UN Women: Programme Coordinator, Women's Economic Empowerment

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Location : Sao Paulo, BRAZIL
Application Deadline :23-Oct-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-4
Languages Required :
English   Spanish  
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year

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.


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 - in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO) and European Commission - is proposing the regional programme “Win-Win: Gender Equality Means Good Business” to contribute to the economic empowerment of women, recognizing them as beneficiaries and partners of growth and development, by increasing commitment of private companies to gender equality and women´s empowerment and strengthening companies’ capacities to implement these commitments. The action will ultimately contribute to the achievement of gender equality through enabling women’s labour force participation, entrepreneurship, economic empowerment and thus their full and equal participation in society.

The guiding platform will be the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs). The WEPs are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. Coordinated by UN Women and the UN Global Compact, the Principles emphasize the business case for corporate action to promote gender equality and women's empowerment and are informed by real-life business practices and inputs gathered from across the globe.

Targeting women led enterprises and networks, multi-national companies, and relevant stakeholders in Europe and selected Latin American and Caribbean countries, the project will promote business links, joint ventures and innovation between women from both regions, while supporting inter-regional dialogue and exchange of good practices to increase the capacity of the private sector more broadly in the implementation of gender equal business.

It thus aims to support businesses, employers, workers and trade unions to address gender inequality faced by women in the working environment. Where relevant, the programme will adopt the intersectionality perspective to address specific challenges faced by afro descendant and indigenous women. Special attention will be given to identify opportunities to increase the economic empowerment of migrant and refugee women.

The programme will be implemented in 6 Latin American and Caribbean countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Uruguay. It will also have a regional component under the responsibility of UN Women Brazil CO. 

Reporting to the Representative of UN Women Brazil Country Office, the Programme Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the implementation of the Regional Programme, which includes coordinating relationships with national, regional and European partners and stakeholders, the monitoring and reporting, and the finances and personnel of the programme. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Lead the coordination of the “Win-Win: Gender Equality means Good Business” Regional Programme:

  • Guide and coordinate the overall Regional Programme work plan development and implementation, according to the approved programme document. Guide and oversee the development of country planning.  Prepare proposal for distribution of funds to be approved by the Regional Executive Steering Committee;
  • Support, advise and technically accompany National Private Sector Specialists for the adequate implementation of the programme, to identify opportunities to strengthen strategies and the work and to solve critical issues;
  • Liaise with programme management structures (Executive Steering Committee, Regional Technical Advisory Group, ILO programme Unit, National Technical Advisory Group), national and regional counterparts, Programme Management Unit in EU Delegation in Brazil, EU Delegation in implementing countries, private sector companies, UN Women Americas and Caribbean Regional Office and Headquarters, coordinator of the  project to be implemented in G7 countries to and other stakeholders to ensure the Programme results are achieved and resources are managed and synergies are created;
  • Prepare TORs, plan and organize the Regional Executive Steering Committee annual meetings  and the Regional Technical Advisory Group activities;
  • Prepare and present country and regional work-plans, periodic narrative progress reports and expenditures status reports to the Regional Executive Steering Committee;
  • Establish systems for project planning, implementation and monitoring in collaboration with EU Delegation and ILO;
  • Ensure adequate recording and maintenance of documents on relevant programme activities, issues, risks and risk mitigation plans.

Manage Outreach and build partnerships with LAC and EU stakeholders:

  • Coordinate the development of a win-win partnerships strategy involving a wide variety of stakeholders;
  • Coordinate efforts from National Private Sector Specialists and engage in high-level dialogue with top managers and CEOs of private sector companies, finance institutions, multilateral organizations and its networks to create and/or strength commitment regarding corporate practices on gender equality; special attention will be given to connect the regional programme to key global, regional and national initiatives, like Gender Parity Task Force, Women 20 and others; 
  • Coordinate mapping activities, build partnerships and implement actions to connect and match business interests of European and LAC networks of women entrepreneur and business women to exchange experiences and strength each other business;
  • Develop strategy, build partnerships and coordinate efforts to design and put in place the investment facility;
  • Develop and implement partnership and resource mobilization strategy to build and sustain the investment facility, based on existing experiences and guaranteeing its innovative aspect;
  • Work in close collaboration with ILO and build partnerships with researches institutions, gender equality specialists to develop methodologies, tools and knowledge products to strength companies´ capacities to implement Women’s Empowerment Principles and create a non-discriminatory workplace;
  • Determine programmatic areas of cooperation, based on strategic goals of UN Women, EU Delegation and ILO country and region needs and priorities and develop the relevant partnerships;
  • Participate in on-going coordination mechanisms to ensure coherence of the programme with other country, regional and global levels processes.

Advocate and facilitate knowledge building and management, peers-to-peer exchange and learning, and communication and visibility:

  • Coordinate elaboration of training methodologies, materials and tools in close collaboration with ILO. Coordinate exchange of information and knowledge products internally and externally of the programme;
  • Coordinate implementation of communication and visibility plan in close dialogue and collaboration with ILO and EU Delegation, guaranteeing that products and messages are in accordance with UN Women, ILO and EU guidelines, respecting and recognizing each other’s contributions and brands;
  • Oversee and provide guidance to communication analyst regarding implementation of communications and visibility plan and interactions with WEPs signatory companies’ communication efforts.  Provide guidance to communications analyst and programme staff in the organization of major advocacy campaigns, events, trainings, workshops and knowledge products;
  • Coordinate with project to be implemented in G7 countries regarding translation, peers-to-peer exchanges with local, regional and global partners and businesswomen and entrepreneurs, through online platforms, like Empowerwomen.org and others;   
  • Ensure documentation, implementation process and products produced of the programme are in accordance with UN Women and EU guidelines;
  • Coordinate and oversee elaboration and implementation of knowledge management strategy, in close dialogue with G7 proposal, EU and ILO initiatives;
  • Coordinate efforts and organize activities to promote exchange of experiences between national and regional corporate commercial associations, chambers and networks and advocate for implementation of WEPs in LAC;
  • Build partnerships and organize EU/LAC bi-regional policy dialogues on gender sensitive private sector in close dialogue with EU Delegation, ILO and connecting to G7 proposal and other EU initiatives.

Manage coordination with national and regional partners and other stakeholders:

  • Manage relationships with EU Delegation, ILO, Global Compact and IDB at national and regional level and with National Women`s Machineries and other key partners at national level to support the implementation of the Regional Programme, raise potential problems and provide solutions;
  • Provide substantial guidance to National Private Sector Specialists, Monitoring and Evaluation Associate and other key partners on the establishment of performance indicators and monitoring the achievement of results;
  • Identify capacity building needs and support partners through technical assistance, mentoring, training, cross partner learning and sharing, and capacity development initiatives; coordinate the development of training materials and workshops, as necessary.

Oversee the monitoring and reporting on the Regional Programme/Portfolios:

  • Provide guidance to the Monitoring and Evaluation Associate to gather and compile all information necessary for monitoring and reporting on country and regional components from the planning to the evaluation stages;
  • Monitor the implementation of activities and the expenditure of funds by each country included in the regional programme and partners; conduct regular monitoring visits;
  • Finalize annual and quarterly reports;
  • Provide inputs from the regional programme activities and results to UN Women and EU Delegation reporting, including inputs from ILO;
  • Ensure the delivery of baseline, monitoring, evaluation plans and reports (flash, progress and final) based on information compiled from implementing countries, ILO and other stakeholders.

Manage operational processes, financial resources and supervise staff:

  • Establish a close dialogue with and provide guidance when necessary to the National Private Sector Specialists.  Supervise and manage administrative, monitoring and evaluation and communication staff, review performance and mentor/coach them;
  • Oversee development and preparation of financial resources of the programme including budgeting and budget revisions, and expenditure tracking and reporting;
  • Oversee and monitor the allocation and disbursement of funds to implementing countries and ILO;
  • Ensure appropriate actions are taken to optimize use of programme funds, including through permanent contact with G7 programme coordinator to identify and promote synergies;
  • Approve and reviews procurement processes, including required support documents, and the procurement plan;
  • Take action on Atlas systems when required, including, but not limited to: approval of e-Requisitions, receipt of goods and services, Non-PO vouchers;
  • Ensure that team follows security policies and procedures as necessary.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality implementation of Programme/Portfolio/Project activities against set workplans, timelines and budgets, in line with the Strategic Note;
  • Quality and timely reporting;
  • Excellent relations with partners and stakeholders;
  • Regular and timely monitoring of activities;
  • Enhanced best practices and lessons learned documented and circulated;
  • Increase in resources mobilized to co-finance programme activities and to fund the impact investment facility;
  • Performance of Staff members;
  • Increase awareness of UN Women and European Union in countries and region.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues;
  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies:


Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of Results Based Management;
  • Ability to lead the development of detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them for development results;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Excellent analytical and communications skills;
  • Strong knowledge of UN and EU programme management systems;
  • Strong knowledge in gender equality, women`s economic empowerment and private sector management, policies and environment.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in public administration, law, economics, human rights, gender equality, management, social sciences or other related areas is required.


  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in managing complex and multi-component programme interventions with national and regional partners, preferably related to economic empowerment of women;
  • At least 1 year of supervisory or leadership experience is required;
  • Experience in building private sector partnerships to promote gender equality;
  • Experience in coordinating, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development programmes and projects; specifically, with different UN agencies;
  • Previous experience working in the UN system is an advantage.


  • Fluency in English and Spanish is required;
  • Working knowledge of Portuguese is an asset.


  • 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. 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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