UN Women: Director – Programme and Policy

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Application Deadline :15-Feb-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :D-2
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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 Policy and Programme Division provides global programming and policy support to allow UN Women offices at Headquarters and in all field locations to deliver effective and efficient initiatives to support the implementation of UN Women’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 and internationally agreed goals on gender equality and women’s empowerment, including the Beijing Platform for Action and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Division provides intellectual and strategic leadership on normative support and the delivery of integrated policy advice, including through policy analysis and gender mainstreaming. The Division leverages innovation, knowledge management, and cutting-edge technical expertise to support UN Women programmes and to build the capacity of partners to deliver results on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Under the general guidance and direction of the Assistant Secretary-General, UN Coordination Normative Support and Programme Results, the Director of the Policy and Programme Division will support large scale impact through the implementation of policies leading to systemic, transformative and irreversible change at country, regional and global levels and support the identification of good practices that will inform and enhance international norms and standards on gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Director will be responsible for ensuring that UN Women’s programmes deliver impact and are true catalysts for change. Moreover, the Director will be responsible for overseeing and managing the performance of staff in the Division in alignment with UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide leadership and overall management of the Division:

  • Develop, lead and oversee the implementation of the Division’s strategy and achievement of results in line with UN Women’s Strategic Plan;
  • Promote harmonization and synergy within the Division and with other divisions and offices globally; ensure alignment and deepen integration between UN Women’s policy and programmatic work at global, regional and country levels;
  • Oversee the Division’s financial, human and other resources to operate efficiently, effectively and with value for money;
  • Ensure that professional standards, efficiency, accountability and integrity are core principles and fully respected across the Division;
  • Establish and oversee the implementation of divisional annual workplan, objectives, performance measurements, standards and budgets and monitor results against expected performance;
  • Manage the performance of staff, including implementation of timely performance reviews and adherence to UN System values and principles;
  • Manage and oversee the recruitment of qualified personnel in the Division and plan for their continuing learning, talent management and career development;
  • Ensure that the Division complies with security, business continuity and risk management standards.

Provide substantive leadership for UN Women’s programme and policy work, including strategy, design and implementation:

  • Provide leadership for the development, monitoring and reporting on the UN Women Strategic Plan;
  • Provide strategic advice and quality assurance on programme and policy formulation across the organization including to UN Women Executive Leadership and Senior Management teams;
  • Oversee the overall analytical policy work of UN Women and ensure that UN Women is developing cutting edge knowledge and providing thought leadership in assessing global trends and identifying emerging issues relevant to UN Women’s mandate, including through the strengthening of UN Women’s knowledge management function;
  • Oversee the preparation of mandated and other corporate reports and ensure their high quality, timeliness, and relevance (including for the Commission on the Status of Women, Economic and Social Council, the General Assembly, the Security Council, as well as to the UN Women’s Executive Board);
  • Further develop and promote results-based management within UN Women;
  • Oversee the provision of technical support to UN Women field offices and UN country teams, as requested, including those responding to humanitarian, disaster risk reduction, crisis response and post-conflict, and other mandates;
  • Lead effective management and transparent reporting for UN Women Trust Funds.

Represent UN Women and lead the development of partnerships on policy and programming:

  • Represent UN Women in interagency and intergovernmental forums, relevant UN system-wide meetings, and other key events, as appropriate;
  • In close collaboration with the Resource Mobilization and Director for Donor Relations, design and lead programmatic initiatives to ensure non-core resource mobilization through diverse sources of funding;
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships for large scale impacts, including through South-South and triangular partnerships, regional commissions, national governments, academia, foundations, international financial institutions, private sector, and civil society organizations, to advance innovative and transformative programmes and initiatives for women and girls;
  • Collaborate closely with all UN Women divisions to build and maintain a wide range of active partnerships to develop high level tools, knowledge products, and policies aimed at advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Implementation of UN Women’s Strategic Plan on time, on scope, and on budget;
  • High-quality design and implementation of UN Women’s programme and policy objectives in support of the effective and transformative implementation of UN Women’s mandate;
  • UN Women is positioned as a thought leader on gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • All business units receive the support they need on programme development and implementation;
  • High performance of all staff in Division operating within a collaborative, safe and secure environment;
  • High-level representation for UN Women; cementing its reputation as a reliable partner and an effective and efficient recipient of resources;
  • Mobilization non-core programme funds;
  • High quality, timely, results-based reporting as standard across UN Women.


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:

  • Extensive substantive and applied knowledge in gender equality and women's empowerment and commitment to a feminist agenda;
  • Excellent management skills;
  • Proven track record in team-building and empowerment of staff and nurturing a positive and collaborative work environment
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision;
  • Demonstrated negotiating, cultural sensitivity and diplomatic skills;
  • Ability to provide information, tools, resources to support work achievement;
  • Effectiveness orientation and pro-activity;
  • Ability to leverage information technology, executive information systems, management techniques and tools for optimal office performance.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in gender studies, development studies, programme management, human rights, public administration or human rights, or other relevant fields.


  • Over 15 years of experience in development related disciplines at a managerial level;
  • At least 10 years experience in programme design and implementation, with proven ability to mobilize resources;
  • Significant experience working on issues of gender equality and empowerment of women that combines policy, strategic and managerial leadership at the international level;
  • Proven experience in knowledge generation and management, research, normative support and integrated policy advice to governments and other development actors;
  • At least 7 years experience managing multicultural teams;
  • Proven track-record as an experienced manager, with ongoing commitment to staff development and welfare.


  • Fluency in English, both oral and written, is required; 
  • Proficiency in other UN languages is an advantage.


  • 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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