UN Women: Head of Sub Office - Cox’s Bazar

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Location : Cox’s Bazar, BANGLADESH
Application Deadline :20-Mar-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-4
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.

Escalation of violent conflict on 25 August targeting the Rohingya population in Rakhine State, Myanmar, has pushed over 688,800 Rohingya people (as of 21 Jan), 52% of which are women and girls, across the border into Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Since October 2017, after being granted access by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Bangladesh, UN Women Bangladesh (BCO) has been engaged in the refugee crisis response for the new influx of Rohingya refugees BCO has developed a humanitarian response programme in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs to meet the specific needs of the most vulnerable and marginalised Rohingya Refugee Women and Girls in Cox’s Bazar. The objective of the programme is to ensure protection, as well as equitable and safe access to and benefit from urgent life-saving humanitarian assistance and information to the most vulnerable, and marginalized Rohingya women while assisting them to live with dignity. The programme also promotes women’s participation and leadership in community management and peace and social cohesion building activities. UN Women will also be supporting capacity building of national actors for documentation of the conflict related sexual violence. UN Women co-chairs the Gender in Humanitarian Action Working Group for the Rohingya Refugee Response with UNHCR and co-hosts an inter-agency Senior Gender Capacity Adviser (GenCap) who support promotion of e gender-responsive humanitarian action across the Inter-Sector Coordination Group.

Under the supervision of the Country Representative, the Head of Sub-Office is responsible for overseeing the management, development, implementation, monitoring and reporting of programmes for Cox’s Bazar as well for managing the human and financial resources of the team in Cox’s Bazar. This includes providing technical support to the implementation of the programmes in Cox’s Bazar, overseeing the monitoring of progress against mutually agreed results frameworks and performance indicators, monitoring the programme financial situation to ensure adherence to delivery rates and utilization of resources to meet agreed upon targets and results, reviewing and developing partnerships and resource mobilization strategies; and leading knowledge management efforts.

Duties and Responsibilities

Oversee the programmatic development in Cox’s Bazar, based on the Strategic Note:

  • Lead the development of programmes, including design and formulation programme/project initiatives;
  • Review and provide feedback to ongoing projects/ programmes on related strategies and documents, workplans, case studies, and related knowledge products and publications of relevance to the work in Cox’s Bazar;
  • Lead the development of systems, processes and mechanisms to support programme planning, implementation, monitoring and progress reporting;
  • Lead the preparation of donor proposals and reports;
  • Provide input to policy documents, and finalize briefs and other strategic papers/ materials for the use in the development and presentation of policy and programmatic positions in Cox’s Bazar.

Lead the implementation of the programmes in Cox’s Bazar:

  • Develop programme work plans and ensure compliance with programme goals and results based indicators;
  • Analyze and ensure alignment of project budgets with logical framework matrices and work plans;
  • Review and evaluate implementing partners proposals
  • Provide technical guidance to implementing partners
  • Oversee programme quality control and identification of potential challenges;

Represent UN Women in coordination mechanisms at the sub-office level and ensure coordination on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment (GEWE) across the humanitarian and peace/security engagements of the UN at sub-office level:

  • Participate in and represent UN Women in all Cox’s Bazar level coordination structures and mechanisms;
  • Promote a focus on GEWE in joint response plans, NAPs, development frameworks and other planning and programming mechanisms, including national frameworks;
  • Advice and guide review missions and joint UN initiatives to enhance synergy and effectiveness of planning and programming.

Oversee monitoring and reporting for Cox’s Bazar programmes:

  • Review and recommend programme monitoring standards, criteria, and other indicators for measuring and assessing progress/results;
  • Oversee the monitoring of progress against mutually agreed results frameworks and performance indicators;
  • Gather information and prepare reports on progress of programme implementation for Bangladesh Country Office and donors; prepare technical reports;
  • Provide technical support in the preparation of audits and follow up on the implementation of audit recommendations; 
  • Develop, coordinate and provide training on results-based management to Cox’s Bazar staff and partners.

Review budget management for Cox’s Bazar sub-office and manage people:

  • Lead sub-office team, perform staff performance reviews, ensure capacity development of staff members by suggesting development opportunities;
  • Monitor Cox’s Bazar office financial situation to ensure adherence to delivery rates and utilization of resources to meet agreed upon targets and results;
  • Ensure effective information flow, communication and coordination between offices, programmes and projects.

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:

  • Review and develop partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Finalize relevant documentation on donors and develop 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 including the needs in Cox’s Bazar, donors’ priorities and develop the relevant partnerships.

Lead knowledge building and sharing efforts:

  • Lead the process of identifying and synthesizing of best practices and lessons learned that are directly linked to the implementation of the programme and contribute to their global dissemination.

Perform other job-related duties as requested by supervisor from time to time.


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: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf.

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Excellent knowledge of Results Based Management;
  • Strong knowledge of UN programme management systems;
  • Ability to lead formulation of strategies and their implementation;
  • Strong networking skills.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Political Science, Development, Public Administration, Gender is required.


  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in programme management, including programme design, programme coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building;
  • Experience in setting priorities, budgets, work plans, participating in programme development and programme writing;
  • Proven experience in leading teams effectively;
  • Experience in working in a gender related area is an asset;
  • Experience working on humanitarian action and crises response, as well as peace and security an asset;
  • Field level experience in crises situation an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge of the other UN official working language 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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