UN Women: Programme Technical Specialist, Spotlight Initiative EVAW

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Location : Monrovia, LIBERIA
Application Deadline :16-Jan-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-3
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.

The Spotlight Programme is a joint initiative of the United Nations system and the European Union in partnership with the Government and civil society of Liberia to contribute to the elimination of gender-based and sexual violence, harmful practices and obstacles to access to sexual and reproductive health rights. It will focus on consolidating gains by developing a more effective response to violence against women and girls and the promotion of sexual and reproductive health rights, through innovative approaches that strengthen an enabling legal and policy framework, effective and coordinated institutions, community mobilization and empowerment, increased and equitable access to holistic and integrated care services, access to and use of quality statistical data and strengthened and dynamic women's rights organizations.

Reporting to UN Women Deputy Country Representative and coordinating closely with the UN Resident Coordinator, the Programme Technical Specialist exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing, coordinating and reporting on the entire Spotlight programme in Liberia.  The Programme Technical Specialist works closely with the Programme Coordinator, Steering Committee, Resident Coordinator Office, implementing agencies as well as other stakeholders.  The Programme Technical Specialist provides technical guidance and oversight, oversees reporting and monitoring, supervises the Programme Technical Unit and ensures overall coherence in the implementation of the programme.

Duties and Responsibilities

Guide the implementation and management of the Spotlight programme in Liberia:

  • Provide reports to the UN Women management and to the Resident Coordinator on programme performance and results;
  • Provide technical advice and innovative approaches to facilitating programme interventions;
  • Ensure the timely coordination and management of the Spotlight Programme;
  • Facilitate consolidation of joint annual work plans and budgets with the support of the coordination officer;
  • Provide programme guidance, updates and information to the Steering Committee, implementing partners and other stakeholders;
  • Regularly communicate with the Spotlight Initiative Secretariat Technical Unit in New York.

Coordinate technical assistance and capacity development to the Spotlight initiative in Liberia:

  • Provide guidance in the overall coherence of the programme across pillars, in line with Country Programme document;
  • Guide the process of delivery of technical assistance and engagement with partners, as per the planned activities within the Country Programme;
  • Build, manage, and expand relationships with national partners to support implementation of the Spotlight programme; respond to any potential problems;
  • Provide partners with technical assistance, training and capacity development initiatives as needed.

Provide programme development guidance and develop programmes related to the Spotlight Programme:

  • Coordinate the design and formulation of programme proposals and initiatives; Identify programmatic areas for support and interventions within the thematic/sectorial areas;
  • Draft programme/ project proposals, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to the Spotlight programme;
  • Organize periodic consultations with key stakeholders, women leaders, human rights experts and UN partners to gather inputs on programme design, as necessary.

Oversee the monitoring and reporting of the programme:

  • Prepare analytical reviews and systematically capture lessons learnt from the programme implementation;
  • Oversee the process of monitoring the programme implementation of activities and finances using results-based management tools;
  • Identify and monitor programme risks and provide support and guidance to mitigate and address them in a timely manner;
  • Provide inputs to the elaboration of narrative / annual reports for final clearance by the RC.
  1. Oversee the people and financial resources of the Spotlight programme
  • Oversee the programme budget and finalize financial reports;
  • Oversee the Programme technical unit; mentor and coach staff and conduct performance assessments;
  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.

Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies:

  • Provide technical and coordination support to all agencies and RC in the development of a joint resource mobilization and sustainability strategy for the programme;
  • Develop relevant documentation on donors and develop potential opportunities for resource mobilization.

Coordinate between the different UN agencies to achieve a coherent and aligned presence of the Spotlight initiative in Liberia:

  • Provide technical support to the Resident Coordinator, the UN Women Deputy Country Representative and the Spotlight Programme Coordinator on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees;
  • Coordinate with other UN agencies, government departments, donors and NGOs to ensure the projects’ capacity development programme is harmonized and aligned with other in-country efforts.

Oversee advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts:

  • Represent the Spotlight Programme in meetings and policy dialogues as necessary;
  • Oversee the development of knowledge management strategies and methodologies and products on the Spotlight programme.

Develop, and implement Knowledge Management plan and tools for the Spotlight Initiative in Liberia:

  • Develop and manage the implementation of a Knowledge management plan in the context of the Spotlight;
  • Initiative taking into account internal and external demand for knowledge related to the Spotlight Initiative;
  • Track progress made, raise issues and make recommendations to address those issues;
  • Develop knowledge management guidelines tools; Ensure that information is disseminate to the appropriate audiences;
  • Liaise with all relevant UN agencies on knowledge management for quality and consistency assurance of the knowledge management methodologies and activities;
  • Organize, prepare and coordinate all activities related to knowledge management;
  • Build and engage with partners and stakeholders on knowledge management as needed.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality programme strategies and contributions;
  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget, workplans and the Programme Document;
  • Performance of team;
  • Partners and other stakeholder provide positive feedback on technical services;
  • Quality reports and timely submission;
  • Quality of advocacy, communication and knowledge management initiatives;
  • Strong relationships with donors, partners and other stakeholders;
  • Quality knowledge management plan and timely implementation which leads to consistent sharing of best practices and knowledge.


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:

  • Strong knowledge in EVAW;
  • Strong programme formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation skills;
  • Ability to develop detailed operational plans, budgets, and deliver on them;
  • Strong knowledge of Results Based Management;
  • Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports to inform management and strategic decision-making;
  • Ability to lead formulation of strategies and their implementation;
  • Strong networking skills;
  • Ability to negotiate and interact with donors, identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising;
  • Ability to link knowledge management to key processes including programming, results-based management, monitoring, reporting and evaluation;
  • Ability to apply knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of UN Women.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, human rights, gender/women's studies, international development, or a related field is required;
  • A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree;
  • A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage.


  • Minimum 5 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
  • Technical experience in EVAW or SGBV;
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
  • Some Experience working in the field of knowledge management;
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset;
  • Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset. 


  • Fluency in English is required;
  • 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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