National Consultant- Programme Officer, Leadership and Governance

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Location : Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA
Application Deadline :07-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 months

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. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, UN Women leads and coordinates United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming 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.

One of the pillars of UN Women’s work is advancing women’s political participation and good governance, to ensure that decision-making processes are participatory, responsive, equitable and inclusive. Efforts are focused through strategic entry points that can advance the status of women by catalysing wide-ranging, long-term impacts.  At country level, one of the programme priorities of UN Women for Ethiopia is increasing the effective participation and representation of women’s leadership at all levels. Under its comprehensive programme titled: “Increased participation and representation of women in leadership in Ethiopia: The road to equitable development’’, UN Women ECO works to build capacity of women leaders and aspirants, sensitize the public on gender equality and the rights of women to have equal share in leadership position to ensure women enjoy their political rights in equal footing with men.

Since its launching in September 2017, UN Women’s program on Women in Leadership and Governance have been expanding both in terms of geographic and material scope. Taking into account this expansion, and to ensure the effective implementation of its Women in Leadership and Governance Programme as part of UN Women Ethiopia Strategic Note (2017-2020), UN Women Ethiopia country office is seeking to hire a Programme Officer. While the position is based in the UN Women Ethiopia office in Addis Ababa, the role encompasses travel requirements within the different regions of Ethiopia

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall oversight of UN Women Representative, and direct supervision by the UN Women Programme Specialist on Leadership and Governance, the Programme Officer will:

  • Support with the implementation of UN Women’s programme on “Increased participation and representation of women in leadership in Ethiopia: The road to equitable development’’
  • Support the implementation of UN Women Ethiopia Country Office Annual Work Plan 2019 pertaining to Impact area I SP Outcome 2: Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems; particularly in the areas of parliamentary and electoral support and community level awareness promotion and advocacy related interventions.  
  • Support in monitoring the implementation of UN Women supported Women in Leadership and Governance Programme related programmatic activities particularly in terms of expanded program scope, target regions (Oromia, Tigray, SNNPR, Afar, Gambela), implementing partners and donor expectations;
  • Support partners including democratic institution, federal and regional women’s machineries, women’s organizations and other implementing partners to develop and successfully implement priority activities focusing on quality control from design to implementation, establishment of targets and monitoring the achievement of results;
  • Coordinate provide technical assistance and support capacity building of key partners for effective implementation particularly related to interventions on parliamentary and electoral support, community level awareness promotion and advocacy;
  • Maintain regular contact with implementing partners through periodic meetings for continued update on field activities, challenges and results;
  • Analyze reports from partners for quality control, undertake field missions, identifying challenges, suggest possible solutions and provide advice and support;
  • Contribute to development and strengthening of networks and broad-based partnerships at national, regional and local levels to ensure collective knowledge on gender equality, advocacy and lobby for increased participation of women in the legislative branch of the government and electoral processes.
  • Coordinate sharing of good practices and dissemination of lessons learned on increased participation of women in electoral processes;
  • Provide logistical support prior to and during the holding of events organized by UN Women Ethiopia Country Office in partnership with other organizations as well as by UN Women as executing agency;
  • Take the initiative to contribute to the Country Office knowledge and learning efforts through written inputs and presentations;
  • Undertake any other relevant duty as may be required. 


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

Functional Competencies

  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making
  • Strong knowledge of Thematic Area
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies

Leadership and Self-management:

  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Ability to make decisions under pressure and to deal with matters that are politically and culturally sensitive
  • Good interpersonal and diplomacy skills


  • Substantive knowledge and understanding of gender and development issues, women’s human rights particularly women’s right to participate in leadership and decision making at all levels;
  • Substantive knowledge and experience in the provision of coordinated support and management of rights based programmes to advance gender equality;
  • Ability to think conceptually, strategically and analytically;
  • Ability to carry out research, to contribute to the formulation of program interventions within UN Women and policies, procedures and guidelines to effect change

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree in Social Sciences including in political science, leadership and governance, law, human rights or any other relevant field

Work Experience

  • Four years of relevant experience at the national level in programme implementation, with specific emphasis on women’s rights, gender, human rights and governance/leadership
  • Hands-on experience in implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects and programmes;
  • Knowledge of the governance context in Ethiopia and experience working with government partners;
  • Experience in results-based and rights-based development approaches and management of multi-stakeholder programmes;
  • Good interpersonal, networking and communication skills;
  • Proven advocacy, analytical and writing skills;
  • Computer skills (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, social media, and others);


  • Good command of written and spoken English and Amharic is required

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