Grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, UN Women 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 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 national priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with government, civil society and other relevant actors.

In Nepal, UN Women is currently implementing its 2014-17 Strategic Note and Annual Workplan (country programme) which incorporates several thematic areas, including economic empowerment, governance and leadership, ending violence against women and girls, and peace and security. Across all of its work, UN Women applies its normative and coordination mandates, and works through strategic partnerships and on generating knowledge and evidence. UN Women is also engaged in the humanitarian response following the tragic earthquakes of 2015.

The Governance and Leadership (G&L) Unit of UN Women is responsible for providing technical support to government, development partners and civil society organizations in the areas of governance, women’s leadership and participation, and gender responsive planning, budgeting and monitoring, women’s access to justice, Convention of the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) implementation and monitoring, Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and Beijing + 20 follow up in line with the Nepal Country Office Strategic Note and Annual Work Plan (AWP) 2014-17. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative, and day to day supervision of the Unit Head of  the Governance and Leadership unit, the Programme Specialist will be responsible for supporting the planning, implementing, and managing UN Women interventions in the G&L Unit, which covers UN Women’s programming in strengthening governance, national planning and institutionalization of GRB system at national and local level to fully reflect accountability for gender equality and in promoting women’s leadership and representation in decision making in Nepal. The Programme Specialist will provide support to manage UN Women initiatives on women’s leadership and participation, governance, gender-responsive planning, budgeting and monitoring, CEDAW implementation, localisation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs),and Beijing + 20 follow up in line with the Nepal Country Office Strategic Note (SN) and Annual Work Plan (AWP)  2014-17.  She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under portfolio.

Description of Responsibilities:

Ensures implementation of programme strategies

  • Thorough analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country related to the thematic/sectorial areas assigned and preparation of substantive inputs to the UN Women country office programme planning in those areas;
  • Constant monitoring and analysis of the programme environment, timely readjustment of programme interventions;
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions within the thematic/sectorial areas assigned;
  • Strategically position the GRB work in national contexts in line with the reform agendas in public and private sector, budgeting, aid management, and UN reform  at country level;
  • Support the application of GRB to address gender gaps within UN WOMEN’s strategic priority areas;
  • Design and formulation of programme initiatives within the area of responsibility, translating UN Women’s priorities into local interventions;
  • Provision of programme advisory support to the Office Management within the thematic area/portfolio assigned.

Management of the CO programme:

  • Under the guidance and oversight of the supervisor, exercise 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;
  • Support the management of 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 under close guidance by the supervisor;
  • Provide support to coordinate and supervise the activities of programme staff, projects staff, experts and consultants working as part of the technical assistance team;
  • Provide technical guidance to programme partners and staff in the implementation of GRB programmes within the region;
  • 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.

Inter-agency coordination support:

  • Provide substantive support to the Representative and Deputy Representative, the Unit Head of the Governance and Leadership Unit on inter-agency coordination related activities;
  • Take part in country level Comprehensive Country Assessment (CCA)/UNDAF processes and similar exercises related to the RC system ensuring that gender concerns 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 programme experiences in support of UN Women inter-agency coordination role.

Strategic partnerships building and resource mobilization support:

  • Provide support to 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, 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 and Deputy Representative and Unit Head (G& L unit).

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 the sectorial/thematic areas;
  • Proactively contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice.


Core Values / guiding principles:


  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.


  • 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 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 behavioural/ attitudinal change;
  • Ability to build 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;
  • Lead teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills;
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills;
  • Focuses on impact and result for the partners and responds positively to feedback.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree in International Development, Gender, Human Rights, or in other related Social Sciences.


  • Minimum 7 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 in the field of gender and human rights of women;
  • Expertise and experience in policy advocacy and programming on  women’s leadership and participation, gender responsive planning, budgeting and goverance at national and local level;
  • Experience of working with or exposure of government planning, programming and budgeting processes at national and or local level is an added advantage;
  • Sound knowledge of international standards on gender equality and women’s empowerment and related instruments;
  • A proven ability to liaise with a myriad of stakeholders and partners, including government, civil society, international organizations and grassroots organizations;
  • Experience of working with UN organizations is desirable.


  • Fluency in oral and written Nepali and English essential.

Application Information:

  • 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;
  • UN Women will only be able to respond to those applications in which there is further interest.


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.