UN Women: Gender Project Management Consultant

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Tokyo, JAPAN
Application Deadline :25-Dec-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
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 Japan Liaison Office has been established in Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan since April 2015. The Office works on strengthening UN Women’s partnerships in Japan and mobilizes political and financial resources for the work of UN Women. In particular, it is expected to outreach to various stakeholders, including the government, parliament, private enterprises, academics, NGOs, media and other with a view to bring further resources and political will for gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The consultant will support a variety of its outreach and partnership building activities, and manage projects/advocacy activities; in particular, the consultant will be responsible for implementing the project “Raising awareness of gender equality (“GE”) among young people” in Japan and its related activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Director of the UN Women Japan Liaison Office, the main responsibilities of the Consultant will be to:

Design, Implement, and Manage Programmes with Project Partners:

  • Contributes to the development and implementation of assigned projects, that aim to promote the empowerment of women, raise awareness of gender equality, and develop capacities of young women and men in Japan to act as agents of change in transforming gender relations;
  • Monitors project implementation including the financial expenditures and reviews relevant documents and reports; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and initiates corrective actions; liaises with relevant colleagues in UN Women HQ and relevant offices as needed;
  • Ensures frequent communication and coordination to build credible working relations among the HQ, Liaison and Regional Offices, as well as key project partners, in particular the donors, the UN Women National Committee in Japan, women’s network, academia and other relevant multilateral and bilateral organizations to advance project goals;
  • Develops and nurtures relationship with UN Women’s external partners through clear communication, timely actions, and outcome management;
  • Organize event(s) as needed related to the delivery of project objectives. 

Build partnerships:

  • Support the implementation of the UN Women resource mobilization strategy in close collaboration with the HQ, regional and country offices to support the achievement of UN Women’s gender programmes/projects outputs and outcomes;
  • Conduct research and analysis with regard to strategic entry points to develop partnerships to support UN Women’s work;
  • Support partnership and advocacy and outreach activities of the UN Women Japan Liaison Office, including through the production of briefing notes, donor intelligence and other materials, SNS and other digital platforms regarding UN Women’s partnerships in Japan;
  • Provide any other assistance which mobilize political will, financial resources and shape the understanding for gender equality and empowerment of women in Japan.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality programme design and inputs;
  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget and workplans;
  • Relations with donors, partners and stakeholders;
  • Timely submission and quality of narrative, financial and evaluation reports.


Core Values / Guiding Principles:


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

Cultural Sensitivity/Valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrating an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff;
  • Demonstrating an international outlook, appreciating differences in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core values and 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 promote ethics and integrity by creating organizational precedents.

Organizational awareness: 

  • Build support for the organization and ensure political acumen.

Development and innovation:

  • Support staff competence development, and contribute to an environment of creativity and innovation.

Work in teams: 

  • Build and promote effective 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.

Communication and information sharing:  

  • Create and promote an environment for open and 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:

  • Share knowledge across the organization and build a culture of knowledge sharing and learning.

Appropriate and transparent decision making: 

  • Ensure fair and transparent decision making processes and manage risk.

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills. Communicates sensitively, effectively and creatively across different constituencies;
  • Very good understanding of gender quality and women’s empowerment issues essential;
  • Demonstrates very good understanding of and experience in communications and outreach/advocacy;
  • Project management skills, and ability to manage the project timeline and expenditures is essential;
  • Basic knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methodologies i.e. both quantitative and qualitative data collection, processing and analysis;
  • Proven networking skills, and ability to generate interest in UN Women’s mandate;
  • Strong initiative-taker;
  • Very effective at multi-tasking;
  • Focuses on impact and results for the client;
  • Interacts effectively with all levels of the organization, including senior management;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Identifies opportunities and builds strong relationships with clients and partners;
  • Ability to remain calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure and tight deadlines;
  • Ability to translate and interpret between English and Japanese languages.

Required Skills and Experience


  • First level university degree in international relations, Gender, Development Studies, Social Work, Human Rights, Social Sciences or related field;
  • Programme or project management certifications (Prince2, PMI, MSP, etc) would be considered an asset.


  • A minimum of five years of experience working at the national or international level on gender equality, development programme/projects including experience in design;
  • Experience in event planning/organization an asset;
  • Strong background in results-based management;
  • Proven experience or understanding of gender mainstreaming and advisory/programmatic skills.  Experiences of youth targeted programmes is an asset;
  • Experience or knowledge in working with private sector to implement gender equality programmes is an asset;
  • Progressively responsible experience in resource mobilization, communications/ advocacy, and/or business development;
  • Fluency in verbal and written communications and editing skills both in English and Japanese languages is required;
  • Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines;
  • Ability to multi-task;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and good IT skills;
  • Familiarity with UN Women and UN system will be an advantage;
  • Excellent organizational skills and sound judgement.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English and Japanese. 

Application Information: 

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

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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