Programme Specialist, Women Peace and Security

Advertised on behalf of :

Location : Bujumbura, BURUNDI
Application Deadline :12-Feb-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Gender Equality
Type of Contract :Service Contract
Post Level :SB-5
Languages Required :
English   French  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months



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 UN Women Burundi Strategic Note 2019-2023 aligns with the UN Women Global Strategic Plan 2018-2021, the National Development Plan 2018-2027, the National Gender Policy (NGP) and the UNSC Resolution 1325 2017-2021 Action Plan, the UNDAF (2019-2023), and the draft UN Resilience Framework. It translates UNW’s triple mandate to achieve lasting GEWE results, building on its comparative advantages.

The Strategic Note prioritizes three Outcomes: (i) Women Peace Mediators (WPM) and other gender advocates participate in, and influence conflict prevention and conflict resolution decision-making processes and responses in an enabling environment; (ii) Women, including those in refugees/ IDPS camps and other vulnerable situations, experience enhanced safety, security, physical and mental health, and their human rights respected in conformity with ratified regional and international instruments. (iii) Women and girls participate in and benefit from socio-economic recovery opportunities in the context of peace and resilience-building.

The UN Women Burundi Country Office wishes to recruit a National Programme Specialist Women Peace and Security to help consolidate and further expand its work on women peace and security, with focus on governance, leadership, political participation and other themes according to the UN Resolution 1325.

Reporting to the Programme Specialist, P4 and with strategic guidance from the Country Representative, the Programme Specialist Women Peace and Security exercises overall responsibility for planning, implementing and managing UN Women interventions under his/her portfolio. She/he works in close collaboration with the programme and operations team, UN Women RO and HQ staff, Government officials, multi and bi-lateral donors and civil society ensuring successful UN Women programme implementation under her/his portfolio.  Specifically, she/he will support programme design and implementation, resource mobilization, technical support and advocacy engagements, partnership-building, monitoring and reporting, knowledge management interventions under his/her portfolio.                 
The post serves as technical support to the Representative and the Women Peace & Security Programme on policy and programming pertaining to UN Women Burundi mandate on Women peace and security (WP&S) 

Duties and Responsibilities


  1. Design and develop programme strategies in the area of Women Peace and Security  
  • Design and formulate programme/project proposals and initiatives;
  • Draft inputs to country strategy documents, briefs, policy dialogue and other documents related to Women Peace and Security.

       2.Manage the implementation and management of the Women Peace and Security programme

  • Finalize the annual workplan and budget and manage their implementation;
  • Manage the technical implementation of the programme; ensure synergies with other teams;
  • Manage the submission of implementing partner financial and narrative reports;
  • Provide guidance to staff and partners on Results Based Management tools and performance indicators;
  • Organize Project Steering Committee, project review and/or evaluation meetings, as needed.

    3. Manage technical assistance and capacity development to programme partners

  • Manage the implementation of technical advice and guidance. Develop and implement technical tools, and initiatives
  • Build and manage relationships with national partners to support implementation and expansion of the Women Peace and Security Programme respond to any potential problems;
  • Identify capacity building needs of partners and lead the coordination of technical assistance, mentoring, training and capacity development initiatives to partners.

4.Manage the monitoring and reporting of the programme

  • Manage the monitoring of programme implementation and finances using results-based management tools;
  • Oversee field missions and review reports on monitoring missions;
  • Write quarterly reports and donor reports, focusing on results, output and outcomes;
  • Contribute to office donor and UN Women reports.

5.Manage the people and financial resources of the Women Peace and Security programme

  • Manage the programme budget and draft financial reports;
  • Supervise Programme Associates Mentor and coach staff and conduct performance assessments;
  • Oversee recruitment processes, as necessary.

6.Build partnerships and support in developing resource mobilization strategies

  • Develop and implement partnerships and resource mobilization strategies;
  • Finalize relevant documentation on donors and 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
  • 7.Contribute to inter-agency coordination on Women Peace and Security   to achieve coherence and alignment of UN Women programmes with other partners in the country
  • Provide technical support to the Representative and her/his supervisor on inter-agency coordination related activities by attending meetings, events, and participating in groups and committees as needed;
  • 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.

      8.Manage advocacy, knowledge building and communication efforts

  • Develop and review background documents, briefs and presentations related to the Women Peace and Security;
  • Represent UN Women in meetings and policy dialogues on issues related to Women Peace and Security as necessary;
  • Develop advocacy strategies and oversee their implementation;
  • Identify best practices and lessons learned to guide programme improvement and strategy planning;
  • Develop knowledge management strategies, products and methodologies on Women Peace and Security.



  • Timely and quality programme design and inputs to Strategic Note
  • Timely and quality of programme delivery in line with budget and workplans, and in line with all UN Women operational rules and regulations, including security
  • Timely and quality monitoring and evaluation of programmes
  • Relations with partners and stakeholders
  • Quality reports and timely submission
  • Regular communication with other agencies and partners

        Quality of advocacy and communication initiatives


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 Women Peace and Security   
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to identify and analyze trends, opportunities and threats to fundraising and develop strategies

Key competencies of the assignment:

  • Ability to work on tight deadlines and handle multiple concurrent activities
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Very good knowledge and experience in the provision of coordinated support to advance gender equality.
  • Ability to think conceptually, strategically and analytically.
  • Excellent leadership, networking and interpersonal skills, including ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries.
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.
  • Sound understanding of issues related to development in crisis and post-crisis situations;
  • Results oriented, flexible and problem-solving skills.
  • Good interpersonal and diplomacy skills. 

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 five 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


  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible work experience at the national or international level in design, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects/programmes;
  • Minimum 3 years technical and professional work experience in programme design and management in the areas of Women Peace and Security, governance and Women Leadership & participation
  • At least 2 years of progressively responsible work experience in development programme/project implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, donor reporting and capacity building;
  • women’s socio-economic and political development with proven technical expertise, with preferably two years at managerial level;
  • Technical experience with gender analysis community-based and participatory approaches,
  • Experience in advocacy and policy as it impacts women’s socio-economic development, ideally in a post conflict setting,
  • Sound knowledge of international standards on human rights, women’s rights and related instruments,
  • An understanding of the social, cultural, and political context of Burundi and its relation to gender is preferable
  • Knowledge of UN Women business, operations and programming cycle is preferred
  • Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors is an asset;
  • Experience in leading/managing a team is an asset
  • Experience working in the UN System is an asset


  • Proficient spoken and written French is required; fluent spoken, understood and written English is an advantage.;
  • Working knowledge of another official UN language is an asset;
  • Knowledge of Burundi context is an asset.

DOCUMENTS TO BE SUBMITTED: A signed and updated CV and/or the UN Women P11 template, any other relevant documents as required by the on line application plateform,  uploaded in one document.

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.

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