UN Women: Programme Specialist, Gender Equality, Women’s Empowerment and Governance

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Location : Kiev, UKRAINE
Application Deadline :09-Feb-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 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 work in Ukraine focuses on supporting the government and civil society in advancing gender equality and implementation of the national and international commitments. Since 2015 UN Women has been concentrating its interventions toward the realization of following strategic goals: women’s leadership and participation; implementation of women, peace and security agenda, including a humanitarian response, and gender responsive governance. UN Women works closely with the UN Country Team in integration of women’s rights and gender equality in all spheres of UN work. Simultaneously, UN Women launched a rigorous fundraising for both individual agency projects and joint programmes in several thematic areas.

To support the government in the restoration of governance and reconciliation in crisis-affected communities of Ukraine UN Women will implement a joint (with UNDP) programme in two pilot regions. The primary objectives of the programme are: to improve regional and local government capacity in gender-sensitive recovery planning and service delivery; to enhance community security for women and men in conflict-affected areas and to enhance the capacity of gender equality advocates and women affected by conflict to demand accountability and transparency in local decision-making and spending. 

The scope of work of the Programme Specialist requires experience and in-depth understanding of gender equality and women’s rights, governance as well as programme management expertise, to translate the Project objectives into effective development initiatives and results.  It also requires developing mutually reinforcing partnerships with relevant Government counterparts, UN organizations and inter-agency mechanisms, CSOs, and with bilateral and non-traditional donors in order to advance the gender equality and women’s rights agenda.

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the UN Women Gender Advisor, the Programme Specialist will provide technical assistance and programme management ensuring high quality UN Women interventions. The Programme Specialist will provide guidance and substantial input to the implementation of the gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment activities of the programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide technical, strategic advisory and programme development and implementation services:

  • Provide of top quality policy advice to the programme team and partners on implementation of international and national gender equality and women’s rights commitments through the programme interventions;
  • Analyze the political, social and economic situation from gender equality and women’s rights perspectives and provide strategic advice to management team;
  • Lead the development of relevant strategies to ensure the effective gender mainstreaming in programmatic and operational work and complementarities between various programme components and interventions;
  • Provide substantive advice and guidance on development and implementation of gender mainstreaming and women’s empowerment methodologies and tools;
  • Identify strategic programme areas of cooperation, support and interventions;
  • Design and formulation of programme within the area of responsibility, translating UN Women priorities into local interventions. Coordination of programme implementation with the executing agencies;
  • Analyze and present UN Women policies and their implementation in the programme;
  • Oversee and contribute technically to the Programme Office and Programme Team’s work-planning and priority setting processes;
  • Prepare briefing materials for the Senior Management’s missions and participate in meetings and international events;
  • Undertake regular monitoring and technical support missions to the pilot regions, travels and troubleshooting missions, as requested to provide technical support and collaboration on programming and related issues.

Manage the Programme and supervise the programme team:

  • Lead the  Programme business processes mapping and establishment of internal Standard Operating Procedures in Results Management, including the control of the workflows in the Programme team;
  • Oversee the effective application of Results Based Maangement (RBM)  tools, establishmanagement targets and monitor the  achievement of results;
  • Provide overall strategic oversight of planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of the  programme, tracking use of financial resources in accordance with UN Women rules and regulations;
  • Oversee the effective monitoring, measuring the impact of the programme and evaluation. Monitor and analyze of the programme environment, timely readjustment of programme;
  • Finalize Aggregate reports on activities, outputs and outcomes. Prepareof substantive, technical, quarterly and annual donor reports.

Lead strategic partnerships building and resource mobilization support:

  • Implement the programme partnerships and resource mobilization strategies to achieve programme outcomes;
  • Create and coordinate partnerships with the UN Agencies, Humanitarian Clusters and other inter-agency coordination mechanisms, 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;
  • Analyze and research information on donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identify opportunities for cost-sharing;
  • Follow up on resource mobilization activities for fund raising for new programmes in close coordination with the UN Women Gender Advisor.

Lead  knowledge building and management:

  • Identify sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identiy and synthesize best practices and lessons learned directly linked to programme country policy goals;
  • Coordinate the development of policies and institutions that will address the country problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners;
  • Establish advocacy networks at national and regional levels linked to international networks. Implement high-impact advocacy campaigns with key partners;
  • Provide sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
  • Organize  technical trainings for the projects staff and partners.

Impact of Results

The key results have an impact on the success of the UN Women Ukraine programme. The results have an impact on the overall success of the country programme and reaching UN Women SP/ECA Regional Strategic Note/UNPF goals. In particular, the key results have an impact on the design, operation and programming of activities, creation of strategic partnerships as well as reaching resource mobilization targets.

  • Timely delivery of relevant and high quality advice to the programme;
  • Timely identification of programmatic opportunities;
  • Timely monitoring and reporting of programme delivery;
  • Identification and building of new partnerships and new resource mobilization opportunities.


Core values and Guiding pronciples:


  • 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:

  • Demonstrated development and programming skills particularly those that are pertinent to UN Women strategic priorities on gender issues and women’s rights;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • 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;
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management principles and approaches;
  • Ability to establish and maintain broad strategic networks and partnerships with UN agencies and other international partners to promote partnership and build alliances to advance organizational interests and competencies;
  • Ability to develop and maintain strong partnerships and mobilize resources;
  • Excellent leadership and conflict resolution skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in development-related disciplines, business administration, public administration, economics, political sciences, social sciences or related field.


  • 5 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in providing management advisory services, hands-on experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Experience and knowledge of gender mainstreaming, gender – responsive governance, and institutional strengthening;
  • Experience in formulating, implementing and, monitoring development programmes and projects;
  • Extensive experience in managing a multidisciplinary team;
  • Experience in results-based management (RBM as specifically applied in the UN context an asset;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems;
  • Experience working with UN/UN Women, international organizations will be added advantage.


  • Proficient knowledge of English language;
  • Fluency in Ukrainian/Russian is a strong asset.


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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