UN Women: Programme Specialist, Safe City

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Location : Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Application Deadline :24-Aug-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year


The 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, 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.

Rooted in UN Women’s mandate on ending violence against women, and in line with its Strategic Plan 2011-2017, UN Women is implementing a Global Programme “Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls” (SC GP). The programme builds on the experiences to date of leading women’s and international organizations and local level initiatives across various parts of the world.

The Global Programme aims to produce a global model, tested and proven through a comparative impact evaluation in the cities of Kigali, Quito, Delhi, Port Moresby and Cairo, which can be widely disseminated to policy-makers, mayor’s offices, donors, and civil society for adaptation and upscaling. UN Women office in PNG joined the SC GP in 2011 with its pilot Project: Port Moresby: Safer City for Women and Girls”.

Shortly after the Port Moresby Safe City Programme started in 2011, UN Women conducted a scoping study with local partners in the city to understand the nature and extent of violence against women and girls, including sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in six marketplaces. It found that 55 per cent of women had experienced some form of violence in market spaces in the previous year.   Eighty per cent of market vendors in Port Moresby are women. Many of them are extremely poor, depend on the selling of their vegetables for daily subsistence, and have experienced multiple forms of violence in public and private spaces, including sexual violence. Single mothers and widows face particular risks, as they are often stigmatized and lack economic and social opportunities to reach their potential.

Five years later, a lot has changed in the Safe Cities intervention markets of Port Moresby as a result of the strong participation of the National Capital District Commission, the establishment of many women vendors’ associations and other innovative initiatives undertaken as part of a comprehensive approach to build safe markets with, and for, women and girls. The Geheru market has extensively upgraded its infrastructure., Security has been upgraded and since 2013 acts of violence in the market have decreased dramatically.  Increasing emphasis is now being taken on urban planning in the environs of the markets to ensure they too are safe. A referral system for survivors of family and sexual violence in the markets is established with survivors of violence from across the city accessing market police stations and services.   The programme is now working in Gordon’s market, the largest market in the South Pacific. In 2017 a major infrastructure renovation will mean the Gordons market will close with temporary alternate market sites having been developed for the market stall holders. UN Women in collaboration with the National Capital District Commission will oversight this venture and assist the Commission with managing Safe City Programme interventions in the temporary markets. In addition, the large inner city Koki Market is also the site of the Safe Cities intervention. In September 2016 a behaviour change campaign will be implemented throughout the city targeting users and providers of public transport and also market vendors and the public that use markets. UN Women, through the Safe Cities Programme, also works with the National Capital District Commission and a local NGO on a Safe Transport for Women and Girls Project. The Safe Transport Project provides free, safe women and children only bus services and links safe markets and urban environs. Plans are underway to expand the programme to several other markets around Papua New Guinea.

Under the supervision of the Deputy Country Representative, the Programme Specialist, Safe Cities exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, and managing the Safe Cities programme.  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.      

Duties and Responsibilities

Design and develop the Safe City programme in Port Moresby:

  • Translate the priorities of the Strategic Note into programme interventions;
  • Design and formulate programme/ project proposals and initiatives;
  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents;
  • Identify areas for support and interventions.

Oversee the implementation and management of the Safe City-Port Moresby programme:

  • Act as Alternate Manager of the Safe Transport Project (under the Safe City Programme), in close collaboration with the Manager, Safe Transport Project;
  • Provide programme advisory support to the Office Management, as necessary;
  • Finalize the annual workplan and budget and oversee implementation;
  • Finalize reports on activities, outputs and outcomes; and provide technical inputs to Country Office donor and UN Women reports;
  • Ensure adherence to standard UN Women procedures in planning and implementation of programmes/ projects;
  • Ensure synergies within and with other programme/ project teams;
  • Oversee the technical implementation and conceptualization of the programme/project;
  • Manage the submission of partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management (RBM) tools and performance indicators;
  • Organize Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.

Oversee technical assistance and capacity development to Safe City-Port Moresby project/programme partners:

  • Assist with the supervision and technical advice of the infrastructure renovation at Gordon’s Market through ensuring all due processes are met by contractors and with donors;
  • Provide in depth urban planning technical advice to partners in relation to environs around markets and bus stops;
  • Build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Safe City-Port Moresby programme; respond to any potential problems;
  • Identify capacity building needs of stakeholders;
  • Lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives to partners;
  • Provide in depth assistance and knowledge on gender sensitive design in infrastructure in public spaces including those related to transport hubs near markets and along bus routes where women and girls are vulnerable.

Oversee the implementation of Safe City-Port Moresby programme/ project activities through monitoring and reporting:

  • Ensure high-quality, results-oriented reporting on the project, for internal and external audiences (e.g. UN, donors), including providing guidance to the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) and partners in the submission of timely, quality reports and contributions;
  • Ensure effective information flow, communication and coordination with and between the UN Women, NCDC, Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) and relevant partners including CSO and grassroots groups;
  • Lead in the development of conceptualizing and project design of gender sensitive urban public spaces;
  • Assist in the oversight and management of the safe Transport component of the Safe City Programme;
  • Oversee the monitoring of implementation of activities and finances using the results based management tools;
  • Oversee field missions and review reports on monitoring missions.

Manage people and financial resources of the Safe City-Port Moresby programmes:

  • Manage programme budget;
  • Draft financial reports;
  • Supervise Programme Analysts and Technical Specialists;
  • Write terms of reference for new staff, consultants and contractors and oversee the recruitment process, as necessary;
  • Mentor and coach programme staff and do performance assessments.

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:

  • Actively engage in resource mobilization efforts for the Project, including local, national and regional funding sources;
  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Finalize relevant documentation on donors and potential opportunities for resource mobilization;
  • Analyze and research information on donors, prepare substantive briefs on possible areas of cooperation, identification of opportunities for cost sharing;
  • Determine programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UN Women, country needs and donors’ priorities and develop the relevant partnerships.

Contribute to inter-agency coordination to achieve a coherent and aligned presence for the Safe City-Port Moresby programme:

  • Provide technical support to the Representative and Deputy Representative on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees as needed;
  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the projects’ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts;
  • 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 inputs to CCA/ UNDAF and other documents;
  • Write analytical and progress reports on UN Women’s programme experiences in support of UN Women inter-agency coordination role.

Lead advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts for the Safe City- Port Moresby programme:

  • Participate in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to Safe City-Port Moresby on behalf of UN Women, as necessary;
  • Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation;
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on Safe City-Port Moresby;
  • Manage the identification and synthesis of best practices and lessons learned and contribute to their global dissemination.

Key Performance Indicators:

The post has an impact on the overall effectiveness and success of UN Women interventions and activities in Papua New Guinea which impact in turn on the overall effectiveness of the UN Women programme in the region and globally.  By helping ensure effective design, planning, implementation, and M&E of assigned sectorial/thematic areas, and building networks and helping mobilize resources for these areas, the incumbent enhances the organization’s capacity and credibility in implementation of highly effective programmes with strong impact.

  • Timely and quality programme design and inputs to Strategic Note;
  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget and workplans;
  • Relations with partners and stakeholders;
  • Timely and quality of reports;
  • Increased awareness of UN Women’s work;
  • Regular communication with other agencies and partners.


Core Values:


  • 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.

Respect for 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:

  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Strong budget and finance skills;
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management;
  • Ability to provide policy advice and support to partners;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports in order to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Strong Knowledge of Ending Violence Against Women;
  • Strong knowledge of country and/or region;
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to pay close attention to detail;
  • Good problem solving skills;
  • Ability to plan and organize work programme;
  • Good people management skills;
  • Good conflict resolution skills;
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field.


  • Minimum 5 years of relevant work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Experience in establishing relationships among international organization and national governments in the field of gender and human rights of women, specifically in the areas of ending violence against women;
  • Strong experience in policy analysis, financial reporting and management, data analysis and statistics;
  • Experience in gender sensitive engineering and infrastructure and public spaces design and procurement is an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
  • Management experience is an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN official language is an 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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