Programme Specialist (opne only to Jordanian citizens)

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Amman, JORDAN
Application Deadline :28-Apr-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA Local
Post Level :NO-C
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  


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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It provides strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

More specifically, the Programme Specialist (PS) will have the following  responsibilities:

  • Exercise overall responsibility for planning, implementation, management, monitoring and coordination aspects of the project operations and personnel.
  • Assist the UN Women Representative in programme development and resource mobilization in specific thematic areas.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Monitoring of project activities

  • Exercise overall responsibility for planning, implementation, management, monitoring and coordination aspects of the project under his/her responsibility.
  • Manage the recruitment of project team, local consultants and support staff, as well as in identifying short-term international experts.
  • Coordination and supervision of the activities of the project staff, experts and consultants working as part of the technical assistance team.
  • Be 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.
  • Effective application of RBM tools and monitoring achievement of results.
  • Organize PSC, project review and/or evaluation meetings. Prepare background document, briefs, issues papers, progress reports for the PSC meetings and for donor reporting. Follow-up on the implementation of PSC decisions and recommendations.
  • In collaboration with project support, initiate procurement of goods and services including preparation of equipment specifications, ToRs and RFPs, managing process for the selection of suppliers, contractors and partners.
  • Conduct field visits to supervise, coordinate and monitor field level activities of the project.


2. Provision of top quality advisory and programme development services

  • Thorough analysis and research of the political, social and economic situation in the country and preparation of substantive inputs to the UN Women country office programme planning.
  • Identification of areas for support and interventions within the thematic/sectoral areas assigned.
  • Design and formulation of project initiatives within the area of responsibility, translating UNW’s priorities into local interventions.

3.Facilitation of knowledge building and management

  • Identification of sources of information related to policy-driven issues. Identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learnt directly linked to programme country policy goals.
  • Support to development of policies and institutions that will address the country   problems and needs in collaboration with the Government and other strategic partners.
  • Sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice.
  • Organization of trainings for the operations/ projects staff on programme issues.

4. Creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of the resource mobilization initiatives

  • Development of partnerships with the UN Agencies, IFI’s, government institutions, bi-lateral and multi-lateral donors, private sector, civil society in the specific thematic areas based on strategic goals of UNDP, 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 initiation of new projects, active contribution to the overall office effort in resource mobilization


Core values and Guiding principles:

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

  • Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda.
  • Results-Based Programme Development and Management.
  • Building Strategic Partnerships.
  • Innovation and Marketing New Approaches.
  • Resource Mobilization.
  • Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing.
  • Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise.
  • Client Orientation.

Required Skills and Experience


Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, economics, law, public or business administration and related subjects.


Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in the area of development and/or humanitarian assistance. Specific experience in gender-related initiatives is an asset. Prior working experience in the UN system is highly desirable.


Fluent oral and written English as well as Arabic is required.

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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