UN Women: Programme Specialist, Gender and Governance

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Location : Jakarta, INDONESIA
Application Deadline :26-Sep-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. UN Women advances United Nations System efforts to ensure that women’s rights and other normative commitments on gender equality and women’s empowerment 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.

UN Women and ASEAN have developed a joint work programme and UN Women would like to further strengthen this partnership between both institutions. Building on the Framework of Cooperation between ASEAN and the United Nations, this joint work programme resonates with the implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, the ASCC Blueprint 2025, the Framework of Cooperation between ASEAN and the United Nations, the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the regional instruments that provide strategic policy guidance on promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. All these frameworks provide the impetus to adopt an integrated, cross-sectoral and inter-pillar approach on promoting gender equality and empowerment of women and girls in ASEAN.

Reporting to the Country Representative in Indonesia, and UN Women Liaison to ASEAN, the Programme Specialist will be responsible for planning, developing, implementing, and managing regional and country programmes in the regional Gender and Governance portfolio including gender-responsive governance, women’s leadership and political participation. S/he will provide policy support and capacity building to UN Women staff, country offices and partners as needed with a focus on ASEAN, including through knowledge generation and the establishment and strengthening of partnerships.  S/he will work in close collaboration with the broader regional programme and operations team, UN Women HQ and country-level staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors, ASEAN, other UN Agencies, and civil society, ensure successful UN Women programme implementation, including through joint programming.

Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and oversee the development of programmes in the area of gender and governance with a focus on ASEAN member states:

  • Provide overall guidance and lead the development of the gender and governance programming in ASEAN member states, including in support of gender-responsive governance and gender mainstreaming within ASEAN as needed;
  • Work closely with UN Women country offices in the AP region and provide advice on contextualizing/localizing programme documents, country strategies, and knowledge products on gender and governance, including those aligned to Global Flagship Initiatives;
  • Provide strategic planning support for national activities and strategies addressing gender and governance, and their incorporation into CO Strategies and annual work plan;
  • Expand and create linkages with existing regional and national gender and governance programmes/projects, including support collaboration with other thematic areas such as those related to climate change and disaster risk reduction; violence against women/trafficking; and women, peace and security.

Provide technical and policy support to the Country Representative and Liaison to ASEAN to effectively implement programming on gender and governance:

  • Analyze and monitor trends, opportunities and challenges related to gender and governance, e.g. women’s political participation, gender mainstreaming in national and regional policy, women and leadership, gender-responsive governance, etc.;
  • Provide the Country Representative and Liaison to ASEAN with up-to-date information and guidance related to trends in ASEAN, to guide current and future national governance programming, including through technical support to multilateral and national negotiations/discussions on gender and governance;
  • Provide technical support in the translation of ASEAN developments in gender and governance to inform the strategic planning and direction of UN Women programming in this area;
  • Explore strategic opportunities with UN Agencies and governments that can maximize synergies between gender and governance, including in the context of the SDGs and “leaving no one behind”;
  • Provide substantive technical inputs and advisory services in the area of gender and governance;
  • Work closely with and provide advice to inter-agency groups that influence national policies related to gender and governance - represent UN Women in relevant policy discussions and fora.

Oversee monitoring and reporting for the Gender and Governance portfolio:

  • Review and recommend programme monitoring standards, criteria and other indicators for measuring and assessing progress/results of governance programmes to the Country Representative and Liaison to ASEAN;
  • Oversee the monitoring of progress against mutually agreed results frameworks and performance indicators;
  • Gather information and prepare reports on progress of programme implementation for Country Representative and donors, including technical reports and periodic (quarterly/annual) progress reports;
  • Provide technical support in the preparation of audits and evaluations, and follow up on the implementation of audit and evaluation findings and recommendations related to the gender and governance.

Lead the implementation of the gender and governance ASEAN programmes and effectively manages people and resources, if required:

  • Lead and supervise gender and governance programming, including by carrying out staff performance reviews and ensuring ongoing capacity development of staff and personnel by suggesting development opportunities;
  • Monitor the financial delivery of the gender and governance programmes to ensure timely allocation and utilization of resources, in line with UN Women rules and regulations and against agreed targets and expected results and using appropriate business management systems;
  • Ensure effective information flow, communication and coordination between offices, programmes and projects.

Build strategic partnerships and develop and contribute to the implementation of resource mobilization strategies:

  • Continued mapping of the ASEAN partnerships landscape on gender and governance to ensure optimal strategic alliances for UN Women Indonesia and regionally;
  • Develop and maintain strategic partnerships with other UN agencies, donors, NGOs, CSOs, etc., to support the development of national gender and governance strategies and initiatives, including through joint programming;
  • Support the strengthening of partnerships with ASEAN Secretariat and key ASEAN sectoral bodies, together with the Country Representative and Liaison to ASEAN, with a view to advocating for prioritization of women’s empowerment and gender equality in the implementation of the UN-ASEAN Programme of Action with a focus on UN Women’s activities;
  • Engage with ASEAN sectoral bodies and the work in all three pillars on areas of mutual interest, including on ensuring gender-responsive governance and mainstreaming gender issues across the work of ASEAN;
  • Contribute to the process of preparation, design, submission and approval of programme/project concept notes and full-fledged proposals for resource mobilization on gender and governance;
  • Participate in the implementation, monitoring and periodic updating of the resource mobilization strategy on gender and governance.

Lead knowledge building and sharing efforts on the gender and governance:

  • Lead the process of identifying and synthesizing of good practices and lessons learned from the implementation of gender and governance programming in Indonesia, in collaboration with ROAP, and contribute to their global dissemination;
  • Promote the use and improvement of knowledge management mechanisms to share information about gender and governance;
  • Ensure that available technical skills and knowledge are shared among staff, including through effective results-based management.

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

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality technical advice and support;
  • Support to timely and quality programme delivery in gender equality and human rights, in line with budgets, workplans and Strategic Notes of ASEAN countries;
  • UN Women’s technical leadership in area of gender and governance is recognized;
  • Results-based management;
  • Quality reports and other strategic documents are drafted and submitted in a timely manner;
  • Strong relationships are built and maintained with various partners and stakeholders, especially with ASEAN bodies;
  • UN Women is well represented in important meetings and events on topics related to gender and governance;
  • Contribution to resource mobilization;
  • Strong team performance;
  • Living the UN values.


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%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf

Functional Competencies:

  • Excellent knowledge of gender equality, gender-responsive governance, women’s leadership and political participation
  • Excellent programme planning, formulation, implementation, management and monitoring skills, including strong knowledge of results-based management
  • Team management skills
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans and budgets, and deliver on them
  • Ability to synthesize programme performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making
  • Excellent networking and partnerships-building skills
  • Ability to interact with donors, identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising
  • Ability to perform qualitative and quantitative research, and use evidence to inform policy advocacy and technical advice
  • Excellent analytical and communications skills; ability to write high-quality papers, speeches, briefings and reports;
  • Strong knowledge of programme development, implementation, results-based management and reporting.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in human rights, law, public administration, political science, economics, social sciences, international development, or a related field.


  • Minimum 7 years’ progressively responsible experience at the national and international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes;
  • Technical experience in gender mainstreaming and governance, preferably with field experience in managing and/or overseeing programmes in this area;
  • Experience in leading/managing a team;
  • Experience and/or knowledge of the Asia-Pacific region is a very strong asset;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors, in particular ASEAN, is a significant advantage;
  • Proven experience in integrating gender equality concepts into regional/global frameworks;
  • Excellent proven communications and negotiation skills;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset.


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Knowledge of other UN official working languages 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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