitate and enhance the ability of UN Women to work effectively and efficiently impact on women’s lives in the country – hence addressing the Somali Compact and the ISF. The key results also impact on the success of the UN Country Team activities, strengthening of overall coordination capacity, implementation of the UN System reform and on the design and operation of UN activities, creation of strategic partnerships for UNCT programming including ISF implementation and deliverables on gender equality and women, peace and security, and support of national strategies and priorities.


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:

  • Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision from the spectrum of development to experience;

  • Demonstrated negotiating, cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills;

  • Well-developed people management skills;

  • Provide information, tools, resources to support work achievement;

  • Effectiveness orientation and pro-activity;

  • Ability to leverage information technology, executive information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal office performance;

  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master`s degree or equivalent in development related disciplines, international relations, law, development studies or other social science fields.


  • At least 7 years of experience that combines strategic and managerial leadership in development cooperation, international relations, public administration or other related field, some of which should be in the area of gender equality and women, peace and security at the international level, preferably in developing countries within the UN system, Agencies, Funds or Programs;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex operations;
  • Demonstrated ability to force constructive and mutually reinforcing relationships with counterparts;
  • Demonstrated strong analytical skills, and ability to translate analysis and knowledge products into prioritized and realistic interventions;
  • Demonstrated experience designing complex results frameworks, and expertise in results based monitoring at programme and at strategic level.


  • Written and oral proficiency in English is required.


  • 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, please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


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.

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